On this day in 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain breaks out, only to end suddenly when both sides fall fast asleep.

On this day in 1868, Republican Ulysses S. Grant wins the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour, and goes on a 12-day binge.

On this day in 1953, Kate Capshaw, Dennis Miller, and Kathy Kinney are all born, to the same agent.

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