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Today is the 266th day of 2021 and the second day of autumn.

TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1806, Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis from its exploration venture to the Pacific coast.

In 1845, the New York Knickerbockers baseball club was founded.

In 1952, vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon gave his famous “Checkers” speech, denying allegations of improper campaign financing.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927), jour- nalist/activist; Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), journalist/philosopher; Mickey Rooney (1920-2014), actor; John Coltrane (1926-1967), saxophonist; Ray Charles (1930- 2004), singer-songwriter; Julio Iglesias (1943- ), singer-song- writer; Bruce Springsteen (1949- ), singer-songwriter; Jason Alexander (1959- ), actor; Ani DiFranco (1970- ), singer-song- writer; Anthony Mackie (1978- ), actor.

TODAY’S FACT: Nintendo, known today as a video game company, was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in Kyoto, Japan, on this day in 1889. The company originally produced handmade playing cards.

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