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In 1890, author, journalist, teacher, and historian Gerald W. Johnson was born. From 1926 to 1943, Johnson (above) worked at the Sunpapers. He also wrote more than 30 books, including "Andrew Jackson: An Epic in Homespun" in 1927. He died in Baltimore in 1980. (Frank R. Gardina, Baltimore Sun photo, 1973)

1926: Warner Bros. premiered its "Vitaphone" sound-on-disc movie system in New York.

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1945: Pikesville native Jacob Beser took part in the bombing of Hiroshima. He was the only person to fly on both atomic bomb missions.

1965: President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.

2012: The NASA rover Curiosity landed successfully on Mars.

Compiled by Jessica D. Evans and Paul McCardell.

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