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Today In History, September 17th

1394 – In France, Charles VI published an ordinance that expelled all Jews from France. 1872 – Phillip W. Pratt patented a version of the sprinkler system. 1911 – The first transcontinental airplane flight started. It took C.P. Rogers 82

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Today In History, September 16th

1908 – General Motors was founded by William Durant. The company was formed by merging the Buick and Olds car companies. 1953 – “The Robe” premiered at the Roxy Theater in New York. It was the first movie filmed in

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Today In History, September 13th

1759 – The French were defeated by the British on the Plains of Abraham in the final French and Indian War. 1898 – Hannibal Williston Goodwin patented celluloid photographic film, which is used to make movies. 1922 – In El

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Today In History, September 12th

1873 – The first practical typewriter was sold to customers. 1916 – Adelina and August Van Buren finished the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour to be attempted by two women. They started in New York City on July 5th, 1916.

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Today In History, September 11th

1609 – Explorer Henry Hudson sailed into New York harbour and discovered Manhattan Island and the Hudson River. 1777 – While American forces, under General George Washington, were forced to retreat at the Battle of Brandywine Creek against the British,

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Today In History, September 10th

1813 – The first defeat of British naval squadron occurred in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The leader of the U.S. fleet sent the famous message “We have met the enemy, and they are ours”

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Today In History, September 6th

1620 – The Pilgrims left on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World. 1819 – Thomas Blanchard patented a machine called the lathe. 1899 – Carnation processed its first can of evaporated milk. 1901 – U.S.

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Today In History, September 5th

1698 – Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards. 1793 – In France, the “Reign of Terror” began. The National Convention enacted measures to repress the French Revolutionary activities. 1836 – Sam Houston was elected as the first

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Today In History, September 4th

1609 – English navigator Henry Hudson began exploring the island of Manhattan. 1781 – Los Angeles, California was founded by Spanish settlers. The original name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula,” which translates

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Today In History, September 3rd

1783 – The Revolutionary War between the U.S. and Great Britain ended with the Treaty of Paris. 1935 – Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour with a speed of 304.331

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Today In History, August 30th

1645 – American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York. 1905 – Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut with the Detroit Tigers. 1960 – A partial

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Today In History, August 29th

1828 – A patent was issued to Robert Turner for the self-regulating wagon brake. 1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labour laws. 1885 – The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was

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Today In History, August 27th

1859 – The first oil well was successfully drilled in the U.S. by Colonel Edwin L. Drake near Titusville, Pennsylvania. 1921 – The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, Wisconsin. J.E. Clair paid

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Today In History, August 26th

55 B.C. – Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar. 1873 – The school board of St. Louis, Missouri authorized the first U.S. public kindergarten. 1939 – The first televised major league baseball games were shown. The event

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Today In History, August 23rd

1892 – The printed streetcar transfer was patented by John H. Stedman. 1904 – Hard D. Weed patented the grip-tread tire chain for cars. 1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression treaty. 1959 – In the

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