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1412 The Medici family was appointed official banker of the Papacy.
1599 Poet Edmund Spenser died.
1702 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.
1906 Businessman Marshall Field died.
1908 Pinnacles National
Monument was created.
1910 Baseball player Dizzy Dean was born.
1913 The British House of Commons accepted Home-Rule for Ireland.
1917 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.
1957 Conductor Arturo Toscanini died.
1961 Mickey Mantle became the highest-paid active baseball player when he signed a $75,000 contract with the New York Yankees.
McCormick Place, in Chicago, Illinois,
was destroyed by fire.
1974 Jaws, by Peter Benchley, was published.
"Donny and Marie" variety show debuted on
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran was ousted from power and went into
2009 Painter Andrew Wyeth died.
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