Seabiscuit was a champion thoroughbred race horse in the United
States. From an inauspicious start, Seabiscuit became an unlikely
champion, and during the Great Depression became a symbol of hope to
many Americans. At the peak of his fame in 1938, it was suggested that
he had generated more newsprint in the U.S. than either Adolf Hitler
or Franklin D. Roosevelt, but this is an urban legend. In 2001,
Seabiscuit became the subject of a book (Seabiscuit: An American
Legend) and later a Universal Studios film (Seabiscuit).
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Irish potato famine: An Irish newspaper ran a story about a new potato
The world's first automatic teller machine was installed in the London
Borough of Enfield.
The Stonewall riots began in New York City, starting the modern
gay rights movement.
Muhammad Ali announced his retirement from boxing.
The International Court of Justice ruled against the United States in
Nicaragua v. United States.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Some potentates I would kill by any and all means at my disposal.
They are Ignorance, Superstition, and Bigotry— the most sinister and
tyrannical rulers on earth." -- Emma Goldman