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This Day In History: November 21

This Day In History: November 21

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On this day in history, November 21st… 1877 : Thomas Edison announced the first of his inventions, the phonograph, a tinfoil cylindrical device that could not only record sounds, but could also re-play the

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This Day In History: November 20

This Day In History: November 20

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On this day in history, November 20th… 1820 :  An estimated 80 ton sperm whale attacked and destroyed the whaling ship, Essex, an event that partly inspired the novel Moby Dick. (Read more about

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This Day In History: November 19

This Day In History: November 19

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On this day in history, November 19th… 1863 : American President Abraham Lincoln, gives the one of the best-known speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address. Around four and a half months prior to the

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This Day In History: November 18

This Day In History: November 18

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On this day in history, November 18th… 1307 : According to the 15th century Swiss chronicle legend, William Tell was made to shoot an apple off his son’s head. The legend goes as follows:

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This Day In History: November 17

This Day In History: November 17

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On this day in history, November 17th… 1558 : Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII, succeeded her half sister, Queen Mary I, to become the new Queen of England and Ireland and began

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This Day In History: November 16

This Day In History: November 16

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On this day in history, November 16th… 1938 : Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann became the first person to invent Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, better known as LSD. Dr. Hofmann first synthesized the drug at the

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This Day In History: November 15

This Day In History: November 15

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On this day in history, November 15th… 1859 :  An attempt to revive the Olympic Games first took place in Athens, Greece. The ancient Olympic Games were a symbol of  ancient Greek traditions and they were always

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This Day In History: November 14

This Day In History: November 14

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On this day in history, November 14th… 1851 : Harper & Brothers, New York published Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick” or “The Whale” as a single volume. Inspired by real life white whale called ‘Mocha Dick’,

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This Day In History: November 12

This Day In History: November 12

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On this day in history, November 12th… 1799 : The Leonids meteor shower was the first known meteor shower to be recorded in North America.  According to the journal entry on this day,  astronomer

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This Day In History: November 11

This Day In History: November 11

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On this day in history, November 11th… 1620 : The Mayflower anchors in Cape Cod, Massachusetts (what is now known as Provincetown Harbor), instead of their intended destination of Virginia.  The Pilgrims also signed

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This Day In History: November 10

This Day In History: November 10

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On this day in history, November 10th… 1775:  Continental Marines, later to be known as the U.S Marine Corps, is founded. During the American Revolutionary War, future President John Adams drafted a resolution for

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This Day In History: November 9

This Day In History: November 9

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On this day in history, November 9th… 1620 : The passengers of the ’Mayflower’ that departed from England seeking religious freedom, first sighted land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The ‘Pilgrims’ as they were later known as, were English Separatist

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This Day In History: November 7

This Day In History: November 7

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On this day in history, November 7th… 1665 :  One of the oldest surviving newspapers, ‘The London Gazette’ was first published. At that time, King Charles II and the Royal Courts had shifted base from

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This Day In History: November 6

This Day In History: November 6

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On this day in history, November 6th… 1572 : Wolfgang Schüler observed a Supernova (i.e, a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy, caused by a star exploding) in the constellation ‘Cassiopeia’. Although it’s

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This Day In History: November 5

This Day In History: November 5

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On this day in history, November 5th… 1492 : Columbus was among the first Europeans to encounter corn(maize) from the Indians of Cuba. When Columbus landed in Cuba (claiming it for Spain) he had sent

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This Day In History: November 4

This Day In History: November 4

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On this day in history, November 4th… 1842 : Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd, at the Edward’s home (her sister’s place) in Springfield, Illinois. Nicknamed Molly, Mary Todd first met Lincoln in 1840 when

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This Day In History: November 3

This Day In History: November 3

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On this day in history, November 3rd… 1534 :  King Henry VIII of England was granted Royal Supremacy, as the English parliament accepted the first Act of Supremacy. This legislation declared the King as the supreme head of

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This Day In History: November 2

This Day In History: November 2

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On this day in history, November 2nd… 1898 : Marks the official birth date of organized cheerleading. On this date, student Johnny Campbell of the University of Minnesota directed a crowd at a football game

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