The nation's capital is founded, the world gets its first parking meter, Joltin' Joe sets an unbreakable record, and man heads to the moon, all on this day.
2005: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth book in J. K. Rowling's best-selling series, is released. It sold nine million copies in the first 24 hours after its release, a record at the time that was eventually broken by its sequel, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
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White House Historical Association
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