History

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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1066 – Battle of Hastings: William the Conqueror and his Norman army defeat the English forces of Harold II who is killed in the battle.… 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

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1899 – The South African (Boer) War began between Great Britain and the two Boer (Afrikaner) republics—the South African Republic (Transvaal) and the Orange Free … Read more

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1944 – On this day in 1944, 800 Gypsy children, including more than a hundred boys between 9 and 14 years old are systematically murdered. … Read more

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1855 – American inventor Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor.

1930 – 1st transcontinental flight by a woman completed, Laura Ingalls.

1967 – Socialist

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1927 – “The Second Hundred Years” silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing … Read more

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1949 – On this day in 1949, a constitution went into effect in the Soviet occupation zone of Germany that formed the country of East … Read more

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1889 – Moulin Rouge opens in Paris.

1889 – Thomas Edison shows his 1st motion picture.

1948 – Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial … Read more

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1789 – French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the … Read more

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1883 – The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Istanbul.

1927 – Sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore … Read more

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1778 – Captain James Cook anchors at Alaska

1941 – “The Maltese Falcon” directed by John Huston and based off Dashiell Hammett’s 1929 novel of … Read more

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1836 – Naturalist Charles Darwin returned to England this day in 1836 after a five-year journey on the HMS Beagle, on which he gathered the … Read more

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1867 – Karl Marx’ “Das Kapital” published

1868 – “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott is published in America by Roberts Brothers of Boston

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1787 – 1st US voyage around the world – Columbia leaves Boston

1880 – American amateur astronomer Henry Draper takes the 1st ever photograph of … Read more

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1542 – Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, known as the “discoverer” of California, landed this day in 1542 near what is now San Diego and became … Read more

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1905 – The physics journal Annalen der Physik publishes Albert Einstein’s paper “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?”, introducing the … Read more

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1849 – Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist and pioneer in psychology (Nobel Prize 1904), born in Ryazan, Russia.

1946 – 1st edition of Tintin (Kuifje), publishes … Read more

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1820 – French Physicist Francois Arago announces electromagnetism in his discovery that a copper wire between the poles of a voltaic cell could laterally attract … Read more

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1493 – Christopher Columbus embarks on his 2nd expedition to the New World, setting sail with a fleet of 17 ships.

1896 – American short-story … Read more