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March 24, 2017


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In 1603, James VI of Scotland became James I of England upon the death of Elizabeth I. In 1707, the Acts of Union were signed, officially uniting the kingdoms of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1882, Robert Koch announced he had discovered the bacterium respons...

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March 16, 2017


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In 1792, King Gustav III of Sweden was shot; he died 13 days later. In 1802, the Army Corps of Engineers was founded. In 1870, the first version of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet received its premiere. In 1916, U.S. Army troops under the command of Gen. John J. Pershing crossed into Mexico ...

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March 8, 2017


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In 1817, the New York Stock Exchange was founded. In 1910, Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to receive an aviator's license. In 1921, Spanish Prime Minister Eduardo Dato Iradier was assassinated as he exited parliament. In 1936, Daytona Beach and Road Course held its first oval st...

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March 7, 2017


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In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for an invention he called a "telephone." In 1965, a group of more than 600 civil rights marchers were brutally attacked by state and local police in Selma, Ala. In 1985, the song "We Are the World" was released internationally. In 1986, navy d...

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March 1, 2017


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In 1565, the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded. In 1692, three women were brought before local magistrates to begin what later became known as the Salem Witch Trials. In 1781, the Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation. In 1790, the first U.S. census was authorized....

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February 17, 2017


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In 1621, Myles Standish was appointed first commander of the Plymouth Colony. In 1801, an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr was resolved when Jefferson was elected president by the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1904, Puccini's Madama Butterfly received its premiere in Milan, It...

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February 15, 2017


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In 1764, the city of St. Louis was established in Spanish Louisiana (now Missouri). In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1898, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor in Cuba, which led to the U...

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