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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On this day in 1831, abolitionist and religious leader Eliza Ann Gardner was born in New York.

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On this day in 1930, the Chrysler Building in Manhattan was completed.

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On this day in 1897, the novel "Dracula" was published.

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On this day in 1925, Mexican writer Rosario Castellanos was born.

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On this day in 1940, a group of Stalinist agents attempted to assassinate Leon Trotsky. Less than three months later, another Stalinist agent killed Trotsky.

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On this day in 1951, Tibet signed the Seventeen Point Agreement, which affirmed China's sovereignty over Tibet. There is controversy over the validity of the document and China's adherence to it.

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On this day in 1915, an explosive eruption of Lassen Peak in northern California devastated the areas around the volcano.

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May 21, 2020 6 min

On this day in 1917, a fire tore through the city of Atlanta, displacing around 10,000 people and destroying nearly 2,000 buildings.

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On this day in 1902, Cuba gained independence from the U.S. after years of U.S. military occupation following the Spanish-American War.

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On this day in 1780, the sky in New England and parts of Canada turned unusually dark in an event remembered as the "Dark Day."

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On this day in 1953, aviator Jackie Cochran became the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound.

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On this day in 1954, groundwork began on the CERN site at Meyrin in Geneva, Switzerland.

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On this day in 1966, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issued the May 16 Notification, marking the start of the Cultural Revolution.

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May 15, 2020 5 min

On this day in 1903, mathematician and archaeologist Maria Reiche was born. Throughout her life, Reiche was dedicated to studying the Nazca Lines.

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On this day in 1878, a suit was brought against Daniel Spofford in Salem, Massachusetts, for allegedly practicing mesmerism on Lucretia Brown.

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On this day in 1861, Australian amateur astronomer John Tebbutt first observed the Great Comet of 1861.

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On this day in 1941, civil engineer and inventor Konrad Zuse, who worked in Nazi Germany, unviled the first full functional, programmable computer.

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On this day in 1895, composer William Grant Still was born in Mississippi.

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On this day in 1919, a riot began when white sailors began attacking Black people in Charleston, South Carolina.

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On this day in 1671, Thomas Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

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