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The US began special-delivery mail service, initially upon special 10-cent stamps at 555 post offices, today in 1885
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The Yosemite National Park was established by the U.S. Congress today in 1890 after lobbying by John Muir and Robert Johnson
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The first modern World Series game was played between Boston Americans (Red Sox) and Pittsburgh Pirates today in 1903
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Homemade Cookies Day
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World Vegetarian Day
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The Free Speech Movement student protest was launched on the campus of University of California, Berkeley, today in 1964
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The New York Anti-Slavery Society held the first meeting in Chatham Street Chapel today in 1833
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The Texas Revolution began with the Battle of Gonzales, when Texans refused to surrender a cannon and used it to fire chain and scrap metal at the Mexicans today in 1835 "Come and take it"
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Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi, pacifist, political and spiritual leader, father of India, in Porbandar, Gujarat, India, 1869
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World Farm Animals Day
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National French Fried Scallops Day
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The Atomic clock Atomicron, paced by caesium atom's 9,192,631,830-MHz oscillation, was first exhibited in New York City today in 1956
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Oct 3 Historical Events
 
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Today in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day
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National Caramel Custard Day
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East and West Germany reunified amidst the collapsing economy of communist East Germany today in 1990
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The Massachusetts Medical Society decided today in 1805 to compile the first Pharmacopoeia in the US, listing 221 drugs
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Mt Palomar's 200"-diameter telescope lens was completed after a war and 11 years of polishing and grinding today in 1947
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The first video recording on magnetic tape was made by John Mullin in Los Angeles, to pre-record TV shows, today in 1952
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Oct 4 Historical Events
 
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Peter Stuyvesant set up the first volunteer fire brigade in America, appointing four fire wardens in New York today in 1648
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Mexico adopted a liberal but short-lived constitution to create a representative federal republic today in 1824
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Toot Your Flute Day
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National Taco Day
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A US patent for player piano, "for storing and transmitting motive power," was granted to Edward Leveaux today in 1881
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The USSR launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, surprising the West and starting the space race, today in 1957
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The first transcontinental flight by a woman pilot began, as Laura Ingalls took off from New York for Glendale in her D.H. Gipsy Moth bi-plane, today in 1930
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Harry Truman made the first televised presidential speech, urging frugality to stabilize post-war Europe, today in 1947
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National Apple Betty Day
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The Gregorian calendar was adopted in most Catholic countries, deleting 10 cumulated leap days, making today October 15, 1582
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The first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean, from Japan to Washington state, was completed by Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon in 41 hours and 15 minutes today in 1931
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A basic version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, was released and announced to the newsgroup today in 1991
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Thirteen German families from Krefeld arrived at Philadelphia aboard the Concord to settle at "Germantown" today in 1683
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Americans and French began siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown in the last major battle of the Revolutionary War today in 1781
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Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, Canadian inventor with 300 patents, first to broadcast voice over continuous radio wave, 1866
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Come and Take It Day
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National Noodle Day
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Discovery of the first extrasolar planet, 51 Pegasi, in the constellation of Pegasus, 48 light-years from the Earth, was announced today in 1995
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The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York today in 1765 to resist British tax on legal documents, newspapers, and pamphlets
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Bathtub Day
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National Frappé Day
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Spain abolished slavery and patronato (tutelage or indentured servitude) in Cuba by a royal decree today in 1886
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Carbon paper to help the blind write with a metal stylus was patented by Ralph Wedgewood in London today in 1806
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The Far side of the Moon was seen for first time when the Soviet Union spacecraft Luna 3 took 29 pictures today in 1959
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Battle of Perryville Union forces repulsed the Confederate invasion of Kentucky during the American Civil War today in 1862
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Erie Canal was inaugurated with cannon rounds, fireworks, and mixing with a bottle of sea water at Albany, New York, today in 1823
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Tube Top Day
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National Fluffernutter Day
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The Los Angeles-San Francisco telegraph line began operation at 8:00AM today in 1860 as city officials exchanged greetings
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James Frank Duryea, inventor of the first automobile actually built and operated in America, 1869
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Oct 9 Historical Events
 
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The Boulder Dam, now called Hoover Dam and built with 2 Giga Watt capacity, began generating electricity for Los Angeles today in 1936
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Moldy Cheese Day
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Leif Erikson Day Honoring the Icelander and first European explorer to set foot on America near Newfoundland in 1000 AD
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Andrei Sakharov, Soviet dissident, was barred from traveling to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize today in 1975
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"Kepler's supernova," SN 1604 of our Milky Way Galaxy, was first sighted in the constellation Ophiuchus today in 1604
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A patent for calliope, the steam-powered organ used by circus, was granted to Joshua C. Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, today in 1855
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Oct 10 Historical Events
 
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The Atlantic and the Pacific oceans met in the Panama Canal after Gamboa Dam was demolished by telegraphic detonation by US President Woodrow Wilson today in 1913
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Giuseppe Verdi, Italian opera composer of Rigoletto ("La donna č mobile"), Aida, Otello, La traviata, 1813
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Tuxedo Day The Tux was born when Griswold Lorillard wore a tailless dress coat to a country club at Tuxedo Park, New York, today in 1886
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National Angel Food Cake Day
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The metric system was born today in 1796, as 10/10 highllights the base 10 measurement "Put your best 0.3048 meter forward!"
