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This Day in History: The World’s First General Purpose Digital Electronic Computer is Dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania

This Day in History: The World’s First General Purpose Digital Electronic Computer is Dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania

Daven Hiskey February 15, 2013 0

this day in history: February 15, 1946 On this day in history, 1946, the first ever general purpose digital electronic computer was dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania. The machine was called the ENIAC

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This Day in History: William G. Morgan Invents a Game Called Mintonette that is Better Known Today as Volleyball

This Day in History: William G. Morgan Invents a Game Called Mintonette that is Better Known Today as Volleyball

Daven Hiskey February 9, 2013 0

this day in history: February 9, 1895 On this day in history, 1895, the first volleyball game, originally called “Mintonette” (referencing its similarity to badminton), was played in Holyoke Massachusetts at a YMCA. The

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This Day in History: Mickey Mantle is Threatened with a Lifetime Ban from Baseball, and Subsequently Banned, for Working at a Casino

This Day in History: Mickey Mantle is Threatened with a Lifetime Ban from Baseball, and Subsequently Banned, for Working at a Casino

Daven Hiskey February 8, 2013 0

this day in history: February 8, 1983 On this day in history, 1983, Mickey Mantle was threatened by the commissioner of baseball, Bowie Kuhn, that if he didn’t stop working for the Claridge Casino

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This Day in History: Mark Zuckerberg Launches Facebook

This Day in History: Mark Zuckerberg Launches Facebook

Daven Hiskey February 4, 2013 0

this day in history: February 4, 2004 On this day in history, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched a site called TheFacebook, that eventually became just “Facebook” after the company acquired the domain rights to facebook.com

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February 1: Alexander Selkirk is Rescued After Being Stranded on a Deserted Island for Four Years, This is Thought to Have Inspired Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

February 1: Alexander Selkirk is Rescued After Being Stranded on a Deserted Island for Four Years, This is Thought to Have Inspired Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

Daven Hiskey February 1, 2013 0

this day in history: February 1, 1709 On this day in history, 1709, Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was finally rescued from a deserted island he inhabited for over four years. The island he found

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January 30: President Andrew Jackson Beats Richard Lawrence with a Cane After Lawrence Attempted to Assassinate Jackson

January 30: President Andrew Jackson Beats Richard Lawrence with a Cane After Lawrence Attempted to Assassinate Jackson

Daven Hiskey January 30, 2013 0

this day in history: January 30, 1835 On this day in history, 1835, Richard Lawrence became the first known person to attempt to assassinate a U.S. President, attempting to fire two guns at Andrew

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January 24: James W. Marshall Discovers a Small Amount of Gold at Sutter’s Mill in California, Sparking the California Gold Rush

January 24: James W. Marshall Discovers a Small Amount of Gold at Sutter’s Mill in California, Sparking the California Gold Rush

Daven Hiskey January 24, 2013 0

this day in history: January 24, 1848 On this day in history, 1848, James W. Marshall was checking on the progress made the night before in expanding a drainage channel at Sutter’s Mill in

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January 23rd: One of the Last Instances of a “Testimony of a Ghost” Being Given Credence to in a U.S. Court Trial Takes Place in the Murder of Elva Zona Heaster

January 23rd: One of the Last Instances of a “Testimony of a Ghost” Being Given Credence to in a U.S. Court Trial Takes Place in the Murder of Elva Zona Heaster

Daven Hiskey January 23, 2013 0

this day in history: January 23, 1897 On this day in history, 1897, Elva Zona Heaster was found dead in her home, apparently from natural causes. Her body was discovered by a boy who

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This Day in History: The Last Leader of the Fifth Monarchy Men is Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered in London

This Day in History: The Last Leader of the Fifth Monarchy Men is Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered in London

Daven Hiskey January 19, 2013 0

this day in history: January 19, 1661 On this day in history, 1661, Thomas Venner was hanged, drawn, and quartered. Venner was originally a wine-cooper (someone who makes casks) before taking over leadership of

