Magellan reaches the Pacific, William Shakespeare gets hitched, the Grand Ole Opry debuts, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci defects, and Jeffrey Dahmer is killed in prison, all on this day.
1895: Frank Duryea wins the Chicago Times-Herald race, the first gasoline-powered automobile race in the United States. The 54-mile race ran from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois, with Duryea winning the $2,000 first prize in approximately 10 hours, averaging about 7.3 miles per hour.
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