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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November 25, 2022 13 min

On this day in 1984, a group of celebrity musicians recorded the benefit song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

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On this day in 1874, farmer and rancher Joseph Glidden was granted a patent for double-stranded barbed wire.

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On this day in 534 BC, an ancient Greek performer named Thespis became the first known actor to portray a character on stage.

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On this day in 1927, American inventor Carl Eliason received a patent for an early version of the snowmobile.

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On this day in 1783, at a public demonstration in Paris, two volunteers embarked on the first free ascent in a hot air balloon.

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On this day in 1966, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops loosened the rule requiring Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays. 

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On this day in 1913, German monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II forbade his officers from dancing the tango while in uniform.

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On this day in 1974, scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico sent the first message intended for alien lifeforms. 

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On this day in 1937, cartoonist Al Capp introduced the pseudo-holiday known as Sadie Hawkins Day in his Li’l Abner comic strip.

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On this day in 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island was published as a single-volume book.

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On this day in 1961, in the rural Dutch village of Staphorst, residents publicly shamed a cheating couple by driving them through the streets in the back of a dung wagon.

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On this day in 1969, the pioneering children’s education series, Sesame Street, aired its first episode.

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On this day in 1961, the Professional Golfers’ Association of America ended its longstanding ban on non-white members.

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On this day in 1291, the Venetian Republic ordered all local glassmakers to relocate to the nearby island of Murano.

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On this day in 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman in American history to win a seat in Congress. 

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On this day in 1879, the Ritty brothers of Dayton, Ohio, received the patent for the first mechanical cash register.

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On this day in 1883, Charles "Black Bart" Bowles robbed his 28th Wells Fargo wagon, the last before his capture.

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On this day in 1959, Charles Van Doren admitted that his winning streak on a popular TV quiz show had been rigged by the show's producers.

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On this day in 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America announced its first ratings system for films.

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On this day in 1974, Ronald Clark O'Bryan gave cyanide disguised as candy to five trick-or-treaters, including his own children. 

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