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1895 – America’s first auto race organized by the “Chicago Times-Herald” – Chicago to Evanston and back: 6 cars, 55 miles. Frank Duryea wins averaging 7 MPH.

1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater.

1914 – World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange re-opens for bond trading.

1925 – Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio in Nashville, Tennessee.

1929 – Richard E. Byrd makes his first South Pole flight.

1933 – A Dallas grand jury delivers a murder indictment against Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow for the January 1933 killing of Tarrant County Deputy Malcolm Davis.

1942 – 492 die in a fire that destroys Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts. The fire was fueled by flammable tropical decor.

1944 – US 121st infantry regiment occupies Hurtgen, Germany.

1948 – “Hopalong Cassidy” premieres on TV.

1955 – 1956 NFL Draft: Gary Glick from University of Colorado A&M is first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers.

1957 – Milwaukee Braves future Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn wins Cy Young Award.

1964 – Mariner 4 launched: First probe to fly by Mars.

1972 – Los Angeles Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels.

1983 – 9th NASA Space Shuttle Mission: Columbia 6 launches.

1988 – Picasso’s Acrobat & Harlequin” sells for $38.46 million.

1994 – Convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver in the Columbian Correctional Institution gymnasium in Portage, Wisconsin.

1999 – In an all-American final, Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to win his fifth and final ATP Tour World Championship tennis title in Hanover, Germany.

2010 – 24th Soul Train Music Awards: Ron Isley, Anita Baker win.

2022 – Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year is ‘gaslighting’ while Collins dictionary’s word is ‘permacrisis’

2022 – 50 million birds killed in record-breaking outbreak of avian flu across the United States according to Department of Agriculture, amid similar outbreaks elsewhere around the world.

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