This Day in History Class

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From the desk of “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” “This Day in History Class” quickly recounts a tidbit from today’s events in history.

Episode Date
The U.S. government bans the sale of sliced bread - January 18th, 1943
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On this day in 1943, Claude R. Wickard, the Secretary of Agriculture and head of the War Food Administration, banned the sale of pre-sliced bread in America during World War II Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 18, 2022
The Great Brink's Robbery - January 17th, 1950
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On this day in 1950, a group of armed robbers stole more than $2 million from the Brink’s Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 17, 2022
Part One of Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote novel is published in Spain - January 16th, 1605
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On this day in 1605, the first half of Miguel de Cervantes' landmark novel Don Quixote was published in Spain. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 16, 2022
A cartoon in Harper's Weekly uses the donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party for the first time - January 15th, 1870
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On this day in 1870, political cartoonist Thomas Nast first used the donkey as a symbol for the Democratic Party in a cartoon titled “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 15, 2022
The clarinet is invented in Nuremberg, Germany - January 14th, 1690
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On this day in 1690, German instrument maker Johann Christoph Denner created the world’s first clarinet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 14, 2022
The Black Friday bushfires claim 71 lives in Australia - January 13th, 1939
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On this day in 1939, a series of fires converged and swept rapidly across large areas of Victoria, Australia, leaving a widespread trail of death and destruction. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 13, 2022
A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time - January 12th, 1908
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On this day in 1908, French radio pioneer Gustave Ferrié transmitted the first long-distance message ever sent from the Eiffel Tower. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 12, 2022
England holds its first national lottery - January 11th, 1569
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On this day in 1569, in a public square outside Old St Paul’s Cathedral in London, the drawing began for the first state-run lottery in English history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 11, 2022
Clara Peller first asks 'Where's the Beef?' in an ad campaign for Wendy's hamburgers - January 10th, 1984
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On this day in 1984, fast food restaurant chain Wendy’s released its first commercial featuring the famous “Where’s the beef?” catchphrase. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 10, 2022
Columbus mistakes three manatees for mermaids - January 9th, 1493
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On this day in 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus recorded a sighting of three “mermaids” while sailing near what is now the Dominican Republic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 09, 2022
African American men secure the right to vote in Washington, D.C. - January 8th, 1867
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On this day in 1867, the U.S. Congress passed the District of Columbia Suffrage Bill, granting African American men the right to vote for the first time in the nation’s history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 08, 2022
Galileo discovers the moons of Jupiter - January 7th, 1610
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On this day in 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei made the first recorded sighting of the planet Jupiter’s moons. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 07, 2022
Maria Montessori opens her first school in Rome - January 6th, 1907
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On this day in 1907, Dr. Maria Montessori opened a new kind of school in an impoverished neighborhood in Rome. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 06, 2022
"Rapper's Delight" becomes the first hip-hop song to reach the Billboard Top 40 - January 5th, 1980
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On this day in 1980, “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang became the first hip hop song ever to break into the Billboard Top 40. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 05, 2022
Two trains collide in the worst rail disaster in Pakistan’s history - January 4th, 1990
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On this day in 1990, an overcrowded passenger train slammed into a parked freight train at a railway station in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 04, 2022
Nazi propagandist “Lord Haw-Haw” is executed for treason - January 3rd, 1946
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On this day in 1946, William Joyce, better known to the British as Lord Haw-Haw, was put to death for betraying his country on behalf of Nazi Germany. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 03, 2022
President Nixon sets a national speed limit of 55 MPH - January 2nd, 1974
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On this day in 1974, President Richard Nixon established a maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour on every highway in the United States. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 02, 2022
Johnny Cash plays a concert at San Quentin State Prison - January 1st, 1959
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On this day in 1959, musician Johnny Cash rang in the new year by performing live at San Quentin State Prison in California. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 01, 2022
A Victorian dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon - December 31st, 1853
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On this day in 1853, natural history artist and sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins hosted a New Year’s Eve dinner party inside a full-scale model of an Iguanodon. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 31, 2021
British miners are ordered to replace canaries with electronic carbon monoxide sensors - December 30th, 1986
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On this day in 1986, a British mining tradition came to an end when legislation officially ordered that all live canaries be released from the nation’s coal mines. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 30, 2021
The first YMCA in the United States opens its doors in Boston - December 29th, 1851
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On this day in 1851, retired sea captain Thomas Sullivan helped establish the first YMCA in the United States in Boston. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 29, 2021
Scottish outlaw Rob Roy dies - December 28th, 1734
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On this day in 1734, Rob Roy MacGregor, a Scottish bandit turned folk hero, died at his home in the village of Balquidder. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 28, 2021
The first fire department in the Hawaiian Islands is established - December 27th, 1850
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On this day in 1850, King Kamehameha III established and joined the Honolulu Fire Department, the first in the Hawaiian Islands and the only one in the world to include monarchs as active members. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 27, 2021
Mobster Bugsy Siegel opens the Flamingo Hotel - December 26th, 1946
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On this day in 1946, notorious gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opened the glamorous Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 26, 2021
Rod Serling is born - December 25th, 1924
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On this day in 1924, screenwriter and television producer Rod Serling was born in Syracuse, New York. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 25, 2021
President Coolidge lights the first national Christmas tree - December 24th, 1923
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On this day in 1923, President Calvin Coolidge pushed a button to light the first National Christmas Tree of the United States. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 24, 2021
Vincent van Gogh cuts off part of his ear - December 23rd, 1888
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On this day in 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh mutilated his own left ear with a razor blade while living in Arles, France. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 23, 2021
Baby Colo becomes the first gorilla born in captivity - December 22nd, 1956
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On this day in 1956, for the first time ever, a live gorilla was born in captivity. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 22, 2021
Disney's The Three Caballeros premieres in Mexico City - December 21st, 1944
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On this day in 1944, Walt Disney’s seventh animated feature, The Three Caballeros, had its world premiere in Mexico City. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 21, 2021
Queen Elizabeth II urges the Prince and Princess of Wales to seek an early divorce - December 20th, 1995
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On this day in 1995, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sent a letter to her son Prince Charles and his wife Princess Diana, urging the couple to get a divorce. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 20, 2021
The National Hockey League starts its first season - December 19th, 1917
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On this day in 1917, the first four teams of the newly-formed National Hockey League took to the ice for the first time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 19, 2021
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! premieres on CBS - December 18th, 1966
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On this day in 1966, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! aired for the very first time on CBS. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 18, 2021
The first issue of Vogue magazine is published - December 17th, 1892
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On this day in 1892, Vogue magazine, a journal of high society and fashion, released its inaugural issue. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 17, 2021
The Haiyuan earthquake devastates the Gansu province in China - December 16th, 1920
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On this day in 1920, at 7:06pm, a massive earthquake wreaked havoc on the isolated Gansu province in north-central China. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 16, 2021
Bandleader Glenn Miller vanishes over the English Channel - December 15th, 1944
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On this day in 1944, American bandleader Glenn Miller went missing while flying over the English Channel aboard a military aircraft bound for France. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 15, 2021
Wilma Mankiller becomes the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation - December 14th, 1985
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On this day in 1985, Wilma Mankiller took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 14, 2021
General Charles Lee is captured at Widow White's Tavern - December 13th, 1776
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On this day in 1776, Continental Army General Charles Lee surrendered to British forces after being caught off guard at a tavern in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 13, 2021
The Mona Lisa is recovered two years after its theft from the Louvre - December 12th, 1913
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On this day in 1913, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa portrait was recovered from a hotel room in Florence, two years after being stolen from the Louvre in Paris. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 12, 2021
Nitrous oxide is used in dentistry for the first time - December 11th, 1844
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On this day in 1844, a 29-year-old dentist named Horace Wells pioneered the use of nitrous oxide in dental procedures by testing the gas on himself. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 11, 2021
Emily Dickinson is born - December 10th, 1830
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On this day in 1830, American poet Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 10, 2021
A Charlie Brown Christmas airs for the first time - December 9th, 1965
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On this day in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas aired for the very first time on CBS. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 09, 2021
The Republic of China moves its capital from Nanjing to Taipei City, Taiwan - December 8th, 1949
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On this day in 1949, the defeated Nationalist forces of the Republic of China established a new capital on the island of present-day Taiwan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 08, 2021
The Apollo 17 crew takes the famous "Blue Marble" photo of the Earth - December 7th, 1972
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On this day in 1972, five hours after launching from the Kennedy Space Center, the crew aboard the Apollo 17 spacecraft captured a rare image of the Earth in its entirety. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 07, 2021
Inventor Thomas Edison makes the first sound recording with his phonograph - December 6th, 1877
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On this day in 1877, at his lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey, inventor Thomas Edison made the first recording on his newly completed phonograph. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 06, 2021
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies in Vienna - December 5th, 1791
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On this day in 1791, Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna at the age of 35. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 05, 2021
The Museum of Modern Art realizes a work by Matisse had been hung upside down - December 4th, 1961
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On this day in 1961, the director of exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art realized that a picture had been hanging upside down for the past 57 days. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 04, 2021
Eleven people are trampled at a concert by The Who - December 3rd, 1979
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On this day in 1979, at a concert for the British rock band The Who, eleven people were crushed to death by a crowd of overeager fans trying to get inside Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 03, 2021
Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the U.S. - December 2nd, 1867
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On this day in 1867, British author Charles Dickens began his first American reading tour at Tremont Temple in Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 02, 2021
Antarctica is declared a military-free continent - December 1st, 1959
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On this day in 1959, twelve nations signed the Antarctic Treaty, which prohibited military activity on the continent and ensured it would be used only for scientific research and exploration. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 01, 2021
Barbados declares its independence from Great Britain - November 30th, 1966
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On this day in 1966, the east Caribbean island of Barbados gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 30, 2021
James Jay invents an invisible ink that aids George Washington - November 29th, 1775
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On this day in 1775, physician and amateur chemist James Jay invented a new kind of invisible ink, which was later put to use in the American War of Independence. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 29, 2021
The first American automobile race is held in Chicago - November 28th, 1895
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On this day in 1895, the first American auto race took place in Chicago, Illinois, with six racers competing in custom, handcrafted cars. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 28, 2021
George Custer massacres peaceful Cheyenne near the Washita River - November 27th, 1868
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On this day in 1868, at dawn, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer led a surprise attack on a peaceful Cheyenne village along the Washita River in what is now Oklahoma. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 27, 2021
FDR establishes the modern Thanksgiving holiday - November 26th, 1941
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On this day in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill officially declaring that the Thanksgiving holiday would occur every year on the fourth Thursday in November. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 26, 2021
Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" opens in London - November 25th, 1952
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On this day in 1952, “The Moustrap,” a murder-mystery play by Agatha Christie, made its London debut at the Ambassadors Theatre. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 25, 2021
Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sights modern day Tasmania - November 24th, 1642
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On this day in 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman recorded the first European sighting of the island now known as Tasmania. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 24, 2021
