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Down Historic Trails of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Page: 45 | The Portal to Texas History

On This Day in History, July 3, 1863: On day 3 of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's last attempt at breaking the Union line ended in disastrous failure, bringing the most decisive battle of the American Civil War to an end.

On This Day in History, June 28, 1953: Workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assembled the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. What was your dream car?

On August 12th, 1901 a two-cylinder Locomobile Steamer driven by C.A. Yont and W.B. Felker becomes the first automobile to reach the summit of Pikes Peak.

On this Day in History, April 10, 1866: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded. This young fellow gets as close as he can to decide which kitten to adopt.

Clara Barton (1821-1912), the founder and first president of the American Red Cross, acquired her broad skill set of urgent medical care, long-term care for invalids, locating and reuniting lost family members and soldiers, etc. through “on-the-job training” during some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Prior to the war, she was a schoolteacher with no medical background.

One of the most iconic images in American history: On Nov. 25, 1963 -- his third birthday -- John Jr. salutes the casket of his father, who was assassinated three days earlier.

The 72-year wait is over. On April 1, 1940, there were 132,164,569 people living in America. And today, 87 percent of Americans can find a direct family link to one -- or more -- of them. When the 1940 U.S. Federal Census is opened to the public this April, you'll have a window into every one of those 132 million lives. Their names, where they lived, who shared their house, even where they were five years earlier. For more information, head to