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Today in History for August 25th

Credit: USATODAY.com- Published on August 24, 2019
Highlights of this day in history: Paris liberated during World War II; A first swim across the English Channel; Actor Sean Connery, composer Leonard Bernstein, and musician Elvis Costello born; Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' released. (Aug. 25)
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Published on August 27, 2019 -  01:00
This Day in History: 'The Guinness Book of Records' Debuts
This Day in History: 'The Guinness Book of Records' Debuts . August 27, 1955. The inaugural edition was published in Great Britain. Meant as a free publication for pub goers to settle friendly disputes, the book of human and animal records quickly became a best-seller. The book was the brain- child of Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of Dublin's famous Guinness Brewery. Beaver was struck with the idea during a failed hunting trip in Ireland, in which the party sought to settle which bird was the fastest game fowl. Beaver turned to brothers Ross and Norris McWhirter to produces the first book, who continued to compile the book for two decades. An American edition followed in 1956. Today, the book complies thousands of official Guinness world records

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