The world’s first jukebox is installed at a bar in San Francisco - November 23rd, 1889
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On this day in 1889, an early forerunner of the modern jukebox was installed for public use at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, California. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 23, 2021
Star Trek breaks a cultural barrier by airing an interracial kiss - November 22nd, 1968
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On this day in 1968, during a turbulent year for race relations in America, actors William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols shared a prominent kiss on an episode of Star Trek. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 22, 2021
Ella Fitzgerald wins Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater - November 21st, 1934
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On this day in 1934, at 17-years-old, Ella Fitzgerald became the first female performer to win Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 21, 2021
Garrett Morgan patents the three-position traffic signal - November 20th, 1923
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On this day in 1923, prolific inventor and entrepreneur Garrett Morgan received the patent for a traffic light signal of his own design. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 20, 2021
Pop duo Milli Vanilli is stripped of their Grammy Award - November 19th, 1990
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On this day in 1990, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences rescinded the Grammy Award for Best New Artist from pop duo Milli Vanilli. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 19, 2021
William Tell allegedly shoots an apple off his son's head - November 18th, 1307
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On this day in 1307, a legend was born when a Swiss farmer and skilled hunter named William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head with a crossbow. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 18, 2021
TV viewers are outraged when a tense football game is cut off to air Heidi - November 17th, 1968
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On this day in 1968, football fans got an unwelcome surprise when a televised game between the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders was interrupted in its final minutes by a made-for-TV movie adaptation of Heidi. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 17, 2021
Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmastime" - November 16th, 1979
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On this day in 1979, Paul McCartney released his quirky seasonal classic “Wonderful Christmastime.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 16, 2021
A member of the Indiana Textbook Commission calls Robin Hood a communist - November 15th, 1953
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On this day in 1953, Ada White of the Indiana Textbook Commission alleged that textbook writers were presenting the story of Robin Hood in a pro-communist light. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 15, 2021
Samuel Pepys records the first description of a blood transfusion - November 14th, 1666
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On this day in 1666, English diarist and politician Samuel Pepys wrote the first known description of a blood transfusion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 14, 2021
Chemical technician Karen Silkwood dies in a mysterious car wreck - November 13th, 1974
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On this day in 1974, nuclear whistle-blower Karen Silkwood was killed in a one-car crash under mysterious circumstances. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 13, 2021
"Walt Disney's Song of South premieres in Atlanta, Georgia - November 12th, 1946 "
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On this day in 1946, the controversial Disney movie Song of the South premiered at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 12, 2021
Billie Holiday's first hit song, "Riffin' the Scotch", is released - November 11th, 1933
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On this day in 1933, at age 18, jazz legend Billie Holiday released her first hit song, “Riffin’ the Scotch”. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 11, 2021
Mary Anderson patents the windshield wiper - November 10th, 1903
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On this day in 1903, Alabama native Mary Anderson was awarded a patent for her early design of windshield wipers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 10, 2021
Beer brewer Alfred Heineken is kidnapped and held for ransom - November 9th, 1983
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On this day in 1983, Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, CEO of the Heineken brewery, was abducted at gunpoint outside the company’s headquarters in Amsterdam. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 09, 2021
HBO is launched as the first pay-TV network - November 8th, 1972
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On this day in 1972, Home Box Office, or HBO, began broadcasting for the first time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 08, 2021
Paris makes it illegal for women to wear trousers - November 7th, 1800
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On this day in 1800, the police chief of Paris issued an order making it illegal for women to wear pants in public. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 07, 2021
Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca washes ashore in Texas - November 6th, 1528
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On this day in 1528, Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca became the first European to set foot on land that would later become the state of Texas. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 06, 2021
Parker Brothers launches the Monopoly board game - November 5th, 1935
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On this day in 1935, Parker Brothers begins selling Monopoly, a board game based on the real estate of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 05, 2021
British poet Wilfred Owen is killed in action - November 4th, 1918
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On this day in 1918, at the tail end of the First World War, British poet Wilfred Owen was killed in action during an assault on a German-held canal on the Western Front of France. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 04, 2021
"SOS is approved as the worldwide distress signal - November 3rd, 1906 "
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On this day in 1906, at an international conference held in Berlin, SOS was chosen as the officially recognized distress call for ships at sea. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 03, 2021
Howard Hughes’s “Spruce Goose” takes its maiden flight - November 2nd, 1947
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On this day in 1947, Howard Hughes pilots the H-4 Hercules, also known as the “Spruce Goose”, on its first and only flight. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 02, 2021
The first issue of Ebony magazine is published - November 1st, 1945
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On this day in 1945, Ebony magazine, a journal chronicling the lives of African Americans, released its inaugural issue. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 01, 2021
Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini dies - October 31st, 1926
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On this day in 1926, in Room 401 of Grace Hospital in Detroit, Harry Houdini dies of complications from a ruptured appendix. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 31, 2021
The "Halloween Storm" racks the Atlantic seaboard - October 30th, 1991
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On this day in 1991, after days of build-up, a devastating storm reached peak intensity as it battered the North Atlantic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 30, 2021
The stock market crashes on “Black Tuesday” - October 29th, 1929
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On this day in 1929, in an event known as Black Tuesday, the United States stock market crashed, wiping out the savings of thousands of investors and erasing $100 billion from the nation’s economy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 29, 2021
Heavy snowfall traps the Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada Mountains - October 28th, 1846
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On this day in 1846, a blizzard traps the ill-fated Donner Party in a high mountain pass in California. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 28, 2021
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs for the first time - October 27th, 1966
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On this day in 1966, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, aired for the very first time on CBS. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 27, 2021
Deadly Smog appears in Donora, Pennsylvania - October 26th, 1948
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On this day in 1948, an ominous, yellow fog descends on the town of Donora, Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 26, 2021
John Carpenter's Halloween premieres in Kansas City, Missouri - October 25th, 1978
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John Carpenter’s seminal slasher film Halloween premieres at the AMC Empire theater in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 25, 2021
An elderly teacher takes the first barrel ride down Niagara Falls - October 24th, 1901
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On this day in 1901, a 63-year-old teacher named Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to ride over the edge of Niagara Falls in a barrel. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 24, 2021
Musician "Weird Al" Yankovic is born - October 23rd, 1959
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On this day in 1959, the parody-singing, polka-playing musician known as “Weird Al” was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 23, 2021
The first modern parachute jump is made above Paris - October 22nd, 1797
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On this day in 1797, French balloonist André-Jacques Garnerin descended 3,200 feet through the skies of Paris, becoming the first person to float safely to the ground using a frameless parachute. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 22, 2021
The Tragedy of Aberfan - October 21st, 1966
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On this day in 1966, an avalanche of coal waste swept through the village of Aberfan in South Wales, claiming the lives of 144 people. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 21, 2021
The first automated post office in the U.S. opens in Providence, Rhode Island - October 20th, 1960
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On this day in 1962, America’s first fully automated post office began service in Providence, Rhode Island. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 20, 2021
"Pomp and Circumstance" is performed for the first time - October 19th, 1901
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On this day in 1901, the popular marching song “Pomp and Circumstance” was performed live for the very first time — but not at a graduation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 19, 2021
African American poet Phillis Wheatley is freed from slavery - October 18th, 1773
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On this day in 1773, the renowned poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 18, 2021
A shoemaker tricks German soldiers into helping him rob a mayor - October 17th, 1906
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On this day in 1906, a German shoemaker named Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt impersonated an army officer and tricked a group of soldiers into helping him commit a daring robbery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 17, 2021
The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio is founded - October 16th, 1923
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On this day in 1923, young cartoonist Walt Disney and his big brother Roy founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Hollywood, California. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 16, 2021
An 11-year-old girl implores Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard - October 15th, 1860
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On this day in 1860, a young girl named Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln, urging him to grow a beard before the upcoming election. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 15, 2021
The Amityville murders trial begins - October 14th, 1975
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On this day in 1975, Ronald DeFeo Jr. stood trial for the brutal killing of his six family members — a crime known today as the Amityville murders. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 14, 2021
Paddington Bear arrives in London - October 13th, 1958
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On this day in 1958, a marmalade-loving bear cub appeared for the first time when A Bear Called Paddington was published. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 13, 2021
The nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice" is published - October 12th, 1609
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On this day in 1609, the original version of the popular children’s nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice” was published for the first time in London. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 12, 2021
Saturday Night Live premieres - October 11th, 1975
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On this day in 1975, sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live broadcast its first episode live from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 11, 2021
The U.S. Naval Academy admits its first students - October 10th, 1845
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On this day in 1845, the United States Naval Academy opened its doors in Annapolis, Maryland, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 10, 2021
A meteorite crashes into a parked car in Peekskill, New York - October 9th, 1992
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On this day in 1992, a meteorite the size of a bowling ball crashed into a parked Chevy Malibu in a suburb of Peekskill, New York. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 09, 2021
The first women's prison run by women opens in Indiana - October 8th, 1873
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On this day in 1873, in response to the horrific treatment of female inmates at unisex prisons, the state of Indiana established the country’s first prison exclusively for women. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 08, 2021
The musical Cats debuts on Broadway - October 7th, 1982
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On this day in 1982, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 07, 2021
President Kennedy advises Americans to build fallout shelters - October 6th, 1961
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On this day in 1961, in a letter to the Committee on Civil Defense, President John F. Kennedy advised American families to build fallout shelters as protection against a possible nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 06, 2021
Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC TV - October 5th, 1969
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On this day in 1969, just before 11pm, the first episode of the groundbreaking comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus premiered in the United Kingdom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 05, 2021
The Brooklyn Dodgers win their first (and only) World Series - October 4th, 1955
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On this day in 1955, in a surprising upset, the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series, beating the New York Yankees 2-0. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 04, 2021
Sinéad O’Connor rips up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live - October 3rd, 1992
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On this day in 1992, at the end of her performance on Saturday Night Live, Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor shocked the audience and viewers at home by tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 03, 2021
A snail-powered telegraph is demonstrated in France - October 2nd, 1851
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On this day in 1851, a French occultist named Jacques Benoît gave the first -- and last -- demonstration of his new invention: a snail-powered telegraph. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 02, 2021
Little Golden Books begins publishing - October 1st, 1942
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On this day in 1942, Simon & Schuster published the first dozen titles in the long-running Little Golden Books series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 01, 2021
Joseph Marion Hernández becomes the first Hispanic person elected to Congress - September 30th, 1822
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On this day in 1822, Joseph Marion Hernández became the first Hispanic member of the United States Congress. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 30, 2021
Cyanide-laced Tylenol kills multiple people - September 29th, 1982
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On this day in 1982, four people in the greater Chicago area died after unknowingly ingesting Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 29, 2021
Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination - September 28th, 1885
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On this day in 1885, an angry crowd of more than 2,000 people marched through the streets of Montreal after the city announced a mandatory vaccination program to fight the smallpox epidemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 28, 2021
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is published - September 27th, 1962
