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534 – Second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus published.
1532 – Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captures Inca Emperor Atahualpa after a surprise ambush … Read more

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1492 – Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco.
1884 – European Colonization and trade in Africa is officially regulated at the international Berlin … Read more

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1680 – Gottfried Kirch discovers the Great Comet of 1680 (Kirch’s Comet/Newton’s Comet). 1851 – Harper & Brothers published Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Moby Dick.
1896 … Read more

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1789 – Benjamin Franklin writes “Nothing . . . certain but death & taxes”.
1933 – 1st modern sit-down strike by Hormel meatpackers in Austin, … Read more

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764 – Tibetan troops occupy Chang’an for 15 days, capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty.
1833 – The great Leonid meteor shower, in which hundreds … Read more

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1675 –  German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = f(x) … Read more

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392 – Roman Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion the state religion
1519 – 1st meeting of Moctezuma II & Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico.
1701 … Read more

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1492 – Ensisheim Meteorite strikes a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim in Alsace, France. Oldest meteorite with a known date of impact.
1837 … Read more

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1813 – Chilpancingo congress declares Mexico independent of Spain.
1860 – Abraham Lincoln (Rep-R-Ill) elected 16th American President.
1888 – Benjamin Harrison of the Republican … Read more

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1605 – Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes attempts to blow up King James I and the British Parliament. Guy Fawkes was caught, tortured and later executed … Read more

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1793 – French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined
1838 – The Times of India, world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet … Read more

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1875 – Verney Cameroon reaches Benguela in Angola, from Africa’s east coast, 1st European to cross equatorial Africa.

1936 – The British Broadcasting Corporation officially … Read more

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1492 – Christopher Columbus sights Cuba and claims it for Spain under the name “Juana”

1538 – The first university in the New World, the … Read more

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939 – Athelstan, the first king to rule over all of England, died.

1932 – American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath—whose best-known works are preoccupied … Read more

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1863 – Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby.

1918 – Cecil Chubb gives prehistoric monument Stonehenge to the British nation.

1951 … Read more

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1950 – China entered the Korean War on the side of North Korea against South Korea and the United Nations (UN), the United States is … Read more

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1861 – The first transcontinental telegram was sent via the telegraph in the United States, effectively bringing to an end the Pony Express.

1945 – … Read more

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1797 – The first parachute jump of note is made by André-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris.
1879 – Thomas Edison … Read more

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1812 – Napoleon began his disastrous retreat from Russia.

1781 – On this day in 1781, Britain’s Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, handing a … Read more

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1775 – African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

1867 – Alaska Purchase: the US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, having paid $7.2 … Read more

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1912 – Following the example of Montenegro, their smaller ally in the tumultuous Balkan region of Europe, Serbia and Greece declare war on the Ottoman … Read more

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1793 – Nine months after the execution of her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, Marie Antoinette follows him to the guillotine.

1846 … Read more

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1581 – Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet “Ballet Comique de la Reine” is staged in Paris.

1878 – Edison Electric Light Company … Read more

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1896 – First public screening of a motion picture in New Zealand.

1943 – American musician Paul Simon is born.

1943 – Italy declared war … Read more

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1492 – Christopher Columbus’ expedition makes landfall on a Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached … Read more