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1869 - Thomas Edison filed for a patent on his first invention. 

1881 - David Henderson Houston patented the first roll film for cameras.

1899 - The Boer War began in South Africa between the British and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State.

1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt was presented with a letter from Albert Einstein that urged him to develop the U.S. atomic program rapidly.

1942 - The Battle of Cape Esperance, during World War II, began in the Solomons.

1968 - Apollo 7 was launched by the U.S. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit.

1994 - Iraqi troops began moving away from the Kuwaiti border.


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