Salem is gripped by witch hysteria, Yellowstone becomes the world's first national park, the Lindbergh baby is kidnapped, and the Watergate Seven are indicted, all on this day.
1940: The novel "Native Son" by Richard Wright is published. The book was one of the earliest successful attempts to explain the racial divide in America in terms of the social conditions imposed on African-Americans by the dominant white society. It proved an immediate best-seller, selling 250,000 hardcover copies within three weeks of its publication.
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