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Colorado was admitted as the 38th U.S. state today in 1876 Nil sine numine Nothing without Providence
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Rounds Resounding Day
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National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
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It rained ants at Strasbourg, Germany, today in 1889
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Oxygen was discovered by Joseph Priestley, English chemist, philosopher, dissenting clergyman, educator, today in 1774
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Maria Mitchell, the first American woman astronomer, on Nantucket Island, today in 1818
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Henry Hudson sailed into what it is now known as Hudson Bay while searching for the Northwest Passage today in 1610
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The U.S. Declaration of Independence was formally signed by the delegates to the Continental Congress today in 1776
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National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
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Japan's samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system was abolished during the Meiji Restoration reforms today in 1869
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Tower Subway beneath the River Thames, the world's first underground tube railway, opened in London today in 1870
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The first parachute jump in the U.S. was made by Charles Guille from a balloon, over New York City, today in 1819
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Robert LaSalle completed building the Griffon, the first known ship built in America, today in 1678
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National Watermelon Day
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Christopher Columbus set sail on the Santa Maria today in 1492 to look for India but later landed on the New World
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Rossini's opera William Tell premiered in Paris today in 1829 Its overture became the signature tune for The Lone Ranger
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The first traffic lights in Britain were installed at Piccadilly Circus today in 1926
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The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California were first noticed by a Spanish expedition today in 1769
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Coast Guard Day A new tariff act created the Revenue Cutter Service, later renamed the U.S. Coast Guard, today in 1790
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Champagne Day Dom Perignon invented champagne and said 'Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!' today in 1693
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National Chocolate Chip Day
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Freedom of the press! Journalist John Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel against governor of New York today in 1735
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The feudal system in France was abolished by the August Decrees during the French Revolution today in 1789
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Supernova SN 1181 was observed in constellation Cassiopeia by Chinese and Japanese astronomers today in 1181
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The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid at Bedloe's Island, now called Liberty Island, New York today in 1884
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English explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert founded the first English colony in North America at Newfoundland today in 1583
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Polish insurgents liberated German labor camp Gesiówka in Warsaw, freeing 348 Jewish prisoners today in 1944
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The first electric traffic light in the U.S. was installed at Euclid Ave and East 105th St, Cleveland, OH, today in 1914
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The spectrum of a comet was observed for the first time, by Italian astronomer Giovanni Batista Donati, today in 1864
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Cyrus West Field completed the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts today in 1858
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Alfred Tennyson, England's Poet Laureate, today in 1809
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Sir Alexander Fleming, Scottish scientist and discoverer of penicillin, today in 1881
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National Fresh Breath Day
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Wiggle Your Toes Day
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National Root Beer Float Day
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Hiroshima Peace Day US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, today in 1945 during WWII, killing 200,000 civilians
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George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit, now renamed Purple Heart, to honor wounded soldiers today in 1782
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National Raspberries and Cream Day
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Louis Leakey, anthropologist who together with wife Mary convinced us that human originated from Africa, today in 1903
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Kon-Tiki reached Polynesian island Tuamotu today in 1947 proving prehistoric human could migrate 7,000km from S. America
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The first photograph of Earth taken from space was transmitted from Explorer 6 satellite today in 1959
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The revolving door patent was granted to Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia today in 1888
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Mary Randolph, who authored The Virginia Housewife, a pioneering and methodical American South cookbook, today in 1762
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National Frozen Custard Day
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Thomas Edison patented the mimeograph machine, a hand-cranked stencil printer on a rotating drum, today in 1876
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Refrigerator Day A.T. Marshall of Brockton, Massachusetts, was granted the patent for the refrigerator today in 1899
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The first known ascent in a hot-air balloon was made, indoors, by Father Bartolomeu de Gusmăo in Portugal today in 1709
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German airship Graf Zeppelin began flying eastwards around the Earth today in 1929
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The Columbia Rediviva became the first American ship to circumnavigate the world today in 1790
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National Rice Pudding Day
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Construction of the Tower of Pisa began today in 1173. It acquired a lean in 1178 and took two centuries to complete
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Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi was arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement today in 1942
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Isaak Walton, author of The Compleat Angler, a best-selling literary treatise on the leisure of fishing, today in 1593
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The patent (No. 25,076) for the escalator was granted to Nathan Ames of Saugus, Massachusetts, today in 1859
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Missouri was admitted as the 24th U.S. state today in 1821 Salus populi suprema lex esto
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Ferdinand Magellan's five ships set sail from Seville, Spain, to circumnavigate the globe today in 1519
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Chicago, Illinois, was incorporated as a village with a population of 200 today in 1833
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Lazy Day
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National S'mores Day
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The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress today in 1846 with a $500,000 gift from Joseph Smithson
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Son's And Daughter's Day
