December 19

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324 – Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor. 1795 – First state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky 1843 – Charles Dickens publishes “A Christmas Carol,” in England 1903 – Williamsburg bridge opens between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Click here to watch the opening of the bridge 1918 – Robert Ripley began his
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December 12

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627 – Battle at Nineveh: Byzantine emperor Heraclius beats Perzen 1098 – First Crusaders capture and plunder Mara Syria 1791 – Bank of US opens 1792 – In Vienna, Ludwig Von Beethoven at the age of 22 receives first lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn 1915 – First all-metal aircraft (Junkers J-1) test […]

December 11

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359 – Honoratus, first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office. 1620 – 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock 1792 – France’s King Louis XVI went on trial, accused of treason 1844 – First dental use of nitrous oxide, in Hartford, Connecticut 1866 – First yacht race across Atlantic Ocean 1913 – […]

December 7

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43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero is assassinated. 1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, makes landfall. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die. 1732 – The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London. 1787 – Delaware becomes the […]

December 6

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963 – Leo VIII elected Pope 1631 – First predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed 1790 – The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia 1825 – Pres John Adams suggests establishment of a US observatory 1862 – Pres Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux indians 1877 – First sound recording […]

December 5

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771 – Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman. 1456 – Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die 1766 – London auctioneers Christie’s hold their first sale 1792 – George Washington re-elected president 1876 – Fire at Brooklyn Theater kills 295, trampled or burned to death 1893 – […]

December 4

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1110 – Syrian harbor city Saida (Sidon) surrenders to Crusaders 1154 – Pope Hadrian IV elected Pope. The only Englishman to become pontiff, Nicholas Breakspear was a member of the family which until recent years brewed beer in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. 1534 – Turkish sultan Suleiman occupies Baghdad 1783 – General Washington bids officers
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November 29

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800 – Charlemagne arrives at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III. 1783 – A 5.3 magnitude earthquake strikes New Jersey. 1864 – American Indian Wars: Sand Creek massacre – Colorado volunteers led by Colonel John Chivington massacre at least 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho noncombatants inside Colorado Territory. 1929 – U.S. Admiral
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November 28

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1582 – In Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway pay a £40 bond for their marriage license. They were married in 1582, when he was 18 and she was 25 years old. She outlived her husband by seven years. 1660 – At Gresham College, twelve men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir […]

November 27

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1095 – Pope Urban II preaches first Crusade 1703 – The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703. 1817 – US soldiers attack Florida Indian village, beginning Seminole War 1826 – John Walker invents friction match in England. Then pours himself a drink 1868 – Battle at Washita River, Oklahoma. General […]