1854: Henry David Thoreau's ''Walden,'' which described Thoreau's experiences while living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts, was first published.
1910: The U.S. Patent Office granted Alva J. Fisher of the Hurley Machine Co. a patent for an electrically powered washing machine.
1945: Three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.
1956: A three-pound tin of Crisco pure vegetable shortening was 89 cents at the city's grocery stores and lean, meaty beef short ribs were 10 cents a pound.
1990: Headline entertainment at the Brown County Fair included The Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, The Bellamy Brothers and Highway 101.
Source: Dacotah Prairie Museum and The Associated Press