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Presidential Joke Day
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The end of the Dog Days in northern hemisphere
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National Raspberry Bombe Day
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The patent for sprinkler head was granted to Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, Connecticut, today in 1874
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The Perseids meteor shower peaks late tonight and tomorrow dawn
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Katharine Lee Bates, American English teacher and author of the lyrics to 'America, the Beautiful,' today in 1859
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Middle Child's Day
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National Toasted Almond Bar Day
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Sue, the most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, was discovered near Faith, South Dakota, today in 1990
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Thomas Edison completed the first model for phonograph, and recorded these words 'Mary had a little lamb,' today in 1877
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The Perseids meteor shower peaks at dawn today
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International Lefthanders Day
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National Filet Mignon Day
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The Maya calendar according to the Lounsbury corollation started today 3114 BC
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Lucy Stone, women's rights activist and co-founder of American Suffrage Association, today in 1818
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Stainless steel, an iron alloy containing carbon and chromium, was invented by Harry Brearley in England today in 1913
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Johann Christoph Denner, German inventor of musical instruments and the clarinet, today in 1655
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Liberty Tree Day in Massachusetts Protests were held under the elm tree against the Stamp Act today in 1765
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National Code Talkers Day In recognition of Native American code talkers' contribution during WWII
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National Creamsicle Day
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U.S. President Harry S Truman announced that Japan had surrendered to the Allies at the end of WWII today in 1945
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Lech Walesa led strikes at Lenin Shipyard of Gdansk today in 1980, spawning further strikes across communist Poland
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Japan's first patent was issued to Hotta Zuisho, for inventing a rust-proof paint, today in 1885
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The Mayflower and Speedwell first attempted to depart Southampton, England, for America with 102 Pilgrims today in 1620
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The 3-day Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened to 450,000 people on a dairy farm in Upstate New York today in 1969
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National Relaxation Day
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Lemon Meringue Pie Day
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Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest, intact amusement parks in the world, opened in Copenhagen, Denmark today in 1843
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India gained independence from Britain today in 1947
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Gold was discovered in the Klondike River, at Bonanza Creek, near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada, today in 1896
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National Tell A Joke Day
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National Rum Day
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Edwin Prescott of Arlington, MA, patented the loop-de-loop roller coaster today in 1898
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Queen Victoria & President Buchanan inaugurated new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings today in 1858
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Joseph Kittinger parachuted a record 102,800ft, free-fell 16mi, reached 614mi/h (fastest without aircraft) today in 1960
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Davy Crockett, frontiersman, politician, defender of the Alamo, in Greene County, Tennessee today in 1786
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National Thriftshop Day
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National Vanilla Custard Day
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Indonesia Independence Day Indonesia declared independence from the Netherlands today in 1945
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Robert Fulton's first commercial steamboat of the world left New York City for Albany, NY, on Hudson River today in 1807
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Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 was launched today in 1970, and became the first to transmit data from another planet, Venus
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Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Gov. John White of Roanoke, became the first English child born in America today in 1587
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National Ice Cream Pie Day
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It rained fish at 2:30 p.m. in Shropshire, western England today in 2004
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The 19th Amendment to US constitution guaranteeing women's suffrage passed when Tennessee ratified it today in 1920
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James Meredith became the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi today in 1963
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Helium was discovered in solar spectrum during an eclipse by French astronomer Pierre Jules César Janssen today in 1868
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The Battle of Blue Licks, the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War, took place today in 1782
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Potato Day
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Parisians rose against German occupation during WWII as Allied troops advanced from Normandy today in 1944
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The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 5 carrying dogs Belka and Strelka, 40 mice, 2 rats and plants today in 1960
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A patent (#15,553) for a process to make shelf-stable sweetened condensed milk was granted to Gail Borden today in 1856
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National Aviation Day Orville Wright of the Wright brothers, aviation pioneers, was born today in 1871
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Roger Williams pledged in Rhode Island today in 1636 the majority would leave liberty of conscience to the individual
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Lemonade Day
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National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
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Churchill on the air force: 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,' today in 1940
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National Radio Day The first commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), began operations in Detroit, Michigan, today in 1920
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NASA launched Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars today in 1975 and Voyager 2 for Saturn, Uranus, Neptune today in 1977
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Hawaii was proclaimed the 50th state of the union by President Eisenhower's executive order today in 1959
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George Washington began to move his troops south today in 1781 to fight British commander Lord Cornwallis
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National Spumoni Day
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Lawyer's Day celebrating the founding of the American Bar Association at Saratoga Springs, NY, today in 1878
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Communist hardliners' two-day-old coup against USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev collapsed today in 1991
