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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.

OTD August 30 - slavery
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1800: Gabriel Prosser, a literate enslaved blacksmith, postpones a planned slave rebellion in Richmond, Va., but is arrested before he can make it happen. He and 25 followers were taken captive and hanged in punishment. In reaction, Virginia and other state legislatures would pass restrictions on free blacks, as well as prohibiting the education, assembly and hiring out of slaves, to restrict their chances to learn and to plan similar rebellions.

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