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On this day, Rachel Carson in 1962, a science writer and former marine biologist, published her landmark book, Silent Spring. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 27, 2021
A beloved dolphin becomes the first individual sea creature protected by law - September 26th, 1904
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On this day in 1904, New Zealand issued a government proclamation making it illegal to harm a beloved, wild dolphin named Pelorus Jack or any member of his species. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 26, 2021
The first museum survey of American pop art debuts - September 25th, 1962
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On this day in 1962, a new exhibit opened at the Pasadena Art Museum in southern California, marking what’s believed to be the very first museum showing of Pop art. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 25, 2021
The prophet Muhammad completes his Hegira - September 24th, 622
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On this day in 622, the prophet Muhammad completed his Hegira, or “flight,” from the city of Mecca to what is now known as Medina. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 24, 2021
FDR defends his dog in a speech- September 23rd, 1944
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On this day in 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt defended the reputation of his dog, who had recently been the subject of a political attack. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 23, 2021
The first Farm Aid concert is held in Champaign, Illinois - September 22nd, 1985
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On this day in 1985, nearly 80,000 people gathered in the rain to watch the first-ever Farm Aid concert at a university stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 22, 2021
J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is published in London - September 21st, 1937
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On this day in 1937, the first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, went on sale in British bookstores. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 21, 2021
Ferdinand Magellan sets sail on the first successful journey to circumnavigate the globe - September 20th, 1519
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On this day in 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail with a crew of 270 sailors.on what would ultimately become the first successful voyage around the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 20, 2021
New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote - September 19th, 1893
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On this day in 1893, the Governor of New Zealand signed a landmark piece of legislation that gave women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 19, 2021
Scott Joplin granted copyright for his "Maple Leaf Rag" - September 18th, 1899
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On this day in 1899, musician Scott Joplin was granted the copyright for a song he wrote called the “Maple Leaf Rag.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 18, 2021
A San Francisco resident proclaims himself Emperor of the United States of America - September 17th, 1859
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On this day in 1859, failed Gold Rush-era businessman named Joshua Norton became the first self-proclaimed emperor of the Untied States. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 17, 2021
A Scottish golfer scores the first recorded hole-in-one - September 16th, 1869
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On this day in 1869, legendary golfer Tom Morris Junior scored the first hole-in-one ever reported. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 16, 2021
Muhammad Ali wins his third and final world heavyweight championship - September 15th, 1978
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At the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, boxer Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in a fight for the heavyweight championship. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 15, 2021
The Great Fire of Moscow begins as Napoleon enters the city and retreating Russians burn it - September 14th, 1812
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Fresh from his victory over Russian forces at the Battle of Borodino, Napoleon Bonaparte and his Grand Armée marched triumphantly into the city of Moscow. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 14, 2021
The Straw Hat Riot begins in New York City as people protest the right to wear straw hats - September 13th, 1922
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In New York City, a group of teenage boys grabbed the straw hats of some factory workers. stomped them flat on the sidewalk, and then ran like mad. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 13, 2021
Four teens discover 17,000-year-old cave drawings - September 12th, 1940
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Four teenagers from the nearby village of Montignac, France, discovered the Cave of Lascaux and the more than 2,000 ancient drawings that adorn its walls. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 12, 2021
Florence Chadwick becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions- September 11th, 1951
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California native Florence Chadwick prevailed against dense fog, heavy winds, and frigid water to become the first woman to swim across the English Channel in both directions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 11, 2021
The Lattimer Massacre - September 10th, 1897
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At the edge of the town of Lattimer, Pennsylvania, eighty-six deputies under the command of Sheriff James Martin opened fire on a crowd of unarmed, immigrant coal miners who were on strike. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 10, 2021
Alexander Twilight becomes the first African American to receive a BA degree - September 9th, 1823
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A college student named Alexander Twilight received his bachelor’s degree, becoming the first person of African descent to achieve this honor in the United States. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 09, 2021
First appearance of the comic strip "Blondie" - September 8th, 1930
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On this day in 1930, a new comic strip appeared in American newspapers introducing readers to Blondie Boopadoop, better known today as Blondie Bumstead or just plain Blondie. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 08, 2021
Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times - September 7th, 1996
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On this day in 1996, shortly after 11:00pm, actor and recording artist Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times in Las Vegas while driving to a night club with Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 07, 2021
King Charles II spends a day hiding in an oak tree - September 6th, 1651
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On this day in 1651, after fleeing for his life following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester, Charles II, the King of Scotland and rightful Kinf of England, took refuge in a tall oak tree. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 06, 2021
Jim Henson's "The Muppet Show" premieres on television - September 5th, 1976
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On this day in 1976, The Muppet Show, created by American puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson, made its world premiere on ITV stations throughout the United Kingdom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 05, 2021
George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera - September 4th, 1888
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On this day in 1888, American entrepreneur George Eastman received a patent for the world's first camera designed to use rolls of film. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 04, 2021
Wilderness Act signed into U.S. law - September 3rd, 1964
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On this day in 1964, US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 03, 2021
The Principality of Sealand is established - September 2nd, 1967
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On this day in 1967, Paddy Roy Bates, a former British Army major turned pirate radio broadcaster, declared that the abandoned naval base he'd been occupying for the past 9 months was now a sovereign micronation: The Principality of Sealand. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 02, 2021
Emma Nutt becomes the first female telephone operator - September 1st, 1878
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On this day in 1878, a woman named Emma Nutt reported to work at the Edwin Holmes telephone dispatch company in Boston, Massachusetts, and in doing so, she became the first female telephone operator. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Sep 01, 2021
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Hey, history fans. Thank you for tuning into This Day In History Class. We're taking a short break, but we'll be back shortly with brand new daily episodes, so stay tuned! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jul 09, 2021
Tunguska event / First leap second added to UTC - June 30
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On this day in 1908, an explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia that was likely caused by a meteorite or comet bursting. / At 11:59 p.m. and 60 seconds, a leap second was added to Coordinated Universal Time to synchronize clocks with Earth’s decelerating rotation.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 30, 2021
Moctezuma II died / Globe Theatre burned down - June 29
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On this day in 1520, Aztec emperor Moctezuma died, either at the hands of Spaniards or Aztecs unhappy with his rule. / On this day in 1613, the Globe Theatre in London, famous for hosting performances of Shakespeare's plays, was destroyed in a fire. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 29, 2021
Stonewall raid and riots / "The Amos 'n' Andy Show" premiered - June 28
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On this day in 1968, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, sparking nights of riots that became a major moment of resistance in the history of the LGBTQ rights movement. / On this day in 1951, "The Amos 'n' Andy Show” premiered on CBS TV. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 28, 2021
E.R. Braithwaite born / Joseph Smith assassinated - June 27
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On this day in 1912, writer, social worker, teacher, and diplomat E.R. Braithwaite was born. / On this day in 1844, Joseph Smith, the leader of the Latter Day Saint movement, was murdered alongside his brother Hyrum by a mob in Carthage, Illinois. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 27, 2021
Big Bill Broonzy born / Winnipeg general strike ended - June 26
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On this day in 1893 or 1903, blues musician Big Bill Broonzy was born. / The Winnipeg General Strike officially ended when the strike leaders called it off. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 26, 2021
First photo to illustrate newspaper report taken / Rainbow flag flown for first time - June 25
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Charles-François Thibault took three photos during the June Days uprising on this day and the following in 1848. Two of them became the first photos to accompany a newspaper report. / On this day in 1978, the rainbow flag, made specifically to represent the LGBTQ community, was flown for the first time at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 25, 2021
Dancing mania outbreak / Siamese Revolution of 1932 - June 24
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On this day in 1374, a dancing mania outbreak began in Aachen, Germany. / On this day in 1932, Khana Ratsadon, or the People’s Party, overthrew the government of King Rama VII, ending 700 years of absolute monarchy under the kings of Siam. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 24, 2021
Battle of Zacatecas / Sholes, Glidden, and Soulé awarded typewriter patent - June 23
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The bloodiest battle in the revolution to overthrow Victoriano Huerta -- the Battle of Zacatecas, or La Toma de Zacatecas -- took place on this day in 1914. / On this day in 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes, Samuel Soulé, and Carlos Glidden were awarded U.S. patent number 79,265 for their typewriter. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 23, 2021
Galileo sentenced by Inquisition / Octavia E. Butler born - June 22
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On this day in history, the Roman Inquisition sentenced Galileo Galilei for being "vehemently suspect of heresy." / On this day in 1947, science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 22, 2021
Ferris wheel debuted / Jean-Paul Sartre born - June 21
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On this day in 1893, the Ferris Wheel debuted at the World's Fair in Chicago. / On this day in 1905, philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 21, 2021
Siege of the Legation Quarter began / "Jaws" released - June 20
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On this day in 1900, the siege of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China, during the Boxer Rebellion began. / On this day in 1975, the film "Jaws" was released in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 20, 2021
Abolition of slavery announced in Texas (Juneteenth) / Joshua Nkomo born - June 19
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On this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Galveston, Texas. The day is now commemorated as Juneteenth. / On this day in 1917, revolutionary and politician Joshua Nkomo was born in Matebeleland in modern-day Zimbabwe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 19, 2021
Kasato Maru arrived at Santos / Canterbury monks observed lunar event - June 18
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This day in 1908 marked the beginning of Japanese mass immigration to Brazil when the ship Kasato Maru arrived at the port of Santos in Brazil. / On this day in 1178 (on the Julian calendar), several monks from Canterbury reportedly saw the moon split into two and explode into flames. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 18, 2021
Mumtaz Mahal died / Wairau Incident - June 17
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On this day in 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died from complications of childbirth. / On this day in 1843, a clash between British immigrants and Maori known as the Wairau Incident took place on the South Island in New Zealand. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 17, 2021
Valentina Tereshkova became first woman in space / Abraham Lincoln gave House Divided speech - June 16
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On this day in 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly into space. / On this day in 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech in Springfield, Illinois, during his run for U.S. senator. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 16, 2021
General Slocum disaster / László Bíró patented ballpoint pen in Britain - June 15
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On this day in 1904, a fire on the paddle steamer General Slocum caused more than a thousand deaths. / On this day in 1938, Hungarian newspaper editor Laszlo Biro filed a British patent for the ballpoint pen. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 15, 2021
Bear Flag Revolt began / Trade Unions Act passed in Canada - June 14
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On this day in 1846, the Bear Flag Revolt began when a group of Americans invaded Sonoma. / On this day in 1872, Parliament passed the Trade Unions Act in Canada, legalizing unions.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 14, 2021
Luis W. Alvarez born / First Pentagon Papers excerpts printed in NY Times - June 13
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On this day in 1911, physicist and Nobel Prize winner Luis W. Alavarez was born. / On this day in 1971, the New York Times began publishing excerpts from the Pentagon Papers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 13, 2021
Anne Frank born / Djuna Barnes born - June 12
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On this day in 1929, Anne Frank was born in Germany. / On this day in 1892, writer and illustrator Djuna Barnes was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 12, 2021
Occupation of Alcatraz ended / Broad Street Riot - June 11
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On this day in 1971, the occupation of Alcatraz by the Indians of All Tribes ended when federal marshals removed the Native Americans who remained on the island. / On this day in 1837, a riot broke out in Boston when a fire company met an Irish funeral procession. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 11, 2021
Myall Creek massacre / African National Congress published Mandela's message - June 10
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On this day in 1838, the Myall Creek Massacre occurred in New South Wales. / On this day in 1980, the African National Congress published a message that anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela wrote in response to the Soweto Uprising in 1976. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 10, 2021
Bertha von Suttner born / Donald Duck debuted - June 9
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On this day, writer, pacifist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Bertha von Suttner was born. / On this day in 1934, Disney's character Donald Duck made his debut in the animated short film "The Wise Little Hen." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 09, 2021
Nick Út took “napalm girl” photo / Laki eruption began - June 8
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On this day in 1972, photographer Nick Út took the Pulitzer Prize-winning image that became known as the "napalm girl" photo. / On this day in 1783 a volcanic fissure in Iceland called Laki began erupting. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 08, 2021
