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1935: Avi­a­tor Amelia Earhart be­gan an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, that made her the first per­son to fly solo across any part of the Pa­cific Ocean.

2003: Call­ing the death penalty process “ar­bi­trary and capri­cious, and there­fore im­moral,” Illi­nois Gov. Ge­orge Ryan com­muted the sen­tences of 167 con­demned in­mates, clear­ing his state’s death row two days be­fore leav­ing of­fice.

2013: Red­dit co-founder Aaron Swartz was found dead in his Brook­lyn apart­ment, a sui­cide; he was 26.

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