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Today In History

In 1797: the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, was launched in Boston’s harbor.

In 1805: A British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.

In 1879: Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.

In 1967: Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C.

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