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History Today 11-25-13

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On November 25th in:

1758-The British captured Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh) in the French and Indian Wars.

1783-The British evacuated New York City, their last military position, after the Revolutionary War.

1841-The slaves who seized the Amistad in 1839 were freed by the Supreme Court. They had been defended by former president John Quincy Adams.




1947-Movie executives blacklisted the "Hollywood Ten."

1986-Iran-Contra scandal broke.

1998-Jiang Zemin became the first Chinese head of state to visit Japan since World War II.

1999-Elian Gonzalez was rescued off the coast of Florida.

2002-President George W. Bush signed into law the Department of Homeland Security and named Tom Ridge as head.

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History Today 11-21-2013

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On November 21st in:

1783-With the Marquis d'Arlandes, Pilâtre de Rozier made the first free flight in a balloon, reaching a peak altitude of about 3,000 ft and traveling about 5 1/2 mi in 20 min.

1789- North Carolina became the 12th state. 

1922-Georgia's Rebecca Felton was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman U.S. Senator.

1934-Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes opened in New York City.



1969-For the first time since 1930, the U.S. Senate rejected a Supreme Court nominee, Clement Haynsworth.

1973-The 18 1/2 min gap in the Richard Nixon Watergate tapes was revealed.

1991-Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali was chosen to become secretary-general by the UN Security Council.

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History Today 7-19-2013

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On July 19th in:

1848 The first women's rights convention, called by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia C. Mott, was held in Seneca Falls, New York.

1870 The Franco-Prussian war began.




1941 Winston Churchill was the first to use the two-finger "V is for Victory" sign.

1966 Fifty year-old singer Frank Sinatra married 21-year-old actress Mia Farrow.

1984 Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman nominated for the vice-presidency by a major political party.

1993 President Clinton announced the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military.

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History Today 7-18-2013

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On July 18th in:


64 A great fire began that ultimately destroyed most of Rome. The emperor Nero blamed it on Christians and began the first Roman persecution of them.

1925 The first volume of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf was published.

1936 The Spanish Civil War began




1947 President Harry S. Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act.

1976 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci earned the first perfect score, a ten, at the Olympics and went on to score six more tens and win three gold medals.

1999 New York Yankee David Cone pitched the 16th perfect game in baseball history.

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History Today 7-17-2013

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On July 17th in:

1821 Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

1898 Spain surrendered to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War.

1917 The British royal family changed its name from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor amid anti-German sentiment during World War I.

1938 "Wrong Way Corrigan" took off from New York, purportedly aiming for California and landing in Ireland.




1945 President Harry Truman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet at the opening of the Potsdam Conference.

1955 Disneyland opened in Anaheim, Calif.

1975 The American Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft linked up for the first time.

1998 The last Russian Czar Nicholas II was buried 80 years after he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.

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