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Guildford Four are cleared of IRA bombings

Guildford Four are cleared of IRA bombings

The Guildford Four, convicted of the 1975 IRA bombings of public houses in Guildford...

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Napoleon retreats from Moscow

Napoleon retreats from Moscow

One month after Napoleon Bonaparte’s massive invading force entered a burning and...

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“Take on Me” music video helps Norway’s A-ha reach the top
the U.S. pop charts

“Take on Me” music video helps Norway’s A-ha reach the...

From its beginnings in the early 1980s, it was clear that MTV, the Music Television...

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John Z. DeLorean is arrested in $24 million cocaine
deal

John Z. DeLorean is arrested in $24 million cocaine deal

On October 19, 1982, the automaker John Z. DeLorean is arrested and charged with...

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Stock markets have the largest-ever one-day crash on "Black
Monday"

Stock markets have the largest-ever one-day crash on "Black...

The largest-ever one-day percentage decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average...

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First MLB players' strike begins

First MLB players' strike begins

At 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 1972, the first collective players’ strike in Major League...

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World Series History

World Series History

The World Series—or Fall Classic—annually pits the pennant winners of the American...

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How Inca Mummies Ruled Over the Living

How Inca Mummies Ruled Over the Living

The most important members of Inca society continued to be treated as living beings...

Ferdinand of Aragon marries Isabella of Castile

Ferdinand of Aragon marries Isabella of Castile in Valladolid, thus beginning a...

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U.S. takes control of Puerto Rico

U.S. takes control of Puerto Rico

Only one year after Spain granted Puerto Rico self-rule, American troops raise the...

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Peking’s Summer Palace destroyed

Peking’s Summer Palace destroyed

British troops occupying Peking, China, loot and then burn the Yuanmingyuan, the...

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Thomas Edison dies

Thomas Edison dies

Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors in history, dies in West...

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Clean Water Act becomes law

Clean Water Act becomes law

The Clean Water Act becomes law on October 18, 1972. After centuries of reckless...

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OPEC enacts oil embargo

OPEC enacts oil embargo

The Arab-dominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announces...

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Before America Had Witch Trials, Europe Had Werewolf
Trials

Before America Had Witch Trials, Europe Had Werewolf Trials

A few of the accused may have been actual pedophiles or serial killers, but many...

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Marie Antoinette is beheaded

Marie Antoinette is beheaded

Nine months after the execution of her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France,...

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Nazi war criminals executed

Nazi war criminals executed

At Nuremberg, Germany, 10 high-ranking Nazi officials are executed by hanging for...

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Baby Jessica rescued from a well as the world
watches

Baby Jessica rescued from a well as the world watches

On October 16, 1987, in an event that had viewers around the world glued to their...

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Stampede kills 84 at World Cup match

Stampede kills 84 at World Cup match

A stampede of soccer fans before a World Cup qualifying match in Guatemala City...

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Walt Disney Company is founded

Walt Disney Company is founded

On October 16, 1923, Walt Disney and his brother Roy found the Disney Brothers Cartoon...

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7 Groundbreaking Inventions by Latino Innovators

7 Groundbreaking Inventions by Latino Innovators

From entertainment devices to lifesaving medical technologies, Latino inventors...

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The 18-Year-Old Woman Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou
Gehrig

The 18-Year-Old Woman Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou...

On April 2, 1931, minor leaguer Jackie Mitchell fanned the Yankees' sluggers in...

“Funeral coaches” exempted from car-seat law

On October 15, 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rules that...

Clarence Thomas confirmed to the Supreme Court

After a bitter confirmation hearing, the U.S. Senate votes 52 to 48 to confirm Clarence...

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Vichy leader executed for treason

Vichy leader executed for treason

Pierre Laval, the puppet leader of Nazi-occupied Vichy France, is executed by firing...

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Freshman Michael Jordan hits winning shot to give North
Carolina NCAA title

Freshman Michael Jordan hits winning shot to give North...

On March 29, 1982, 19-year-old North Carolina freshman Michael Jordan makes a 16-foot...

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Greg Norman blows six-shot Masters lead in epic
collapse

Greg Norman blows six-shot Masters lead in epic collapse

On April 14, 1996, third-round leader Greg Norman loses a six-shot lead in the final...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. wins Nobel Peace Prize

Martin Luther King, Jr. wins Nobel Peace Prize

African American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is awarded the...

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The Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings

King Harold II of England is defeated by the Norman forces of William the Conqueror...

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Theodore Roosevelt shot in Milwaukee

Theodore Roosevelt shot in Milwaukee

Before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, presidential candidate Theodore...

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“Wake Up Little Susie” becomes the Everly Brothers’ first #1
hit

“Wake Up Little Susie” becomes the Everly Brothers’ first...

Harmony singing was a part of rock and roll right from the beginning, but the three-...

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How Puerto Rican Baseball Icon Roberto Clemente Left a
Legacy Off the Field

How Puerto Rican Baseball Icon Roberto Clemente Left a...

The Pittsburgh Pirates' star—the first Latino Hall of Famer in baseball—was a hero...

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7 of the Most Dramatic US Plane Crashes

7 of the Most Dramatic US Plane Crashes

Although not the deadliest, these flight disasters are among the most unforgettable...

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Why Black Cats Are Associated With Halloween and Bad
Luck

Why Black Cats Are Associated With Halloween and Bad Luck

Cats' association with witches and evil dates at least as far back as the 13th century....

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7 of the Greatest Hail Mary Passes of All Time

7 of the Greatest Hail Mary Passes of All Time

Colorado's Kordell Stewart called his 64-yard, game-winning touchdown pass against...

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Sir Isaac Brock saves Canada from U.S. invasion

Sir Isaac Brock saves Canada from U.S. invasion

During the War of 1812, British and Indian forces under Sir Isaac Brock defeat Americans...

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Singer Charlie Rich protests John Denver’s big win at the
CMA Awards

Singer Charlie Rich protests John Denver’s big win at the...

In a 35-year career that ran from the rockabilly genius of "Lonely Weekends" (1960)...

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Palestinians hijack German airliner

Palestinians hijack German airliner

Four Palestinians hijack a Lufthansa airliner and demand the release of 11 imprisoned...

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Chilean miners are rescued after 69 days underground

Chilean miners are rescued after 69 days underground

On October 13, 2010, the last of 33 miners trapped nearly half a mile underground...

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First Masters golf tournament begins

First Masters golf tournament begins

On March 22, 1934, the first Masters golf championships tees off in Augusta, Georgia....

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NHL star Maurice Richard suspended; riot ensues

NHL star Maurice Richard suspended; riot ensues

On March 16, 1955, NHL president Clarence Campbell suspends Montreal Canadiens star...

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Why the Statue of Liberty Almost Never Got Built

Why the Statue of Liberty Almost Never Got Built

Although France paid for the statue, the US had to pay for the pedestal. The construction...

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Miracle of the Andes: How Survivors of the 1972 Flight
Disaster Struggled to Stay Alive

Miracle of the Andes: How Survivors of the 1972 Flight...

When an Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes, cannibalism helped some survive...

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The Lithuanian Immigrant Who Launched the First Women’s
College Basketball Game

The Lithuanian Immigrant Who Launched the First Women’s...

On March 22, 1893, 15 months after Canadian-born James Naismith invented basketball,...

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Conscientious objector awarded Medal of Honor

Conscientious objector awarded Medal of Honor

Private First Class Desmond T. Doss of Lynchburg, Virginia, is presented the Medal...

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Terrorists kill 202 in Bali

Terrorists kill 202 in Bali

On October 12, 2002, three bombings shatter the peace in the town of Kuta on the...

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USSR leads the space race

USSR leads the space race

The Soviet Union launches Voskhod 1 into orbit around Earth, with cosmonauts Vladamir...

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The origin of Oktoberfest

The origin of Oktoberfest

Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese...

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USS Cole attacked by terrorists

USS Cole attacked by terrorists

At 12:15 p.m. local time, a motorized rubber dinghy loaded with explosives blows...

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Silent-film star Tom Mix dies in Arizona car wreck

Silent-film star Tom Mix dies in Arizona car wreck

On October 12, 1940, cowboy-movie star Tom Mix is killed when he loses control of...

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Apollo 7 launched

Apollo 7 launched

Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, is launched with astronauts Walter M....

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Boer War begins in South Africa

Boer War begins in South Africa

The South African Boer War begins between the British Empire and the Boers of the...

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Pope John XXIII opens Vatican II

Pope John XXIII opens Vatican II

Pope John XXIII convenes an ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church—the...

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Bruce Springsteen scores his first pop hit with “Born to
Run”

Bruce Springsteen scores his first pop hit with “Born to...

By 1975, 26-year-old Bruce Springsteen had two heavily promoted major-label albums...

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John Lennon’s "Imagine" is released

John Lennon’s "Imagine" is released

October 11, 1971 sees the release of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” one of the most influential...

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The Transcontinental Railroad's Dark Costs: Exploited Labor,
Stolen Lands

The Transcontinental Railroad's Dark Costs: Exploited Labor,...

Chinese immigrant workers and Indigenous tribes paid a particularly high price....

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Meteorite crashes into Chevy Malibu

Meteorite crashes into Chevy Malibu

On October 9, 1992, 18-year-old Michelle Knapp is watching television in her parents’...

