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On this day: July 19

POSTED: 12:30 PM PDT Jul 18, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 18, 2013 

Rome burns, a famous gunslinger kills for the first time, Marilyn Monroe passes a big test, and The King's first single is released, all on this day.

OTD July 19 - SS Great Britain
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1843: The steamship SS Great Britain is launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and also becoming the largest vessel afloat in the world.

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