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May 22, 2017


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In 1570, the first atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, was published with 70 maps. In 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition officially began when the Corps of Discovery departed St. Charles, Mo. In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was indicted on a charge of treason. In 1826, the HMS Be...

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May 18, 2017


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In 1631, John Winthrop, in Dorchester, took the oath of office as the first governor of Massachusetts. In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte was declared emperor of France. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the Republican Party presidential nomination. In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, ruled...

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May 4, 2017


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In 1493, Pope Alexander VI divided the New World between Spain and Portugal. In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrived at New Netherland (present-day Manhattan). In 1776, Rhode Island became the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III. In 1904, the United States beg...

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April 28, 2017


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In 1789, Lt. William Bligh and 18 sailors were set adrift in the Pacific when mutineers seized control of the HMS Bounty. In 1869, workers on the Transcontinental Railroad set down 10 miles of track in a single day, a feat unmatched in history. In 1881, the outlaw Billy the Kid escaped from ...

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April 26, 2017


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In 1564, playwright William Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, presumably three days after his birth. In 1721, an earthquake devastated the Iranian city of Tabriz. In 1865, Union cavalry troopers in Virginia shot and killed John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincol...

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April 13, 2017


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In 1849, Hungary became a republic. In 1861, Fort Sumter surrendered to Confederate forces. In 1902, James C. Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyo. In 1941, officials from the Soviet Union and Japan signed a neutrality pact. In 1943, the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in W...

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April 11, 2017


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In 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned joint sovereigns of Great Britain. In 1881, Spelman College was founded in Atlanta. In 1909, the city of Tel Aviv was founded. In 1951, President Harry Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command in Korea. In 1970, Apollo 13 was launch...

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