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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September 28, 2021 10 min

On this day in 1885, an angry crowd of more than 2,000 people marched through the streets of Montreal after the city announced a mandatory vaccination program to fight the smallpox epidemic.

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On this day, Rachel Carson in 1962, a science writer and former marine biologist, published her landmark book, Silent Spring.

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On this day in 1904, New Zealand issued a government proclamation making it illegal to harm a beloved, wild dolphin named Pelorus Jack or any member of his species.

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On this day in 1962, a new exhibit opened at the Pasadena Art Museum in southern California, marking what’s believed to be the very first museum showing of Pop art.

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On this day in 622, the prophet Muhammad completed his Hegira, or “flight,” from the city of Mecca to what is now known as Medina.

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On this day in 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt defended the reputation of his dog, who had recently been the subject of a political attack.

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On this day in 1985, nearly 80,000 people gathered in the rain to watch the first-ever Farm Aid concert at a university stadium in Champaign, Illinois.

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On this day in 1937, the first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, went on sale in British bookstores.

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On this day in 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail with a crew of 270 sailors.on what would ultimately become the first successful voyage around the world.

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On this day in 1893, the Governor of New Zealand signed a landmark piece of legislation that gave women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

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On this day in 1899, musician Scott Joplin was granted the copyright for a song he wrote called the “Maple Leaf Rag.”

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On this day in 1859, failed Gold Rush-era businessman named Joshua Norton became the first self-proclaimed emperor of the Untied States.

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On this day in 1869, legendary golfer Tom Morris Junior scored the first hole-in-one ever reported.

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At the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, boxer Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in a fight for the heavyweight championship.

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Fresh from his victory over Russian forces at the Battle of Borodino, Napoleon Bonaparte and his Grand Armée marched triumphantly into the city of Moscow.

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In New York City, a group of teenage boys grabbed the straw hats of some factory workers. stomped them flat on the sidewalk, and then ran like mad.

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Four teenagers from the nearby village of Montignac, France, discovered the Cave of Lascaux and the more than 2,000 ancient drawings that adorn its walls.

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California native Florence Chadwick prevailed against dense fog, heavy winds, and frigid water to become the first woman to swim across the English Channel in both directions.

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At the edge of the town of Lattimer, Pennsylvania, eighty-six deputies under the command of Sheriff James Martin opened fire on a crowd of unarmed, immigrant coal miners who were on strike.

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A college student named Alexander Twilight received his bachelor’s degree, becoming the first person of African descent to achieve this honor in the United States.

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