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This Day in History for August 27 – Battle of Dresden and More

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Thomas Charles Naudet, McGill University Libraries

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

1813 – French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte defeats a larger force of Austrians, Russians, and Prussians at the Battle of Dresden (More info)

1859 – Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Penn., leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well (More info)

1896 – The shortest war in world history, the 38-minute Anglo-Zanzibar War, is fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar (More info)

1939 – The turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world’s first jet aircraft, takes flight (More info)

1990 – Rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in a helicopter crash (More info)

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