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In 1981, the National Aquarium, pictured above, finally opened after being delayed. Mayor William Donald Schaefer had wanted to create an institution that would help revitalize the Inner Harbor. When it first opened, the aquarium had 5,600 animals – today, the aquarium has grown to house more than 17,000. (Walter M. McCardell, Baltimore Sun photo)

1876: Thomas Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.

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1963: Britain's "Great Train Robbery" took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes.

1974: President Richard Nixon announced he would resign following new damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.

1978: The United States launched Pioneer Venus II, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.

Compiled by Jessica D. Evans and Paul McCardell.

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