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This Day in History: Aug. 20


In 1952, Baltimore’s infamous Grammer murder case began when a black Chrysler careened down Taylor Avenue toward Bel Air Road before flipping on its side. G. Edward Grammer was eventually convicted of first-degree murder for killing his wife and attempting to cover it up with the car accident. Above, Grammer is led out of Towson Court House before being taken to the scene of the crime. (Ellis Malashuk, Baltimore Sun file photo)

1866: The National Labor Union requested that Congress establish an eight-hour work day.

1964: President Lyndon Johnson signed a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure.

1977: The United States launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.

2012: Phyllis Diller, a pioneering comic whose career spanned nearly 50 years, died; she was 95.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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