January 8th

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1675 – New York Fishing Company becomes the first American commercial corporation chartered 1790 – President George Washington delivers the first State of the Union Address in New York City. The annual message was delivered in person until 1801, when Thomas Jefferson discontinued the practice because it appeared too similar to a monarch making a […]

Today in History

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  1608 – Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia 1610 – Galileo discovers the first of four Jupiter satellites, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Although Jupiter has at least sixty-seven moons, these four, known as the Galilean moons, are extremely large. Ganymede, the largest, has a diameter greater than that of the planet Mercury 1714 – Typewriter
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December 16th

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1631 – Mount Vesuvious erupts, destroys six villages and takes four-thousand lives 1707 – Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan 1773 – The Boston Tea Party is hosted by the Sons of Liberty to protest the newest form of taxation without representation, the Tea Act. After the rebellion, the British Parliament passed the […]

Today in History – March 30th

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1796 – Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, discovers the construction of the heptadecagon 1842 – Ether used as an anesthetic for the first time by Dr. Crawford Long of Georgia 1858 – Pencil with attached eraser patent granted to Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia 1867 – The United States buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000, […]

Today in History – March 23rd

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1066 – Eighteenth recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet. Halley’s Comet is the only naked-eye comet that may appear twice in a human’s lifetime. It last appeared in the inner Solar System and is expected to return in the year 2061. 1490 – Earliest dated edition of Maimonides “Mishneh Torah” is published 1836 – Coin
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Today in History – March 19th

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1279 – A Mongolian victory in the Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China 1524 – Giovanni da Verrazzano sailing for King Francis of France sights land around area of Carolinas. In the upcoming days and weeks he sailed north stopping in New York Harbor, which he described as a lake and mentioned […]

Today in History – March 16th

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597 BC – Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king. 1621 – Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth Mass 1830 – New York Stock Exchange slowest day ever (31 shares traded) 1850 – Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Scarlet Letter” published 1861 – Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union (US Civil
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Today in History – March 9th

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On 20 April 1861, when Virginia authorities took over the Norfolk Navy Yard after its evacuation by Federal forces, they found, among other valuable items, the hulk of the steam frigate USS Merrimack. Though burned to the waterline and sunk, the big ship’s lower hull and machinery were salvageable. During the remainder of 1861 and […]

Today in History – March 4th

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51 – Nero, later to become Roman Emperor, is given the title princeps iuventutis (head of the youth). 1152 – Frederick I Barbarossa elected Holy Roman Emperor 1215 – King John of England makes an oath to the Pope as a crusader to gain the support of Innocent III. 1628 – England’s King Charles I […]

Today in History – March 3rd

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1634 – First tavern in Boston opens (Samuel Cole) 1791 – First US internal revenue act (taxing distilled spirits & carriages) 1803 – First impeachment trial of a federal judge, John Pickering, begins. 1843 – Congress appropriates $30,000 “to test the practicability of establishing a system of electro-magnetic telegraphs” 1853
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