A major Civil War battle ends, America gains a new state, Jim Morrison overdoses, and summer blockbusters dominate theaters, all on this day.
1886: Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent Motorwagen, widely regarded as the first automobile, that is, a vehicle designed to be propelled by a motor.
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