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"England is sending the first British astronaut to the International Space Station. He’s also the first astronaut who's looking forward to the food." — Conan O'Brien
Federal health regulators say an experimental insomnia drug from Merck has worrisome side effects — especially when taken in high doses. Read
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1843: The first massive group of westbound settlers departs from Independence, Mo., bound for the Oregon Territory. The wagon train, consisting of more than 1,000 people and 1,000 head of cattle, would take five months to complete the Oregon Trail.
1849: Abraham Lincoln, a former Mississippi River deck hand and future president, receives a patent for "A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals" — a method for buoying boats in shallow water by using inflated tubes.
2003: Golfer Annika Sorenstam becomes the first woman in nearly 58 years (Babe Didrikson was her predecessor in 1945) to play on the PGA tour alongside her male counterparts. She shoots a 71 and a 74 on her first two days at the Bank of America Colonial golf tournament in Forth Worth, Texas, missing the cut to advance to the championship by four strokes.
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