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The first American-build rigid airship was christened Shenandoah, "daughter of the stars," in Lakehurst, New Jersey, today in 1923
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Oct 11 Historical Events
 
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Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, DC, to educate and to preserve patriotic history, today in 1890
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National Sausage Pizza Day
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The first steam-powered ferry, inventor John Stevens' the Juliana, began service between New York, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey, today in 1811
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A patent for Comptometer, the first practical key-driven adding machine, was granted to Dorr Eugene Felt of Chicago, Illinois, today in 1887
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NASA launched Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission and the first to make a live TV transmission, today in 1968
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The first American woman to walk in space was Kathryn D. Sullivan, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, today in 1984
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Christopher Columbus' crew on the Pinta sighted an island of the Bahamas and "discovered" the New World today in 1492
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The first Oktoberfest celebrated Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese in Munich today in 1810
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National Gumbo Day
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Three Blind Mice was collected and published in English composer Thomas Ravenscroft's Deuteromelia today in 1609
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The first amateur golf tournament, at Newport Golf Club, Rhode Island, was won by Charles Blair McDonald today in 1895
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The iron lung, a vacuum-driven artificial respirator, was first demonstrated at Boston Children's Hospital today in 1928
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US Navy Day The Continental Congress authorized construction of the first vessels for the Continental Navy today in 1775
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George Washington laid the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion, now known as the White House, today in 1792
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Train Your Brain Day
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National Yorkshire Pudding Day
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The first aerial photo in the US, entitled "Boston as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It," was taken from a hot-air balloon 1,200 feet above Boston by James Wallace Black today in 1860
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The Prime Meridian, longitude 0° East and West, passes through the Royal Greenwich Observatory, London, England, 25 nations agreed today in 1884
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The first Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia today in 1774
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Civil rights movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 35, became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner today in 1964
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Honey Bee Day
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National Chocolate Covered Insect Day
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of democracy movement under house arrest in Burma, won the Nobel Peace Prize today in 1991
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The sound barrier was first broken by Chuck Yeager in a level flight at Mach 1 on a Bell XS-1 plane in California today in 1947
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Virgil or Publius Vergilius Maro, Roman poet, author of the Eclogues, the Georgics and the Roman national epic the Aeneid, 70 BC
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National Grouch Day
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National Roast Pheasant Day
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Mikhail Gorbachev, USSR President, won the Nobel Peace Prize today in 1990 for ushering in "a new era in world affairs"
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Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize today in 1993 for helping to end South Africa's Apartheid
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The 775-foot Graf Zeppelin airship, completed its first trans-Atlantic flight and landed at Lakehurst, New Jersey, today in 1928
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Oct 16 Historical Events
 
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The 10-foot-tall, petrified, Cardiff Giant, one of America's greatest hoaxes, was unearthed in Cardiff, New York, today in 1869
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National Boss Day
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World Food Day Food and Agriculture Organization was founded today in 1945 to heighten awareness of world food problem fiat panis Let there be bread
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National Dictionary Day Noah Webster, lexicographer, the "Father of American Scholarship and Education," was born today in 1758
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The luxury Tremont Hotel, the first modern hotel, opened with free soap, bellboys, indoor plumbing, toilets, and baths, in Boston, MA, today in 1829
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Anesthetic use was first demonstrated when dentist William T.G. Morton used ether in a surgery in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston today in 1846
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American troops captured a British army in the Saratoga Campaign in a turning point during the War of Independence today in 1777
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British General Charles Cornwallis offered his surrender to the American revolutionaries at Yorktown, Virginia, today in 1781
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Black Poetry Day Jupiter Hammon, the first African American to publish poetry, was born in Long Island, New York, today in 1711
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Gaudy Day
