"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.
2005: Politician Eugene McCarthy, a long-time member of the U.S. Congress from Minnesota who unsuccessfully sought the presidency five times altogether, dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 89 in Washington, D.C. He was most remembered for the 1968 presidential election, in which he was the first candidate to challenge incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson for the Democratic nomination, running on an anti-Vietnam War platform.
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