On this day in 1968, the Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, is dedicated, with the evocative words, "Over One Million Sold."

On this day in 1986, an estimated 7 million Americans participate in "Hands Across America," forming a line across the country to raise money for the nation's hungry and homeless, and giving each other colds.

On this day in 1997, Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., becomes the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, marking 141 years and 10 months of service.

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