Caesar crosses the Rubicon, the London Underground opens, RCA introduces the 45 rpm single, The Beatles' first U.S. record is released, and Wendy's asks "Where's the Beef?," all on this day.
1951: Sinclair Lewis, the first writer from the United States to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, dies from advanced alcoholism at the age of 65 in Rome, Italy. Among his most popular works are the novels "Main Street," "Babbitt," "Arrowsmith," "Elmer Gantry" and "Dodsworth."
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