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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October 26, 2020 12 min

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place on this day in 1881. / On this day in 1985, Australia returned ownership of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the Anangu people.

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The SS Princess Sophia sank on this day in 1918. / On this day in 1924, a letter sent from Grigory Zinoviev to the Communist Party of Britain was published in the British newspaper Daily Mail. The document is now believed to be a forgery.

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Ninety percent of Iceland's women went on strike in the Women's Day Off on this day in 1975.

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The War of Jenkin's Ear, known in Spain as Guerra del Asiento, began on this day in 1739. / On this day in 1911, Italian Captain Carlo Piazza flew the first aerial reconnaissance mission in a Blériot XI during the Italo-Turkish War.

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The Great Disappointment of the Millerites took place on this day in 1844. / On this day in 1966, The Supremes became the first all-female group with a number one album - "The Supremes A' Go-Go" - on the Billboard 200.

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The first modern planetarium opened in Munich on this day in 1923. / On this day in 1956, Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi was captured, signaling the effective end of the Mau Mau Uprising.

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The firings and resignations known as the Saturday Night Massacre took place on this day in 1973, during the Watergate scandal. / On this day in 1951, a white football player for Oklahoma A&M assaulted a Black player for Drake University named Johnny Bright in an incident that was suspected to be racially motivated.

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Members of the military attacked the National Palace in Guatemala on this day in 1944, during the Guatemalan Revolution. / On this day in 1909, French nuclear chemist and discoverer of francium Marguerite Perey was born.

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October 19, 2020 1 min

The Ten News is 10 minutes of news and information for curious kids ages 8-12 (and their parents are allowed to listen, too 🤪). Each episode looks at what's happening in the world and provides context and reporting on the stories kids want to know more about. 🙌🏽 Informative and fun, The Ten News is hosted by Bethany Van Delft and comes out every Tuesday and Thursday.

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The Battle of Mabila took place on this day in 1540. / On this day in 1954, Texas Instruments announced the invention of the first commercial transistor radio, the Regency TR-1.

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October 17, 2020 5 min

The London Beer Flood took place on this day in 1814.

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Athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the Olympic Games on this day in 1968. / On this day in 1834, the Palace of Westminster was destroyed in a fire.

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Mata Hari was executed for espionage on this day in 1917. / On this day in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar, which was created as a way to reform the Julian calendar.

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The trial of Mary, Queen of Scots began on this day in 1586. / On this day in 1947, American test pilot Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.

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The revival of modern Hebrew began on this day in 1881, when Eliezer Ben-Yehuda began speaking it exclusively among friends and family. / On this day in 1917, a crowd of thousands of people gathered in Fátima, Portugal, to witness a miracle, and many reported seeing unusual solar activity that became known as the Miracle of the Sun.

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An iron lung was used for the first time on this day in 1928. / On this day in 1810, the first Oktoberfest began after the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

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The Second Vatican Council, also known as Vatican II, opened on this day in 1962. / This day in 1899 marks the beginning of the Second Boer War, a conflict between the British Empire and the Boer states of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State.

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Assassin Lyudmila Pavlichenko died on this day in 1974. / On this day in 1911, an uprising against the Qing government began in Wuchang in China.

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Che Guevara was executed on this day in 1967. / On this day in 1855, American inventor Joshua Stoddard was issued a patent for the calliope.

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Alvin York led a group of soldiers to capture a German machine gun nest on this day in 1918. / On this day in 1892, Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva was born in Moscow.

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