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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October 17, 2021 9 min

On this day in 1906, a German shoemaker named Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt impersonated an army officer and tricked a group of soldiers into helping him commit a daring robbery.

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On this day in 1923, young cartoonist Walt Disney and his big brother Roy founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Hollywood, California.

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On this day in 1860, a young girl named Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln, urging him to grow a beard before the upcoming election.

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On this day in 1975, Ronald DeFeo Jr. stood trial for the brutal killing of his six family members — a crime known today as the Amityville murders.

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On this day in 1958, a marmalade-loving bear cub appeared for the first time when A Bear Called Paddington was published.

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On this day in 1609, the original version of the popular children’s nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice” was published for the first time in London.

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On this day in 1975, sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live broadcast its first episode live from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center.

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On this day in 1845, the United States Naval Academy opened its doors in Annapolis, Maryland, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors.

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On this day in 1992, a meteorite the size of a bowling ball crashed into a parked Chevy Malibu in a suburb of Peekskill, New York.

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On this day in 1873, in response to the horrific treatment of female inmates at unisex prisons, the state of Indiana established the country’s first prison exclusively for women.

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On this day in 1982, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

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On this day in 1961, in a letter to the Committee on Civil Defense, President John F. Kennedy advised American families to build fallout shelters as protection against a possible nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.

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On this day in 1969, just before 11pm, the first episode of the groundbreaking comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus premiered in the United Kingdom.

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On this day in 1955, in a surprising upset, the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series, beating the New York Yankees 2-0.

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On this day in 1992, at the end of her performance on Saturday Night Live, Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor shocked the audience and viewers at home by tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II.

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On this day in 1851, a French occultist named Jacques Benoît gave the first -- and last -- demonstration of his new invention: a snail-powered telegraph.

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On this day in 1942, Simon & Schuster published the first dozen titles in the long-running Little Golden Books series.

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On this day in 1822, Joseph Marion Hernández became the first Hispanic member of the United States Congress.

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On this day in 1982, four people in the greater Chicago area died after unknowingly ingesting Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide.

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On this day in 1885, an angry crowd of more than 2,000 people marched through the streets of Montreal after the city announced a mandatory vaccination program to fight the smallpox epidemic.

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