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Today In History

In 1765: The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.

In 1777: The second Battle of Saratoga began during the American Revolution. (The British forces surrendered 10 days later.)

In 1849: Author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Md., at age 40.

In 1954: Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

In 1960: Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard M. Nixon held the second of their broadcast debates.

In 1982: The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical “Cats” opened on Broadway.

In 1985: Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean with more than 400 people aboard.

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