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February 9, 2018


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In 1621, Gregory XV became pope, the last elected by acclamation. In 1775, the British Parliament declared Massachusetts in rebellion. In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes in the previous fall's e...

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February 8, 2018


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In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed on suspicion of plotting against Queen Elizabeth I. In 1693, the College of William & Mary, the second-oldest institution of higher learning in America, was granted a charter in Virginia. In 1837, Richard Johnson became the first vice preside...

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February 7, 2018


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In 1904, a fire in Baltimore destroyed more than 1,500 buildings in 30 hours. In 1940, Disney's second animated feature film, Pinocchio, had its premiere. In 1962, the U.S. government placed a prohibition on all Cuban imports. In 1979, the dwarf planet Pluto's orbit moved inside Neptune...

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February 6, 2018


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In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1820, the first 86 African American immigrants departed New York City to start a settlement in present day Liberia. In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi established New Zealand as a British colony. In 1899, the Tre...

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February 5, 2018


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In 1778, South Carolina became the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation. In 1859, Wallachia and Moldavia were united as an autonomous region, setting the stage for the modern Romanian state. In 1909, Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, the world'...

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February 1, 2018


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In 1327, teenager Edward III was crowned king of England. In 1861, Texas seceded from the Union. In 1893, construction was completed on America's first "movie studio," Thomas Edison's Black Maria in West Orange, N.J. In 1918, Russia was among the last of the world's nations to adopt the Gregorian...

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January 31, 2018


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In 1606, Guy Fawkes was executed for his role in the Gunpowder Plot. In 1801, John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1915, Germany became the first nation to make large-scale use of poison gas in warfare. In 1930, the 3M company began marketing Scotch Tap...

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