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Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini …
Ruhollah Khomeini
Shi'ite cleric Ruhollah Khomeini—born this day in 1900, it is believed—led the 1979 revolution that overthrew Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and for the next 10 years served as Iran's ultimate political and religious authority.

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Thurgood Marshall.
1954: School segregation outlawed by U.S. Supreme Court
On this day in 1954, lawyer Thurgood Marshall scored a landmark victory as the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

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1918: Birgit Nilsson.Swedish operatic soprano Birgit Nilsson was born in Västra Karup.
1875: The first Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and the winning horse was Aristides.
1866: French composer Erik Satie was born in Honfleur.
1792: Meeting on what is now Wall Street in New York City, 24 businessmen took the initial steps to forming the New York Stock Exchange.
1749: Edward Jenner, detail of an oil painting by James Northcote, 1803; in the National Portrait …English surgeon Edward Jenner, who discovered (1796) the smallpox vaccine, was born in Berkeley, Gloucestershire.
1510: Portrait of a Young Man, panel by Botticelli, 1487; in the …Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, one of the greatest painters of the Florentine Renaissance, died.
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