June 27 | Facts

June 27 | Facts

1844 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob in Carthage, Ill. 1898 Joshua Slocum became the first person to successfully circumnavigate the earth alone when he landed his sloop Spray in Newport, R.I., a 46,000-mile trip. 1922 The Newbery Medal for children’s literature was first awarded. 1950 President Harry S. Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy […]

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June 26 | Facts

June 26 | Facts

1819 The bicycle was patented by W. K. Clarkson. 1843 Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony. 1906 The first Grand Prix motor race was held in Le Mans, France. 1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, was opened. 1963 President John Kennedy gave his, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) speech in West Berlin. 1976 The […]

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June 25 | Facts

June 25 | Facts

1788 Virginia became the 10th state in the Union. 1876 Lt. Col. George A. Custer and all his men were killed by Sioux and Cheyanne Indians at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana. 1950 Communist North Korean troops invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War. 1951 The first commercial color TV program was transmitted by CBS from New York to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and […]

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June 24 | Facts

June 24 | Facts

1509 Henry VIII was crowned king of England. 1647 Early American feminist Margaret Brent demanded a seat and vote in the Maryland Assembly, but was ejected from that body. 1675 King Philip’s War, the most devastating war between the colonists and Indians, began with Indians attacking the Swansea (Mass.) settlement. 1908 The 22nd and 24th president of the United States, Grover Cleveland, died in Princeton, […]

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June 23 | Facts

June 23 | Facts

1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called a ”Type-Writer.” 1947 The Senate overrode President Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley Act. 1969 Warren Burger was sworn in as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. 1972 Richard Nixon and H. R. Haldeman discussed ways to obstruct the FBI’s Watergate investigation. Revelation of this conversation spurred on Nixon’s 1974 resignation. 1992 Mobster […]

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June 22 | Facts

June 22 | Facts

  1815 Napoleon abdicated his throne for the second time after his defeat at Waterloo. 1870 The U.S. Justice Department was created. 1874 Dr. Andrew Still became the first to practice osteopathy. 1943 W.E.B. DuBois became the first black member of the National Institute of Letters. 1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill of Rights. 1969 Singer-actress Judy Garland died. 1987 Actor-dancer-singer Fred […]

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June 21 | Facts

June 21 | Facts

1527 Italian statesman, diplomat, and author of “The Prince,” Niccolo Machiavelli died. 1788 The U.S. Constitution went into effect when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it. 1834 Cyrus McCormick’s mechanical reaper was patented. 1964 Three civil rights workers—James E. Chaney, 21; Andrew Goodman, 21; and Michael Schwerner, 24—disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss. In 2005, 41 years after the disappearance, Edgar Killen was convicted […]

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June 20 | Facts

June 20 | Facts

1756 British soldiers were thrown into the cell known as the “Black Hole of Calcutta.” 1782 The Great Seal of the United States was adopted. 1819 The 320-ton Savannah became the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. 1837 Queen Victoria ascended the British throne. 1863 West Virginia became the 35th state in the United States. 1893 Lizzie Borden, accused of murdering her parents, was found […]

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June 19 | Facts

June 19 | Facts

1862 Congress abolished slavery in the U.S. territories. 1865 Gen. Gordon Granger informed the citizens of Galveston, Tex., that the slaves were freed. The celebration of the day became known as Juneteenth. 1867 The first running of the Belmont Stakes. 1934 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created. 1964 The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved. 1977 Pope Paul VI proclaimed John Neumann, the […]

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June 18 | Facts

June 18 | Facts

1812 The War of 1812 began. 1815 Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British, German, and Dutch forces. 1873 Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election. 1928 Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She completed the flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours. 1948 […]

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