Famed Lincoln–Douglas debates begin

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First major discovery of gold in Alaska, sparking the Klondike Gold Rush

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Christopher Columbus begins his voyage

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Emma Lazarus, the American-Jewish poet whose words are inscribed at the Statue of Liberty, is born

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Statue of Liberty dedicated

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U.S. troops take over Puerto Rico

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October 18, 1898

Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange dies

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Venezuela, 1st South American country to gain independence from Spain

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Dred Scott decision, U.S. Supreme Court

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Jamestown colonists land at Cape Henry, VA

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