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On this day: August 30

Published On: Aug 29 2012 03:42:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 30 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The vacuum is invented, Ty Cobb makes his major-league debut, Bob Dylan releases "Highway 61 Revisited," and Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first black justice on the Supreme Court, all on this day.

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1901: A dust removing suction cleaner patent is filed by British engineer Hubert Cecil Booth. Before Booth introduced his version of the vacuum cleaner, cleaning machines blew or brushed dirt away, instead of sucking it up. All modern vacuums are based on Booth's principle. He later used his invention to start up a mobile cleaning service, with his vacuum machine built on a horse-drawn cart with a long hose to extend into a house to be cleaned.

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