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In 1569, Eng­land’s first state lot­tery was held to raise money for the con­struc­tion of har­bours.

In 1693, an earth­quake at Cata­nia, Italy, killed 60,000.

In 1759, Amer­ica’s first life in­sur­ance com­pany was founded. It was called the Cor­po­ra­tion for Re­lief of Poor and Dis­tressed Wid­ows and Chil­dren of Pres­by­te­rian Min­is­ters.

In 1787, Sir William Her­schel dis­cov­ered the moons of the planet Uranus.

In 1805, the Michi­gan Ter­ri­tory was cre­ated by an act of U.S. Congress.

In 1842, William James, the Amer­i­can psy­chol­o­gist and philoso­pher and au­thor of “The Va­ri­eties of Re­li­gious Ex­pe­ri­ence,” was born.

In 1861, Vas­sar Col­lege for women was in­cor­po­rated at Pough­keep­sie, N.Y.

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