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 18, 2022 9 min

On this day in 1943, Claude R. Wickard, the Secretary of Agriculture and head of the War Food Administration, banned the sale of pre-sliced bread in America during World War II

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On this day in 1950, a group of armed robbers stole more than $2 million from the Brink’s Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts.

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On this day in 1605, the first half of Miguel de Cervantes' landmark novel Don Quixote was published in Spain.

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On this day in 1870, political cartoonist Thomas Nast first used the donkey as a symbol for the Democratic Party in a cartoon titled “A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion."

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On this day in 1690, German instrument maker Johann Christoph Denner created the world’s first clarinet.

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On this day in 1939, a series of fires converged and swept rapidly across large areas of Victoria, Australia, leaving a widespread trail of death and destruction.

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On this day in 1908, French radio pioneer Gustave Ferrié transmitted the first long-distance message ever sent from the Eiffel Tower.

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On this day in 1569, in a public square outside Old St Paul’s Cathedral in London, the drawing began for the first state-run lottery in English history.

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On this day in 1984, fast food restaurant chain Wendy’s released its first commercial featuring the famous “Where’s the beef?” catchphrase.

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On this day in 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus recorded a sighting of three “mermaids” while sailing near what is now the Dominican Republic.

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On this day in 1867, the U.S. Congress passed the District of Columbia Suffrage Bill, granting African American men the right to vote for the first time in the nation’s history.

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On this day in 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei made the first recorded sighting of the planet Jupiter’s moons.

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On this day in 1907, Dr. Maria Montessori opened a new kind of school in an impoverished neighborhood in Rome.

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On this day in 1980, “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang became the first hip hop song ever to break into the Billboard Top 40.

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On this day in 1990, an overcrowded passenger train slammed into a parked freight train at a railway station in the Sindh province of Pakistan.

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On this day in 1946, William Joyce, better known to the British as Lord Haw-Haw, was put to death for betraying his country on behalf of Nazi Germany.

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On this day in 1974, President Richard Nixon established a maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour on every highway in the United States.

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On this day in 1959, musician Johnny Cash rang in the new year by performing live at San Quentin State Prison in California.

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On this day in 1853, natural history artist and sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins hosted a New Year’s Eve dinner party inside a full-scale model of an Iguanodon.

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On this day in 1986, a British mining tradition came to an end when legislation officially ordered that all live canaries be released from the nation’s coal mines.

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