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.
1908: Cartoonist Tex Avery, best known for creating the characters of Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Droopy and Screwy Squirrel, is born Frederick Bean Avery in Taylor, Texas. Avery, who did his most significant work for the Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, is also known for developing Porky Pig and Chilly Willy into the personas that they are known for today. He died of liver cancer at age 72 on Aug. 26, 1980.
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