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1818 - "Academician" began publication in New York City.
 

1893 - Elisha Gray patented a machine called the telautograph. It automatically signed autographs to documents.

1922 - DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace offered 5,000 copies of "Reader's Digest" magazine for the first time.

1944 - During World War II, the Germans launched a counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy.

 

1974 - The nation of Grenada gained independence from Britain.

1977 - Russia launched Soyuz 24.

1984 - Space shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart made the first untethered space walk.

 

1999 - King Hussein of Jordan died. His son was sworn in as king four hours after the announcement that his father had died.
 
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