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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July 4, 2020 14 min

Walt Witman's 'Leaves of Grass' was published on this day in 1855. / On this day in 1997, Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars.

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The artifact known as the Phaistos Disc was discovered on this day in 1908. / On this day in 1938, the world speed record for steam locomotives was set when Mallard when 126 miles per hour.

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A rebellion took place aboard the slave ship Amistad on this day in 1839. / On this day in 1925, Congolese politician, Pan-Africanist, and independence leader Patrice Lumumba was born.

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Ignaz Semmelweis, known as the father of infection control, was born on this day in 1818. / On this day in 1960, Ghana was declared a republic, and Kwame Nkrumah was inaugurated as president.

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At 11:59 p.m. and 60 seconds, a leap second was added to Coordinated Universal Time to synchronize clocks with Earth’s decelerating rotation. 

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On this day in 1613, the Globe Theatre in London, famous for hosting performances of Shakespeare's plays, was destroyed in a fire.

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On this day in 1951, "The Amos 'n' Andy Show” premiered on CBS TV.

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On this day in 1844, Joseph Smith, the leader of the Latter Day Saint movement, was murdered alongside his brother Hyrum by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.

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The Winnipeg General Strike officially ended when the strike leaders called it off.

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On this day in 1978, the rainbow flag, made specifically to represent the LGBTQ community, was flown for the first time at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.

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On this day in 1932, Khana Ratsadon, or the People’s Party, overthrew the government of King Rama VII, ending 700 years of absolute monarchy under the kings of Siam.

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On this day in 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes, Samuel Soulé, and Carlos Glidden were awarded U.S. patent number 79,265 for their typewriter.

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On this day in 1947, science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler was born.

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On this day in 1905, philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre was born.

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June 20, 2020 5 min

On this day in 1975, the film "Jaws" was released in the U.S. and Canada.

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June 19, 2020 7 min

On this day in 1917, revolutionary and politician Joshua Nkomo was born in Matebeleland in modern-day Zimbabwe.

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On this day in 1178 (on the Julian calendar), several monks from Canterbury reportedly saw the moon split into two and explode into flames.

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June 17, 2020 6 min

On this day in 1843, a clash between British immigrants and Maori known as the Wairau Incident took place on the South Island in New Zealand.

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On this day in 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech in Springfield, Illinois, during his run for U.S. senator.

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On this day in 1938, Hungarian newspaper editor Laszlo Biro filed a British patent for the ballpoint pen.

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