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Today in History  September 21
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1792

The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

1897

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

1937

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein was first published.

1938

A hurricane struck New York and New England with extensive damage and more than 600 deaths.

1949

The People's Republic of China was proclaimed.

1964

Malta gained its independence from Great Britain.

1981

Belize gained its independence from Great Britain.

1996

John F. Kennedy, Jr., married Carolyn Bessette.

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