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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January 27, 2023 6 min

On this day in 1996, German president Roman Herzog declared a national day of remembrance for the victims of Nazism.

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On this day in 1784, in a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed his disapproval of the eagle as America’s symbol.

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On this day in 1858, the “Wedding March” and “Here Comes the Bride” were performed together for the first time at a royal wedding in London. 

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On this day in 1922, Danish immigrant Christian K. Nelson received a patent for a frozen treat known as the Eskimo Pie.

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On this day in 1897, the lifeless body of Elva Zona Heaster Shue was found inside her home in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

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On this day in 1649, following his defeat by Parliament in the English Civil Wars, King Charles I was put on trial for tyranny and treason.

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On this day in 1946, singer-songwriter Dolly Parton was born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee.

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On this day in 1779, English thesaurus author Peter Mark Roget was born in Soho, London.

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On this day in 1997, the High Court of Ireland granted the country’s first divorce.

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On this day in 1749, an angry crowd destroyed a London theater after a performer known as the Bottle Conjuror failed to make his scheduled appearance.

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On this day in 1942, American industrialist Henry Ford received a patent for a plastic-bodied car made from soybeans. 

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On this day in 1998, nineteen European nations signed a pact prohibiting the cloning of human beings. 

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On this day in 1878, the New York Dairy Company delivered milk in glass bottles for what’s believed to be the first time.

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On this day in 1897, Ukrainian scientist Waldemar Haffkine injected himself with a vaccine he created to combat bubonic plague.

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On this day in 1799, British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduced the nation’s first income tax.

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On this day in 1974, in response to an ongoing energy crisis, daylight saving time went into effect three months early in the United States. 

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On this day in 1463, the Parlement of Paris sentenced medieval poet François Villon to 10 years of banishment from the city.

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On this day in 1981, a lavish Broadway adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was shuttered after a single performance. 

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On this day in 1957, the Hamilton Watch company introduced the first wristwatch powered by a battery. 

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On this day in 1971, beginning at midnight, cigarette companies could no longer advertise their products on American television or radio.

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