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On this day: August 8

POSTED: 03:25 PM PDT Aug 06, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 07, 2013 

Napoleon goes into exile, Wrigley gets lights, the "Dream Team" clinches gold in Barcelona, and the United States' debt rating takes a hit, all on this day.

OTD August 8 - Graf Zeppelin
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1929: The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight from Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. The entire circumnavigation (including stops) would end up taking 21 days, five hours and 31 minutes and cover 20,651 miles.


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