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1777: During the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga.

1881: The 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died of wounds inflicted by an assassin.

1934: Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh infant.

1957: United States conducted its first underground nuclear test (in the Nevada desert).

1985: The Mexico City area was struck by the first of two devastating earthquakes that claimed some 6,000 lives.

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Zimbabwe leader calls assassination attempt ‘cowardly act’

UPDATED: 8:14 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s president was unscathed Saturday by an explosion at a campaign rally that state media called an attempt to assassinate him, later visiting his two injured vice presidents and declaring the “cowardly act” will not disrupt next month’s historic elections.