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A B-52G Bomber Once Collided with Another Plane Over Spain, Dropping Four Nuclear Bombs on Accident

A B-52G Bomber Once Collided with Another Plane Over Spain, Dropping Four Nuclear Bombs on Accident

Daven Hiskey January 17, 2013 0

this day in history: January 17, 1966 On this day in history, 1966, at around 10:30 a.m. a B-52G Bomber collided with a KC-135 Stratotanker, accidentally scattering its payload of four nuclear bombs, 70-kilotons

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January 13th: Dr. William Brydon, One of the Only Survivors of the Massacre of Elphinstone’s Army That Included Over 16,000 People Killed, Safely Makes it to the Garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

January 13th: Dr. William Brydon, One of the Only Survivors of the Massacre of Elphinstone’s Army That Included Over 16,000 People Killed, Safely Makes it to the Garrison in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Daven Hiskey January 13, 2013 0

this day in history: January 13, 1842 On this day in history, 1842, Dr. William Brydon, who had part of his skull sheared off at the time, rode an exhausted horse into the British

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January 10th: Julius Caesar Makes His Historic, Illegal Crossing of the Rubicon at the Head of a Legion of Soldiers, Starting a Civil War Within Rome

January 10th: Julius Caesar Makes His Historic, Illegal Crossing of the Rubicon at the Head of a Legion of Soldiers, Starting a Civil War Within Rome

Daven Hiskey January 10, 2013 0

this day in history: January 10, 49 BC On this day in history, 49 BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with a legion of his soldiers, which was against Roman law. Specifically, Governors of

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January 5th: Alexandre Dumas Fights in His First Duel, During Which His Pants Fall Down

January 5th: Alexandre Dumas Fights in His First Duel, During Which His Pants Fall Down

Daven Hiskey January 5, 2013 1

this day in history: January 5, 1825 On this day in history, 1825, on a bitter cold day, a young Alexandre Dumas, soon to be famed playwright and novelist and current son of Thomas-Alaxandre

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January 4th: Fender Guitar Company, Which Was Started By an Out of Work Accountant Who Never Learned to Play the Guitar, was Sold to CBS for $13 Million

January 4th: Fender Guitar Company, Which Was Started By an Out of Work Accountant Who Never Learned to Play the Guitar, was Sold to CBS for $13 Million

Daven Hiskey January 4, 2013 2

this day in history: January 4, 1965 On this day in history, 1965, CBS purchased the Fender Guitar Company for $13 million from Leo Fender. For reference, this would be around $90 million today.

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December 29th: U.S. Cavalry Massacre More than 150 Lakota Native Americans, Including Women and Children, Near Wounded Knee Creek

December 29th: U.S. Cavalry Massacre More than 150 Lakota Native Americans, Including Women and Children, Near Wounded Knee Creek

Daven Hiskey December 29, 2012 1

this day in history: December 29, 1890 On this day in history, 1890, the Seventh Cavalry opened fire on a Lakota Native American encampment with four rapid fire Hotchkiss guns, killing 150-300 of the

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December 24, 1914: The Christmas Truce

December 24, 1914: The Christmas Truce

Daven Hiskey December 24, 2012 2

On the whole, people don’t generally like to kill one another.  Most wars throughout history are often more about the agendas of the state’s leaders than the soldiers on the field actually inherently feeling

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December 23rd: The Poem “The Night Before Christmas” was Published Anonymously

December 23rd: The Poem “The Night Before Christmas” was Published Anonymously

Daven Hiskey December 23, 2012 1

this day in history: December 23, 1823 On this day in history, 1823, the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, better known today as The Night Before Christmas or ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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This Day in History, Dec. 21: Pierre and Marie Curie Discover Radium

This Day in History, Dec. 21: Pierre and Marie Curie Discover Radium

Daven Hiskey December 21, 2012 1

this day in history: December 21, 1898 On this day in history, 1898, Marie and Pierre Curie discovered the radioactive element radium (in the form of radium chloride), extracting it from uraninite. They first

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