The nation's capital is founded, the world gets its first parking meter, Joltin' Joe sets an unbreakable record, and man heads to the moon, all on this day.
1981: Singer-songwriter Harry Chapin ("Cat's in the Cradle") dies in a car crash at the age of 38 in Jericho, N.Y. He was on his way to a benefit concert.
National Archives and Records Administration
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