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Events in History in August 1885

  • Aug 7 Five German warships anchor off Zanzibar
  • Aug 10 Leo Daft opens America's 1st commercially operated electric streetcar in Baltimore

USAStatue of Liberty

Aug 11 $100,000 raised in US for pedestal for Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
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  • Aug 14 Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
  • Aug 14 British Criminal Law Amendment Act raises age of consent from 13 to 16, protects against child prostitution

InventionHistoric Invention

Aug 29 Gottlieb Daimler receives German patent for a motorcycle

Engineer and inventor Gottlieb Daimler
Engineer and inventor
Gottlieb Daimler
  • Aug 30 13,000 meteors seen in 1 hour near Andromeda