Paul Blobel (of Aktion 1005) executed / Gwendolyn Brooks born - June 7
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On this day, Paul Blobel -- leader of the Aktion 1005 operation to get rid of evidence of Nazi mass murders -- was executed. / On this day in 1917, poet Gwendolyn Brooks was born. Brooks was the first Black American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 07, 2021
"Tetris" released / Kamehameha III assumes throne - June 6
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On this day in 1984, the video game "Tetris" was released. / On this day in 1825, Kamehameha III becomes the third king of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 06, 2021
First AIDS report / Pancho Villa born - June 5
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On this day in 1981, the first report on AIDS was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, before AIDS was identified as a syndrome. / On this day in 1878, revolutionary leader Pancho Villa was born in Mexico. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 05, 2021
Government junta of Chile began / Emily Davison trampled - June 4
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On this day in 1932, the government junta of Chile began. / On this day in 1913, suffragette Emily Davison was trampled by a horse at the Epsom Derby. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 04, 2021
Zoot Suit Riots began / Memphis Minnie born - June 3
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On this day in 1943, the Zoot Suit Riots began in Los Angeles. / On this day in 1897, blues singer and guitarist Memphis Minnie was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 03, 2021
Pemulwuy died / Surveyor 1 landed on moon - June 2
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On this day in 1802, Aboriginal resistance leader Pemulwuy died. / On this day in 1966, NASA's lunar lander Surveyor 1 landed on the moon, marking the first time an American space probe made a successful soft-landing on the lunar surface. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 02, 2021
Isabella Baumfree took name Sojourner Truth / Heimlich Maneuver published - June 1
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On this day in 1843, Isabella Baumfree took the name Sojourner Truth. Truth went on to become an abolitionist and advocate for Black and women's rights. / On this day in 1974, the Heimlich Maneuver was unveiled in an article in the journal Emergency Medicine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jun 01, 2021
Samuel Pepys' last diary entry / Roman catacombs rediscovered - May 31
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On this day in 1669, English naval administrator Samuel Pepys wrote his last diary entry. / On this day in 1578, the Roman catacombs were rediscovered by accident. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 31, 2021
First known summit of Mount Everest / Republic of Biafra established - May 30
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On this day in 1953, Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norgay and climber Edmund Hillary became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain above sea level. / On this day in 1967, the Republic of Biafra declared its independence from Nigeria. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 30, 2021
Solar eclipse helped prove general relativity / Fall of Constantinople - May 29
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On this day in 1919, a total solar eclipse experiment helped prove Einstein's recently proposed general theory of relativity. / On this day in 1453, Constantinople was captured by the Ottoman Empire, marking the end of the Byzantine Empire. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 29, 2021
Ruby Payne-Scott born / Eliza Ann Gardner born - May 28
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On this day in 1912, Ruby Payne-Scott, the first female radio astronomer in Australia, was born. / On this day in 1831, abolitionist and religious leader Eliza Ann Gardner was born in New York. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 28, 2021
Battle of Tsushima / Chrysler Building completed - May 27
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On this day in 1905, the Battle of Tsushima, part of the Russo-Japanese war, began. / On this day in 1930, the Chrysler Building in Manhattan was completed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 27, 2021
Frankie Manning born / "Dracula" published - May 26
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On this day in 1914, dancer and Lindy Hop innovator Frankie Manning was born. / On this day in 1897, the novel "Dracula" was published. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 26, 2021
Organisation of African Unity founded / Rosario Castellanos born - May 25
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On this day in 1963, the Organization of African Unity was founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. / On this day in 1925, Mexican writer Rosario Castellanos was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 25, 2021
First Eurovision Song Contest / Leon Trotsky assassination attempt - May 24
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On this day in 1956, the first Eurovision Song Contest took place in Lugano, Switzerland. / On this day in 1940, a group of Stalinist agents attempted to assassinate Leon Trotsky. Less than three months later, another Stalinist agent killed Trotsky. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 24, 2021
Second Defenestration of Prague / Seventeen Point Agreement signed - May 23
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On this day in 1618, two regents were thrown from a window in the Prague Castle, an incident now known as the Second Defenestration of Prague. / On this day in 1951, Tibet signed the Seventeen Point Agreement, which affirmed China's sovereignty over Tibet. There is controversy over the validity of the document and China's adherence to it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 23, 2021
Great Chilean Earthquake / Lassen Peak erupted - May 22
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On this day in 1960, the largest earthquake in recorded history, a magnitude 9.5, hit off the coast of Chile. / On this day in 1915, an explosive eruption of Lassen Peak in northern California devastated the areas around the volcano. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 22, 2021
White Night riots / Great Atlanta Fire - May 21
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On this day in 1979, riots took place in San Francisco in the aftermath of the trial for Mayor George Moscone and city supervisor Harvey Milk's assassination. / On this day in 1917, a fire tore through the city of Atlanta, displacing around 10,000 people and destroying nearly 2,000 buildings. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 21, 2021
Amelia Earhart began solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic / Cuba gained independence from U.S. - May 20
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On this day in 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland on her first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, becoming the first woman to complete such a trip. / On this day in 1902, Cuba gained independence from the U.S. after years of U.S. military occupation following the Spanish-American War. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 20, 2021
Lorraine Hansberry born / New England's Dark Day - May 19
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On this day in 1930, playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago. / On this day in 1780, the sky in New England and parts of Canada turned unusually dark in an event remembered as the "Dark Day." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 19, 2021
Antikythera mechanism discovered / Jackie Cochran broke sound barrier - May 18
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On this day in 1902, the Antikythera mechanism was discovered. / On this day in 1953, aviator Jackie Cochran became the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 18, 2021
First Kentucky Derby / Ground broke on CERN lab - May 17
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On this day in 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was held in Louisville. / On this day in 1954, groundwork began on the CERN site at Meyrin in Geneva, Switzerland. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 17, 2021
First Academy Awards ceremony / May 16 Notification issued - May 16
1053
On this day in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its first Academy Awards ceremony. / On this day in 1966, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issued the May 16 Notification, marking the start of the Cultural Revolution. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 16, 2021
Mickey and Minnie Mouse debuted / Maria Reiche born - May 15
933
On this day in 1928, Mickey and Minnie Mouse debuted in a test screening of the animated short "Plane Crazy." / On this day in 1903, mathematician and archaeologist Maria Reiche was born. Throughout her life, Reiche was dedicated to studying the Nazca Lines. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 15, 2021
Israel created / Last witchcraft trial in U.S. - May 14
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On this day in 1948, the State of Israel was created. / On this day in 1878, a suit was brought against Daniel Spofford in Salem, Massachusetts, for allegedly practicing mesmerism on Lucretia Brown. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 14, 2021
Philadelphia MOVE bombing / Great Comet of 1861 discovered - May 13
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On this day in 1985, police bombed the house where members of the MOVE organization lived in West Philadelphia. / On this day in 1861, Australian amateur astronomer John Tebbutt first observed the Great Comet of 1861. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 13, 2021
Dorothy Hodgkin born / Konrad Zuse unveils Z3 - May 12
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On this day in 1910, Nobel-prize winning chemist Dorothy Hodgkin was born. / On this day in 1941, civil engineer and inventor Konrad Zuse, who worked in Nazi Germany, unveiled the first full functional, programmable computer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 12, 2021
Diamond Sutra printed / William Grant Still born - May 11
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On this day in 868, a copy of the Diamond sutra was published. It is the oldest surviving complete dated and printed book. / On this day in 1895, composer William Grant Still was born in Mississippi. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 11, 2021
Astor Place Riot / Charleston Riot of 1919 - May 10
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On this day in 1849, a riot broke out at the Astor Place Opera House in New York. / On this day in 1919, a riot began when white sailors began attacking Black people in Charleston, South Carolina. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 10, 2021
First public demonstration of the Kinetoscope / Thomas Blood attempted Crown Jewels theft - May 9
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On this day in 1893, the Kinetoscope had its first public demonstration at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. / On this day in 1671, Thomas Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 09, 2021
Sétif and Guelma massacre began / Buddhist crisis began - May 8
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On this day in 1945, the massacre of Algerian civilians by French authorities and European Algerians began in retaliation for anti-colonial demonstrations. / On this day in 1963, South Vietnamese soldiers and security forces fired into a crowd of unarmed Buddhist protesters, marking the start of the Buddhist crisis. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 08, 2021
Munch's 'The Scream' recovered / Cult of the Supreme Being established - May 7
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On this day in 1994, one version of Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" was recovered months after it was stolen from the National Gallery in Norway. / On this day in 1794, the Cult of the Supreme Being -- a cult established by Maximilien Robespierre -- was authorized by a decree of the National Convention. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 07, 2021
Katie Sandwina born / Chinese Exclusion Act signed - May 6
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On this day in 1884, circus performer and strongwoman Katie Sandwina was born. / On this day in 1882, U.S. President Chester A. Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned the immigration of Chinese laborers for 10 years, though Congress later extended it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 06, 2021
Indian Vaccination Act / Stratton brothers trial began - May 5
1094
On this day in 1832, the Indian Vaccination Act went into effect, providing for the vaccination of thousands of Native Americans from smallpox. / On this day in 1905, the Stratton brothers' trial began in England. It was the first recorded murder trial in England to use fingerprints as evidence. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 05, 2021
May Fourth Incident / Haymarket affair - May 4
1099
On this day in 1919, thousands of students gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing to protest the Paris Peace Conference. / On this day in 1886, a bomb set off at a peaceful labor protest in Chicago triggered a riot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 04, 2021
"Raja Harischandra" released / Edo period ended - May 3
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"Raja Harischandra," considered by many to be the first full-length Indian feature film, was released on this day in 1913. / On this day in 1868, the Edo period in Japan ended, and the Meiji Restoration began. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 03, 2021
Isabel González born / First ascent of Shishapangma - May 2
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On this day in 1882, Puerto Rican activist Isabel González was born. / On this day in 1964, a group of Chinese climbers summited Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 02, 2021
Cato Street Conspirators executed / "Species Plantarum" published - May 1
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On this day in 1820, the conspirators who plotted to assassinate the entire British Cabinet were executed for high treason. / Though it was officially published weeks later in two volumes, Carl Linnaeus's "Species Plantarum" was given the day of issue of May 1, 1753. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
May 01, 2021
Bristol Bus Boycott / K-19 commissioned - April 30
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On this day in 1963, West Indians in Bristol, England, boycotted the Bristol Omnibus Company for its refusal to hire people of color as bus crew. / On this day in 1961, the Soviet Union commissioned the K-19, a ballistic missile equipped nuclear submarine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 30, 2021
First African-American college chartered / Los Angeles Riots began - April 29
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On this day in 1854, the Ashmun Institute, now called Lincoln University, was chartered as a college for Black men. / On this day in 1992, riots erupted in Los Angeles in response to the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 29, 2021
Fanny and Stella arrested / Mutiny on the Bounty - April 28
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On this day in 1870, performers Fanny and Stella were arrested for "public mischief" for cross-dressing. / On this day in 1789, acting lieutenant Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Captain William Bligh on the HMS Bounty. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 28, 2021
Sultana explosion / Jessie Redmon Fauset born - April 27
987
On this day in 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded, killing an estimate of nearly 2,000 people. / On this day in 1882, writer and literary editor Jessie Redmon Fauset was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 27, 2021
Chernobyl disaster / Shapley-Curtis debate - April 26
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On this day in 1986, a chemical explosion in a nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine triggered one of the worst nuclear disasters ever. / On this day in 1920, astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis presented their opposing points about the scale of the universe in an event sometimes called “The Great Debate.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 26, 2021
Watson and Crick's article on discovery of DNA's structure published / Ella Fitzgerald born - April 25
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On this day in 1953, Watson and Crick's article on their discovery of the structure of DNA was published in the journal Nature. / On this day in 1917, American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 25, 2021
Kinder Scout mass trespass / Armenian Genocide began - April 24
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On this day in 1932, hundreds of ramblers protested being denied access to open country by trespassing at Kinder Scout, a moorland plateau in England. / This day in 1914 is widely considered the beginning of the Armenian genocide, though Armenian massacres had occurred previously. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 24, 2021
New Coke introduced / Bavarian beer purity law issued - April 23
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On this day in 1985, Coca-Cola launched New Coke, the reformulated version of its flagship drink. Coke drinkers did not respond well to the new taste, to say the least. / On this day in 1516, the Reinheitsgebot, a Bavarian beer purity law, was adopted. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 23, 2021
TV coverage of McCarthy hearings began / Chlorine gas released at Second Battle of Ypres - April 22
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On this day in 1954, the Army-McCarthy Senate hearings began which resulted in the end of the McCarthy era. / On this day in 1915, Germany released chlorine gas during the Second Battle of Ypres, marking the first effective use of poison gas on the Western Front. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 22, 2021