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Rhode Island founder banished from Massachusetts

Rhode Island founder banished from Massachusetts

Religious dissident Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony...

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Andrei Sakharov wins Nobel Peace Prize

Andrei Sakharov wins Nobel Peace Prize

Andrei Dmitriyevich Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who helped build the USSR’s first...

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Oskar Schindler—credited with saving 1,200 Jews during the
Holocaust—dies

Oskar Schindler—credited with saving 1,200 Jews during...

German businessman Oskar Schindler, credited with saving 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust,...

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St. Paul’s Cathedral bombed

St. Paul’s Cathedral bombed

During the Battle of Britain, the German Luftwaffe launches a heavy nighttime air...

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The Dramatic NFL Championship Game Nearly the Entire Country
Missed

The Dramatic NFL Championship Game Nearly the Entire Country...

On Christmas Eve 1950, the Cleveland Browns beat the Los Angeles Rams in an epic...

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Che Guevara captured by Bolivian army

Che Guevara captured by Bolivian army

A Bolivian guerrilla force led by Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara is defeated...

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Jerry Lee Lewis records “Great Balls Of Fire” in Memphis,
Tennessee

Jerry Lee Lewis records “Great Balls Of Fire” in Memphis,...

Jerry Lee Lewis was not the only early rock-and-roller from a strict Christian background...

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Self-help guru’s sweat lodge ceremony turns deadly

Self-help guru’s sweat lodge ceremony turns deadly

On October 8, 2009, two people die and more than a dozen others are hospitalized...

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First person in U.S. diagnosed with Ebola dies

First person in U.S. diagnosed with Ebola dies

On October 8, 2014, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with a case of...

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The Office of Homeland Security is founded

The Office of Homeland Security is founded

The Office of Homeland Security is founded on October 8, 2001, less than one month...

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Knights of Labor

Knights of Labor

The Knights of Labor was founded as a secret society of tailors in Philadelphia...

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The Most Dramatic Home Run in World Series History

The Most Dramatic Home Run in World Series History

In the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the wild 1960 World Series, Bill Mazeroski...

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7 Famous Loyalists of the Revolutionary War Era

7 Famous Loyalists of the Revolutionary War Era

From a son of Benjamin Franklin to a Mohawk leader to the loyalist governor of Massachusetts,...

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Battle of King’s Mountain

Battle of King’s Mountain

During the American Revolution, Patriot irregulars under Colonel William Campbell...

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East Germany created

East Germany created

Less than five months after Great Britain, the United States and France established...

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Moving assembly line debuts at Ford factory

Moving assembly line debuts at Ford factory

For the first time, Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park, Michigan automobile factory...

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A New York judge reverses John Lennon’s deportation
order

A New York judge reverses John Lennon’s deportation order

On October 7, 1975, a New York State Supreme Court judge reverses a deportation...

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U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan begins

U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan begins

On October 7, 2001, a U.S.-led coalition begins attacks on Taliban-controlled Afghanistan...

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Union and Confederate forces clash at Battle of Darbytown
Road

Union and Confederate forces clash at Battle of Darbytown...

A Confederate attempt to regain ground that had been lost around Richmond, Virginia,...

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Cincinnati Red Stockings become first professional baseball
team

Cincinnati Red Stockings become first professional baseball...

On March 15, 1869, Cincinnati attorney Aaron Champion hires former cricket player...

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Dunmore's Proclamation

Dunmore's Proclamation

On November 7, 1775, John Murray, fourth Earl of Dunmore and governor of the British...

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How Did Baseball's Seventh-Inning Stretch Originate?

How Did Baseball's Seventh-Inning Stretch Originate?

The American tradition might date to President William Howard Taft in 1910, but...

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First Mennonites arrive in America

First Mennonites arrive in America

Encouraged by William Penn’s offer of 5,000 acres of land in the colony of Pennsylvania...

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President Kennedy urges Americans to build bomb
shelters

President Kennedy urges Americans to build bomb shelters

President John F. Kennedy, speaking on civil defense, advises American families...

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Marvin Miller elected first full-time MLB Players
Association executive director

Marvin Miller elected first full-time MLB Players Association...

On March 5, 1966, Marvin Miller, the 48-year-old assistant to the president of the...

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First women's college basketball game played

First women's college basketball game played

On March 22, 1893, the first women’s college basketball game is played at Smith...

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Lawsuit prompts MLB to allow locker room access to female
reporters

Lawsuit prompts MLB to allow locker room access to female...

On March 9, 1979, the 26 Major League Baseball teams are ordered by MLB commissioner...

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What Prehistoric Cave Paintings Reveal About Early Human
Life

What Prehistoric Cave Paintings Reveal About Early Human...

Some of the oldest known art may hint at the beginning of language development,...

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8 Famous Figures Who Believed in Communicating with the
Dead

8 Famous Figures Who Believed in Communicating with the...

While belief in an afterlife is a cornerstone of many ancient and modern religions...

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How the Salem Witch Trials Influenced the U.S. Legal
System

How the Salem Witch Trials Influenced the U.S. Legal System

Those accused lacked basic legal protections, including the premise that one was...

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Man who served 25 years for murder exonerated by DNA

Man who served 25 years for murder exonerated by DNA

On October 4, 2011, Michael Morton, who spent 25 years in prison for his wife’s...

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Iraq wins independence

Iraq wins independence

With the admission of Iraq into the League of Nations, Britain terminates its mandate...

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Maze hunger strike called off

Maze hunger strike called off

A hunger strike by Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison in Belfast in Northern...

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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned in Italy

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned in Italy

On October 3, 2011, in a decision that makes international headlines, an Italian...

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Sinéad O’Connor tears up a photo of Pope John Paul II on
"Saturday Night Live"

Sinéad O’Connor tears up a photo of Pope John Paul II on...

On October 3, 1992, Irish musician Sinéad O’Connor stuns the audience at 30 Rockefeller...

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Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first Black Supreme Court
justice

Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first Black Supreme Court...

Chief Justice Earl Warren swears in Thurgood Marshall, the first Black justice of...

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Warsaw Uprising ends

Warsaw Uprising ends

The Warsaw Uprising ends on October 2, 1944, with the surrender of the surviving...

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Nazi war criminals sentenced at Nuremberg

Nazi war criminals sentenced at Nuremberg

On October 1, 1946, 12 high-ranking Nazis are sentenced to death by the International...

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Lawrence of Arabia captures Damascus

Lawrence of Arabia captures Damascus

A combined Arab and British force captures Damascus from the Turks during World...

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Gunman opens fire on Las Vegas concert crowd, wounding
hundreds and killing 58

Gunman opens fire on Las Vegas concert crowd, wounding...

On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd attending the final night of...

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Suicide bombers stage attacks in Bali

Suicide bombers stage attacks in Bali

On October 1, 2005, suicide bombers strike three restaurants in two tourist areas...

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Mianne Bagger becomes first transgender athlete to play in
pro golf tournament

Mianne Bagger becomes first transgender athlete to play...

On March 4, 2004, Mianne Bagger, a golfer from Denmark, makes history at the Women’s...

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10 World Engineering Marvels

10 World Engineering Marvels

These remarkable feats of design and construction transformed the ways that people...

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What Was the Curse of the Bambino—and How Was Baseball's
Greatest Hex Broken?

What Was the Curse of the Bambino—and How Was Baseball's...

Weeks after a foul ball bloodied a teen who lived in Babe Ruth’s former farmhouse,...

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College basketball star Hank Hathers collapses on court,
dies

College basketball star Hank Hathers collapses on court,...

On March 4, 1990, Loyola Marymount University star senior forward Hank Gathers sprints...

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Riots over desegregation of Ole Miss

Riots over desegregation of Ole Miss

In Oxford, Mississippi, James H. Meredith, an African American student, is escorted...

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USS Nautilus—world’s first nuclear submarine—is
commissioned

USS Nautilus—world’s first nuclear submarine—is commissioned

The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine, is commissioned by the U.S....

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Munich Pact signed

Munich Pact signed

British and French prime ministers Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier sign...

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Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and best-selling author, is
born

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and best-selling author,...

On September 29, 1928, Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel, the human rights activist and Nobel...

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Joseph Marion Hernández becomes the first Hispanic elected
to Congress

Joseph Marion Hernández becomes the first Hispanic elected...

On September 30, 1822, Joseph Marion Hernández becomes the first Hispanic to be...

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7 of the Fiercest Rivalries in College Football
History

7 of the Fiercest Rivalries in College Football History

Michigan-Ohio State had a 'Ten-Year War,' and the 1982 Stanford-Cal game was won...

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Stacy Allison becomes first American woman to reach summit
of Mt. Everest

Stacy Allison becomes first American woman to reach summit...

Stacy Allison of Portland, Oregon, becomes the first American woman to reach the...

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Babi Yar massacre begins

Babi Yar massacre begins

The Babi Yar massacre of nearly 34,000 Jewish men, women and children begins on...

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Dow suffers largest single-day drop

Dow suffers largest single-day drop

On September 29, 2008, after Congress failed to pass a $700 billion bank bailout...

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Mexican-American voting rights advocate Willie Velasquez
awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Mexican-American voting rights advocate Willie Velasquez...

On September 29, 1995, voting rights advocate Willie Velasquez is posthumously awarded...

