On this day in 1643, Louis XIV becomes King of France at age 4. He immediately declares birthday cake the national food.

On this day in 1787, delegates begin to gather in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution and raise a little hell while they're at it.

On this day in 1980, President Carter inaugurates the Department of Health and Human Services, phasing out the old Department of Illness and Simian Services.

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