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In 1914, The Sun reported that a record of 5,500 men washed their own clothes during the previous year at Walters Bath No. 1. Located at 131 S. High St., the public bath house remained a staple for both men and women until it closed in 1954. (Baltimore Sun photo, 1939)

1743: The first recorded town meeting in America was held in Boston.

1794: Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America’s cotton industry.

1879: Physicist Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany.

1945: The American flag was raised on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima after a hard-won victory over the Japanese in World War II.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.