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National Pasta Day
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The Bessemer Process for mass production of cheap steel was patented by Henry Bessemer, British metallurgist, today in 1855
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Alaska Day The U.S. took possession of Alaska from Russia, having paid $7.2 million or 2 cents an acre, today in 1867
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Watch a Squirrel Day
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Cocktails decorated with feathers were first served by Betsy Flanagan, according to urban legend, in New York today in 1776
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National Chocolate Cupcake Day
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The British Broadcasting Company, BBC, was initially formed by six radio receiver manufacturers as a monopoly today in 1922
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Samuel F.B. Morse demonstrated the viability of the first submarine telegraph cable in New York Harbor today in 1842
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British general Charles Cornwallis officially surrendered to a combined French and American force at Yorktown, Virginia, today in 1781
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Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers agreed on the first unified set of intercollegiate football rules today in 1873
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National Seafood Bisque Day
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Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in US to receive a medical degree, from Geneva Medical College, now Hobart College, New York, today in 1849
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Holtermann's Nugget, a 286-kg slab containing 82.11 kg of gold, was the largest ever found, in New South Wales, Australia today in 1872
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Alberto Santos-Dumont proved his airship's maneuverability by circling the Eiffel Tower and won the Deutsche Prize today in 1901
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The US Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase from France at 3˘ an acre, doubling the size of the country, today in 1803
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John Dewey, American philosopher, psychologist, progressive movement educational reformer, in Burlington, Vermont, 1859
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Shampoo Day
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National Brandied Fruit Day
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The Meter was redefined in Paris today in 1983 as the distance that light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second
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Fulton's New Orleans, the first steamboat to navigate the Mississippi, left Pittsburgh for New Orleans today in 1811
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The word "Liberty" was first displayed on a flag in Taunton, Massachusetts, in defiance of British rule in America today in 1774
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Alfred Nobel, chemist, engineer, inventor of dynamite, and founder of the Nobel Prizes, in Stockholm, Sweden, 1833
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Babbling Day
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National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
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In the Battle of Trafalgar, English Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated Napoleon's French and Spanish navies today in 1805
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Thomas Edison successfully tested an incandescent light bulb with carbon filament that lasted 13.5 hours today in 1879
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Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first elected President of the Republic of Texas today in 1836
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Franz Liszt, virtuoso pianist and composer of the Hungarian Rhapsodies, in Doborján, near Sopron, Hungary, 1811
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Creation, according to the 17th-century Anglican Archbishop James Ussher, began at nightfall today in 4004 BC
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Eat a Pretzel Day
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National Nut Day
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Thomas Edison received five patents today in 1872, 1878, and 1912 for a "Paper for Chemical Telegraphs" and "Apparatus for Perforating Paper for Telegraph Use" (US Nos.132455-6) in 1872; a "Quadruplex-Telegraph Repeaters" (209241) in 1878; a "Conveyor" and a "Phonograph-Stylus" (1041756 and 1041983) in 1912
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Kansas Free State's Topeka Constitution barring slavery but also free black settlers in Kansas was drafted today in 1855
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The first day of astrological sign Scorpio
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National Mole Day celebrates, from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm today, Avogadro's Number: There are 6.02 x 10^23 molecules in a mole
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National Boston Cream Pie Day
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The first Parliament of Great Britain met after the merger of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland today in 1707
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Blanche "Betty" S. Scott made the first public flight by a woman aviator at a park in Fort Wayne, Indiana, today in 1910
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The 18-month-old Pony Express became obsolete when the first transcontinental telegram was sent from California to President Abraham Lincoln today in 1861
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National Bologna Day
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The Peace of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War was signed, marking the beginning of modern Europe today in 1648
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The United Nations was chartered today in 1945 by the 26 countries that had signed a 1942 declaration against WWII's Axis powers
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Uranus satellites Ariel and Umbriel were discovered by William Lassell, British astronomer and beer brewer, today in 1851
