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1769

Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac murdered.

1841

The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue was published.

1902

Marie and Pierre Curie isolated radium.

1912

Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, died.

1912

The Boston Red Sox played their first game at Fenway Park. They beat the N.Y. Highlanders (who in 1913 would become known as the Yankees) 7-6.

1971

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of busing for racial desegregation.

1999

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including the shooters) and 1 teacher were killed; 23 others were wounded.

2008

Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar race.

2010

An explosion on a BP oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana kills 11 people and injures 17. Experts estimate that 13,000 gallons of crude oil per hour are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.

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