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Today In History, December 27th

1831 – Charles Darwin set out on a voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin’s discoveries during the voyage helped him form the basis of his theories on evolution. 1845 – Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anaesthesia for

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Today In History, December 23rd

1788 – Maryland voted to cede a 100-square-mile area for the seat of the national government. About two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia. 1823 – The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore (“

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Today In History, December 20th

1699 – Peter the Great ordered that the Russian New Year be changed from September 1st to January 1st. 1803 – The United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer

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Today In History, December 19th

1777 – General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter. 1843 – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was first published in England. 1871 – Corrugated paper was patented by

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Today In History, December 18th

1865 – U.S. Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment abolished slavery. 1898 – A new automobile speed record was set at 39 mph (63 kph).

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Today In History, December 16th

1770 – Composer Ludwig Van Beethoven was born. 1773 – Nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor off of British ships by Colonial patriots. The patriots were disguised as Indians. The act was to protest taxation without

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Today In History, December 13th

1577 – Five ships under the command of Sir Francis Drake left Plymouth, England, to embark on Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe. The journey took almost three years. 1642 – New Zealand was discovered by the first European, Dutch navigator

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Today In History, December 12th

1800 – Washington, DC, was established as the capital of the United States. 1896 – Guglielmo Marconi gave the first public demonstration of radio at Toynbee Hall, London. 1897 – The comic strip “The Katzenjammer Kids” (Hans and Fritz), by

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Today In History, December 11th

Actress, dancer Rita Moreno (Best Supporting Actress Oscar and Grammy winner, known for the films “Singin’ In the Rain”, “The King and I” and “West Side Story” and the tv series “Nine To Five”, “Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?”,

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Today In History, December 11th

1719 – The first recorded sighting of the aurora borealis took place in New England. (Image:Wikipedia) 1769 – Edward Beran of London patented Venetian blinds. 1844 – Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a tooth extracted after

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Today In History, December 10th

1845 – British civil engineer Robert Thompson patented the first pneumatic tires. 1851 – American librarian Melvil Dewey was born. He created the “Dewey Decimal Classification” system. 1901 – The first Nobel prizes were awarded. 1953 – Hugh Hefner published

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Today In History, December 9th

1783 – The first executions at London’s Newgate Prison took place. 1907 – Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, Delaware, post office. (Image: Christmas Seals) 1926 – The United States Golf Association legalized the

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Today In History, December 6th

1735 – In London, French surgeon Claudius Amyand performed the first successful appendectomy at St. George’s Hospital. The patient was an 11-year old boy that had swallowed a pin. 1774 – Austria became the first nation to introduce a state

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Today In History, December 5th

Movie producer, animator, voice actor Walt Disney (a pioneer of the American animation industry who created his first Mickey Mouse cartoon at the age of 27) was born in Chicago this date, 1901, died December 15th, 1966 at the age

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Today In History, December 5th

1766 – James Christie, founder of the famous auctioneers, held his first sale in London. 1797 – Napoleon Bonaparte arrived in Paris to command forces for the invasion of England. 1848 – U.S. President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of

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