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The Heisman Trophy Is Named After This Coach and
Innovator

The Heisman Trophy Is Named After This Coach and Innovator

Hall of Famer John Heisman, one of college football's most successful coaches, introduced...

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Pompey the Great assassinated

Pompey the Great assassinated

Upon landing in Egypt, Roman general and politician Pompey is murdered on the orders...

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Penicillin discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming

Penicillin discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming

Sir Alexander Fleming was a young bacteriologist when an accidental discovery led...

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Passenger ferry, Estonia, sinks, killing 852

Passenger ferry, Estonia, sinks, killing 852

On September 28, 1994, 852 people die in one of the worst maritime disasters of...

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William the Conqueror invades England

William the Conqueror invades England

Claiming his right to the English throne, William, duke of Normandy, invades England...

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Fidel Castro announces that Cubans are free to leave the
island

Fidel Castro announces that Cubans are free to leave the...

On September 28, 1965, six years after he led the Cuban Revolution and four years...

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Arctic shipping lane opens due to ice melt; cargo ship
completes the journey

Arctic shipping lane opens due to ice melt; cargo ship...

On September 28, 2018, the cargo ship Venta Maersk docks in St. Petersburg, Russia,...

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Eight MLB players indicted in "Black Sox Scandal"

Eight MLB players indicted in "Black Sox Scandal"

On September 28, 1920, a Chicago grand jury indicts eight members of the Chicago...

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Battle of Dien Bien Phu

Battle of Dien Bien Phu

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu, fought from March 13 to May 7, 1954, was a decisive...

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The Real Stories Behind 7 Famous Sports Movies

The Real Stories Behind 7 Famous Sports Movies

From 'Raging Bull' to 'The Blind Side,' here's Hollywood's spin versus the truth....

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How the Renaissance Challenged the Church and Influenced the
Reformation

How the Renaissance Challenged the Church and Influenced...

As interest in cultural, intellectual and scientific exploration flourished, support...

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Salem Witch Trials: Who Were the Main Accusers?

Salem Witch Trials: Who Were the Main Accusers?

Though adult women—and a few men—accused their neighbors of witchcraft in 1692,...

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7 Early NFL Quarterbacks Who Changed the Game

7 Early NFL Quarterbacks Who Changed the Game

Benny Friedman was the league's 'first real quarterback,' and the Los Angeles Rams'...

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British suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst dies

British suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst dies

Sylvia Pankhurst, British suffragette and international socialist, dies in Addis...

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Jesuit order established

Jesuit order established

In Rome, the Society of Jesus—a Roman Catholic missionary organization—receives...

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John Adams appointed to negotiate peace terms with
British

John Adams appointed to negotiate peace terms with British

On September 27, 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to...

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Rachel Carson’s "Silent Spring" is published

Rachel Carson’s "Silent Spring" is published

Rachel Carson’s watershed work Silent Spring is first published on September 27,...

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“West Side Story” opens on Broadway

“West Side Story” opens on Broadway

On September 26, 1957, West Side Story, composed by Leonard Bernstein, opens at...

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Shannon Lucid returns to Earth

Shannon Lucid returns to Earth

U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid returns to Earth in the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis...

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Francis Drake circumnavigates the globe

Francis Drake circumnavigates the globe

English seaman Francis Drake returns to Plymouth, England, in the Golden Hind, becoming...

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IRA officially disarms

IRA officially disarms

Two months after announcing its intention to disarm, the Irish Republican Army (IRA)...

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Bill of Rights passes Congress

Bill of Rights passes Congress

The first Congress of the United States approves 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution,...

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The Howard Dean scream

The Howard Dean scream

At an energetic rally on the evening of January 19, 2004, Democratic presidential...

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Los Angeles Lakers' record winning streak ends

Los Angeles Lakers' record winning streak ends

On January, 9, 1972, the longest winning streak in major professional sports is...

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Miami Dolphins win Super Bowl VII to cap NFL's only perfect
season

Miami Dolphins win Super Bowl VII to cap NFL's only perfect...

On January 14, 1973, the Miami Dolphins achieve something no NFL team has  repeated:...

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Sandy Koufax becomes youngest player elected to Baseball
Hall of Fame

Sandy Koufax becomes youngest player elected to Baseball...

On January 19,  1972, 36-year-old Sandy Koufax, the former Los Angeles Dodgers star,...

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NFL's Rams announce move to St. Louis

NFL's Rams announce move to St. Louis

On January 17, 1995, after years of poor attendance at home games and poor on-field...

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The Freezer Bowl: The Coldest Game in NFL History

The Freezer Bowl: The Coldest Game in NFL History

In the 1981 AFC Championship Game between the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati...

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How Mexican Vaqueros Inspired the American Cowboy

How Mexican Vaqueros Inspired the American Cowboy

Classic Westerns have cemented the image of cowboys as white Americans, but the...

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Muhammad completes Hegira

Muhammad completes Hegira

On September 24, 622, the prophet Muhammad completes his Hegira, or “flight,” from...

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Barbara Jo Rubin becomes first female jockey to win race at
US thoroughbred track

Barbara Jo Rubin becomes first female jockey to win race...

On February 22, 1969, 19-year-old Barbara Jo Rubin becomes the first female jockey...

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First all-Black professional basketball team
organized

First all-Black professional basketball team organized

On February 13, 1923, the New York Renaissance, the first all-Black professional...

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13 Facts About the 13 Colonies

13 Facts About the 13 Colonies

The 13 British colonies eventually joined to form the United States—but as colonies,...

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Standard Oil geologists arrive in Saudi Arabia

Standard Oil geologists arrive in Saudi Arabia

On September 23, 1933, a party of American geologists lands at the Persian Gulf...

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Planet Neptune is discovered

Planet Neptune is discovered

German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune at the Berlin...

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Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis

Lewis and Clark return to St. Louis

Amid much public excitement, American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark...

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Mac Davis earns one of the 1970s’ most head-scratching #1
hits with “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me”

Mac Davis earns one of the 1970s’ most head-scratching...

On September 23, 1972, “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me” by singer-songwriter Mac Davis...

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Jay Berwanger picked No. 1 in first NFL draft

Jay Berwanger picked No. 1 in first NFL draft

On February 8, 1936, at Philadelphia’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, University of Chicago...

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Shani Davis becomes first Black athlete to win individual
gold medal at Winter Games

Shani Davis becomes first Black athlete to win individual...

On February 18, 2006, Shani Davis becomes the first Black athlete to win an individual...

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The NFL's Longest Game: How a Soccer Player-Turned-Kicker
Secured the Win

The NFL's Longest Game: How a Soccer Player-Turned-Kicker...

In an epic, double-overtime game on Christmas Day 1971, Miami Dolphins kicker Garo...

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The famous “four-level” opens in Los Angeles

The famous “four-level” opens in Los Angeles

On September 22, 1953, the first four-level (or “stack”) interchange in the world...

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Iran-Iraq War begins

Iran-Iraq War begins

Long-standing border disputes and political turmoil in Iran prompt Iraqi President...

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U-boat devastates British squadron

U-boat devastates British squadron

In the North Sea, the German U-9 submarine sinks three British cruisers, the Aboukir,...

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The first Farm Aid concert is held in Champaign,
Illinois

The first Farm Aid concert is held in Champaign, Illinois

It started with an offhand remark made by Bob Dylan during his performance at Live...

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Shaka Zulu assassinated

Shaka Zulu assassinated

Shaka, founder of the Zulu Kingdom of southern Africa, is murdered by his two half-brothers,...

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First Muslim holiday U.S. postage stamp is issued

First Muslim holiday U.S. postage stamp is issued

Five years of lobbying comes to fruition on September 1, 2001, as the U.S. Postal...

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Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists at the 1968
Olympics

Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists at the 1968...

American runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos ascend the podium to receive the gold...

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Million Man March

Million Man March

An enormous crowd consisting mostly of African American men demonstrates on the...

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Mathew Brady

Mathew Brady

Mathew B. Brady is the most famous photographer of the American Civil War. Although...

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"The Autobiography of Malcolm X" is published

"The Autobiography of Malcolm X" is published

On October 29, 1965, nine months after its subject’s assassination, The Autobiography...

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Monarchy abolished in France

Monarchy abolished in France

In Revolutionary France, the Legislative Assembly votes to abolish the monarchy...

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The Great New England Hurricane

The Great New England Hurricane

Without warning, a powerful Category 3 hurricane slams into Long Island and southern...

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When Frank Gifford Was Knocked Out by One of the Most
Vicious Tackles in NFL History

When Frank Gifford Was Knocked Out by One of the Most Vicious...

In 1960, Chuck Bednarik's 'perfectly legal' hit on the New York Giants' star resounded...

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Muhammad Ali: Boxing Legend ... and 2-Time Grammy
Nominee

Muhammad Ali: Boxing Legend ... and 2-Time Grammy Nominee

In 1964, the fighter was up for the music honor for a comedy album. Twelve years...

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The Silk Road: 8 Goods Traded Along the Ancient
Network

The Silk Road: 8 Goods Traded Along the Ancient Network

The vibrant network opened up exchanges between far-flung cultures throughout central...

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NCAA grants freshmen eligibility in football,
basketball

NCAA grants freshmen eligibility in football, basketball

On January 8, 1972, the NCAA grants freshmen eligibility in its two biggest team...

