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"Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." — Thomas Alva Edison

"Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He’d better have a bodyguard." — Sen. Jesse Helms

Birthdays

1921 — Jesse Helms, senator, R-N.C.

1922 — Little Orphan Annie, comic strip character

1926 — Chuck Berry, St. Louis, rocker ("Roll Over Beethoven")

1926 — George C. Scott, Wise, Va., actor ("Patton," "The Bible," "Taps," "Hardcore")

1939 — Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK assassin, born

1939 — Mike Ditka, coach and tight end (NFL rookie year 1961; Bears, Eagles, Cowboys)

Events

1648 — First U.S. labor organization forms (Boston Shoemakers)

1767 — Boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon Line, agreed upon

1862 — Morgan’s raiders capture the federal garrison at Lexington, Ky.

1867 — United States takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million purchase)

1873 — Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers and Yale set rules for collegiate football

1887 — Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity" (BG)

1931 — Thomas Alva Edison, inventor, dies in West Orange, N.J., at 84

1944 — Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during World War II

1968 — Bob Beamon of United States sets the long-jump record (29'2½") in Mexico City

1982 — Bess Truman, former first lady, dies in Independence, Mo., at 97

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