On this day in 1868, the Great Train Robbery takes place near Marshfield, Ind., as seven members of the Reno gang make off with $96,000 in cash, gold and bonds, and will spend it all renting storage space for their loot in midtown Manhattan.

On this day in 1972, the island nation of Ceylon becomes the Republic of Sri Lanka—just like that!

On this day in 1992, after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosts NBC's Tonight Show for the last time, telling his audience, through a guest host (Joan Rivers), that "I'll really miss it."

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