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Joe Namath spurns NFL to sign record deal with AFL's New
York Jets

Joe Namath spurns NFL to sign record deal with AFL's New...

On January 2, 1965, quarterback Joe Namath spurns the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals...

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First Cannes Film Festival

First Cannes Film Festival

The first annual Cannes Film Festival opens at the resort city of Cannes on the...

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Magellan sets sail from Spain

Magellan sets sail from Spain

Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Spain in an effort to find...

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Amish convicted in beard-cutting attacks

Amish convicted in beard-cutting attacks

16 members of a dissident Amish group in Ohio are convicted of federal hate crimes...

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First European battle on American soil

First European battle on American soil

Spanish forces under Pedro Menéndez de Avilés capture the French Huguenot settlement...

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Louganis wins Olympic gold the day after suffering head
injury

Louganis wins Olympic gold the day after suffering head...

At the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea on September 20, 1988, American diver...

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Anne Hutchinson arrives in the New World

Anne Hutchinson arrives in the New World

Anne Hutchinson, an Englishwoman who would become an outspoken religious thinker...

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Patty Hearst captured by police

Patty Hearst captured by police

Newspaper heiress and wanted fugitive Patty Hearst is captured in a San Francisco...

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One million people attend funeral of Mao Zedong

One million people attend funeral of Mao Zedong

More than one million people gather at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing for...

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George Steinbrenner's group buys Yankees from CBS

George Steinbrenner's group buys Yankees from CBS

On January 3, 1973, a 12-member group headed by George Steinbrenner purchases the...

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5 Miraculous NFL Touchdown Passes

5 Miraculous NFL Touchdown Passes

From the 'Immaculate Reception' to the 'Minneapolis Miracle,' here are some of the...

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'Games of the Century': 7 of College Football's Most Epic
Clashes

'Games of the Century': 7 of College Football's Most Epic...

The 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State, 1971 Nebraska-Oklahoma and 1987 Miami-Penn State...

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New England Patriots' Doug Flutie makes NFL’s first drop
kick since 1941

New England Patriots' Doug Flutie makes NFL’s first drop...

On January 1, 2006, following a New England Patriots touchdown against the Miami...

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Sidney Crosby wins first NHL game played outdoors in
US

Sidney Crosby wins first NHL game played outdoors in US

On January 1, 2008, with snowflakes falling around him in Buffalo, Pittsburgh Penguins...

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Opera star Maria Callas dies

Opera star Maria Callas dies

Celebrated soprano Maria Callas dies in Paris at the age of 53. Born in New York...

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Mexican War of Independence begins

Mexican War of Independence begins

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, launches the Mexican War of Independence...

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Mayflower departs England

Mayflower departs England

On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the...

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Gunman kills 12 in D.C. Navy Yard massacre

Gunman kills 12 in D.C. Navy Yard massacre

On September 16, 2013, a 34-year-old man goes on a rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington,...

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Suspected Christian spy is murdered

Suspected Christian spy is murdered

Phineas Wilcox is stabbed to death by fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ...

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When the Young Lords Put Garbage on Display to Demand
Change

When the Young Lords Put Garbage on Display to Demand Change

In 1969, a group of Puerto Rican youth in East Harlem leveraged a garbage problem...

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10 Long-Gone MLB Ballparks With Quirky Features

10 Long-Gone MLB Ballparks With Quirky Features

Houston's Colt Stadium was plagued by mosquitoes and brutal heat. Other ballparks,...

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6 of the Wildest Moments from the 1986 New York Mets
Championship Season

6 of the Wildest Moments from the 1986 New York Mets Championship...

New York's 'traveling rock show' made headlines on and off the field and beat the...

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Brigham Young

Brigham Young

An early convert to Mormonism, Brigham Young succeeded founder Joseph Smith as the...

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Four Black schoolgirls killed in Birmingham church
bombing

Four Black schoolgirls killed in Birmingham church bombing

On September 15, 1963, a bomb explodes during Sunday morning services in the 16th...

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U.S. forces land at Inchon

U.S. forces land at Inchon

During the Korean War, U.S. Marines land at Inchon on the west coast of Korea, 100...

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Tanks introduced into warfare at the Somme

Tanks introduced into warfare at the Somme

During the Battle of the Somme, the British launch a major offensive against the...

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Tide turns in the Battle of Britain

Tide turns in the Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain reaches its climax when the Royal Air Force (RAF) downs 56...

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The Four Seasons earn their first #1 hit with
“Sherry”

The Four Seasons earn their first #1 hit with “Sherry”

Frankie Valli (born Francis Casteluccio) had been hard at work trying to become...

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Lehman Brothers declares bankruptcy

Lehman Brothers declares bankruptcy

On September 15, 2008, the venerable Wall Street brokerage firm Lehman Brothers...

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Occupy Wall Street begins

Occupy Wall Street begins

On September 17, 2011, hundreds of activists gather around Zuccotti Park in lower...

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The 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre: How Fearmongering Led to
Violence

The 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre: How Fearmongering Led to...

As African Americans achieved economic success in Atlanta in the early 1900s, the...

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How Photos from the Battle of Antietam Revealed the American
Civil War's Horrors

How Photos from the Battle of Antietam Revealed the American...

Images of the bloodiest battle in U.S. history shocked the public and revealed the...

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Fog Bowl: The Most Bizarre Game in NFL History

Fog Bowl: The Most Bizarre Game in NFL History

'I haven’t even driven a car in anything like that,' a player said about the conditions...

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How Portugal's Seafaring Expertise Launched the Age of
Exploration

How Portugal's Seafaring Expertise Launched the Age of...

In the 15th century, a small kingdom with a population of approximately 1 million...

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Canton Bulldogs claim NFL's first title

Canton Bulldogs claim NFL's first title

On December 10, 1922, the Canton Bulldogs defeat the Toledo Maroons, 19-0, and are...

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World Anti-Doping Agency accuses Russia of widespread
cheating at Olympics

World Anti-Doping Agency accuses Russia of widespread cheating...

On December 9, 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency details a vast "institutional...

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Oprah gives away nearly 300 new cars

Oprah gives away nearly 300 new cars

On September 13, 2004, TV talk-show host Oprah Winfrey gives a brand-new Pontiac...

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Israel-Palestine peace accord signed

Israel-Palestine peace accord signed

After decades of bloody animosity, representatives of Israel and Palestine meet...

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Massacre at Attica Prison

Massacre at Attica Prison

The four-day revolt at the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo,...

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Violence erupts in Boston over desegregation busing

Violence erupts in Boston over desegregation busing

In Boston, Massachusetts, opposition to court-ordered school “busing” turns violent...

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Nikita Khrushchev elected Soviet leader

Nikita Khrushchev elected Soviet leader

Six months after the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev succeeds...

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New floating bridge opens in Seattle; I-90 stretches from
coast to coast

New floating bridge opens in Seattle; I-90 stretches from...

On September 12, 1993, the rebuilt Lacey V. Murrow Bridge over Lake Washington opens...

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Bo Jackson becomes first athlete named to NFL, MLB all-star
games

Bo Jackson becomes first athlete named to NFL, MLB all-star...

On December 19, 1990, Los Angeles Raiders running back Bo Jackson is named to the...

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New York Giants beat Chicago Bears in 'Sneakers
Game'

New York Giants beat Chicago Bears in 'Sneakers Game'

On December 9, 1934, the New York Giants win the NFL championship by beating the...

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'Catfish' Hunter becomes MLB's first free agent in modern
era

'Catfish' Hunter becomes MLB's first free agent in modern...

On December 15, 1974, Oakland's Jim "Catfish" Hunter is ruled a free agent by arbitrator...

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8 College Football Coaches Who Changed the Game

8 College Football Coaches Who Changed the Game

From Yale's Walter Camp and Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson to Miami's Jimmy Johnson and...

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English Civil Wars

English Civil Wars

Between 1642 and 1651, armies loyal to King Charles I and Parliament faced off in...

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5 Iron Age Tools and Innovations

5 Iron Age Tools and Innovations

New techniques helped make iron stronger—but there were also innovations in the...

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Picasso’s “Guernica” is returned to Spain

Picasso’s “Guernica” is returned to Spain

Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s monumental anti-war mural Guernica is received by...

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John Smith elected to lead Jamestown

John Smith elected to lead Jamestown

English adventurer John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown, Virginia—the...

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The Battle of Lake Erie

The Battle of Lake Erie

In the first unqualified defeat of a British naval squadron in history, U.S. Captain...

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The guillotine falls silent

The guillotine falls silent

At Baumetes Prison in Marseille, France, Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant...

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Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is released as a
single

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is released as a single

You either had to be part of a fairly small subculture of music fans or a professional...

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CERN Large Hadron Collider is powered up

CERN Large Hadron Collider is powered up

On September 10, 2008, scientists successfully flip the switch for the first time...

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Gatling Gun

Gatling Gun

The Gatling gun was the first hand-driven machine gun, and the first firearm to...

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Pittsburgh Steelers' Franco Harris scores on 'Immaculate
Reception,' iconic NFL play

Pittsburgh Steelers' Franco Harris scores on 'Immaculate...

On December 23, 1972, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders, 13-7, on...

