March 9

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1497 – Nicolaus Copernicus’ first recorded astronomical observation 1522 – Marten Luther begins preaching his Invocavit Sermons in Wittenberg 1562 – Kissing in public banned in Naples 1745 – Bells for first American carillon shipped from England to Boston 1839 – Prussian government limits work week for children to 51 hours 1841 –
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March 8

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1702 – Queen Anne ascends throne upon death of King William III 1722 – Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud occupies Persia 1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded. 1862 – Confederate ironclad “Merrimack” launched 1884 – Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution
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March 7

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161 – Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by co-Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, an unprecedented political arrangement in the Roman Empire 321 – Roman Emperor Constantine I decrees that Solis Invicti (sun-day) is the day of rest in the Empire. 1530 – King Henry VIII’s divorce request is denied by the […]

March 3

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521 – Magellan discovers Guam 1646 – Born in London, Joseph Jenckes arrived in Lynn Massachusetts around 1643. Three years later he was awarded the first patent in North America by the General Court of Massachusetts, for the scythe, an agricultural tool used for clearing grass and reaping crops. The basic scythe design remained in […]

March 3

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1776 – American Revolutionary War: The first amphibious landing of the United States Marine Corps begins the Battle of Nassau. 1820 – The U.S. Congress passes the Missouri Compromise. 1857 – Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China. 1885 – The American Telephone & Telegraph Company is incorporated in New […]

March 2

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537 – Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoth army under King Vitiges begins the siege. Belisarius conducts a delaying action outside the Flaminian Gate; he and a detachment of his bucellarii are almost cut off. 1498 – Vasco da Gama’s fleet visits the Island of Mozambique. 1657 – Great Fire of Meireki: A fire in Edo […]

March 1

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293 – Emperor Diocletian and Maximian appoint Constantius Chlorus and Galerius as Caesars. This is considered the beginning of the Tetrarchy, known as the Quattuor Principes Mundi (“Four Rulers of the World”). 1562 – Sixty-three Huguenots are massacred in Wassy, France, marking the start of the French Wars of Religion. 1565 – The city of […]

February 28

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202 BC – Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China 1692 – Salem witch hunt begins 1704 – Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 40, kidnap 100 1708 – Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island New York, 11 die 1749 – First […]

February 27

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1557 – First Russian Embassy established in London 1594 – Henri IV crowned king of France 1814 – Ludwig von Beethoven’s 8th Symphony in F, premieres 1827 – First Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans 1854 – Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine 1860 – Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper […]

February 24

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303 – First official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued 1510 – Pope Julius II excommunicates the Republic of Venice 1839 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia 1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded. Beginning in 1909, the Hudson Motor Car Company made Hudson and other brand automobiles in Detroit. […]