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On this day: June 11

Published On: Jun 09 2013 01:41:01 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Sir Barton becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown, George Wallace blocks the door at the University of Alabama, John Wayne dies, and the swine flu is declared a global pandemic, all on this day.

OTD June 11 - Duryea car
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1895: Charles E. Duryea patents the first-ever working American gasoline-driven automobile. Duryea and his brother Frank had road-tested the car two years earlier and would start selling the hand-made cars a year later, becoming the first-ever commercial automakers.

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