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Chaminade shocks No. 1 Virginia in one of greatest upsets in
sports history

Chaminade shocks No. 1 Virginia in one of greatest upsets...

On December 23, 1982, Chaminade, an NAIA school with only 900 students, beats top-ranked...

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Aberfan disaster kills 144 people and levels a Welsh mining
village

Aberfan disaster kills 144 people and levels a Welsh mining...

On the morning of October 21, 1966, a landslide of coal waste crashes into a small...

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John J. Pershing

John J. Pershing

General John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing began his rise through the ranks of the...

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11 Roman Emperors Who Helped Mold the Ancient World

11 Roman Emperors Who Helped Mold the Ancient World

These rulers were often as innovative and ingenious as they were brutal and corrupt....

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Uprising at Attica prison begins

Uprising at Attica prison begins

Prisoners seize control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near...

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Congress renames the nation “United States of
America”

Congress renames the nation “United States of America”

On September 9, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declares the name of the...

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Elvis Presley makes first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan
Show”

Elvis Presley makes first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan...

The King of Rock and Roll teams up with TV’s reigning variety program, as Elvis...

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NFL nabs New England Patriots in "Spygate" scandal

NFL nabs New England Patriots in "Spygate" scandal

On September 9, 2007, the NFL catches the New England Patriots illegally videotaping...

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When 20-Year-Old Rookie Fernando Valenzuela Captivated
LA—and Major League Baseball

When 20-Year-Old Rookie Fernando Valenzuela Captivated...

In 1981, the pitcher from rural Mexico helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a...

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A Timeline of US-Cuba Relations

A Timeline of US-Cuba Relations

Before Fidel Castro and the Cold War chill, America and Cuba shared close economic...

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How the South Helped Win the American Revolution

How the South Helped Win the American Revolution

Although not as iconic as those fought in the North, battles waged in the South...

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9 of the Most Valuable Baseball Cards in History

9 of the Most Valuable Baseball Cards in History

Cards of Hall of Famers Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle have sold for...

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7 Hard-Fought Battles That Helped Win the American
Revolution

7 Hard-Fought Battles That Helped Win the American Revolution

While the British were often better equipped and trained, these events proved critical...

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New Amsterdam becomes New York

New Amsterdam becomes New York

Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant surrenders New Amsterdam, the capital of New Netherland,...

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Siege of Leningrad begins

Siege of Leningrad begins

During World War II, German forces begin their siege of Leningrad, a major industrial...

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Michelangelo’s statue of David is unveiled to the
public

Michelangelo’s statue of David is unveiled to the public

One of the world’s most beloved works art, “David,” the 17-foot-tall, 12,000-pound...

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Delano Grape Strike begins

Delano Grape Strike begins

September 8, 1965 marks the beginning of one of the most important strikes in American...

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"The Joy Luck Club," the first major studio movie with an
all Asian American, mostly female, cast, premieres

"The Joy Luck Club," the first major studio movie with...

A glass ceiling is smashed on September 8, 1993 with the premiere of The Joy Luck...

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Why Isn't Puerto Rico a State?

Why Isn't Puerto Rico a State?

As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is neither a state nor an independent country—and...

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U.S. agrees to transfer Panama Canal to Panama

U.S. agrees to transfer Panama Canal to Panama

In Washington, President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos sign...

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Protesters disrupt the Miss America Pageant

Protesters disrupt the Miss America Pageant

On September 7, 1968, 50 women—one representing each state of the United States—prepared...

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South African prime minister and architect of apartheid
assassinated

South African prime minister and architect of apartheid...

South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd is stabbed to death by a messenger...

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More Israeli hostages killed in Munich

More Israeli hostages killed in Munich

At Furstenfeldbruck air base near Munich, an attempt by West German police to rescue...

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Magellan’s expedition circumnavigates globe

Magellan’s expedition circumnavigates globe

One of Ferdinand Magellan’s five ships—the Victoria—arrives at Sanlúcar de Barrameda...

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First Continental Congress convenes

First Continental Congress convenes

In response to the British Parliament’s enactment of the Coercive Acts in the American...

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Sam Houston elected as president of Texas

Sam Houston elected as president of Texas

On this day in 1836, Sam Houston is elected as president of the Republic of Texas,...

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Sioux military leader Crazy Horse is killed

Sioux military leader Crazy Horse is killed

Oglala Sioux leader Crazy Horse is fatally bayoneted by a U.S. soldier after resisting...

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Arkansas troops block "Little Rock Nine" from entering
segregated high school

Arkansas troops block "Little Rock Nine" from entering...

Arkansas governor Orval Faubus enlists the National Guard to prevent nine African...

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Western Roman Empire falls

Western Roman Empire falls

Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed by Odoacer,...

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Comedy legend Joan Rivers dies

Comedy legend Joan Rivers dies

On September 4, 2014, Joan Rivers, one of the best-known comedians of her era, dies...

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Allies invade Italian mainland

Allies invade Italian mainland

The British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery begins the Allied...

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The Stars and Stripes flies in battle for the first
time

The Stars and Stripes flies in battle for the first time

The American flag is flown in battle for the first time, during a Revolutionary...

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Oakland-San Francisco World Series game postponed because of
earthquake

Oakland-San Francisco World Series game postponed because...

On October 17, 1989, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocks northern California during...

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Rutgers beats Princeton in first college football
game

Rutgers beats Princeton in first college football game

On November 6, 1869, Rutgers beats Princeton, 6-4, in the first college football...

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California legalizes boxing after 10-year ban

California legalizes boxing after 10-year ban

On November 4, 1924, California voters pass a measure to legalize professional boxing,...

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9/11: How Air Traffic Controllers Managed the Crisis in the
Skies

9/11: How Air Traffic Controllers Managed the Crisis in...

Here’s how the profession’s most chaotic—and harrowing—day unfolded. The weather...

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NBA players, fans brawl at infamous 'Malice at the
Palace'

NBA players, fans brawl at infamous 'Malice at the Palace'

On November 19, 2004, Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers jumps into the stands to...

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How the Only Woman in Baseball Hall of Fame Challenged
Convention—and MLB

How the Only Woman in Baseball Hall of Fame Challenged...

Sports executive and civil rights champion Effa Manley was a passionate advocate...

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The World Trade Center, by the Numbers

The World Trade Center, by the Numbers

From the foundation to the elevators, everything about the Twin Towers was supersized....

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Gatorade invented at University of Florida

Gatorade invented at University of Florida

On October 2, 1965, a team of scientists invent Gatorade, a sports drink to quench...

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Great Fire of London begins

Great Fire of London begins

In the early morning hours, the Great Fire of London breaks out in the house of...

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Japan surrenders, bringing an end to WWII

Japan surrenders, bringing an end to WWII

Aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrenders to the Allies, bringing...

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The Battle of Actium

The Battle of Actium

At the Battle of Actium, off the western coast of Greece, Roman leader Octavian...

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Vietnam declares its independence from France

Vietnam declares its independence from France

Hours after Japan’s surrender in World War II, Vietnamese communist Ho Chi Minh...

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Michael Jackson earns his 12th and final solo #1 with “You
Are Not Alone”

Michael Jackson earns his 12th and final solo #1 with “You...

Pop star Michael Jackson's song “You Are Not Alone” reaches number 1 on the Billboard...

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Diana Nyad, 64, makes record swim from Cuba to
Florida

Diana Nyad, 64, makes record swim from Cuba to Florida

On September 2, 2013, 64-year-old Diana Nyad becomes the first person to swim from...

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New York Yankees' Don Larsen pitches only World Series
perfect game

New York Yankees' Don Larsen pitches only World Series...

On Oct. 8, 1956, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees throws the only perfect game...

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Gordie Howe, 69, becomes only pro hockey player to compete
in six decades

Gordie Howe, 69, becomes only pro hockey player to compete...

On Oct. 3, 1997, 69-year-old Hall of Famer Gordie Howe skates the first shift with...

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NFL nabs New England Patriots in 'Spygate' scandal

NFL nabs New England Patriots in 'Spygate' scandal

On September 9, 2007, the NFL catches the New England Patriots illegally videotaping...

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How Julius Caesar’s Assassination Triggered the Fall of the
Roman Republic

How Julius Caesar’s Assassination Triggered the Fall of...

Julius Caesar’s killers attempted to thwart a dictator. They inadvertently created...

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How the End of the Vietnam War Led to a Refugee
Crisis

How the End of the Vietnam War Led to a Refugee Crisis

The fall of Saigon in April 1975 marked the close of the war, but also the beginning...

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Aaron Burr acquitted of treason

Aaron Burr acquitted of treason

Former U.S. vice president Aaron Burr is acquitted of plotting to annex parts of...

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Qaddafi leads coup in Libya

Qaddafi leads coup in Libya

Muammar al-Qaddafi, a 27-year-old Libyan army captain, leads a successful military...

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Chechen separatists storm Russian school

Chechen separatists storm Russian school

On September 1, 2004, an armed gang of Chechen separatist rebels enters a school...

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Wreck of the Titanic found

Wreck of the Titanic found

Seventy-three years after it sank to the North Atlantic ocean floor, a joint U.S.-French...

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Bobby Fischer becomes the first American to win the World
Chess Championship

Bobby Fischer becomes the first American to win the World...

On September 1, 1972, in what’s billed as the “Match of the Century,” American chess...

