4 August 1753
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On this date in 1753...
George Washington was raised as a Master Mason. Washington would later become the first Grand Master of American Freemasons.
- 1862 - Confederate General Hiram Sibley's brigade burned the federal post at Fort Bliss, Texas.
- 1901 - Jazz trumpeter and music legend, Louis Armstrong, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- 1934 - Mel Ott of Gretna, Louisiana became the first major league baseball player to score six runs in a single game.
- 1964 - The bodies of three civil rights workers were discovered in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, Mississippi.
- 1972 - Anti-Southern zealot Arthur Bremer was jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Governor and presidential candidate George Wallace.
- 1980 Hurricane Aline killed 272 people in Texas and the Caribbean.
- 1984 - Carl Lewis of Birmingham, Alabama won a gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympics.
- 1996 - The 26th Summer Olympic Games closed at Atlanta, Georgia.
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