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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February 23, 2024 11 mins

On this day in 1945, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, six Marines planted the U.S. flag at the summit of Mount Suribachi.

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On this day in 1876, Native American writer and activist Zitkála-Šá was born. 

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On this day in 1861, after losing a bet, Edward Payson Weston embarked on a 478-mile walk from Boston to Washington D.C.

 

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On this day in 1986, the original “Legend of Zelda" video game was released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System.

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On this day in 1939, a crowd of 20,000 Nazi sympathizers staged a rally in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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On this day in 1953, the State of Georgia created the first literature censorship board in the United States.

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On this day in 1932, Illinois farmer James Markham received the first fruit tree patent for his hybrid peach tree.

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On this day in 1943, the now-famous “We Can Do It!” poster was first displayed in several Westinghouse factories.

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On this day in 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy gave the first televised tour of the White House.

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On this day in 1923, the New York Renaissance basketball team was formed in Harlem. 

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On this day in 1994, Edvard Munch's world-famous painting “The Scream" was stolen from the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway. 

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On this day in 1895, the first game of volleyball was played at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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On this day in 1968, white state troopers shot and killed three unarmed Black students on a college campus in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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On this day in 1976, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon claimed the top spot on the U.S. singles chart.

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On this day in 1938, three massive waves created chaos on Australia’s Bondi Beach. 

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On this day in 1945, U.S. forces began a secret operation to distribute Allied propaganda through Germany’s own postal service. 

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On this day in 1913, New York City’s Grand Central Terminal was officially opened to the public.

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On this day in 1884, the first section of the Oxford English Dictionary was published, covering the words “a” through “ant.”

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On this day in 1945, American soldier Edward Slovik was shot to death for deserting his post.

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On this day in 9 BC, the Altar of Peace was dedicated in Rome as a tribute to Caesar Augustus.

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