Mattachine Society "sip-in" / Daily Mail published 'surgeon's photograph' - April 21
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On this day in 1966, members of the gay rights organization the Mattachine Society staged a "sip-in" to protest gay people being refused service at bars. / On this day in 1934, the Daily Mail published a photo of what was allegedly the Loch Ness Monster. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 21, 2021
Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" anti-immigration speech / League of Nations dissolved - April 20
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On this day in 1968, Conservative MP gave an anti-immigration speech that became known as the "Rivers of Blood" speech. / On this day in 1946, the League of Nations was dissolved. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 20, 2021
Oliver Haugh executed by electric chair / Pratt Street Riot - April 19
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Oliver Haugh, who had been convicted of killing his family, was executed by electric chair on this day in 1907. / On this day in 1861, a riot broke out in Baltimore, Maryland, between Confederate sympathizers and state militia regiments on their way to Washington, D.C. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 19, 2021
Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery / Zimbabwe gained independence - April 18
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On this day in 1688, four Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania, authored a petition against slavery. / On this day in 1980, the colony of Southern Rhodesia gained independence from Britain and became Zimbabwe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 18, 2021
Constantin von Economo announced the spread of encephalitis lethargica / Peak District became UK's first national park - April 17
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On this day in 1917, neurologist Constantin von Economo announced the probable spread of a viral disease, encephalitis lethargica, at a spread of a viral disease at a meeting of the Vienna Society for Psychiatry and Neurology. / On this day in 1951, Peak District National Park was established. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 17, 2021
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun born / First passenger rail service in India opened - April 16
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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, a famous 18th-century artist who would go on to paint 30 portraits of Queen Marie Antoinette, was born in Paris on this day in 1755. / On this day in 1853, the Great Indian Peninsula Railway opened the first commercial passenger train service in India. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 16, 2021
Tiananmen Square protests began / Apollo 13 reached farthest distance from Earth - April 15
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On this day in 1989, the death of reformer Hu Yaobang sparked pro-democracy protests in China. / On this day in 1970, the crew of Apollo 13 set a world record when they reached the farthest distance humans have ever been from Earth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 15, 2021
Violet Jessop survived sinking Titanic / Bussa's Rebellion - April 14
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On this day in 1912, stewardess Violet Jessop escaped the sinking Titanic on a lifeboat. / On this day in 1816, the largest slave uprising in Barbados began. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 14, 2021
Colfax massacre / CIA authorizes MK-Ultra - April 13
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One of the deadliest racial incidents during the Reconstruction Era happened on this day in 1873, when a massacre broke out in the aftermath of a controversial election. / On this day in 1953, the CIA authorized the launch of the mind control program known as Project MKUltra. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 13, 2021
Yuri Gagarin became first person in space / First animal patented in the U.S. - April 12
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On this day in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited Earth once, earning him the title of the first person to travel in space. / On this day in 1988, the OncoMouse was patented in the U.S. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 12, 2021
Idi Amin deposed / Percy Lavon Julian born - April 11
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On this day in 1979, Ugandan dictator Idi Admin was deposed and fled the country. / On this day in 1899, chemist Percy Lavon Julian was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 11, 2021
Statute of Anne went into effect / Mount Tambora eruption peaked - April 10
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The Statute of Anne, widely recognized the first full copyright law, went into force on this day in 1710. / On this day in 1815, Mount Tambora produced one of the largest and deadliest eruptions in recorded history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 10, 2021
Mary Winston Jackson born / African Methodist Episcopal Church founded - April 9
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On this day in 1921, Mary Winston Jackson was born in Hampton, Virginia. She would go on to become NASA's first Black female engineer. / On this day in 1816, the African Methodist Episcopal Church was formed when Richard Allen and Daniel Coker called Black Methodists to meet in Philadelphia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 09, 2021
Venus de Milo discovered / Helen Joseph born - April 8
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On this day in 1820, the now-famous sculpture known as the Venus de Milo was uncovered on the Aegean island of Melos. / On this day in 1905, anti-apartheid activist Helen Joseph was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 08, 2021
Rwandan Genocide began / Tito proclaimed Yugoslav president for life - April 7
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On this day in 1994, the Rwandan military and Hutu militia groups began killing Tutsis and moderate Hutu politicians, inciting a genocide that lasted 100 days. / On this day in 1963, Tito was proclaimed president for life of the newly renamed Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 07, 2021
Dred and Harriet Scott filed petitions to sue for freedom / Leonora Carrington born - April 6
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On this day in 1846, Dred and Harriet Scott, an enslaved husband and wife, filed petitions to sue for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. / On this day in 1917, artist and writer Leonora Carrington was born in England. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 06, 2021
Pocahontas married John Rolfe / Ripple Rock explosion - April 5
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On this day in 1614, Pocahontas married colonist John Rolfe. / On this day in 1958, the peaks of an underwater mountain called Ripple Rock were destroyed in an explosion, so they would no longer pose a hazard to passing ships. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 05, 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave Beyond Vietnam speech / Margaret Oliphant born - April 4
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On this day in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his Beyond Vietnam speech, denouncing the war in Vietnam. / On this day in 1828, Scottish writer Margaret Oliphant was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 04, 2021
Pony express founded / Jeju Uprising began - April 3
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On this day in 1860, the Pony Express mail service was founded. / On this day in 1948, leftists launched an uprising on Jeju Island in South Korea. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 03, 2021
Sverdlovsk anthrax leak / Bombing of Naco - April 2
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On this day in 1979, an accidental anthrax leak in a microbiology facility in Sverdlovsk in the Soviet Union caused dozens of people to fall ill. The Soviet Union would deny a leak happened until years later. / On this day in 1929, Irish mercenary Patrick Murphy unintentionally dropped two bombs over the border town of Naco, Arizona. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 02, 2021
First TV picture from space / Wangari Maathai born - April 1
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On this day in 1960, the first TV picture from space was taken by the TIROS-1 weather satellite. / On this day in 1940, environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai was born in Kenya. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Apr 01, 2021
Hays Code ratified / Jack Johnson born - March 31
2024
It's the last day of women's history month, and it's our last special Sunday episode celebrating women's contributions to society. Today, we welcome Professor Nora Gilbert, who speaks with me about the ways Motion Picture Production Code censorship wasn't all bad for women's expression and portrayals in film. / On this day in 1878, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 31, 2021
Dr. Crawford Long first used ether anesthesia / Meter defined - March 30
1068
Crawford Long, a doctor in Georgia, became the first to use inhaled ether anesthesia in surgery on this day in 1842. / On this day in 1791, the French National Assembly accepted a proposal by the French Academy of Sciences to define the meter.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 30, 2021
Sepoy Rebellion / Malagasy Uprising began - March 29
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On this day in 1857, a 29-year-old sepoy named Mangal Pandey attacked two British officers, which set off more than a year long rebellion. / On this day in 1947, Malagasy nationalists launched an uprising against the French colonial government in Madagascar. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 29, 2021
Fred Hoyle coined "big bang" / Three Mile Island accident - March 28
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On this day in 1949, British astronomer Fred Hoyle coined the term "big bang." / On this day in 1979, a failure in a reactor at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station led to a partial meltdown. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 28, 2021
"Typhoid Mary" Mallon quarantined for final time / Good Friday earthquake - March 27
1090
On this day in 1915, domestic cook Mary Mallon was quarantined for the second, and final, time on North Brother Island for being a typhoid carrier. / On this day in 1964, a 9.2 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 27, 2021
The "Gerry-mander" was born / Elsa Brändström born - March 26
1025
On this day in 1812, a headline in the Boston Gazette read "The Gerry-mander", accompanied by a satirical illustration of the district that Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry lived in. / On this day in 1888, Swedish nurse Elsa Brändström was born in St. Petersburg. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 26, 2021
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire / Saturn's moon Titan discovered - March 25
1097
On this day in 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory caught fire, and more than 100 workers died. / On this day in 1655, Christiaan Huygens first observed Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 25, 2021
1921 Women's Olympiad began / Exxon Valdez oil spill - March 24
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Today, Anney Reese from the podcasts Stuff Mom Never Told You and Savor joins me to talk about the 1921 Women's Olympiad. / On this day in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 24, 2021
Henry "Box" Brown mailed himself to freedom / Walter Rodney born - March 23
1146
On this day in 1849, an enslaved man named Henry Brown packed himself up in a box and was shipped to Pennsylvania, a free state. / On this day in 1942, historian and activist Walter Rodney was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 23, 2021
Yuan Shikai abdicated / Anne Hutchinson excommunicated - March 22
1955
On this day in 1916, Chinese emperor Yuan Shikai abdicated the throne and announced he would resume his presidency. / Anney and Samantha from the podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You stop by the show to talk about religious rebel Anne Hutchinson, who was excommunicated on this day in 1638. Find them on Twitter @MomStuffPodcast, and Facebook and Instagram @StuffMomNeverToldYou. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 22, 2021
Alcatraz closed / West Bank epidemic began - March 21
1026
On this day in 1963, the maximum-security prison Alcatraz closed. / On this day in 1983, students in Arrabah in West Bank began getting symptoms of an unidentified illness. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 21, 2021
Fred Rogers was born / Virginia Sterilization Act of 1924 approved - March 20
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On this day in 1928, Fred Rogers of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" fame was born. / On this day in 1924, the Virginia Sterilization Act, allowing the sterilization of people in state institutions, was approved. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 20, 2021
Harlem Riot of 1935 / Sagrada Família construction began - March 19
1095
On this day in 1935, a petty theft in a S.H. Kress store and rumors of a Black Puerto Rican boy's death led to an all-out riot in Harlem. / On this day in 1882, the cornerstone of the Sagrada Família was laid. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 19, 2021
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist / First spacewalk - March 18
1027
On this day in 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers broke into the Gardner Museum in Boston and stole millions of dollars worth of art that was never recovered. / On this day in 1965, cosmonaut Alexey Leonov completed the first spacewalk. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 18, 2021
Bayard Rustin born / Phone call in Dugway Sheep Incident - March 17
1057
Labor and civil rights movement leader Bayard Rustin was born on this day in 1912. / On this day in 1968, the chief of the ecology and epidemiology branch of Dugway Proving Ground got a call saying thousands of sheep were found dead in the Skull Valley area of Utah. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 17, 2021
My Lai Massacre / Gustav III shot - March 16
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On this day in 1968, hundreds of Vietnamese civilians were killed by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War. / On this day in 1792, Gustav III of Sweden was shot by a conspirator. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 16, 2021
Julius Caesar assassinated / Ogaden War ended - March 15
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On this day in 44 B.C.E., Julius Caesar was assassinated. / On this day in 1978, the last of significant unit of Somali troops withdrew from Ogaden. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 15, 2021
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte received an M.D. / Gold Standard Act signed - March 14
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On this day in 1889, Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first Native American woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree. / On this day in 1900, the Gold Standard Act went into effect, making gold the sole standard for redeeming paper money. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 14, 2021
Deaf President Now protest ended / Fall of Nojpetén - March 13
1063
On this day in 1988, protests at Gallaudet University in support of naming the school's first deaf president ended. Dr. I. King Jordan, a deaf man, became the university's president. / On this day in 1697, the Mayan city of Nojpetén fell to Spanish troops. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 13, 2021
Salt March began / Girl Scouts founded - March 12
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On this day in 1930, Gandhi and dozens of his followers set out on the Salt March to protest the salt tax and the British Raj. / On this day in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 12, 2021
First public basketball game / First case of Spanish flu reported in U.S. - March 11
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The first public basketball game took place on this day in 1892. / On this day in 1918, the first case of the Spanish flu was reported in the U.S. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 11, 2021
Lillian Wald born / Courrières mine disaster - March 10
1622
Today on the show, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the life and work of Lillian Wald with special guest Marjorie Feld, who wrote the book "Lillian Wald: A Biography." / On this day in 1906, an explosion and fire in a French mine killed 1,099 people, making it one of the deadliest mining disasters in history.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 10, 2021
Barbie doll introduced / Battle of Columbus - March 9
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On this day in 1959, the Barbie doll was introduced at the American Toy Fair in New York City. / On this day in 1916, the Battle of Columbus began as a raid that Pancho Villa led on the border town of Columbus, New Mexico. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 09, 2021
February Revolution Began / Suez Canal reopened - March 8
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On this day in 1917, the February Revolution began in Russia. / On this day in 1957, the Suez Canal was reopened after being closed for several months during the Suez Crisis.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 08, 2021
Bloody Sunday in Selma / 7th March Speech of Bangabandhu - March 7
1109
On this day in 1965, about 600 people set out from Selma, Alabama, to begin a 50-mile march to Montgomery. But not long after they left, law enforcement stopped the march with violence. / On this day in 1971, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave a speech in Dhaka encouraging people to prepare for a war for independence. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 07, 2021
Cassie Chadwick trial started / Dmitri Mendeleev presented periodic table - March 6
1085
