The Grand Canyon becomes a national park, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album hits No. 1, a truck bomb explodes under the World Trade Center, and teenager Trayvon Martin is shot and killed, all on this day.
1903: Richard Jordan Gatling, the inventor of the Gatling gun, the first successful machine gun, dies at age 84 in New York City. While he was most known for the Gatling gun, he also invented and patented a number of other inventions, including a screw propeller, a wheat drill, a hemp break machine, a steam plow, a marine steam ram and a motor-driven plow.
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