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On this day: August 2

Published On: Aug 01 2012 04:10:23 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 02 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

America formally declares its independence, the U.S. Census is born, a president dies, JFK becomes a hero, and a young Robert Zimmerman changes his name, all on this day.

OTD August 2 - Henry Hudson
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1610: Henry Hudson sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean.

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