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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February 27, 2021 14 min

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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February 26, 2021 1 min

Zaron Burnett’s dad didn’t want slavery to be his son’s only image of Black people in American history. So every night, he filled Zaron’s dreams with these incredible stories of Black cowboys. Despite what Hollywood taught us, one-in-four cowboys were Black. Their stories tell a bigger, braver, more honest history of America. 

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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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On this day in 1692, soldiers brutally killed members of the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe after staying in the MacDonalds' homes for nearly two weeks. / On this day in 1879, Indian poet and activist Sarojini Naidu was born.

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On this day in 1909, an interracial group of American leaders met in New York to call for an organization that would fight for African American civil and political rights. This event is considered the founding meeting of the NAACP. / On this day in 1974, Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was arrested and charged with treason.

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On this day in 1916, anarchist and activist Emma Goldman was arrested for distributing information on birth control. / On this day in 1938, the BBC broadcast the first known science fiction television program, "R.U.R."

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On this day in 1355, riots broke out in Oxford, England, when a couple of university students incited a pub brawl over bad wine. / On this day in 1996, the IBM computer Deep Blue won its first game against a world chess champion.

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On this day in 1907, thousands of suffragists marched from Hyde Park to Exeter Hall in London in what became known as the Mud March. / On this day in 1909, singer, actress, and dancer Carmen Miranda was born in Portugal.

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