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Today In History, October 18th

1842 – Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable. 1867 – The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre). 1892 – The

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Today In History, October 17th

1777 – American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, New York. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War. 1888 – The first issue of “National Geographic Magazine” was released at newsstands. 1931 – Al Capone was convicted

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Today In History, October 16th

1793 – During the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded after being convicted of treason. 1829 – In Boston, Massachusetts, the first modern hotel in America opened. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day

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Today In History, October 15th

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte began his exile on the remote island of St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean. 1883 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It allowed for individuals and corporations

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Today In History, October 11th

1881 – David Henderson Houston patented the first roll film for cameras. 1899 – The Boer War began in South Africa between the British and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State. 1929 – JCPenney opened a store

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Today In History, October 10th

1865 – The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt. 1886 – The tuxedo dinner jacket made its U.S. debut in New York City. 1887 – Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company. 1933 – Dreft, the first synthetic

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Today In History, October 8th

1918 – U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France. York had originally tried to avoid being drafted as a conscientious objector. After this event his was promoted

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Today In History, October 7th

1913 – For the first time, Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line when the chassis was added to the process. 1949 – The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was formed. 1950

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Today In History, October 4th

1535 – The first complete English translation of the Bible was printed in Zurich, Switzerland. 1648 – The first volunteer fire department was established in New York by Peter Stuyvesant. 1881 – Edward Leveaux received a patent for the player

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Today In History,October 3rd

1863 – U.S. President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as the American Thanksgiving Day. 1893 – The motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman. 1901 – The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated.

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Today In History, October 2nd

1836 – Charles Darwin returned to England after 5 years of acquiring knowledge around the world about fauna, flora, wildlife and geology. He used the information to develop his “theory of evolution” which he unveiled in his 1859 book entitled

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Today In History, October 1st

1880 – Thomas Edison began the commercial production of electric lamps at Edison Lamp Works in Menlo Park. 1885 – Special delivery mail service began in the United States. The first routes were in West Virginia. 1896 – Rural Free

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Today In History, September 27th

1825 – George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train. 1938 – “Thanks for the Memory” was heard for the first time on the “The Bob Hope Show”. 1939 – After 19 days of resistance, Warsaw, Poland,

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Today In History,September 26th

1908 – In “The Saturday Evening Post”, an ad for the Edison Phonograph appeared. 1908 – Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts. 1955

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Today In History, September 25th

1513 – The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama as he was the first European to see the Pacific Ocean. 1775 – Ethan Allen was captured by the

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