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January 6, 2015


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In 1540, King Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves. In 1853, President-elect Franklin Pierce and his family were involved in a train wreck near Andover; Pierce's 11-year-old son, Benjamin, was killed. In 1912, New Mexico was admitted to the Union as the 47th state. In 1929, Mother Teresa arrived in Ca...

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January 5, 2015


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In 1757, King Louis XV of France survived an assassination attempt by Robert-Francois Damiens, the last person in France to be executed by drawing and quartering. In 1781, Richmond, Va., was burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold. In 1900, Irish leader John Redmond called for a revolt against British...

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January 4, 2015


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In 1762, Great Britain declared war on Spain and Naples. In 1847, Samuel Colt sold his first revolver to the U.S. government. In 1896, Utah was admitted to the Union as the 45th state. In 1948, Burma gained its independence from the United Kingdom. In 1958, Sputnik I fell to Earth from orbit. ...

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January 3, 2015


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In 1521, Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem. In 1848, Joseph Jenkins Roberts was sworn in as the first president of Liberia. In 1870, construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began. In 1925, Benito Mussolini announced he was taking dictatorial powers ...

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January 2, 2015


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In 533, Mercurius became Pope John II, the first pope to adopt a new name upon elevation to the papacy. In 1871, Amadeus I became King of Spain. In 1935, Bruno Hauptmann went on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr. In 1942, Manila, Philippines was captured by Japanes...

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January 1, 2015


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In 42 B.C., the Roman Senate posthumously deified Julius Caesar. In 1801, the dwarf planet Ceres was discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi. In 1808, the importation of slaves into the United States was banned. In 1880, Ferdinand de Lesseps began French construction of the Panama Canal. In 1890, the firs...

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December 31, 2014


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In 1600, the British East India Company was chartered. In 1796, Baltimore was incorporated as a city. In 1857, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital of Canada. In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed an act that admitted West Virginia into the Union. In 1879, Thomas Edison demonstrated incand...

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