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June 4th in history:

The idea of air travel got a big lift on June 4th, 1783, when the Montgolfier brothers of France demonstrated the hot-air balloon they developed. There were no people or animals aboard that test flight.

On this date in 1878, a momentous train trip ended when the Transcontinental Express arrived in San Francisco. The train had traveled cross-country from New York City in just three-and-a-half days.

Henry Ford tested an early version of his automobile early on the morning of June 4th, 1896, by driving the vehicle through the streets of Detroit.

One highlight of Dennis Weaver’s acting career was when he played a motorist being chased by a mysterious truck driver in the TV movie “Duel.” Weaver, also known for TV roles in “Gunsmoke” and “Gentle Ben,” was born June 4th, 1924.

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