Cassie Chadwick was a career con artist who claimed to be Andrew Carnegie's daughter. On this day in 1905, her trial began. / On this day in 1869, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev presented the first periodic table. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 06, 2021
Boston Massacre / Nikola Tesla ball lightning explanation - March 5
1037
On this day in 1770, a brawl broke out in Boston and turned into a deadly fight. The fight, which became known as the Boston Massacre, helped pave the way for the American Revolution. / On this day in 1904, Nikola Tesla attempted to explain ball lightning in the publication Electrical World and Engineer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 05, 2021
Hindenburg's first flight / Miriam Makeba born - March 4
1056
On this day in 1936, the Hindenburg zeppelin took its first test flight. The Hindenburg's service would end when it caught on fire on May 6, 1937. / Singer, actor, and activist Miriam Makeba was born in South Africa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 04, 2021
Delta Sigma Theta's first public act / Americans find oil in Saudi Arabia - March 3
1522
On this day in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta attended the Women's Suffrage March for their first public act. / A group of American oil prospectors discovered a commercially viable source of petroleum near Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 03, 2021
Last attempted assassination of Queen Victoria / First test flight of the Concorde - March 2
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On this day in 1882, a man named Roderick Maclean attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. It was the eighth and last time someone would try to assassinate the Queen. / The supersonic airliner known as the Concorde took its first test flight on this day in 1969. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 02, 2021
Lindbergh baby kidnapped / First U.S. census - March 1
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On this day in 1932, Charles Lindbergh Jr., the son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped. / On this day in 1790, the first U.S. census was authorized by Congress. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Mar 01, 2021
Tichborne trial ended / Olof Palme assassinated - Feb. 28
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On this day in 1874, a man who claimed to be the heir of the Tichborne estate was found guilty of perjury. / On this day in 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 28, 2021
Letter published on discovery of the neutron / Wounded Knee Incident began - Feb. 27
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On this day in 1932, the journal Nature published a letter by English physicist James Chadwick that detailed his possible discovery of the neutron. / On this day in 1973, a group of Oglala Lakota and members of the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 27, 2021
First jazz recording made / General public first saw Kinemacolor - Feb. 26
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On this day in 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass Band made the first jazz recording. / On this day in 1909, Kinemacolor was first screened to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 26, 2021
Hiram Revels became first African-American U.S. senator / Corazon Aquino became president of Philippines - Feb. 25
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On this day in 1870, Hiram Revels became the first African-American U.S. senator. / On this day in 1986, Corazon Aquino became president of the Philippines, making her the first woman to hold the office. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 25, 2021
Marbury v. Madison decided / Rebecca Lee Crumpler passed final oral exams - Feb. 24
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On this day in 1803, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison was decided, establishing judicial review. / On this day in 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler passed her final oral exams at the New England Female Medical College, becoming the first Black woman in the U.S. to earned an M.D. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 24, 2021
Dr. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine trials began / Deportation of the Chechens and Ingush began - Feb. 23
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On this day in 1954, polio vaccine trials began. / On this day in 1944, the Stalinist regime began deporting the Chechens and Ingush into remote areas of the Soviet Union. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 23, 2021
Members of White Rose executed / Zitkála-Šá born - Feb. 22
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On this day in 1943, White rose members Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst were executed for passing out anti-Nazi pamphlets. / On this day in 1876, Native American writer and activist Zitkála-Šá was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 22, 2021
Malcolm X assassinated / Nina Simone born - February 21
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On this day in 1965, Black nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City. / On this day in 1933, singer and musician Nina Simone was born in North Carolina. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 21, 2021
Ansel Adams born / Angelina Grimké born - February 20
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On this day in 1902, renowned photographer Ansel Adams was born. / On this day in 1805, American abolitionist and women's rights advocate Angelina Grimké was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 20, 2021
Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 / 'The Feminine Mystique' published - Feb. 19
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. / On this day in 1963, "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan was published. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 19, 2021
Pluto discovered / Audre Lorde born - Feb. 18
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On this day in 1930, junior astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered that Pluto was a planet. / On this day in 1934, writer, activist, and feminist Audre Lorde was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 18, 2021
The Armory Show opened in New York City / Weenen massacre - Feb. 17
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On this day in 1913, the Armory Show, an exhibition showcasing modern art by hundreds of American and European artists, opened in New York City. / On this day in 1838, Zulus killed Voortrekkers in the Weenen massacre. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 17, 2021
Fidel Castro sworn in as Cuban prime minister / First synthetic diamonds made - February 16
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On this day in 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as the prime minister of Cuba. / On this day in 1953, the Swedish company ASEA created synthetic diamonds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 16, 2021
John "Black" Caesar died / Distant Early Warning Line legislation signed - February 15
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On this day in 1796, Australia's first bushranger, John "Black" Caesar, died. / On this day in 1954, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation approving the Distant Early Warning Line, a network of radar stations built to detect Soviet bombers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 15, 2021
Telephone Patent Dispute began / Asbestos strike began - February 14
1045
On this day in 1876, inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray both filed patent documents for their telephone designs, starting a years-long controversy. / On this day in 1949, miners in Quebec led a strike for better working conditions and wages. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 14, 2021
Massacre of Glencoe / Sarojini Naidu born - February 13
1015
On this day in 1692, soldiers brutally killed members of the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe after staying in the MacDonalds' homes for nearly two weeks. / On this day in 1879, Indian poet and activist Sarojini Naidu was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 13, 2021
NAACP founded / Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn arrested - February 12
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On this day in 1909, an interracial group of American leaders met in New York to call for an organization that would fight for African American civil and political rights. This event is considered the founding meeting of the NAACP. / On this day in 1974, Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was arrested and charged with treason. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 12, 2021
Emma Goldman arrested / BBC broadcasts first sci-fi program - February 11
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On this day in 1916, anarchist and activist Emma Goldman was arrested for distributing information on birth control. / On this day in 1938, the BBC broadcast the first known science fiction television program, "R.U.R." Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 11, 2021
St. Scholastica Day Riots began / Deep Blue won first chess game against world champion - February 10
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On this day in 1355, riots broke out in Oxford, England, when a couple of university students incited a pub brawl over bad wine. / On this day in 1996, the IBM computer Deep Blue won its first game against a world chess champion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 10, 2021
The Mud March / Carmen Miranda born - February 9
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On this day in 1907, thousands of suffragists marched from Hyde Park to Exeter Hall in London in what became known as the Mud March. / On this day in 1909, singer, actress, and dancer Carmen Miranda was born in Portugal. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 09, 2021
Dawes Act signed into law / Leo Baekeland announced Bakelite - February 8
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On this day in 1887, U.S. President Grover Cleveland signed the Dawes General Allotment Act into law. / On this day in 1909, Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced his invention of Bakelite to the public. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 08, 2021
Negro History Week launched / Bonfire of the Vanities - February 7
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On this day in 1926, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History launched Negro History Week, which was later extended to Black History Month. / On this day in 1497, followers of the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola burned objects thought to incite sin in an event known as the Bonfire of the Vanities. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 07, 2021
Treaty of Waitangi signed / Organized immigration of free Black people from U.S. to Africa - February 6
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Maori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown signed the Treaty of Waitangi on this day in 1840. / On this day in 1820, the American Colonization Society organized a migration of freed enslaved people from the United States to Africa. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 06, 2021
New Hermitage Museum opened to public / Tybee Bomb lost - February 5
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The New Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg opened to the public on this day in 1852. / On this day in 1958, the U.S. Air Force lost a nuclear bomb in the waters near Tybee Island, off the coast of Georgia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 05, 2021
Codex Sinaiticus identified / M62 coach bombing - February 4
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Constantin von Tischendorf identified the Codex Sinaiticus, or Sinai Bible, on this day in 1859. / On this day in 1974, twelve people were killed in a bombing on the M62 motorway in northern England. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 04, 2021
Deadliest snowstorm in recorded history / Batepá massacre - February 3
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On this day in 1972, the deadliest blizzard ever recorded started in Iran. / On this day in 1953, Portuguese landowners and colonial officials killed hundreds of forros in São Tomé. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 03, 2021
Alexander Selkirk rescued / James Joyce's 'Ulysses' published - February 2
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Alexander Selkirk had been stranded on an island in the South Pacific for over four years. On this day in 1709, he was rescued. / On this day in 1922, “Ulysses," a novel by Irish writer James Joyce, was first published in its entirety. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 02, 2021
Greensboro sit-ins began / Langston Hughes born - February 1
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The Greensboro sit-ins began on this day in 1960. / On this day in 1902, poet Langston Hughes was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Feb 01, 2021
Battle of George Square riots / Renia Spiegel's first diary entry - January 31
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The Battle of George Square riots broke out in Glasgow, Scotland, on this day in 1919. / On this day in 1939, Jewish Polish teenager Renia Spiegel wrote the first entry in her diary. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 31, 2021
Final Beatles performance (rooftop) / Revenge of the 47 Ronin - January 30
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The Beatles played their last public show on a rooftop in London on this day in 1969. / On this day in 1703, a group of ronin, or samurai without a master, avenged the death of their master by killing Kira Yoshinaka. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 30, 2021
Karl Benz patented the Motorwagen / Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' first published - January 29
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On this day in 1886, German engineer Karl Benz applied for a patent for his Motorwagen. / On this day in 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's narrative poem "The Raven" was first published. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 29, 2021
"Pride and Prejudice" published / Panama City destroyed by fire - January 28
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"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen was originally published on this day in 1813. / On this day in 1671, Panama City was destroyed by fire after Henry Morgan and a gang of buccaneers sacked the city. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 28, 2021
Liberation of Auschwitz / Arne Næss born - January 27
1059
Soviet forces liberated the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz on this day in 1945. / On this day in 1912, Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 27, 2021
Cascadia Earthquake of 1700 struck off the Pacific Northwest coast / Rum Rebellion began - January 26
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On this day in 1700, a massive earthquake struck off the Pacific Northwest coast in North America. / On this day in 1808, William Bligh, the Governor of New South Wales, was deposed by a military coup. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 26, 2021
Nellie Bly's round-the-world trip ended / First Winter Olympics - January 25
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On this day in 1890, journalist Nellie Bly ended her 72-day trip around the world. / On this day in 1924, the first ever Winter Olympic Games began in Chamonix, France. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 25, 2021
Maria Tallchief born / Krueger introduced canned beer - January 24
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Ballerina Maria Tallchief was born on this day in 1925. / On this day in 1935, Krueger Brewing Company introduced canned beer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 24, 2021
Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female M.D. in the United States / Shaanxi earthquake - January 23
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On this day in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to get a medical degree from a medical school. / On this day in 1556, the deadliest earthquake in recorded history hit Shaanxi province in China. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 23, 2021
Dr. Curtis Welch sent an urgent telegram asking for diphtheria serum / Apple Macintosh "1984" ad - January 22
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On this day in 1925, Dr. Curtis Welch sent an urgent telegram in an effort to stop a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska. / On this day in 1984, a "1984"-inspired ad introducing the Apple Macintosh played during the Super Bowl. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 22, 2021
Irish War of Independence began / Sophia Jex-Blake born - January 21
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The Irish War of Independence began on this day in 1919. / On this day in 1840, Sophia Jex-Blake, the first female doctor to practice in Scotland, was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 21, 2021
Iran Hostage Crisis Ended / Battle of Yungay - January 20
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The Iran Hostage Crisis ended on this day in 1981, minutes after the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan. / On this day in 1839, the Battle of Yungay, the decisive battle of the War of the Confederation between Chile and the Peruvian-Bolivian Confederation, took place. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 20, 2021
Zimmermann Telegram Sent / Iva Toguri D'Aquino pardoned - January 19
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The German ambassador to Mexico received a coded telegram from German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmerman on this day in 1917. / On this day in 1977, U.S. President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, also known as Tokyo Rose. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 19, 2021
Gilles Garnier Convicted of Lycanthropy / Jim Thorpe's medals restored - January 18
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Gilles Garnier, the Werewolf of Dole, was convicted of lycanthropy on this day in 1573. / On this day in 1983, Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals were returned to his children, 70 years after they were stripped from him. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 18, 2021
Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii Overthrown / First recorded C section in the U.S. - January 17
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Businessmen aided by U.S. troops overthrew Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii on this day in 1893. / On this day in 1794, Elizabeth Bennett underwent the first recorded successful C section in the U.S. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 17, 2021
18th Amendment Ratified / Saint Marcellus's Flood - January 16
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The 18th Amendment to the U.S. constitution was ratified on this day in 1919, prohibiting the sale, manufacture and transport of alcohol. / On this day in 1362, Saint Marcellus’ flood, also known as Grote Mandrenke, hit the British Isles, the Netherlands, northern Germany, and Denmark Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 16, 2021
Boston Molasses Flood / Sofya Kovalevskaya born - January 15
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The Boston Molasses Flood took place on this day in 1919. / On this day in 1850, Russian mathematician Sofya Kovalevskaya was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 15, 2021
George Wallace's "Segregation Forever" Speech / "The Bell Jar" published - January 14
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George Wallace was inaugurated as governor of Alabama on this day in 1963, giving his infamous "Segregation Now, Segregation Forever" speech. / On this day in 1963, "The Bell Jar," the only novel poet Sylvia Plath wrote, was first published. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 14, 2021
Nika Riots / Tompkins Square Park riot - January 13
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The Nika Riots began in Constantinople on this day in 532. / On this day in 1874, a riot started in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan after police overran a demonstration of thousands of unemployed people. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 13, 2021
Schoolhouse Blizzard / Zanzibar Revolution - January 12
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The Schoolhouse Blizzard took place on this day in 1888. / On this day in 1964, a group of insurgents overthrew the government of the sultan of Zanzibar. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 12, 2021
Oral arguments in Hernandez v. Texas / British invade Zululand - January 11
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hernandez v. Texas on this day in 1954. / On this day in 1879, the Anglo-War began when the British invaded Zululand. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 11, 2021
Caesar crossed the Rubicon / "Metropolis" released - January 10
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Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon on this day in 49 BCE. / On this day in 1927, the silent science-fiction film "Metropolis" premiered in Berlin. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 10, 2021
First modern circus / Discovery of first confirmed exoplanets announced - January 9
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The first modern circus performance took place on this day in 1768. / On this day in 1992, the discovery of two exoplanets was announced in the journal Nature. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 09, 2021
Karl M. Baer legally recognized as male / German Coast Uprising began - January 8
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Karl M. Baer was legally recognized as male on this day in 1907. He had been assigned female at birth. / On this day in 1811, the German Coast Uprising, a slave revolt in modern-day Louisiana, began. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 08, 2021
Marian Anderson at the Metropolitan Opera / Khmer Rouge overthrown - January 7
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Marian Anderson became the first Black performer to take the stage at the Metropolitan Opera on this day in 1955. / On this day in 1979, Vietnamese troops occupied Phnom Penh and overthrew Pol Pot's regime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 07, 2021
Night of the Big Wind / Alfred Wegener presented hypothesis of continental drift - January 6
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The Night of the Big Wind began on this day in 1839. / On this day in 1912, German geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred Wegener first presented his hypothesis on continental drift in a public lecture. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 06, 2021
King C. Gillette born / Elizabeth Cotten born - January 5
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King C. Gillette was born on this day in 1855. / On this day in 1893, blues and folk musician Elizabeth Cotten was born near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 05, 2021
Topsy the Elephant electrocuted / Louis Braille born - January 4
1055
Topsy the Elephant was electrocuted on this day in 1903. / On this day in 1809, French educator Louis Braille, namesake of the Braille reading and writing system, was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 04, 2021
Lucretia Mott born / Joseph Jenkins Roberts became first president of Liberia - January 3
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Lucretia Mott was born on this day in 1793. / On this day in 1848, Black American merchant Joseph Jenkins Roberts was sworn in as the first president of Liberia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 03, 2021
New Planet Vulcan announced / Duquesne Spy Ring sentenced - January 2
1061
A new planet, called Vulcan, was announced on this day in 1860. / On this day in 1942, thirty-three members of a Nazi spy ring headed by Frederick Joubert Duquesne were sentenced to serve time in prison. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 02, 2021
Lorenzo de' Medici born / Frankenstein published - January 1
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Lorenzo de' Medici was born on this day in 1449. / On this day in 1818, Mary Shelley's debut novel, "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus," was first published. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jan 01, 2021
Theodosia Burr Alston disappeared / Hulan Jack sworn in as Manhattan borough president - December 31
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The ship carrying Theodosia Burr Alston disappeared on this day in 1812. / On this day in 1953, Democrat, Tammany Hall operative, and civil rights advocate Hulan Jack was sworn in as the borough president of Manhattan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 31, 2020
Iroquois Theater Fire / Edwin Hubble announced existence of other galaxies - December 30
1047
The Iroquois Theater in Chicago burned on this day in 1903. / On this day in 1924, Edwin Hubble published his observations on the existence of other galaxies for review at an upcoming meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 30, 2020
Wounded Knee Massacre / Guatemalan Civil War ended - December 29
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A group of Lakota Sioux were surrounded and a tragic firefight erupted on this day in 1890. / On this day in 1996, the Guatemalan Civil War ended when the Guatemalan president and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity signed peace accords. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 29, 2020
First Paid Public Screening of Lumière Brothers Films / Earl Hines born - December 28
1035
Auguste and Louis Lumière charged 1 franc admission to see several of their films on this day in 1895. / On this day in 1903, jazz musician Earl Hines, considered by many to be the father of modern jazz piano, was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 28, 2020
Carry Nation smashed the bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, KS / Laws of Burgos instituted - December 27
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Carry Nation destroyed the Carey Hotel's bar as a Temperance protest on this day in 1900. / On this day in 1512, the Laws of Burgos, a set of laws regulating the relationship between Spaniards and indigenous people in the Americas, were promulgated in Burgos, Crown of Castile. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 27, 2020
First Kwanzaa Celebrated / Mary Somerville born - December 26
1094
The pan-African holiday Kwanzaa, created by Maulana Karenga, was celebrated for the first time beginning this day in 1966. / On this day in 1867, Scottish mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 26, 2020
Halley's Comet Returned as Predicted / Baptist War began - December 25
1028
The comet that Edmond Halley had calculated to return appeared as in the night sky as predicted on this day in 1758. / On this day in 1831, the Baptist War, also known as the Christmas Rebellion, began in Jamaica. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 25, 2020
Silent Night' performed for the first time / Eggnog Riot - December 24
999
Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber performed "Stille Nacht" for the first time at a Christmas Eve mass in Austria on this day in 1818. / On this day in 1826, rowdy cadets at West Point incited a drunken riot known as the Eggnog Riot. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 24, 2020
First successful living-donor kidney transplantation / Andes Flight Disaster survivors rescued - December 23
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Richard Herrick received a kidney from his twin brother on this day in 1954. / On this day in 1972, survivors who were stranded in the Andes Mountains after their flight crashed were rescued. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 23, 2020
Alfred Dreyfus Convicted / Itō Hirobumi became first prime minister of Japan - December 22
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Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of selling military secrets to Germany on this day in 1894. / On this day in1885, Itō Hirobumi became the first prime minister of Japan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 22, 2020
Pan Am Flight 103 Bombed / Fredonian Rebellion - December 21
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A bomb exploded aboard Pan Am Flight 103 on this day in 1988. / On this day in 1826, rebels in the Republic of Fredonia signed their Declaration of Independence from Mexico. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 21, 2020
South Carolina Seceded / Doña Paz ferry disaster - December 20
990
South Carolina seceded from the Union on this day in 1860. / On this day in 1987, a passenger ferry called Doña Paz collided with an oil tanker, causing the death of more than 4,000 people. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 20, 2020
"A Christmas Carol" Published / First Indochina War began - December 19
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Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was published for the first time on this day in 1843. / On this day in 1946, the First Indochina War began. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 19, 2020
Piltdown Man's "Discovery" Announced / The Nutcracker premiered - December 18
1023
The "discovery" of the Piltdown Man was announced on this day in 1912. / On this day in 1892, Tchaikovsky's now-famous ballet "The Nutcracker" premiered. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 18, 2020
Saturnalia / Aztec Sun Stone rediscovered - December 17
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The observance of Saturnalia begins on December 17, although we don't know precisely which year the first Saturnalia was observed. / On this day in 1790, the Aztec sun stone, a circular stone marked by carvings of calendar signs and images related to the Aztec creation myth, was rediscovered in Mexico City. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 17, 2020
Boston Tea Party / An Lushan Rebellion began - December 16
1084
American colonists in Boston protested British rule with the Boston Tea Party incident on this day in 1773. / On this day in 755, Chinese General An Lushan proclaimed himself emperor, marking the beginning of the An Lushan Rebellion against the Tang dynasty. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 16, 2020
Sitting Bull Killed / Emilio Jacinto born - December 15
962
Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota leader and seminal Native American figure, was killed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on this day in 1890. / Filipino revolutionary Emilio Jacinto was born on this day in 1875. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 15, 2020
Roald Amundsen Reaches the South Pole / Patent issued for first interactive electronic game - December 14
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Roald Amundsen and his expedition became the first people to reach the South Pole, beating Robert Falcon Scott's expedition, on this day in 1911. / On this day in 1948, two engineers from DuMont Laboratories received a patent for their cathode-ray tube amusement device. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 14, 2020
Ibn Battuta Completes His Travelogue / Ella Baker born - December 13
1067
Ibn Battuta, one of the most accomplished travelers of the medieval Islamic world, completed his travelogue known as the Rihla, or Journey, on this day in 1355. / On this day, Ella Baker - an organizer in the Civil Rights Movement who worked with the NAACP, SNCC, and SCLC - was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 13, 2020
Oaks Colliery Explosion / Dr. George F. Grant received patent for golf tee - December 12
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The Oaks Colliery exploded on this day in 1866. / On this day in 1899, Dr. George F. Grant, a dentist, received the first ever patent for a golf tee. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 12, 2020
Louis XVI Indicted for Treason / Lufthansa heist - December 11
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Louis XVI was indicted for treason on this day in 1792. / On this day in 1978, a group of robbers affiliated with organized crime stole around $6 million in cash and jewelry from the JFK International Airport in New York. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 11, 2020
300 Million Yen Robbery / Brown Dog Riots peaked - December 10
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Japan's 300 Million Yen Robbery took place on this day in 1968. / On this day in 1907, riots incited by pro-vivisection medical students in London peaked. The conflict centered around the vivisection of a brown dog, its resulting death, and a memorial erected in its honor. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 10, 2020
Cretan Autonomous State Established / Smallpox eradication certified - December 9
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The Cretan Autonomous State was established on this day in 1898 under the Julian calendar. By the Gregorian calendar, it was December 21. / On this day in 1979, members of the Global Commission for the Certification of Smallpox Eradication signed a statement that declared that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 09, 2020
Christina of Sweden born / Camille Claudel born - December 8
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Christina of Sweden was born on this day in 1626. In the new-style calendar, she was born Dec. 18. / On this day, French sculptor Camille Claudel was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 08, 2020
Pearl Harbor Attack / Instant replay debuted - December 7
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Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on this day in 1941, bringing the United States into World War II. / On this day in 1963, instant replay debuted in the CBS broadcast of the Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 07, 2020
Halifax Disaster / Nefertiti bust unearthed - December 6
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The Halifax Disaster occurred on this day in 1917. / On this day in 1912, the now-iconic bust of Nefertiti was unearthed in Egypt. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 06, 2020
Mary Celeste Spotted Adrift / Great Smog of London - December 5
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The Mary Celeste was spotted adrift on this day in 1872. / On this day in 1952, a toxic smog that killed thousands of people descended on London. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 05, 2020
Rainer Maria Rilke Born / Edith Cavell born - December 4
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Rainer Maria Rilke was born on this day in 1875. / On this day in 1865, Edith Cavell - a nurse who helped Allied soldiers escape Belgium during World War I - was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 04, 2020
Kapenguria Six Trial Began / Battle of the Eureka Stockade - December 3
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The trial of the Kapenguria Six began on this day in 1952. / On this day in 1854, miners seeking reforms in Victoria, Australia, rebelled against colonial authorities. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 03, 2020
Monroe Doctrine / Bhopal disaster - December 2
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The Monroe Doctrine was articulated in an address to Congress on this day in 1823. / On this day in 1984, a leak in a storage tank at a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, triggered one of the worst industrial disasters in the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 02, 2020
Rosa Parks Refused to Give Up Her Seat / Christine Jorgensen's gender confirmation surgery announced - December 1
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Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus on this day in 1955. / On this day in 1952, the New York Daily News announced Christine Jorgensen's gender confirmation surgery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dec 01, 2020
Elizabeth I Delivered Golden Speech / Sylacauga meteorite hit woman - November 30
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Elizabeth I delivered her "Golden Speech" on this day in 1601. / On this day in 1954, a meteorite hit and bruised a woman in Alabama. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 30, 2020
Zong Massacre / Whitman Massacre - November 29
989
The Zong Massacre began on this day in 1781. / On this day in 1847, a group of Cayuse tribespeople killed 13 people at the Whitman Mission, as they believed that physician and religious leader Marcus Whitman was deliberately spreading measles. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 29, 2020
