Today in History

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1609 – Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Half Moon 1938 – Adolf Hitler demands autonomy and self-determination for the Germans of the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. 1953 – U.S. Senator and future President John Fitzgerald Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode
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1776 – The Continental Congress officially names its new union of sovereign states the ‘United States’. 1791 – Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, is named after President George Washington. 1947 – First case of a computer bug: A moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University. […]

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1264 – The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews safety and personal liberties and giving battei din (rabbinical court) jurisdiction over Jewish matters, is promulgated (established as law) by Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Greater Poland. 1655 – Warsaw falls without resistance to a small force under the command of Charles X Gustav of Sweden during […]

Today in History September 7

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1764 – Election of Stanisław August Poniatowski as the last ruler of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Otherwise known as The Commonwealth, this dualistic state came into being through the Union of Lublin, establishing an elective monarchy. The union was necessary directly for the Lithuanians, offering the nation adequate defense from the growing Russian empire.
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This Week in History

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August 29, 708 – Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time August 29, 1756 – Frederick the Great attacks Saxony, beginning the Seven Years’ War. August 29, 1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction. August 30, 1800 – Gabriel Prosser postpones a planned slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia, but is arrested before
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Aug 22, 565 – Columba, an Irish abbot (father) and missionary is today known for reports of seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland. Aug 26, 1498 – Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà. Aug 23, 1541 – French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada. Aug 25, […]

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August 8, 1585 – John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage. August 8, 1991 – The Warsaw radio mast, at one time the tallest construction ever built, collapses. August 9, 1892 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph. August 9, 1974 – As a direct result of the […]

August 5

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25 – Guangwu claims the throne as emperor, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty. 1305 – William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed. 1620 – The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on
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August 4

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1532 – The Duchy of Brittany is united to the Kingdom of France. 1789 – In France, members of the National Constituent Assembly take an oath to end feudalism and abandon their privileges. 1790 – A newly passed tariff act creates the Revenue Cutter Service (the forerunner of the United States Coast Guard). 1791 – […]

July 28

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1808 – Mahmud II became Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and Caliph of Islam. 1809 – Peninsular War: Battle of Talavera: Sir Arthur Wellesley’s British, Portuguese and Spanish army defeats a French force led by Joseph Bonaparte. 1866 – At the age of 18, Vinnie Ream becomes the first and youngest female artist to receive […]