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Today In History, July 19th

1553 – Fifteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed as Queen of England after claiming the crown for nine days. Mary, the daughter of King Henry VIII, was proclaimed Queen. 1799 – The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into

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Today In History, July 18th

0064 – The Great Fire of Rome began. 1536 – The authority of the pope was declared void in England. 1872 – The Ballot Act was passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots. 1927 – Ty Cobb set

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Today In History, July 17th

1815 – Following the June 18th Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered to the British at Rochefort, France to be exiled to the island of St. Helena.. 1821 – Spain ceded Florida to the U.S. 1866 – Authorization was given

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Today In History, July 16th

1790 – The District of Columbia, or Washington, DC, was established as the permanent seat of the United States Government. 1845 – The New York Yacht Club hosted the first American boating regatta. 1926 – The first underwater colour photographs

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Today In History, July 15th

1888 – “Printers’ Ink” was first sold. 1922 – The duck-billed platypus arrived in America, direct from Australia. It was exhibited at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. 1965 – The spacecraft Mariner IV sent back the first close-up

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Today In History, July 13th

1812 – The first pawnbroking ordinance was passed in New York City. 1832 – Henry Schoolcraft discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. 1836 – John Ruggles received patent #1 from the U.S. Patent Office for a traction

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Today In History, July 11th

1786 – Morocco agreed to stop attacking American ships in the Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000. 1804 – The United States’ first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton (subject of the musical “Hamilton”), was killed by Vice President Aaron

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Today In History, July 10th

1778 – In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declared war on England. 1821 – U.S. troops took possession of Florida. The territory was sold by Spain. 1866 – Edison P. Clark patented his indelible pencil. 1900 – ‘His

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Today In History, July 9th

1808 – The leather-splitting machine was patented by Samuel Parker. 1868 – The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. 1872 –

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Today In History, July 6th

1699 – Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston, Maine and deported back to England. 1777 – British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution. 1858 – Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine. 1885 – Louis

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Today In History, July 5th

1814 – U.S. troops under Jacob Brown defeated a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada. 1865 – William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London. 1865 – The U.S. Secret Service Division was created to combat currency counterfeiting, forging and

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Today In History, July 4th

1776 – The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and signed by John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress in America. (Image: American Freedom 1776) 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase was announced in newspapers. The

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The Jewel Talks With 2019 MIFF Artistic Director Joanne McKenzie This Morning

The Meaford International Film Festival returns again. Join Jeff, this morning after 9 am on the Jewel as he talks with Artistic Director Joanne McKenzie about MIFF 2019. (Image: Meaford International Film Festival)

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Today In History, July 3rd

1608 – The city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain. (Image: David Simchi-Levi) 1863 – The U.S. Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, ended after three days. It was a major victory for the North as Confederate troops

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Today In History, July 2nd

1850 – Benjamin Lane patented a gas mask with a breathing apparatus. 1857 – New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business. 1881 – Charles J. Guiteau fatally wounded U.S. President James Garfield in Washington, DC. (Garfield was

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