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.

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April 19, 2021 14 min

Oliver Haugh, who had been convicted of killing his family, was executed by electric chair on this day in 1907. / On this day in 1861, a riot broke out in Baltimore, Maryland, between Confederate sympathizers and state militia regiments on their way to Washington, D.C.

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On this day in 1688, four Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania, authored a petition against slavery. / On this day in 1980, the colony of Southern Rhodesia gained independence from Britain and became Zimbabwe.

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On this day in 1917, neurologist Constantin von Economo announced the probable spread of a viral disease, encephalitis lethargica, at a spread of a viral disease at a meeting of the Vienna Society for Psychiatry and Neurology. / On this day in 1951, Peak District National Park was established.

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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, a famous 18th-century artist who would go on to paint 30 portraits of Queen Marie Antoinette, was born in Paris on this day in 1755. / On this day in 1853, the Great Indian Peninsula Railway opened the first commercial passenger train service in India.

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On this day in 1989, the death of reformer Hu Yaobang sparked pro-democracy protests in China. / On this day in 1970, the crew of Apollo 13 set a world record when they reached the farthest distance humans have ever been from Earth.

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On this day in 1912, stewardess Violet Jessop escaped the sinking Titanic on a lifeboat. / On this day in 1816, the largest slave uprising in Barbados began.

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One of the deadliest racial incidents during the Reconstruction Era happened on this day in 1873, when a massacre broke out in the aftermath of a controversial election. / On this day in 1953, the CIA authorized the launch of the mind control program known as Project MKUltra.

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On this day in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited Earth once, earning him the title of the first person to travel in space. / On this day in 1988, the OncoMouse was patented in the U.S.

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On this day in 1979, Ugandan dictator Idi Admin was deposed and fled the country. / On this day in 1899, chemist Percy Lavon Julian was born.

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The Statute of Anne, widely recognized the first full copyright law, went into force on this day in 1710. / On this day in 1815, Mount Tambora produced one of the largest and deadliest eruptions in recorded history.

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On this day in 1921, Mary Winston Jackson was born in Hampton, Virginia. She would go on to become NASA's first Black female engineer. / On this day in 1816, the African Methodist Episcopal Church was formed when Richard Allen and Daniel Coker called Black Methodists to meet in Philadelphia.

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On this day in 1820, the now-famous sculpture known as the Venus de Milo was uncovered on the Aegean island of Melos. / On this day in 1905, anti-apartheid activist Helen Joseph was born.

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On this day in 1994, the Rwandan military and Hutu militia groups began killing Tutsis and moderate Hutu politicians, inciting a genocide that lasted 100 days. / On this day in 1963, Tito was proclaimed president for life of the newly renamed Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

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On this day in 1846, Dred and Harriet Scott, an enslaved husband and wife, filed petitions to sue for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. / On this day in 1917, artist and writer Leonora Carrington was born in England.

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On this day in 1614, Pocahontas married colonist John Rolfe. / On this day in 1958, the peaks of an underwater mountain called Ripple Rock were destroyed in an explosion, so they would no longer pose a hazard to passing ships.

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On this day in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his Beyond Vietnam speech, denouncing the war in Vietnam. / On this day in 1828, Scottish writer Margaret Oliphant was born.

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On this day in 1860, the Pony Express mail service was founded. / On this day in 1948, leftists launched an uprising on Jeju Island in South Korea.

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On this day in 1979, an accidental anthrax leak in a microbiology facility in Sverdlovsk in the Soviet Union caused dozens of people to fall ill. The Soviet Union would deny a leak happened until years later. / On this day in 1929, Irish mercenary Patrick Murphy unintentionally dropped two bombs over the border town of Naco, Arizona.

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On this day in 1960, the first TV picture from space was taken by the TIROS-1 weather satellite. / On this day in 1940, environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai was born in Kenya.

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It's the last day of women's history month, and it's our last special Sunday episode celebrating women's contributions to society. Today, we welcome Professor Nora Gilbert, who speaks with me about the ways Motion Picture Production Code censorship wasn't all bad for women's expression and portrayals in film. / On this day in 1878, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson was born.

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