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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Sep 23, 1779: John Paul Jones declared "I have not yet begun to fight!" aboard the American warship Bonhomme Richard in the battle against the British man-of-war Serapis.

Sep 23, 1846: German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.

Sep 23, 1973: Former Argentine president Juan Perón returned to power.

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Sep 22, 1776: Nathan Hale was hanged by the British as a spy during the Revolutionary War.

Sep 22, 1789: Congress authorized the office of Postmaster-General.

Sep 22, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, proposing to free all slaves of rebel states as of Jan. 1, 1863.

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Sep 21, 1897: The New York Sun published its famous editorial, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

Sep 21, 1937: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein was first published.

Sep 21, 1949: The People's Republic of China was proclaimed.

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Sep 20, 1870: Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of modern Italy, seized the Papal States from the French.

Sep 20, 1973: Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a battle of the sexes tennis match.

Sep 20, 1881 : Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding James A. Garfield, who had been assassinated.

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Sep 19, 1881: President James Garfield died of a gunshot wound inflicted by a disappointed office seeker the previous July 2.

Sep 19, 1957: The United States conducted its first underground nuclear test in the Nevada desert.

Sep 19, 1955 : President Juan Peron of Argentina was deposed and exiled after a military coup.

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Sep 18, 1810: Chile declared its independence from Spain.

Sep 18, 1851: The first edition of The New York Daily Times, which later became The New York Times, was published.

Sep 18, 1970: 27-year-old rock star, Jimi Hendrix, died in London.

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Sep 17, 1787: The Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of the delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.

Sep 17, 1862: The bloodiest day in U.S. military history occurred at the Battle of Antietam when more than 23,000 were killed or wounded.

Sep 17, 1994: Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf Miss America.

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Sep 16, 1908: General Motors was founded by William C. Durant.

Sep 16, 1919: The American Legion was incorporated by an act of Congress.

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