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This Day in History for August 13 – Berlin Divides Itself and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1878 – A yellow fever epidemic in Memphis eventually empties the city (More info)

1918 – Opha Mae Johnson becomes the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps (More info)

1937 – The Battle of Shanghai begins (More info)

1961 – East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city (More info)

2011 – A hurricane-force gust of wind causes the main stage at the Indiana State Fair to collapse, killing 7 and injuring 45 (More info)

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