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Pittsburgh Pirates field MLB's first all-Black
lineup

Pittsburgh Pirates field MLB's first all-Black lineup

On September 1, 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates field the first all-Black lineup in...

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10 Things You May Not Know About U.S. Basketball's Shocking
1972 Olympics Loss

10 Things You May Not Know About U.S. Basketball's Shocking...

The Americans' controversial defeat—their first in Olympic basketball competition—led...

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After 9/11: 5 Cultural Moments That Helped Americans Move
Forward

After 9/11: 5 Cultural Moments That Helped Americans Move...

From David Letterman's emotional monologue to George W. Bush's World Series first...

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Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 begins

Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 begins

On the afternoon of September 22, 1906, Atlanta papers report four separate assaults...

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President Trump announces he and the first lady tested
positive for COVID-19

President Trump announces he and the first lady tested...

Amid a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic, and after almost a year of questioning...

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture
opens

The National Museum of African American History and Culture...

More than 15 years after it was first established, the National Museum of African...

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One million people demonstrate in New York City against
nuclear weapons

One million people demonstrate in New York City against...

A stunningly large and diverse crowd descends upon New York City’s Central Park...

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William Cobb demonstrates first solar-powered car

William Cobb demonstrates first solar-powered car

On August 31, 1955, William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corp. (GM) demonstrates...

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Thomas Edison patents the Kinetograph

Thomas Edison patents the Kinetograph

Thomas Edison receives a patent for his movie camera, the Kinetograph. Edison had...

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Jack the Ripper’s first victim murdered

Jack the Ripper’s first victim murdered

Prostitute Mary Ann Nichols, the first known victim of London serial killer “Jack...

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Polish government signs accord with Gdansk shipyard
workers

Polish government signs accord with Gdansk shipyard workers

On August 31, 1980, representatives of the communist government of Poland agree...

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Sam Mason survives Native American attack

Sam Mason survives Native American attack

Samuel Mason, a Patriot captain in command of Fort Henry on the Ohio frontier, survives...

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Princess Diana dies in a car crash

Princess Diana dies in a car crash

Shortly after midnight on August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales—affectionately...

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How Toussaint Louverture Rose from Slavery to Lead the
Haitian Revolution

How Toussaint Louverture Rose from Slavery to Lead the...

Pushing back aggressions by Europe's greatest powers, Haiti's 'founding father'...

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8 Defunct NFL Teams With Unusual Histories

8 Defunct NFL Teams With Unusual Histories

In the league's first-ever night game, the Providence Steam Roller played the Chicago...

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Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act into law

Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act into law

On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act into law....

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Vladimir Lenin shot

Vladimir Lenin shot

After speaking at a factory in Moscow, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin is shot twice...

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Guion S. Bluford becomes the first African American to
travel to space

Guion S. Bluford becomes the first African American to...

U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Guion S. Bluford becomes the first African American...

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Washington refuses British general's letter of
reconciliation

Washington refuses British general's letter of reconciliation

On August 30, 1776, General George Washington gives the New York Convention three...

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Christopher Cross has his first of two #1 hits with
“Sailing”

Christopher Cross has his first of two #1 hits with “Sailing”

The music video that famously played during MTV’s first minutes on the air was “Video...

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Soviets explode atomic bomb

Soviets explode atomic bomb

At a remote test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, the USSR successfully detonates...

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Pizarro executes last Inca emperor

Pizarro executes last Inca emperor

Atahuallpa, the 13th and last emperor of the Incas, dies by strangulation at the...

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Michael Jackson is born

Michael Jackson is born

Pop sensation Michael Jackson is born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. Jackson...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers "I Have a Dream" speech at
the March on Washington

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers "I Have a Dream" speech...

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the African American civil...

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Zulu king captured

Zulu king captured

King Cetshwayo, the last great ruler of Zululand, is captured by the British following...

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Emmett Till is murdered

Emmett Till is murdered

On August 28, 1955, while visiting family in Money, Mississippi, 14-year-old Emmett...

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Protests at Democratic National Convention in
Chicago

Protests at Democratic National Convention in Chicago

On August 28, 1968, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, thousands...

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Why the First Gay Olympics Was a Watershed Moment in
Sports

Why the First Gay Olympics Was a Watershed Moment in Sports

The organizers of the San Francisco event faced major challenges, including a lawsuit...

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Barry Bonds hits 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth on MLB
list

Barry Bonds hits 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth on MLB...

On May 28, 2006, San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds hits a 90-mph fastball...

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Cy Young pitches first perfect game in MLB history

Cy Young pitches first perfect game in MLB history

On May 5, 1904, 37-year-old Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in modern Major...

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NFL adopts overtime for regular-season games

NFL adopts overtime for regular-season games

On April 25, 1974, the NFL adopts a new overtime rule for regular-season games to...

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Althea Gibson becomes first African American to win U.S.
Open tennis title

Althea Gibson becomes first African American to win U.S....

On September 8, 1957, 30-year-old Althea Gibson becomes the first African American...

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Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins final LPGA tournament of her
career

Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins final LPGA tournament of her...

On May 1, 1955, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, one of the greatest athletes in sports...

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Photographer captures soaring Stanley Cup champion Bobby Orr
in iconic image

Photographer captures soaring Stanley Cup champion Bobby...

On May 10, 1970, 40 seconds into overtime of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final, Boston...

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Chuck Cooper becomes first African American selected in NBA
draft

Chuck Cooper becomes first African American selected in...

On April 25, 1950, the Boston Celtics make Chuck Cooper, an All-American forward...

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British forces defeat Patriots in the Battle of
Brooklyn

British forces defeat Patriots in the Battle of Brooklyn

During the American Revolution, British forces under General William Howe defeat...

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Lord Mountbatten killed by IRA

Lord Mountbatten killed by IRA

On August 27, 1979, Lord Louis Mountbatten is killed when Irish Republican Army...

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NFL star Michael Vick pleads guilty in dogfighting
case

NFL star Michael Vick pleads guilty in dogfighting case

On August 27, 2007, Michael Vick, a star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, formally...

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“The Guinness Book of Records” debuts

“The Guinness Book of Records” debuts

On August 27, 1955, the first edition of “The Guinness Book of Records” is published...

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John Irvin Kennedy plays for Phillies, fully integrating
National League

John Irvin Kennedy plays for Phillies, fully integrating...

On April 22, 1957, John Irvin Kennedy becomes the first African-American player...

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Pitcher Jim Abbott, born without right hand, makes MLB
debut

Pitcher Jim Abbott, born without right hand, makes MLB...

On April 8, 1989, California Angels rookie pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without...

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19th Amendment adopted

19th Amendment adopted

The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted into...

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Democratic convention besieged by protesters

Democratic convention besieged by protesters

As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, thousands of antiwar...

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Battle of Crecy

Battle of Crecy

During the Hundred Years War, King Edward III’s English army annihilates a French...

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“Preppy Murder” stuns New York

“Preppy Murder” stuns New York

On August 26, 1986, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin is found dead in New York City’s...

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick sits during national anthem,
gives interview about it for the first time

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick sits during national anthem,...

At an NFL preseason game on August 26, 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin...

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10 Remarkable NFL Game Records

10 Remarkable NFL Game Records

'Everything we did, we did right. Everything they did, they did wrong.' Bears coach...

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First live sporting event broadcast on radio

First live sporting event broadcast on radio

On April 11, 1921, KDKA in Pittsburgh broadcasts the first live sporting event on...

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Taft becomes first U.S. president to throw out first pitch
at MLB game

Taft becomes first U.S. president to throw out first pitch...

On April 14, 1910, President William Howard Taft becomes the first president to...

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What Did the Three Continental Congresses Do?

What Did the Three Continental Congresses Do?

During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress became America's de facto...

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How the Columbian Exchange Brought Globalization—And
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Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean in 1492 kicked off a massive global...

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8 Scandals That Rocked the NFL

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'There is a certain criminal element in every aspect of society,' said one coach....

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South African Gary Player becomes first international
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South African Gary Player becomes first international Masters...

On April 10, 1961, Gary Player, a 25-year-old South African, beats defending champion...

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Council of Nicaea concludes

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The Council of Nicaea, the first ecumenical debate held by the early Christian church,...

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Englishman swims the Channel

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Matthew Webb, a 27-year-old merchant navy captain, becomes the first known person...

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Little Eva earns a #1 hit with “Loco-Motion”

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Just as pop stardom most often depends on possessing abundant talent and a great...

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Paris is liberated after four years of Nazi
occupation

Paris is liberated after four years of Nazi occupation

After more than four years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated by the French...

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Ted Kennedy, “liberal lion of the Senate,” dies at
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On August 25, 2009, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, the youngest brother of President John...

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7 Facts About the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

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The attack by a group of Islamic fundamentalists announced the growing threat of...

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complex

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On April 13, 2017, American forces in Afghanistan drop one of the largest non-nuclear...

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The Journey of Reconciliation—considered the first Freedom
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The Journey of Reconciliation—considered the first Freedom...

On April 9, 1947, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) sends 16 Black and white...

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MLB cancels playoffs, World Series

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With players on strike since mid-August, Major League Baseball on September 14,...

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SNCC

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The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was founded in 1960 in the...

