Benjamin Franklin goes to France on diplomatic mission

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Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase

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Thomas Alva Edison dies

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Columbus Day (observed)

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Isabella I of Castile, Queen of Spain (1451–1504) and patron of Christopher Columbus, is born

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  • Building Suburbia: Highways and Housing in Postwar America

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    Building Suburbia: Diebenkorn's City Scape

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