On this day: September 20

POSTED: 10:42 PM Sep 19 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Sep 20 2015

Magellan sets sail, the first American-made, gas-powered car goes for a spin, Cal Ripken sits for the first time in 16 years, and the U.S. ends "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," all on this day.

OTD September 20 - George RR Martin
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1948: Author and screenwriter George R. R. Martin, best known for "A Song of Ice and Fire," his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted into the dramatic series "Game of Thrones," is born in Bayonne, New Jersey.


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