Posted: Aug 12, 2009 06:38 AM MDT
Updated: Jul 14, 2016 08:54 PM MDT
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Henry VIII divorces his first wife, Vincent van Gogh is born, America agrees to buy Alaska from Russia, and President Reagan survives an assassination attempt, all on this day.
Coca-Cola is brewed for the first time, Elvis Presley begins boot camp, the last U.S. soldiers leave Vietnam, and the Tennessee Lady Vols complete an unprecedented unbeaten season, all on this day.
Vikings sack Paris, the Hollywood Walk of Fame gets its first star, President Eisenhower dies, and Three Mile Island melts down, all on this day.