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In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message "What hath God wrought" from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America's first telegraph line. (Getty Images)

1937: In a set of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Social Security Act of 1935.

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1941: The German battleship Bismarck sank the British battle cruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board.

1962: Astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7.

1976: Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde supersonic transport service to Washington.

1991: The feminist film drama "Thelma & Louise," starring Susan Sarandon (as Louise) and Geena Davis (as Thelma) was released by MGM.

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