The first Arbor Day is celebrated, the Titanic sets sail, "The Great Gatsby" is published, Paul McCartney quits The Beatles, and the U.S. and China engage in "ping-pong diplomacy," all on this day.
1796: Jim Bowie, the pioneer and soldier who became a legendary figure and folk hero in American culture, is born in Logan County, Ky. Stories of him as a fighter and frontiersman, both real and fictitious, contributed to his fame. He also played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo.
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