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1412 The Medici family was appointed official banker of the Papacy.

1599 Poet Edmund Spenser died.

Sieur d'Iberville1702 French-Canadian explorer Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d'Iberville founded what is now Mobile, Alabama.

1776 The Continental Congress approved enlistment of free blacks.

1777 Vermont declared itself independent from New York.

1793 French King Louis XVI was sentenced to death by the National Convention.

1868 The refrigerator car was patented by William Davis.

1874 Poet Robert W. Service was born.

1879 Educator William M. Jardine was born.

1883 The Civil Service system of the United States was established.

Fulgencio Batista1901 Fulgencio Batista Zaldívar, two-time President of Cuba, was born.
Hiram Revels1901 Hiram Revels, the first black to to be elected to the U.S. Senate, died.

1906 Businessman Marshall Field died.

1908 Pinnacles National Monument was created.
1908 Singer Ethel Merman was born.

1910 Baseball player Dizzy Dean was born.

1913 The British House of Commons accepted Home-Rule for Ireland.

George Dewey1917 U.S. Admiral George Dewey died.

1919 The 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, was ratified.

1932 Anthropologist Dian Fossey was born.

1935 Auto racer A.J. Foyt was born.

1936 The Screen Actors Guild was incorporated.

1943 Singer Ronnie Milsap was born.

1948 Film director John Carpenter was born.

Arturo Toscanini1957 Conductor Arturo Toscanini died.

Mickey Mantle1961 Mickey Mantle became the highest-paid active baseball player when he signed a $75,000 contract with the New York Yankees.

McCormick PlaceDestroyed By Fire1967 McCormick Place, in Chicago, Illinois, was destroyed by fire.
1967 Physicist Robert J. Van de Graaff died.

1974 Jaws, by Peter Benchley, was published.

1976 "Donny and Marie" variety show debuted on ABC-TV.
1976 Peter Frampton released Frampton Comes Alive.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran was ousted from power and went into self-imposed exile.
1979 Actor Ted Cassidy died.

2009 Painter Andrew Wyeth died.

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