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Truman Capote

This Day in History: Aug. 25

This Day in History: Aug. 25

In 1864, a Maryland slave named Annie Davis requested her freedom in a letter addressed to President Abraham Lincoln. Although the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863, Maryland’s slaves weren’t declared free until Nov. 1, 1864. (Handout photo, The National Archives)

1718: Hundreds of French immigrants arrived in Louisiana, with some of them settling at what is now New Orleans.

1981: The U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 came within 63,000 miles of Saturn’s cloud cover, sending back pictures and data about the ringed planet.

1984: Author Truman Capote was found dead in Los Angeles; he was...