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Frank Robinson becomes first Black to manage in MLB

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On April 8, 1975, against the New York Yankees in Cleveland, the Indians' Frank...

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William Bradford

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William Bradford was an English Puritan separatist who sailed to North America aboard...

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Spain accepts Mexican independence

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Eleven years after the outbreak of the Mexican War of Independence, Spanish Viceroy...

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Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

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King Charles IX of France, under the sway of his mother, Catherine de Medici, orders...

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Killer in Norway massacre is sentenced

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On August 24, 2012, the man who killed 77 people in a July 22, 2011, bombing and...

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Sacco and Vanzetti executed

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Despite worldwide demonstrations in support of their innocence, Italian-born anarchists...

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Valentino dies

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The death of silent-screen idol Rudolph Valentino at the age of 31 sends his fans...

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Marcario García becomes first Mexican national to receive
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Though he had landed on the beaches of Normandy and been wounded in battle fighting...

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Battle of Bosworth Field

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In the last major battle of the War of the Roses, King Richard III is defeated and...

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Shootings at Ruby Ridge

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In the second day of a standoff at Randy Weaver’s remote northern Idaho cabin atop...

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International Red Cross founded

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The Geneva Convention of 1864 for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded...

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U.S. wins first America’s Cup

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On August 22, 1851, the U.S.-built schooner America bests a fleet of Britain’s finest...

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Zager and Evans end a six-week run at #1 with their
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Michael Collins assassinated

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Irish revolutionary and Sinn Fein politician Michael Collins is killed in an ambush...

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Juan Marichal hits catcher with bat, instigating epic MLB
brawl

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At San Francisco's Candlestick Park on August 22, 1965, Giants pitcher Juan Marichal...

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Marbury v. Madison

Marbury v. Madison

Marbury v. Madison (1803) was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that established...

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Afghanistan War

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The U.S. launched the war in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 terrorist...

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Lincoln-Douglas debates begin

Lincoln-Douglas debates begin

Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois and Abraham Lincoln, a Kentucky-born lawyer...

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Nat Turner launches massive insurrection in Virginia

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Believing himself chosen by God to lead his people out of slavery, Nat Turner launches...

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Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan independence leader, is freed from
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Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan independence leader, is freed from...

Jomo Kenyatta, leader of the Kenyan independence movement, is released by British...

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Bloody Ban Tarleton born in Britain

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The Equal Educational Opportunities Act takes effect

The Equal Educational Opportunities Act takes effect

The Equal Educational Opportunities Act takes effect on August 21, 1974. The new...

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6 Inventions That Transformed Housework

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Electric appliances large and small promised reduced drudgery. The phrase “industrial...

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Soviets invade Czechoslovakia

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On the night of August 20, 1968, approximately 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000...

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U.S. Marines deployed to Lebanon

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During the Lebanese Civil War, a multinational force including 800 U.S. Marines...

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Viking 1 launched to Mars

Viking 1 launched to Mars

Viking 1, an unmanned U.S. planetary probe, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida,...

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Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky assassinated in
Mexico

Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky assassinated in Mexico

Exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded by an ice-ax-wielding...

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First enslaved Africans arrive in Jamestown, setting the
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First enslaved Africans arrive in Jamestown, setting the...

On August 20, 1619, “20 and odd” Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese, arrive in...

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Cuban Revolution

Cuban Revolution

The Cuban Revolution was an armed uprising led by Fidel Castro that eventually toppled...

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What Was Flight 93's Target?

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When the plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field on September 11, it was 20 minutes...

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Captured U.S. spy pilot sentenced in Russia

Captured U.S. spy pilot sentenced in Russia

In the USSR, captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to 10...

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Old Ironsides earns its name

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During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution defeats the British frigate...

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Bill Clinton is born

Bill Clinton is born

On August 19, 1946, William Jefferson Blythe III is born in Hope, Arkansas. His...

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“West Memphis Three” released from prison after 18
years

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On August 19, 2011, three men, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley,...

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Fans toss candy bars onto field, disrupting MLB game

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On April 13, 1978, opening day at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees give away...

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8 Spies Who Leaked Atomic Bomb Intelligence to the
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These eight men and women (among others) shared atomic secrets that enabled the...

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Harlem Globetrotters’ 8,829-game winning streak
snapped

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On September 12, 1995, in Vienna, Austria, the Harlem Globetrotters tip off the...

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Last baseball game played at historic Yankee Stadium

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On September 21, 2008, the last game at historic Yankee Stadium—"The House That...

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How Ancient Rome Thrived During Pax Romana

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During 200 years of relative peace and prosperity, the Roman Empire reached the...

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Diver wins Olympic gold the day after suffering head
injury

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At the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea on September 20, 1988, American diver...

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Roanoke Colony deserted

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John White, the governor of the Roanoke Island colony in present-day North Carolina,...

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Genghis Khan dies

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Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader who forged an empire stretching from the east coast...

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19th Amendment ratified thanks to one vote

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A dramatic battle in the Tennessee House of Representatives ends with the state...

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How Cats Became Divine Symbols in Ancient Egypt

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Felines served a useful purpose in ancient Egyptian households and were eventually...

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The Epic Battle to Beat Babe Ruth's Home Run Record

The Epic Battle to Beat Babe Ruth's Home Run Record

In a pressure-packed 1961 season, Roger Maris hit 61 home runs, outdueling his more...

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The World Trade Center's Construction: 8 Surprising
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To build the twin towers, architects and engineers employed innovative—and sometimes...

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Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s last living henchman, dies

Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s last living henchman, dies

Rudolf Hess, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s former deputy, is found strangled to death...

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Dakota uprising begins in Minnesota

Dakota uprising begins in Minnesota

Minnesota erupts in violence as desperate Dakota Indians attack white settlements...

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General George S. Patton wins race to Messina

General George S. Patton wins race to Messina

U.S. General George S. Patton and his 7th Army arrive in Messina several hours before...

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Balloon crosses the Atlantic

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The Double Eagle II completes the first transatlantic balloon flight when it lands...

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The first Miss Black America pageant takes place

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At nearly three in the morning, Saundra Williams walked across a stage with a cream...

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Transgender athlete Renée Richards barred from U.S.
Open

Transgender athlete Renée Richards barred from U.S. Open

On August 27, 1976, the United States Tennis Association bars transgender athlete...

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World Series broadcast on TV for first time

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On September 30, 1947, the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-3, in Game...

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Canadian woman breaks pro sports barrier

Canadian woman breaks pro sports barrier

On September 23, 1992, Manon Rheaume becomes the first woman to play in one of the...

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Eight MLB players indicted in 'Black Sox Scandal'

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On September 28, 1920, a Chicago grand jury indicts eight members of the Chicago...

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How Paul Revere's Engraving of the Boston Massacre Rallied
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How Paul Revere's Engraving of the Boston Massacre Rallied...

Printed just weeks after British troops opened fire on an unarmed crowd of Bostonians,...

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8 US Governors Who Were Impeached and Convicted

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There have been 15 impeached governors in U.S. history, but only eight were convicted...

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How Pitcher Cy Young Achieved an 'Awe-inspiring' Record For
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How Pitcher Cy Young Achieved an 'Awe-inspiring' Record...

Days after Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young's death in 1955, acclaimed New York sports...

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Los Angeles jury clears John Z. DeLorean of drug
charges

Los Angeles jury clears John Z. DeLorean of drug charges

After close to 30 hours of deliberation, a jury of six men and six women unanimously...

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Babe Ruth dies

Babe Ruth dies

On August 16, 1948, baseball legend George Herman “Babe” Ruth dies from cancer in...

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Elvis Presley dies

Elvis Presley dies

Popular music icon Elvis Presley dies in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42. The death...

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U.S. surrenders Fort Detroit to the British

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During the War of 1812, American General William Hull surrenders Fort Detroit and...

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India and Pakistan win independence

India and Pakistan win independence

The Indian Independence Bill, which carves the independent nations of India and...

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Panama Canal open to traffic

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The American-built waterway across the Isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic...

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Berlin Wall built

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Two days after sealing off free passage between East and West Berlin with barbed...

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King Macbeth is killed by Malcolm Canmore

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At the Battle of Lumphanan, King Macbeth of Scotland is slain by Malcolm Canmore,...

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“Swamp Fox” routs Loyalists while Gates’ men fall
ill

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On August 15, 1780, American Lieutenant Colonel Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,”...

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Russians settle Alaska

Russians settle Alaska

On Kodiak Island, Grigory Shelikhov, a Russian fur trader, founds Three Saints Bay,...

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Aztec capital falls to Cortés

Aztec capital falls to Cortés

After a three-month siege, Spanish forces under Hernán Cortés capture Tenochtitlán,...

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“Hound Dog” is recorded for the first time by Big Mama
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“Hound Dog” is recorded for the first time by Big Mama...

Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” (1956) is one of the biggest and most instantly recognizable...

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Fidel Castro born

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Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro is born in the Oriente province of eastern Cuba....

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Reagan signs Economic Recovery Tax Act (ERTA)

Reagan signs Economic Recovery Tax Act (ERTA)

On August 13, 1981, at his California home Rancho del Cielo, Ronald Reagan signs...

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Why the Watershed 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival Was
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Why the Watershed 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival Was Overshadowed...

During the same summer as the legendary Woodstock music festival, the Harlem concert...

