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1957 – Nevada is site of first-ever underground nuclear explosion
1881 – President Garfield succumbs to shooting wounds
1988 – Louganis wins gold in springboard
1876 – Melville Bissell patented a carpet-sweeper
1973 – King defeats Riggs in Battle of the Sexes II
1946 – First Cannes Film Festival
1938 – Patent #2,130,948 was granted for “synthetic fiber” (nylon) to Wallace Carothers
1780 – Benedict Arnold commits treason
1327 – Edward II of England is murdered by order of his wife
1937 – J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit is published
1989 – General Colin Powell is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
1993 – A patent for Baseball Batting Apparatus, patent #5,246,226 was granted
1862 – Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation
1961 – President Kennedy signs Peace Corps legislation
1994 – Friends debuts
1992 – The Poolside Basketball Game was granted a patent #5,149,086
1875 – Billy the Kid arrested for first time
1994 – The Shawshank Redemption debuts
1908 – Controversial call gives Cubs the pennant
1930 – Johannes Ostermeier was issued a patent for the flash bulb used in photography