French astrologer and physician
Nostradamus born.

Former presidentGeorge Washington passes away at his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
He was being treated for a sore throat by the practice of bloodletting which may have contributed to his death.
He was 67 years old.

Bandleader Spike Jones of City Slicker fame, born in Long Beach, California.

Explorer Roald Amundsen's team becomes the first to reach the South Pole.

Writer Shirley Jackson (The Lottery) born in San Francisco.

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