October 15 | Facts

October 15 | Facts

1860 Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard. 1914 With the support of President Wilson, the Clayton Antitrust Act, which made it illegal for companies to buy competitors’ stock, was passed. 1917 Mata Hari, World War I spy, was executed by a firing squad in Vincennes, France. 1951 […]

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May 10 | Facts

May 10 | Facts

1775 Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British. 1863 Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being accidentally shot by his own troops. 1869 The United States’ first transcontinental railroad was completed with a ceremony in Promontory Summit, Utah. 1924 J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI. 1940 Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister. 1994 Nelson […]

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May 2 | Facts

May 2 | Facts

1885 Good Housekeeping magazine went on sale for the first time. 1939 Lou Gehrig established a new major-league baseball record when he played his 2,130th consecutive game. It would take another 57 years before Cal Ripken, Jr., broke it. 1945 The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin. 1955 Tennessee Williams won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. 1969 […]

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December 13 | Facts

December 13 | Facts

1642 New Zealand was discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman. 1918 President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first U.S. president to visit Europe while in office. 1978 The U.S. Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first U.S. coin honoring a woman. 1981 The Polish government imposed martial law in an attempt to crush the Solidarity movement. 1989 South African President F. […]

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