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 17, 2022 11 min

On this day in 1965, after more than a year of investigation, the FBI Laboratory delivered inconclusive results about the lyrics of the popular song “Louie Louie.”

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On this day in 1866, the U.S. Congress ordered the minting of the first nickel-based five-cent coin. 

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On this day in 1637, a French clergyman ordered the blades of his dinnerware to be rounded off at the edges, thus creating the first known version of the butter knife.

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On this day in 1928, Buster Keaton’s silent-era masterpiece Steamboat Bill, Jr. premiered at the Rialto Theatre in New York City.

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On this day in 1949, French authorities exhumed the body of Léon Besnard and found telling evidence that he may have been murdered by his wife.

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On this day in 1933, more than 25,000 books were destroyed during a series of book burnings held in college towns throughout Germany. 

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On this day in 1914, by order of presidential proclamation, Mother’s Day was officially established as a national holiday in the United States. 

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On this day in 1970, professional skier Yūichirō Miura became the first person to ski down Mount Everest.

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On this day in 1921, the iconic perfume Chanel No. 5 was sold for the first time at Coco Chanel’s boutique in Paris. 

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On this day in 1979, in celebration of Margaret Thatcher’s election victory, members of the Conservative Party took out a newspaper ad proclaiming, “May The Fourth Be With You, Maggie."

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On this day in 1978, marketing manager Gary Thuerk sent the first unsolicited mass email, or as it’s better known today, “spam.”

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On this day in 1933, Scottish newspaper The Inverness Courier published an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

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On this day in 1967, Aretha Franklin's hit song "Respect" was released as a single on the Atlantic Records label.

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On this day in 1962, armed with nearly 800 pounds of explosives, a team of firefighters led by Red Adair extinguished a massive natural gas well fire in the Sahara Desert.

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On this day in 1667, English poet John Milton entered into an agreement to publish his epic poem Paradise Lost.

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On this day in 1778, sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode more than 40 miles overnight to warn American militiamen of an impending British attack.

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On this day in 1983, the Kremlin released a letter from Soviet leader Yuri Andropov to Samantha Smith, an 11-year-old American girl who was anxious about the threat of nuclear war.

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On this day in 1964, the second New York World's Fair opened at Flushing Meadows Park in the Queens borough of New York City. 

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On this day in 1980, a 26-year-old New Yorker named Rosie Ruiz cheated her way to victory at the 84th annual Boston Marathon.

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On this day in 1841, Edgar Allan Poe published “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” a tale widely considered to be the first modern detective story. 

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