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On this day: August 3

POSTED: 02:07 PM PDT Aug 02, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 02, 2012 

Columbus sets sail, the first American intercollegiate sporting event takes place, Jesse Owens shines in Berlin, and a controversial stand-up comic dies, all on this day.

OTD August 3 - first letter
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1527: The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland. Rut had been chosen by Henry VIII to command an expedition to North America in search of the Northwest Passage and sent a letter back to the king after arriving in St. John's harbor.

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