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On this day: November 14

Published: Nov 13 2012 02:18:16 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 14 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

America's first library opens, a plane crash kills most of the Marshall University football team, Princess Anne marries a commoner, and Michael Jackson premieres his "Black or White" video, all on this day.

OTD November 14 - Philadelphia library
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Library of Congress

1731: The Library Company of Philadelphia, the first lending library in the United States, hires its first librarian and opens officially. The organization, which still exists today, was founded by Benjamin Franklin and other subscribers who invested 40 shillings each and promised to pay 10 shillings a year thereafter to buy books and maintain a shareholder's library.

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