This week in history

August 3, 1946 – World's first theme park opens its doors in in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA

Santa Claus Land is now known as Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

August 4, 1944 – Anne Frank is captured

One of the most well-known figures of the 20th century and a victim of the Holocaust, 14-year old Frank and her family were captured and arrested by the Germans from their hiding place in Amsterdam.

August 5, 1962 – Nelson Mandela is arrested

The South African anti-apartheid activist and adherent of nonviolence was arrested by the government at Rivonia, a suburb of Johannesburg.

August 6, 1926 – First woman to swim across the English Channel

Gertrude Ederle, an American Olympic swimmer swam across the English channel, a body of water between England and France, in 14 hours and 34 minutes.

August 7, 1974 – Daredevil walks a high wire between Twin Towers of the World Trade Center

French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who was 24 years old at the time, walked eight times across a high wire between the two towers in 45 minutes. The high wire was 1,350 feet from the ground.

August 8, 1908 – Wright Brothers publicly show off their flying machine for the first time

The human air flight pioneers displayed their flying machine and its capabilities at a racecourse at Le Mans, France, five years after they made their first successful flight in 1903.

August 9, 1930 – Betty Boop makes her debut

The animated cartoon character made her first appearance in the cartoon, Dizzy Dishes.