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• 837 – Halley's Comet makes its closest approach to Earth at a distance equal to 0.0342 AU (5.1 million kilometres/3.2 million miles).

• 1816 – President James Madison signed the charter establishing the Second Bank of the United States as the nation's second national bank.

• 1847 – Birth Date of Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-American journalist, publisher, and politician, founded Pulitzer, Inc. (Death on 1911)

• 1925 – The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published.

• 1970 – In the midst of business disagreements with his bandmates, Paul McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles.

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