October 14 | Facts

October 14 | Facts

1066 The Normans, under William the Conqueror, defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings. 1933 Nazi Germany withdrew from the Geneva disarmament conference and the League of Nations. 1947 U.S. Air Force Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil […]

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April 4 | Facts

April 4 | Facts

1818 Congress adopted a U.S. flag with one star for each state. 1841 President William Henry Harrison died from pneumonia, one month after his inauguration. 1905 Earthquake in Kangra, India, killed more than 20,000. 1945 The Ohrdruf death camp was liberated from Nazi occupation. 1949 The treaty establishing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was signed. 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. 1973 The […]

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March 25 | Facts

March 25 | Facts

1634 Maryland was founded by settlers sent by the late Lord Baltimore. 1894 Jacob Sechler Coxey and his “army” of unemployed men began their march from Ohio to Washington, DC. 1911 A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York City killed 145 workers. 1931 The Scottsboro boys were arrested in Alabama. 1934 Horton Smith won the first Masters golf tournament at Augusta National […]

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March 21 | Facts

March 21 | Facts

1556 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake as a heretic. 1804 The French civil code, the Code Napoleon, was officially put forth. 1871 Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone. 1960 Police fired on demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, after which the African National Congress was banned. 25 years later, a march […]

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January 18 | Facts

January 18 | Facts

1733 The first polar bear was exhibited in America, in Boston. 1778 Captain James Cook became the first European to visit the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). 1782 Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire. 1788 The First Fleet, carrying convicts and sheep, arrived in Australia’s Botany Bay. 1912 The ill-fated Scott expedition reached the South Pole, only to discover Amundsen had been there first. 1943 […]

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December 10 | Facts

December 10 | Facts

1817 Mississippi became the 20th state in the United States. 1869 The territory of Wyoming authorized women to vote and hold office. 1901 The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. 1948 The United Nations General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights. 1950 Dr. Ralph Bunche became the first black to receive […]

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