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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September 17, 2021 11 min

On this day in 1859, failed Gold Rush-era businessman named Joshua Norton became the first self-proclaimed emperor of the Untied States.

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On this day in 1869, legendary golfer Tom Morris Junior scored the first hole-in-one ever reported.

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At the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, boxer Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in a fight for the heavyweight championship.

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Fresh from his victory over Russian forces at the Battle of Borodino, Napoleon Bonaparte and his Grand Armée marched triumphantly into the city of Moscow.

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In New York City, a group of teenage boys grabbed the straw hats of some factory workers. stomped them flat on the sidewalk, and then ran like mad.

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Four teenagers from the nearby village of Montignac, France, discovered the Cave of Lascaux and the more than 2,000 ancient drawings that adorn its walls.

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California native Florence Chadwick prevailed against dense fog, heavy winds, and frigid water to become the first woman to swim across the English Channel in both directions.

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At the edge of the town of Lattimer, Pennsylvania, eighty-six deputies under the command of Sheriff James Martin opened fire on a crowd of unarmed, immigrant coal miners who were on strike.

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A college student named Alexander Twilight received his bachelor’s degree, becoming the first person of African descent to achieve this honor in the United States.

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On this day in 1930, a new comic strip appeared in American newspapers introducing readers to Blondie Boopadoop, better known today as Blondie Bumstead or just plain Blondie.

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On this day in 1996, shortly after 11:00pm, actor and recording artist Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times in Las Vegas while driving to a night club with Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight.

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On this day in 1651, after fleeing for his life following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester, Charles II, the King of Scotland and rightful Kinf of England, took refuge in a tall oak tree.

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On this day in 1976, The Muppet Show, created by American puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson, made its world premiere on ITV stations throughout the United Kingdom.

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On this day in 1888, American entrepreneur George Eastman received a patent for the world's first camera designed to use rolls of film.

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On this day in 1964, US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act.

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On this day in 1967, Paddy Roy Bates, a former British Army major turned pirate radio broadcaster, declared that the abandoned naval base he'd been occupying for the past 9 months was now a sovereign micronation: The Principality of Sealand.

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On this day in 1878, a woman named Emma Nutt reported to work at the Edwin Holmes telephone dispatch company in Boston, Massachusetts, and in doing so, she became the first female telephone operator.

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July 9, 2021 23 sec

Hey, history fans. Thank you for tuning into This Day In History Class. We're taking a short break, but we'll be back shortly with brand new daily episodes, so stay tuned!

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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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