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On this day: May 16

Published On: May 15 2013 03:19:06 AM EDT   Updated On: May 16 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Joan of Arc is sainted, the first Academy Awards are handed out, SpaghettiOs debut, "Pet Sounds" and "Blonde on Blonde" hit record store shelves, and Sammy Davis Jr. and Jim Henson pass away, all on this day.

OTD May 16 - William Henry Seward
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1801: Politician and diplomat William H. Seward, who served as the governor of New York, a U.S. senator and the U.S. secretary of state under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, is born in Florida, N.Y. As Johnson's secretary of state, he engineered the 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia in move that was ridiculed at the time as "Seward's Folly."

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