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Poet Dante Alighieri dies in exile from his beloved Florence shortly after completing his Divine Comedy.
George Frideric Handel completes his oratorio Messiah.
The poem Defence of Fort McHenry is written by Francis Scott Key.
The poem is now more familiar as the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Physiologist Ivan Pavlov born in Ryazan, Russia.
U.S. President William McKinley dies after being shot on September 6 in an assassination attempt.
He is succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.
Isadora Duncan dies when her scarf becomes entangled in the wheel of her car in Nice, France.
Photographer Alberto Korda born in Havana, Cuba.
He is best remembered for his image of revolutionary Che Guevara called Guerrillero Heroico.
Wrestler Maurice Mad Dog Vachon born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Graf Zeppelin II, world's largest airship, makes her maiden voyage.
Clayton Moore - The Lone Ranger born in Chicago.
The first man-made object to reach moon occurs when the Soviet lunar probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon.
John Gardner, poet and novelist (The Sunlight Dialogs), dies in a motorcycle crash in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.
Singer songwriter Amy Winehouse born in Southgate, London, England.