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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July 4, 2022 8 min

On this day in 1881, the Tuskegee State Normal School, now Tuskegee University, opened its doors to students for the first time.

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On this day in 1963, the ZIP Code was introduced as part of a nationwide effort to improve the speed of mail delivery in the United States.

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On this day in 1859, French daredevil Charles Blondin became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

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On this day in 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docked in orbit with the Russian space station Mir.

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On this day in 1846, Belgian musician and inventor Adolphe Sax secured the patent for a brand new instrument: the saxophone.

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On this day in 1922, the Newbery Medal was awarded for the first time as a way to recognize excellence in children’s literature.

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On this day in 1901, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso held the first major exhibition of his artwork at a gallery in Paris.

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On this day in 1979, The Charlie Daniels Band released a hit single called “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

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On this day in 1611, English navigator Henry Hudson was cast adrift with eight others after his mutinuous crew seized control of his ship.

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On this day in 1989, in a narrow decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of protesters to burn the American flag. 

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On this day in 1756, dozens of British prisoners were forced to spend the night in an airless cell known colloquially as the Black Hole of Calcutta.

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On this day in 1901, the newly-formed College Board administered its first standardized admissions exams, the precursor to the SAT.

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On this day in 1883, at Victoria Hall in Sunderland, the rush to receive free toys left 183 children dead.

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On this day in 1219, according to Danish legend, the country’s familiar red and white flag fell from the sky as a sign of God’s favor.

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On this day in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill to add the words “under God” to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. 

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On this day in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Judge Thurgood Marshall to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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On this day in 1845, President Andrew Jackson’s funeral was rudely interrupted when his pet parrot began squawking profanities during the service.

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On this day in 1856, nearly 500 members of the Latter-Day Saints set out for Salt Lake City, carrying everything they owned in two-wheeled handcarts.

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On this day in 1937, North America’s first recorded corpse flower bloom took place at the New York Botanical Garden. 

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On this day in 1968, the first theme park dedicated to LEGO bricks opened in the company’s hometown of Billund, Denmark.

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