October 13 | Facts

October 13 | Facts

1775 The Continental Congress authorized the construction of a naval fleet. 1792 The cornerstone of the White House was laid. 1843 The Jewish organization B’nai B’rith was founded. 1903 Boston defeated Pittsburgh in the first World Series. 1943 Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner, during World War II. 1974 Ed Sullivan died in New York City at age 72. 1981 Egypt’s vice […]

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October 3 | Facts

October 3 | Facts

1226 St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, died. 1863 President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. 1922 Rebecca L. Felton became the first woman U.S. Senator when she was appointed to serve out the term of Senator Thomas E. Watson. 1929 The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. 1955 […]

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September 3 | Facts

September 3 | Facts

1189 Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned king of England at Westminster Abbey. 1658 Oliver Cromwell, the lord protector of England, died. 1783 The Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War between the United States and Great Britain. 1939 Great Britain and France declared war on Germany during World War II. 1967 Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam. 1974 Frank Robinson […]

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August 27 | Facts

August 27 | Facts

1859 Edwin Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pa. 1883 A massive volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatoa blew up most of the island and resulted in tsunamis that killed over 36,000 people. 1928 The Kellogg-Briand Pact, outlawing war, was signed. 1945 U.S. troops began landing in Japan after Japan’s surrender in World War II. 1962 The U.S. launched the […]

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August 14 | Facts

August 14 | Facts

1900 International forces entered Beijing, China, in an effort to suppress the antiforeign uprising known as the Boxer Rebellion. 1935 The Social Security Act became law. 1945 Japan surrendered to the United States, ending World War II. 1947 Pakistan became independent of British rule. 1951 Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst died in Beverly Hills, California. 1995 Shannon Faulkner became the first female cadet at the […]

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July 30 | Facts

July 30 | Facts

1619 The first legislative assembly in English North America convened in Jamestown, Va. 1729 The U.S. city of Baltimore was founded. 1932 The tenth modern Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles. 1945 The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sank within 15 minutes. It was one of the greatest naval losses of World War II, resulting in the deaths of nearly 900 […]

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June 4 | Facts

June 4 | Facts

1892 The Sierra Club, led by John Muir, was incorporated in San Francisco. 1896 Henry Ford took his first car out for a test drive. 1942 The Battle of Midway, a decisive Allied victory in World War II, began. 1944 The U.S. Fifth Army entered Rome, leading to the liberation of the city during World War II. 1968 Dorothy Gish, American actress who starred in […]

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May 26 | Facts

May 26 | Facts

1521 Martin Luther’s writings were banned by the Edict of Worms. 1868 President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by one vote. 1940 Allied troops began the massive naval evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War II. 1959 Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves before losing, 1–0, in the 13th. 1977 […]

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April 9 | Facts

April 9 | Facts

1731 Robert Jenkins’s ear was cut off, sparking the War of Jenkins’s Ear between Spain and England. 1865 Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. 1914 The first full-color film, The World, The Flesh and the Devil, was shown in London. 1939 Contralto Marian Anderson, after being denied performing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., gave a concert […]

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April 1 | Facts

April 1 | Facts

1778 Oliver Pollack created the dollar sign: $. 1789 Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first Speaker of the House of Representatives. 1933 The Nazi persecution of Jews began in Germany with a boycott of Jewish businesses. 1945 American forces landed on Okinawa during World War II. 1960 Tiros I, the world’s first meteorological satellite, was launched. 1963 The daytime soap opera General Hospital […]

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