This Day in History Class

This Day in History Class

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.... Show More

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September 30, 2020 13 min

The Boeing 747 was introduced on this day in 1968. / On this day in 1207, Persian poet and scholar Rumi was born.

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Rudolf Diesel disappeared on this day in 1913, which is also marked as the date of his death. / On this day in 1957, an explosion in a Soviet plutonium-processing plant created fallout that contaminated thousands of square miles around the disaster site.

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Lilian Bland was born on this day in 1878. / On this day in 1975, an attempt to rob the Spaghetti House restaurant in London turned into a nearly week-long siege.

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Suleiman's siege of Vienna began on this day in 1529. / On this day in 1924, pioneering jazz pianist Bud Powell was born.

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Johnny Appleseed was born on this day in 1774. / Pioneering cartoonist and animator was born on this day sometime in the mid-1800s, though the exact year is unknown.

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The Treaty of York formalized the border between England and Scotland on this day in 1237. / On this day in 1886, Peter "Black Prince" Jackson won the Australian Heavyweight Boxing Championship, becoming the first Black man to win a national boxing crown.

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Benedict Arnold escaped on this day in 1780. / The last indigenous ruler of the Inca, Túpac Amaru, was executed by the Spanish on this day in 1572.

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Victoria Woodhull, first woman to run for U.S. president, was born on this day in 1838. / On this day in 1889, Nintendo was founded in Japan as a playing card company.

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Shaka, founder of the Zulu Empire, was killed on this day in 1828. / On this day in 1939, Junko Tabei, a Japanese mountaineer and the first woman to summit Mount Everest, was born.

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Alexandria of Bavaria died on this day in 1875. / On this day in 1897, the now-famous editorial answering Virginia O'Hanlon's question about whether Santa Claus exists was printed in the New York Sun.

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The Battle of the Sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs took place on this day in 1973. / The inaugural Cannes Film Festival opened in France on this day in 1946.

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Hikers discovered Ötzi the Iceman on this day in 1991. / On this day in 1957, the first fully contained underground detonation took place at the Nevada Test Site.

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Constantine the Great united the Roman Empire on this day in 324. / On this day in 1895, Daniel David Palmer performed what's considered the first chiropractic adjustment.

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The Camp David Accords were signed on this day in 1978. / On this day in 1925, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was seriously injured in a bus accident that altered the course of her life.

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The Grito de Dolores launched the Mexican War of Independence on this day in 1810. / On this day in 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families escaped from East Germany to West Germany in a homemade hot air balloon.

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The Crash at Crush took place on this day in 1896. / On this day in 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed in an act of terrorism by white supremacists.

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U.S. President William McKinley died on this day in 1901, having been shot by an assassin on September 6. / On this day in 1921, Constance Baker Motley, the first Black woman to be named a federal court judge, was born.

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Phineas Gage was struck through the skull with a tamping iron on this day in 1848. / On this day in 1922, a fire in Smyrna in Asia Minor -- present-day İzmir, Turkey -- began blazing through the city.

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Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett eloped on this day in 1846. / Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by military coup on this day in 1974.

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Vivekananda gave a speech on Hinduism in Chicago on this day in 1893. / On this day in 1792, the Hope Diamond was stolen in the chaos of the French Revolution.

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