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Today in History: October 11

Slide 1 of 10: (Original Caption) Yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793. Carriages rumbled through the streets to pick up the dying and the dead. Woodcut shows Stephen Girard on errand of mercy.

1793: Yellow fever breaks out in Philadelphia

The death toll reaches 100 as yellow fever epidemic breaks out in Philadelphia. Yellow fever, also known as American Plague, claimed 5000 lives by the time it ended.

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