This Day in History: Aug. 5

On this day, Aug. 5 ...

1884: The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid.

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1861: President Lincoln signs the Revenue Act of 1861, the first income tax in America.
1914: The first electric traffic lights is installed in Cleveland.

Justice Elena Kagan joined the Supreme Court in 2010 after being nominated by former President Barack Obama.

Justice Elena Kagan joined the Supreme Court in 2010 after being nominated by former President Barack Obama. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

2010: The Senate confirms Elena Kagan to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, 63-37.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has bulletproof panels in his Seattle office.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has bulletproof panels in his Seattle office. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

2013: The Washington Post Co. agrees to sell the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos for $250 million cash.