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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July 9, 2021 23 sec

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On this day in 1908, an explosion occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Russia that was likely caused by a meteorite or comet bursting. / At 11:59 p.m. and 60 seconds, a leap second was added to Coordinated Universal Time to synchronize clocks with Earth’s decelerating rotation. 

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On this day in 1520, Aztec emperor Moctezuma died, either at the hands of Spaniards or Aztecs unhappy with his rule. / On this day in 1613, the Globe Theatre in London, famous for hosting performances of Shakespeare's plays, was destroyed in a fire.

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On this day in 1968, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar, sparking nights of riots that became a major moment of resistance in the history of the LGBTQ rights movement. / On this day in 1951, "The Amos 'n' Andy Show” premiered on CBS TV.

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On this day in 1912, writer, social worker, teacher, and diplomat E.R. Braithwaite was born. / On this day in 1844, Joseph Smith, the leader of the Latter Day Saint movement, was murdered alongside his brother Hyrum by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.

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On this day in 1893 or 1903, blues musician Big Bill Broonzy was born. / The Winnipeg General Strike officially ended when the strike leaders called it off.

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Charles-François Thibault took three photos during the June Days uprising on this day and the following in 1848. Two of them became the first photos to accompany a newspaper report. / On this day in 1978, the rainbow flag, made specifically to represent the LGBTQ community, was flown for the first time at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.

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On this day in 1374, a dancing mania outbreak began in Aachen, Germany. / On this day in 1932, Khana Ratsadon, or the People’s Party, overthrew the government of King Rama VII, ending 700 years of absolute monarchy under the kings of Siam.

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The bloodiest battle in the revolution to overthrow Victoriano Huerta -- the Battle of Zacatecas, or La Toma de Zacatecas -- took place on this day in 1914. / On this day in 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes, Samuel Soulé, and Carlos Glidden were awarded U.S. patent number 79,265 for their typewriter.

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On this day in history, the Roman Inquisition sentenced Galileo Galilei for being "vehemently suspect of heresy." / On this day in 1947, science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler was born.

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On this day in 1893, the Ferris Wheel debuted at the World's Fair in Chicago. / On this day in 1905, philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre was born.

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On this day in 1900, the siege of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China, during the Boxer Rebellion began. / On this day in 1975, the film "Jaws" was released in the U.S. and Canada.

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On this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Galveston, Texas. The day is now commemorated as Juneteenth. / On this day in 1917, revolutionary and politician Joshua Nkomo was born in Matebeleland in modern-day Zimbabwe.

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This day in 1908 marked the beginning of Japanese mass immigration to Brazil when the ship Kasato Maru arrived at the port of Santos in Brazil. / On this day in 1178 (on the Julian calendar), several monks from Canterbury reportedly saw the moon split into two and explode into flames.

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On this day in 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died from complications of childbirth. / On this day in 1843, a clash between British immigrants and Maori known as the Wairau Incident took place on the South Island in New Zealand.

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On this day in 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly into space. / On this day in 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech in Springfield, Illinois, during his run for U.S. senator.

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On this day in 1904, a fire on the paddle steamer General Slocum caused more than a thousand deaths. / On this day in 1938, Hungarian newspaper editor Laszlo Biro filed a British patent for the ballpoint pen.

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On this day in 1846, the Bear Flag Revolt began when a group of Americans invaded Sonoma. / On this day in 1872, Parliament passed the Trade Unions Act in Canada, legalizing unions. 

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On this day in 1911, physicist and Nobel Prize winner Luis W. Alavarez was born. / On this day in 1971, the New York Times began publishing excerpts from the Pentagon Papers.

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On this day in 1929, Anne Frank was born in Germany. / On this day in 1892, writer and illustrator Djuna Barnes was born.

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