Anne Bonny and Mary Read Convicted / First pulsar detected - November 28
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Anne Bonny and Mary Read were convicted of piracy on this day in 1720. / On this day in 1967, astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell became the first person to detect a radio pulsar. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 28, 2020
George Moscone and Harvey Milk Assassinated / Berners Street Hoax - November 27
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George Moscone and Harvey Milk were assassinated on this day in 1978. / On this day in 1810, Theodore Hook the sent a multitude of goods and service providers to the home of Mrs. Tottenham at 54 Berners Street in London as a prank. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 27, 2020
Archaeologists Entered King Tut's Tomb / Southern Television broadcast interruption - November 26
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Archaeologists entered the tomb of King Tutankhamun on this day in 1922. / On this day in 1977, a Southern Television news broadcast was interrupted by a cryptic voice claiming to be an alien and advocating for peace on Earth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 26, 2020
Mirabal Sisters Assassinated / First U.S. patent for whole-body X-ray scanner - November 25
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The Mirabal Sisters were assassinated in the Dominican Republic on this day in 1960. / On this day in 1975, Robert S. Ledley was awarded the first U.S. patent for a whole-body X-ray scanner. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 25, 2020
D.B. Cooper Disappeared with Ransom Money / Bessie Blount born - November 24
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A man known as D.B. Cooper parachuted out of an airplane and was never seen again on this day in 1971. / On this day in 1914, physical therapist and inventor Bessie Blount was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 24, 2020
St. John Slave Insurrection / José Clemente Orozco born - November 23
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The St. John Slave Insurrection began on this day in 1733. / On this day in 1883, Mexican painter José Clemente Orozco was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 23, 2020
Blackbeard Killed / Cutty Sark launched - November 22
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Blackbeard was killed on this day in 1718. / Cutty Sark, one of the last tea clippers built, was launched from Dumbarton on this day in 1869. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 22, 2020
Mayflower Compact / Piltdown Man hoax exposed in press - November 21
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The Mayflower Compact was signed on this day in 1620. / On this day in 1953, the Piltdown Man, supposedly the remains of a missing evolutionary link between apes and humans, was revealed to be a hoax in the press. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 21, 2020
A Whale Sank the Essex / Zumbi executed - November 20
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A whale sank the Essex on this day in 1820. / On this day in 1695, Afro-Brazilian anti-resistance leader Zumbi was executed by the Portuguese. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 20, 2020
Indira Gandhi Born / Pelé scored 1000th goal - November 19
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Indira Gandhi was born on this day in 1917. / On this day in 1969, Brazilian soccer player Pelé scored his thousandth goal - though some have disputed the accuracy of this claim. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 19, 2020
"Steamboat Willie" Released / Standard Railway Time launched in U.S. and Canada - November 18
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"Steamboat Willie" was released on this day in 1928. / At noon on this day in 1883, railroads launched a system of standardized time zones in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 18, 2020
H.H. Holmes Arrested / Molly Spotted Elk born - November 17
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H.H. Holmes was arrested on this day in 1894. / On this day, Penobscot dancer, writer, and actress Molly Spotted Elk was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 17, 2020
Battle of Cajamarca / LSD first synthesized - November 16
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The Battle of Cajamarca, also called the Massacre of Cajamarca, took place on this day in 1532. / On this day in 1938, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann synthesized LSD. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 16, 2020
Sherman's March to the Sea / Pedro II deposed - November 15
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Sherman's March to the Sea began on this day in 1864. / On this day in 1889, Pedro II, Brazil's last emperor, was deposed. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 15, 2020
BBC Began Daily Radio Broadcasting / Policarpa Salavarrieta executed - November 14
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BBC began daily radio broadcasts on this day in 1922. / On this day in 1817, revolutionary spy Policarpa Salavarrieta was executed for treason. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 14, 2020
Bloody Sunday in London / Eva Zeisel born - November 13
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One of history's many Bloody Sundays took place on this day in 1887 in London. / On this day in 1906, industrial designer Eva Zeisel was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 13, 2020
Baha'u'llah born / Bhola cyclone made landfall in East Pakistan - November 12
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Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i faith, was born on this day in 1817. / On this day in 1970, the deadliest tropical cyclone in recorded history made landfall in East Pakistan. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 12, 2020
World War I Armistice / Abul Kalam Azad born - November 11
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The armistice that ended the fighting in World War I was signed on this day in 1918. / On this day, Abul Kalam Azad -- a scholar and activist in the Indian Independence movement -- was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 11, 2020
The Wilmington Coup / British retaliate in Battle of Surabaya - November 10
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The Wilmington Coup began on this day in 1898. / On this day in 1945, the British retaliated against Indonesian nationaists in the Battle of Surabaya during the Indonesian National Revolution. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 10, 2020
Kristallnacht / Great Northeast Blackout - November 9
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Kristallnacht began on this day in 1938. / On this day in 1965, a major electrical power failure sent parts of Ontario and the northeastern United States into darkness for up to 13 hours. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 09, 2020
Wilhelm Roentgen Observed X-Rays / New Orleans General Strike began - November 8
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Wilhelm Roentgen observed X-rays for the first time on this day in 1895. / On this day in 1892, workers in New Orleans went on a general strike. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 08, 2020
Bolshevik Revolution / First set of Palmer Raids began - November 7
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The Russian government was overthrown in the Bolshevik revolution on this day in 1917. This date is also noted as October 25, since Russia was using the Julian calendar at the time. / On this day in 1919, the Palmer Raids - which targeted radicals, communists, and anarchists in the U.S. - began. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 07, 2020
U.N. Condemned Apartheid / Weapons-grade plutonium first created - November 6
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The United Nations condemned apartheid and asked member states to take action against South Africa on this day in 1962. / On this day in 1944, weapons-grade plutonium was created in B Reactor at the Hanford Site in the state of Washington. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 06, 2020
Shirley Chisholm Elected to Congress / Ida Tarbell born - November 5
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Shirley Chisholm was elected to Congress on this day in 1968. / On this day in 1857, investigative journalist and biographer Ida Tarbell was born in Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 05, 2020
St. Clair's Defeat / First nationally televised presidential debate in the U.S. - November 4
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St. Clair's Defeat, also known as the Battle of the Thousand Slain, took place on this day in 1791. / On this day in 1956, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Senator Margaret Chase Smith debated each other as surrogates for President Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson in the first nationally televised presidential debate in the U.S. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 04, 2020
John Willis Menard Elected to Congress / Olympe de Gouges executed - November 3
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John Willis Menard was elected to Congress on this day in 1868. / On this day in 1793, writer and activist Olympe de Gouges was executed for sedition. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 03, 2020
Marie Antoinette born / BBC began regular, public, high-definition TV service - November 2
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Marie Antoinette was born on this day in 1755. / On this day in 1936, the BBC began broadcasting the first regular, high-definition TV service from Alexandra Palace in London. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 02, 2020
Sistine Chapel Ceiling Opened to the Public / Carlisle Indian School opened - November 1
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The Sistine Chapel ceiling was revealed to the public for the first time on this day in 1512. / On this day in 1879, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, an off-reservation school for the assimilation of Native Americans, opened in Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Nov 01, 2020
Luther Posted Ninety-five Theses / Zebra crossing introduced - October 31
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Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on this day in 1517. / On this day in 1951, the zebra crossing, or white striped pedestrian crossing, was officially introduced in Slough, England. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 31, 2020
War of the Worlds Broadcast / Rumble in the Jungle - October 30
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The radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" took place on this day in 1938. / On this day in 1974, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman fought each other for the world heavyweight championship in Zaire in one of the most memorable boxing matches in history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 30, 2020
Sir Walter Raleigh beheaded / Star of India gem heist - October 29
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Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded on this day in 1618. / On this day in 1940, thieves in broke into the American Museum of Natural History in New York and stole valuable gems, including the Star of India and the DeLong Star Ruby. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 29, 2020
Czechoslovak Republic Proclaimed / Oxi Day - October 28
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The Czechoslovak Republic, or Czechoslovakia, was proclaimed on this day in 1918. / On this day in 1940, Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas rejected an ultimatum from Italy to allow Axis forces to occupy strategic sites in Greece. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 28, 2020
Extermination Order / Theodore Roosevelt born - October 27
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Missouri Executive Order 44, also known as the Extermination Order, was issued on this day in 1838. / On this day in 1858, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 27, 2020
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral / Australia returned ownership of Uluru-Kata Tjuta to Anangu - October 26
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The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place on this day in 1881. / On this day in 1985, Australia returned ownership of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the Anangu people. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 26, 2020
SS Princess Sophia Sank / Zinoviev letter published in Daily Mail - October 25
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The SS Princess Sophia sank on this day in 1918. / On this day in 1924, a letter sent from Grigory Zinoviev to the Communist Party of Britain was published in the British newspaper Daily Mail. The document is now believed to be a forgery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 25, 2020
Iceland's Women’s Day Off Strike - October 24
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Ninety percent of Iceland's women went on strike in the Women's Day Off on this day in 1975. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 24, 2020
War of Jenkins' Ear / First reconnaissance mission in airplane - October 23
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The War of Jenkin's Ear, known in Spain as Guerra del Asiento, began on this day in 1739. / On this day in 1911, Italian Captain Carlo Piazza flew the first aerial reconnaissance mission in a Blériot XI during the Italo-Turkish War. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 23, 2020
The Great Disappointment of the Millerites / Supremes became 1st all-female group with No. 1 album - October 22
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The Great Disappointment of the Millerites took place on this day in 1844. / On this day in 1966, The Supremes became the first all-female group with a number one album - "The Supremes A' Go-Go" - on the Billboard 200. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 22, 2020
First Modern Planetarium Opened / Dedan Kimathi captured in Mau Mau Uprising - October 21
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The first modern planetarium opened in Munich on this day in 1923. / On this day in 1956, Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi was captured, signaling the effective end of the Mau Mau Uprising. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 21, 2020
Saturday Night Massacre / Johnny Bright incident - October 20
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The firings and resignations known as the Saturday Night Massacre took place on this day in 1973, during the Watergate scandal. / On this day in 1951, a white football player for Oklahoma A&M assaulted a Black player for Drake University named Johnny Bright in an incident that was suspected to be racially motivated. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 20, 2020
Attack on the National Palace in Guatemala / Marguerite Perey born - October 19
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Members of the military attacked the National Palace in Guatemala on this day in 1944, during the Guatemalan Revolution. / On this day in 1909, French nuclear chemist and discoverer of francium Marguerite Perey was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 19, 2020
Battle of Mabila / First commercial transistor radio announced - October 18
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The Battle of Mabila took place on this day in 1540. / On this day in 1954, Texas Instruments announced the invention of the first commercial transistor radio, the Regency TR-1. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 18, 2020
London Beer Flood - October 17
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The London Beer Flood took place on this day in 1814. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 17, 2020
Fists Raised During Olympic Games / Palace of Westminster fire - October 16
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Athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the Olympic Games on this day in 1968. / On this day in 1834, the Palace of Westminster was destroyed in a fire. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 16, 2020
Mata Hari Executed / Gregorian Calendar introduced - October 15
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Mata Hari was executed for espionage on this day in 1917. / On this day in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar, which was created as a way to reform the Julian calendar. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 15, 2020
Trial of Mary, Queen of Scots Began / Chuck Yeager piloted supersonic flight - October 14
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The trial of Mary, Queen of Scots began on this day in 1586. / On this day in 1947, American test pilot Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 14, 2020
Revival of Modern Hebrew Began / Miracle of the Sun - October 13
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The revival of modern Hebrew began on this day in 1881, when Eliezer Ben-Yehuda began speaking it exclusively among friends and family. / On this day in 1917, a crowd of thousands of people gathered in Fátima, Portugal, to witness a miracle, and many reported seeing unusual solar activity that became known as the Miracle of the Sun. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 13, 2020
First Use of the Iron Lung / First Oktoberfest began - October 12
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An iron lung was used for the first time on this day in 1928. / On this day in 1810, the first Oktoberfest began after the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 12, 2020
Vatican II Opened / Second Boer War began - October 11
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The Second Vatican Council, also known as Vatican II, opened on this day in 1962. / This day in 1899 marks the beginning of the Second Boer War, a conflict between the British Empire and the Boer states of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Oct 11, 2020
Lyudmila Pavlichenko Died / Wuchang Uprising - October 10
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