On June 9…

1534 – French explorer Jacques Cartier became the first European to navigate the St. Lawrence River in present-day Québec, Canada.

 

1781 – George Stephenson, developer of the steam locomotive, was born in Wylam, Northumberland, England.

 

1790 – The first copyright for a book was given to The Philadelphia Spelling Book.

 

1973 – Secretariat became the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.

 

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