America's first town hall meeting is held, Eli Whitney patents his cotton gin, Pan Am is incorporated, and JFK's body is moved to a permanent memorial, all on this day.
1976: Choreographer and director Busby Berkeley, famous for his elaborate musical production numbers involving large numbers of showgirls and complex geometric patterns, dies of natural causes at the age of 80 in Palm Desert, Calif. Some of the musicals he served as choreographer for include "42nd Street," "Footlight Parade: and "Gold Diggers of 1933." He also directed movies such as "They Made Me a Criminal," "The Gang's All Here" and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
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