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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March 5, 2021 14 min

On this day in 1770, a brawl broke out in Boston and turned into a deadly fight. The fight, which became known as the Boston Massacre, helped pave the way for the American Revolution. / On this day in 1904, Nikola Tesla attempted to explain ball lightning in the publication Electrical World and Engineer.

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On this day in 1936, the Hindenburg zeppelin took its first test flight. The Hindenburg's service would end when it caught on fire on May 6, 1937. / Singer, actor, and activist Miriam Makeba was born in South Africa.

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On this day in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta attended the Women's Suffrage March for their first public act. / A group of American oil prospectors discovered a commercially viable source of petroleum near Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

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On this day in 1882, a man named Roderick Maclean attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. It was the eighth and last time someone would try to assassinate the Queen. / The supersonic airliner known as the Concorde took its first test flight on this day in 1969.

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On this day in 1932, Charles Lindbergh Jr., the son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped. / On this day in 1790, the first U.S. census was authorized by Congress.

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On this day in 1874, a man who claimed to be the heir of the Tichborne estate was found guilty of perjury. / On this day in 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated.

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On this day in 1932, the journal Nature published a letter by English physicist James Chadwick that detailed his possible discovery of the neutron. / On this day in 1973, a group of Oglala Lakota and members of the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

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On this day in 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass Band made the first jazz recording. / On this day in 1909, Kinemacolor was first screened to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.

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On this day in 1870, Hiram Revels became the first African-American U.S. senator. / On this day in 1986, Corazon Aquino became president of the Philippines, making her the first woman to hold the office.

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On this day in 1803, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison was decided, establishing judicial review. / On this day in 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler passed her final oral exams at the New England Female Medical College, becoming the first Black woman in the U.S. to earned an M.D.

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On this day in 1954, polio vaccine trials began. / On this day in 1944, the Stalinist regime began deporting the Chechens and Ingush into remote areas of the Soviet Union.

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On this day in 1943, White rose members Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst were executed for passing out anti-Nazi pamphlets. / On this day in 1876, Native American writer and activist Zitkála-Šá was born.

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On this day in 1965, Black nationalist leader Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City. / On this day in 1933, singer and musician Nina Simone was born in North Carolina.

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On this day in 1902, renowned photographer Ansel Adams was born. / On this day in 1805, American abolitionist and women's rights advocate Angelina Grimké was born.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. / On this day in 1963, "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan was published.

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On this day in 1930, junior astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered that Pluto was a planet. / On this day in 1934, writer, activist, and feminist Audre Lorde was born.

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On this day in 1913, the Armory Show, an exhibition showcasing modern art by hundreds of American and European artists, opened in New York City. / On this day in 1838, Zulus killed Voortrekkers in the Weenen massacre.

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On this day in 1959, Fidel Castro was sworn in as the prime minister of Cuba. / On this day in 1953, the Swedish company ASEA created synthetic diamonds.

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On this day in 1796, Australia's first bushranger, John "Black" Caesar, died. / On this day in 1954, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation approving the Distant Early Warning Line, a network of radar stations built to detect Soviet bombers.

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On this day in 1876, inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray both filed patent documents for their telephone designs, starting a years-long controversy. / On this day in 1949, miners in Quebec led a strike for better working conditions and wages.

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