History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.
1947: Larry Doby signs a contract with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League. Jackie Robinson had broken the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League 11 weeks earlier.
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