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Today In History, April 3rd

1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted the land the day before. 1829 – James Carrington patented the coffee mill. 1860 – The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento,

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Today In History, April 2nd

1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida. The next day he went ashore. 1877 – The first Egg Roll was held on the grounds of the White House in Washington, DC. 1889 – Charles Hall patented aluminum.

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Today In History, April 1st

1778 – Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, created the “$” symbol. 1826 – Samuel Mory patented the internal combustion engine. 1864 – The first travel accident policy was issued to James Batterson by the Travelers Insurance Company. 1867 –

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Today In History, March 30th

1533 – Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. 1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory. 1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anaesthetized by ether. 1867 – The U.S. purchased

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Today In History, March 23rd

1775 – American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared “give me liberty, or give me death!”. 1794 – Josiah G. Pierson patented a rivet machine. 1806 – Explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast, and began their return journey to the

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Today In History, March 20th

1760 – The great fire of Boston destroyed 349 buildings. 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris after his escape from Elba and began his “Hundred Days” rule. 1816 – The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed its right to review state court

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Today In History, March 19th

1628 – The Massachusetts colony was founded by Englishmen. 1831 – The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the robbery. 1915 – Pluto was photographed for the first time.

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Today In History, March 11th

1302 – The characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare. 1810 – The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria. 1888 – The “Blizzard of ’88” began along the

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Today In History, March 4th

1634 – Samuel Cole opened the first tavern in Boston, Maine . 1681 – England’s King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area that later became the state of Pennsylvania.. 1766 – The British Parliament repealed

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Today In History, March 2nd

1807 – The U.S. Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country”. 1836 – Texas declared its independence from

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Today In History, February 28th

1849 – Regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days. 1854 –

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Today In History, February 26th

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France. 1829 – Levi Strauss who founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans was born. 1916 – Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin to

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Today In History, February 24th

1803 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled itself to be the final interpreter of all constitutional issues. 1903 – In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an area was leased to the U.S. for a naval base. 1938 – The first nylon bristle

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Today In History, February 20th

1673 – The first recorded wine auction took place in London. 1792 – U.S. President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act that created the U.S. Post Office. 1809 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal

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Today In History, February 19th

1856 – The tintype camera was patented by Professor Hamilton L. Smith. 1878 – Thomas Alva Edison patented the phonograph. 1881 – Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. 1942 – U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive

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