Today in History

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The ‘Auld Mug’ trophy is awarded for the first time to the winners of a sailing race around England’s Isle of Wight. The schooner ‘America’ sails into first place with an ample lead, and so the competition between the world’s best racing yachts will be known as the ‘America’s Cup.’


Named for the man who founded Detroit in 1801, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe Cadillac, Michigan’s newest car company launches. The Cadillac Automobile Company rises from the ashes of the Henry Ford Company, after Ford leaves his company over a squabble with investors.


Rob Reiner’s ‘Stand by Me’ hits theaters. Based on Stephen King‘s novella ‘The Body,’ the movie tells the story of four boys searching for a missing boy’s corpse. ‘Stand by Me’ will help make stars out of Wil WheatonRiver PhoenixCorey…

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