America's first hospital opens, Glenn Miller earns the first gold record, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years, and Whitney Houston dies, all on this day.
2006: American author Peter Benchley, best known for his novel "Jaws," and for co-writing the screenplay for the summer blockbuster movie of the same name, dies of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 65 in Princeton, New Jersey.
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