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An adding machine patent was granted to William Seward Burroughs of St. Louis, Missouri, today in 1888
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Be An Angel Day
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James Cook landed on east coast Australia, named it New South Wales, and claimed it for King George III today in 1770
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Twelve nations signed the first Geneva Convention and the Red Cross was formed today in 1864
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Brazil declared war on the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan during World War II today in 1942
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The first US patent for a disposable aerosol spray can, for whipped cream, was granted to Julius S. Kahn today in 1939
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A patent (no. 49,561) for liquid soap was granted to William Sheppard of New York City today in 1865
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King George III declared the American colonies to be in open rebellion today in 1775
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The first day of astrological sign Virgo
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National Spongecake Day
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Fannie Merritt Farmer, 'mother of measurements,' opened her Miss Farmer's School of Cookery in Boston, MA, today in 1902
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Singing Revolution Two million joined a 600-km human chain on Baltic way across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania today in 1989
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The first seventeen one-way streets were created to regulate 'disorder and rude behaviour' in London today in 1617
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National Peach Pie Day
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The Gutenberg Bible became the first full-length book to be printed using movable type, in Mainz, Germany, today in 1456
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Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, metropolitan pop. 14 million, 'City of Joy,' India was 'unofficially' founded today in 1690
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Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union today in 1991
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Patents for motion picture camera (kinetograph) and the viewer (kinetoscope) were filed by Thomas Edison today in 1891
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National Waffle Day Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, NY received a patent for an iron 'device to bake waffles' today in 1869
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New Orleans, Louisiana was founded by French colonists as la Nouvelle-Orléans today in 1718
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National Park Day National Park Service was established in the Department of the Interior today in 1916
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Kiss and Make Up Day
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National Banana Split Day
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Paris was liberated by the Allies and French resistance during WWII today in 1944
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The Great Moon Hoax The New York Sun today in 1835: Astronomer found unicorns, winged humanoids, temples on the moon
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The first public school kindergarten in the U.S., founded by Susan Blow, was authorized in St. Louis, MO, today in 1873
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Make your own luck day
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National Cherry Popsicle Day
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Michelangelo, 25, was commissioned to carve the Pietŕ (Mary lamenting over the dead body of Jesus) in Rome today in 1498
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The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen was approved by the National Assembly of France today in 1789
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The 19th amendment to US Constitution giving women the right to vote was proclaimed ratified, becoming law today in 1920
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Petroleum Day Petroleum was discovered in the world's first successful oil well in Titusville Pennsylvania today in 1859
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Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), missionary, humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize winner, today in 1910
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Feast day of Saint Monica, patron of homemakers, housewive
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Banana Lovers Day
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National Pots de Creme Day
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The first hydrogen balloon was unmanned and launched by Jacques A.C. Charles in Paris to a 900-m altitude today in 1783
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Henry Hudson discovered Delaware Bay onboard the Half Moon for the Netherlands today in 1609
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Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his 'I Have a Dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial to 250,000 people today in 1963
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The first American vineyard was planted in Lexington, Kentucky, today in 1798
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German painter, dramatist, poet, humanist, philosopher, writer of Faust, today in 1749
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National Cherry Turnover Day
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'Tom Thumb,' the first American-made passenger-carrying locomotive, ran from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill today in 1830
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John Locke, English philosopher, empiricist, Enlightenment thinkers and contributors to liberal theory, today in 1632
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Chop Suey Day Urban legend has it the dish was invented in New York City by the chef of Chinese Ambassador today in 1886
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Lemon Juice Day
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The Soviet parliament suspended the Communist Party, ending its 75-year controlling regime in the U.S.S.R. today in 1991
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Slovak National Uprising began in Banská Bystrica as 60,000 Slovak troops turned against the Nazi rulers today in 1944
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Michael Faraday, English physicist and chemist, discovered electromagnetic induction today in 1831
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The first African American judge of a U.S. District Court, James B. Parsons, was confirmed by the Senate today in 1961
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William Penn, founder of the colony of Pennsylvania, set sail from England in the ship the Welcome today in 1682
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National Toasted Marshmallow Day
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Red Telephone Day Hotline linking tele-typewriters between U.S. and Soviet leaders went into operation today in 1963
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Patent for a vacuum cleaner mounted on a horse-drawn cart was granted to British engineer H. Cecil Booth today in 1901
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America's largest fountain in Point State Park, visual symbol of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was dedicated today in 1974
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Eat Outside Day
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National Trail Mix Day
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Kyrgyzstan declared independence from the Soviet Union today in 1991
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BlogDay 3108 Day
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The IRA announced a 'complete cessation of military operations' after 25 years of insurgency and violence today in 1994
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The patent for the Kinetoscope, the first motion picture viewer, was granted to Thomas Edison today in 1897
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