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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May 29, 2024 8 mins

On this day in 1913, Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Rite of Spring” made its inauspicious debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. 

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On this day in 1912, 16 women were dismissed from the Curtis Publishing Company for dancing the Turkey Trot on their lunch break. 

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On this day in 1986, American inventor Lonnie Johnson received a patent for the iconic Super Soaker water gun.

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May 24, 2024 20 mins

Please enjoy these May 24th flashbacks from the TDIHC vault, and we will see you soon for a brand new episode!

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On this day in 1900, William H. Carney was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravely defending the American flag during the Civil War. 

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On this day in 1570, Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius published the world’s first modern atlas.

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On this day in 1924, two wealthy college students abducted and killed a 14-year-old boy in an effort to commit a “perfect crime.”

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On this day in 1862, the Homestead Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.

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On this day in 1964, the first Tim Horton Donuts shop opened in Hamilton, Ontario.

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On this day in 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest.

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On this day in 1942, seventeen U.S. states instituted mandatory gasoline rationing.

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On this day in 1961, a small group of Freedom Riders was attacked by a white mob at the Greyhound depot in Anniston, Alabama.

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On this day in 1920, the Socialist Party of America nominated Eugene V. Debs as its presidential candidate.     

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On this day in 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Nix v. Hedden that tomatoes are vegetables, not fruits.

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On this day in 1754, Benjamin Franklin published the famous “Join, or Die” political cartoon.

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On this day in 1950, two brothers stumbled upon a well-preserved corpse in a peat bog near Silkeborg, Denmark.

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On this day in 1965, in a fit of nocturnal inspiration, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards wrote “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” 

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On this day in 1954, British medical student Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes.   

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On this day in 1913, the California Senate passed a law restricting the property ownership rights of Asian immigrants.

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On this day in 1946, six inmates at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary carried out the most violent escape attempt in the prison’s history. 

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