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Transexual Renee Richards barred from U.S. Open

Transexual Renee Richards barred from U.S. Open

On August 27, 1976, the United States Tennis Association bars transexual female...

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Teen tennis star Navratilova seeks political asylum in
U.S.

Teen tennis star Navratilova seeks political asylum in...

On September 6, 1975, 18-year-old rising tennis star Martina Navratilova—who would ...

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17-year-old becomes youngest to hit MLB home run

17-year-old becomes youngest to hit MLB home run

On August 20, 1945, 11 days after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, Brooklyn...

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First Little League World Series champion crowned

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On August 23, 1947, the first Little League World Series championship game—the culmination...

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MLB team fields first all-Black lineup

MLB team fields first all-Black lineup

On September 1, 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates field the first all-Black lineup in...

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8 Moments When Radio Helped Bring Americans Together

8 Moments When Radio Helped Bring Americans Together

Fireside Chats. The 'Fight of the Century.' A live report from Pearl Harbor. These...

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8 Athletes Who Excelled at Two Sports

8 Athletes Who Excelled at Two Sports

Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson and others flashed rare skills....

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Foul balls batter unlucky Philadelphia Phillies fan

Foul balls batter unlucky Philadelphia Phillies fan

On August 17, 1957, Alice Roth experiences what surely is one of the worst days...

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Hussein succeeds to Jordanian throne

Hussein succeeds to Jordanian throne

Prince Hussein is proclaimed the king of Jordan after his father, King Talal, is...

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Watts Rebellion begins

Watts Rebellion begins

In the predominantly Black Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, racial tension reaches...

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Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams dies at 63

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Robin Williams, the prolific Oscar-winning actor and comedian, died by suicide on...

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9 Bronze Age Weapons

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The introduction of bronze led humans to develop array of new, intimidating weaponry....

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MLB player hit in head by pitch, dies next day

MLB player hit in head by pitch, dies next day

On a gloomy day at the Polo Grounds, home of the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians...

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"Sports Illustrated" magazine debuts

"Sports Illustrated" magazine debuts

On August 16, 1954, a new magazine dedicated to covering sports appears on American...

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Usain Bolt sets 100-meter dash world record

Usain Bolt sets 100-meter dash world record

On August 16, 2009, under the lights of Berlin’s Olympic Stadium at the World Championships,...

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MLB pitcher hits catcher with bat, instigating epic
brawl

MLB pitcher hits catcher with bat, instigating epic brawl

At San Francisco's Candlestick Park on August 23, 1965, Giants pitcher Juan Marichal...

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Eight Memorable Protests by American Athletes

Eight Memorable Protests by American Athletes

Stars Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali and Billie Jean King have used their platforms...

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Louvre Museum opens

Louvre Museum opens

After more than two centuries as a royal palace, the Louvre is opened as a public...

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Son of Sam serial killer is arrested

Son of Sam serial killer is arrested

On August 10, 1977, 24-year-old postal employee David Berkowitz is arrested and...

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Temperatures in UK top 100 F for first time during European
heat wave

Temperatures in UK top 100 F for first time during European...

On August 10, 2003, the United Kingdom records its first-ever temperature over 100...

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The Patriot Financier Who Bankrolled the Revolutionary
War

The Patriot Financier Who Bankrolled the Revolutionary...

A brash, self-made millionaire helped fund the fight for independence, but after...

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Romans routed at Adrianople

Romans routed at Adrianople

In one of the most decisive battles in history, a large Roman army under Valens,...

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Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal

Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal

At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, African American track star Jesse Owens wins his fourth...

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JetBlue flight attendant quits job via escape slide

JetBlue flight attendant quits job via escape slide

On August 9, 2010, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater quits his job in dramatic...

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Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” is published

Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” is published

Henry David Thoreau’s classic Walden, or, A Life in the Woods is required reading...

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Charles Manson cult kills five, including actress Sharon
Tate

Charles Manson cult kills five, including actress Sharon...

On August 9, 1969, members of Charles Manson’s cult kill five people in movie director...

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German saboteurs executed in Washington, D.C.

German saboteurs executed in Washington, D.C.

During World War II, six German saboteurs who secretly entered the United States...

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Emiliano Zapata born

Emiliano Zapata born

Emiliano Zapata, a leader of peasants and Indigenous people during the Mexican Revolution,...

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Soviets declare war on Japan; invade Manchuria

Soviets declare war on Japan; invade Manchuria

On August 8, 1945, the Soviet Union officially declares war on Japan, pouring more...

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Brigham Young chosen to lead Mormon Church

Brigham Young chosen to lead Mormon Church

After Joseph Smith, the founder and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

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Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court

Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as an Associate Justice of...

On August 8, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor is sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Supreme...

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Volkswagen halts production during World War II

Volkswagen halts production during World War II

On August 7, 1944, under the threat of Allied bombing during World War II, the German...

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Teddy Roosevelt nominated as Bull Moose candidate

Teddy Roosevelt nominated as Bull Moose candidate

Theodore Roosevelt is nominated for the presidency by the Progressive Party, a group...

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Trapped Russian sub rescued

Trapped Russian sub rescued

On August 7, 2005, a Russian Priz AS-28 mini-submarine, with seven crew members...

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U.S. embassies in East Africa bombed

U.S. embassies in East Africa bombed

At 10:30 a.m. local time, a massive truck bomb explodes outside the U.S. embassy...

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The first U.S. satellite to photograph the Earth is
launched

The first U.S. satellite to photograph the Earth is launched

From the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the U.S. unmanned spacecraft...

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10 Extraordinary Pro Football Hall of Fame Classes

10 Extraordinary Pro Football Hall of Fame Classes

Barry Sanders, John Elway, Lawrence Taylor, Vince Lombardi, Joe Namath stood out...

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How Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson Made the 'Hail Mary'
Pass Famous

How Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson Made the 'Hail Mary'...

The miracle connection between the Dallas Cowboys' stars and Pro Football Hall of...

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This Little-Known Peruvian Civilization Built Pyramids as
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This Little-Known Peruvian Civilization Built Pyramids...

Caral was an architectural marvel—a 1,500-acre complex constructed by the oldest...

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Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes

Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes

On the afternoon of October 13, 1972, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 begins its...

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Saladin

Saladin

Saladin is the Western name of Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub, the Muslim sultan of...

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Andy Warhol is born

Andy Warhol is born

Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the latter part of the 20th...

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First execution by electric chair

First execution by electric chair

At Auburn Prison in New York, the first execution by electrocution in history is...

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First draft of Constitution debated

First draft of Constitution debated

In Philadelphia, delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin debating the first...

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American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

American bomber drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic...

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Joseph Force Crater becomes the missingest man in New
York

Joseph Force Crater becomes the missingest man in New York

On August 6, 1930, New York Supreme Court judge Joseph Force Crater vanished on...

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Vicki Draves and Sammy Lee become the first Asian Americans
to win an Olympic gold medal for the U.S.

Vicki Draves and Sammy Lee become the first Asian Americans...

On August 6, 1948, American diver Vicki Draves wins gold at the London Olympics....

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How Gymnast Mary Lou Retton Soared After She Won Gold at
1984 OIympics

How Gymnast Mary Lou Retton Soared After She Won Gold at...

With a dazzling performance in Los Angeles, the West Virginia native helped lay...

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First transatlantic telegraph cable completed

First transatlantic telegraph cable completed

After several unsuccessful attempts, the first telegraph line across the Atlantic...

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Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 air-traffic controllers

Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 air-traffic controllers

On August 5, 1981, President Ronald Reagan begins firing 11,359 air-traffic controllers...

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Divers recover U.S.S. Monitor turret

Divers recover U.S.S. Monitor turret

On August 5, 2002, the rusty iron gun turret of the U.S.S. Monitor broke from the...

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Crimean War

Crimean War

The Crimean War (1853-1856) stemmed from Russia’s threat to multiple European interests...

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How a Vaccine Slowed the Spread of Chicken Pox

How a Vaccine Slowed the Spread of Chicken Pox

The highly contagious disease dates to ancient times and spread easily in households...

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How a 1921 Baseball Radio Broadcast Marked the Dawn of
Sportscasting

How a 1921 Baseball Radio Broadcast Marked the Dawn of...

On August 5, 1921, Harold Arlin of KDKA in Pittsburgh voiced the first MLB game...

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Lizzie Borden's parents found dead

Lizzie Borden's parents found dead

On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden are found hacked to death in their Fall...

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Slain civil rights workers found

Slain civil rights workers found

The remains of three civil rights workers whose disappearance on June 21 garnered...

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George Washington becomes a Master Mason

George Washington becomes a Master Mason

George Washington, a young Virginia planter, becomes a Master Mason, the highest...

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Oscar Pistorius becomes the first amputee runner to compete
at the Olympics

Oscar Pistorius becomes the first amputee runner to compete...

On August 4, 2012 in London, Oscar Pistorius of South Africa becomes the first amputee...

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U.S. and Mexico sign the Mexican Farm Labor
Agreement

U.S. and Mexico sign the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement

On August 4, 1942, the United States and Mexico sign the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement,...

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Native American group occupies Mount Rushmore to protest
broken Treaty of Fort Laramie

Native American group occupies Mount Rushmore to protest...

Around dusk on the evening on August 29, 1970, a group of 23 Native American activists...