FILE -- Edgar Allan Poe is pictured in this undated photo. A professor believes he has solved the 146-year-old mystery of the death of Poe - thanks to the tell-tale medical records. R. Michael Benitez, who practices medicine a mere block from the writer's grave, says in the September 1996 issue of the Maryland Medical Journal that the author of ``The Raven'' didn't die drunk in a Baltimore gutter on a dank election day in 1849. Rather he may have succumbed to rabies. (AP Photo/file) authors poetry _TAG:EDGAR ALLAN POE ORG XMIT: NY23
FILE -- Edgar Allan Poe is pictured in this undated photo. A professor believes he has solved the 146-year-old mystery of the death of Poe - thanks to the tell-tale medical records. R. Michael Benitez, who practices medicine a mere block from the writer's grave, says in the September 1996 issue of the Maryland Medical Journal that the author of ``The Raven'' didn't die drunk in a Baltimore gutter on a dank election day in 1849. Rather he may have succumbed to rabies. (AP Photo/file) authors poetry _TAG:EDGAR ALLAN POE ORG XMIT: NY23 (AP)

In 1849, author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40.

1765: The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against Britain. 

1858: The fifth debate between Illinois senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place in Galesburg.

1940: Artie Shaw and his Orchestra recorded Hoagy Carmichael's “Star Dust” (as it was spelled then) for RCA Victor.

1949: The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was formed.

1954: Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.

1960: Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard Nixon held their second televised debate, this one in Washington, D.C.

1979: Pope John Paul II concluded his week-long tour of the United States with a Mass on the Washington Mall.

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