Thomas Jefferson becomes the first secretary of state, the Dachau concentration camp opens, The Beatles release their first album, and the Comet Hale-Bopp does a fly-by, all on this day.
1978: Karl Wallenda, the German acrobat who founded The Flying Wallendas, an internationally known daredevil circus act that performed death-defying stunts, dies at the age of 73 after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He's seen here, second from left, in 1965.
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