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1813: Oliver H. Perry sent the message, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours,” after an American naval force defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

1846: Elias Howe of Spencer, Mass., received a patent for his sewing machine.

1948: Mildred Gillars, accused of being Nazi wartime radio broadcaster “Axis Sally,” was indicted in Washington, D.C., on treason charges.

1955: “Gunsmoke” premiered on CBS.

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