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A US patent (No. 68) for friction safety match were issued to Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts, today in 1836
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Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, painter and sculptor, in Málaga, Spain, 1881
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Johann Strauss Jr., "The Waltz King," Austrian composer of The Blue Danube, in Vienna, Austria, 1825
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National Greasy Foods Day
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The Gestapo started suppressing the Edelweiss Pirates, a subculture of German youth who resisted Nazi norms, today in 1944
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Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, the third largest and two-tone colored moon of Saturn, today in 1671
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The first trademark in the U.S. was awarded to the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City today in 1870
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The Erie Canal, 363-mile long with 83 locks and rising 568 feet from Hudson River, New York City, to Lake Erie, opened today in 1825
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Doc Holliday joined Morgan, Virgil, and Wyatt Earp in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, today in 1881
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The first Spanish jacks arrived in Boston today in 1785. George Washington bred them with mares to make the first mules in America
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Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti, harpsichordist, influential composer of the Baroque era, Naples, Italy, 1685
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National Mincemeat Pie Day
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A patent (No. 21909) for a washing machine that cycles reheated water was issued to Hamilton E. Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania today in 1858
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William Penn arrived from England aboard the ship Welcome at New Castle in northern Delaware today in 1682
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The first of 85 Federalist essays supporting the new Constitution and centralized government appeared in the New York Independent Journal today in 1787
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James Cook, British explorer, 1728 Niccolň Paganini, Italian composer, 1782 Isaac Singer, sewing machine inventor, 1811
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Boxer Shorts Day
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American Beer Day
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The first New York City Subway line opened, fare was 1 nickel between the Brooklyn Bridge and 145th and Broadway, today in 1904
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The Statue of Liberty, entitled "Liberty Enlightening the World," a French gift on the 100th anniversary of US independence, was unveiled at Bedloe's Island, New York Harbor, today in 1886
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Plush Animal Lover's Day
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National Chocolate Day
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Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, the first university of the New World was founded in Dominican Republic today in 1538
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Eli Whitney applied for a patent for cotton gin, his invention that separated cotton from its seeds but also boosted plantation demand for slavery, today in 1793
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Thomas Edison at the age of 21 applied for his first patent, the electric vote recorder, today in 1868
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Daniel Decatur "Dan" Emmett, American composer of Dixie's Land, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, 1815
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Othniel Charles Marsh, paleontologist, discoverer of fossils of dinosaurs and evolving horses in the American West, 1831
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Hermit Day
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Oatmeal Day
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (the winner of 1917, 1944, and 1963 Nobel Peace Prizes) was founded in Geneva today in 1863
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The Internet's Birthday The first data packets were sent from UCLA to Stanford over ARPANET at 10:30PM today in 1969
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Orson Welles broadcasted his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing a nationwide panic today in 1938
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Buy a Doughnut Day
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National Candy Corn Day
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Dr. Albert Schweitzer, theologian, musician, founder of Lambaréné Hospital in Gabon, won the Nobel Peace Prize today in 1952
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The first ballpoint pen patent (U.S. No. 392,046) was issued to John J. Loud of Weymouth, Massachusetts, today in 1888
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Asteroid Hermes passed within 1.9 times the Earth-Moon distance, a hair's breadth in astronomical terms, today in 1937
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Nevada was admitted as the 36th U.S. state today in 1864 All For Our Country
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Work on Mount Rushmore monument for presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt ended when funds ran out today in 1941
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Ansel Adams snapped Moonrise, one of the most famous photographs in history, over Hernandez, New Mexico, today in 1941
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Halloween Hallowe'en All-hallow-even All Saints' Eve Samhain Night Pooky Night Mischief Night Dia de Los Muertos
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National Caramel Apple Day
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The Vatican admitted today in 1992 it erred 359 years ago in condemning Galileo's view that the Earth revolved around the Sun
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