On this day: July 20

Published On: Jul 19 2012 10:48:26 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 20 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

An ancient king is born, the first Ford rolls off the line, the Special Olympics are born, man lands on the moon, and a home run king belts his last, all on this day.

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2013: Journalist and author Helen Thomas, the longest-serving White House journalist who covered 10 presidents over nearly half a century, dies at age 92 in Washington, D.C. Thomas began covering the White House for United Press International when John F. Kennedy became president in 1961 and was a fixture there until her retirement in 2010.

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