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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October 5, 2022 9 min

On this day in 1953, the modern incarnation of Narcotics Anonymous held its first recovery meeting in Los Angeles, California.

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On this day in 1988, televangelist Jim Bakker was indicted on 24 federal charges of fraud and conspiracy. 

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On this day in 1949, WERD Radio became the first station owned and operated by Black Americans.

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On this day in 1954, the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, was accepted into active service by the U.S. Navy.

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On this day in 1975, American R&B singer Jackie Wilson collapsed on stage during a performance and went into a coma.

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On this day in 1928, Scottish microbiologist Alexander Fleming discovered a life-saving antibiotic agent, which he called penicillin.

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On this day in 1986, a fundraising stunt created chaos and confusion by flooding Cleveland, Ohio, with 1.5 million balloons.

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On this day in 1960, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy squared off in the first televised presidential debate in American history. 

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On this day in 1923, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet hit bookstore shelves for the first time. 

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On this day in 1776, Captain Nathan Hale of the Continental Army was hanged by the British for spying.

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On this day in 1915, at an auction in Salisbury, England, Cecil Chubb placed the winning bid for the Stonehenge monument. 

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On this day in 1977, the first group of the so-called “boat people” were admitted to the United States as refugees from Communist Vietnam.

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On this day in 1960, Chubby Checker’s rendition of “The Twist” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. 

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On this day in 1920, a horse-drawn carriage rigged with a makeshift bomb exploded on the busiest corner of Wall Street.

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On this day in 1916, the first tanks were deployed at Flers-Courcelette during the Battle of the Somme in France. 

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On this day in 1975, Rembrandt van Rijn's “The Night Watch” was vandalized while on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. 

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On this day in 1969, the cartoon series “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” aired for the first time on CBS.

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On this day in 1977, anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died on the floor of a prison hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.

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On this day in 1947, a team of engineers at Harvard University reported the earliest known computer bug.

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On this day in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller Psycho opened in theaters across the United States.

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