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Today In History – 17 December

Important Events 1398 Tamerlane captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies by setting camels loaded with hay alight and charging them at the Sultans armored elephants 1526 Pope Clemens VII publishes degree Cum ad zero – forms Inquisition 1788 Russian army of Grigory Potemkin occupies Ocharov 1903 The Wright brothers make the …

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Today In History – 15 December

Important Events 1995 The European Communities Court of Justice’s hands down the “Bosman ruling”, giving EU footballers the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they are transferring from one UEFA Federation to another. 2002 68th Heisman Trophy Award: Carson Palmer, USC (QB) 2008 74th Heisman Trophy …

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Today In History – 14 December

Important Events 1991 57th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR) 1996 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB) 1998 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB) 2009 75th Heisman Trophy Award: Mark Ingram, Jr., Alabama (RB) 2019 85th Heisman Trophy Award: Joe Burrow, Louisiana State University (QB) Today In Film & TV …

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Today In History – 13 December

Important Events 2007 The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada. 2010 76th Heisman Trophy Award: Cam Newton, Auburn (QB) 2014 80th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Mariota, Oregon (QB) …

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Today In History – 9 December

Important Events 536 Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire 1212 Frederick II (later also Holy Roman Emperor) crowned King of Germany in Mainz 1968 NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the …

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Today In History – 7 December

Important Events 43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae 1909 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry 1941 Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack the US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people 1965 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications …

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Today In History – 5 December

Important Events 771 Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman 1349 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacred during Black Death riots 1456 Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die 1848 US President James K. Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming a gold discovery in California 1933 Prohibition ends in the US when 21st Amendment to the US …

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Today In History – 4 December, 2020

Important Events 1534 Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent occupies Baghdad 1563 Council of Trent holds its last session, after 18 years. Last ecumenical council for more than 300 years. 1619 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many the first Thanksgiving in the Americas. 1791 Britain’s Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the …

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Today In History – 3 December

Important Events 1586 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia 1854 Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 gold miners at Ballarat, Victoria, are killed by state troopers in an uprising over mining licences 1967 1st human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr …

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Today In History – 2 December

Important Events 1913 Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford 1934 Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov is assassinated and Joseph Stalin uses it as an excuse to begin his Great Purge of 1934-38 1955 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in …

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Today In History – 1 December

Important Events 1913 Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford 1934 Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov is assassinated and Joseph Stalin uses it as an excuse to begin his Great Purge of 1934-38 1955 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in …

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Today In History – 30 November

Important Events 1016 Cnut the Great [Canute], King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund ‘Ironside’ 1487 The first German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot), is promulgated in Munich by Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria stating beer should be brewed from only three ingredients – water, malt and hops 1648 English Parliamentary army captures King Charles I 1786 Grand Duke …

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Today In History – 29 November

Important Events 526 A possible date for the Antioch earthquake in present-day Syria (then the Byzantine Empire) which killed 200,000 people 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army moves into Manchester and occupies Carlisle 1877 US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time 1935 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger publishes his famous thought experiment “Schrödinger’s cat”, a paradox that illustrates the problem of the Copenhagen …

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Today In History – 28 November

Important Events 1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean 1814 The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer – makes newspapers available to a mass audience 1893 Women vote in a national election for the first time, in the New Zealand general election 1919 US-born Lady Nancy …

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Today In History – 27 November

Important Events 1095 Pope Urban II preaches 1st Crusade 1295 English King Edward I calls what later became known as “The Model Parliament” extending the authorities of its representatives 1493 Christopher Columbus returns to La Navidad colony, finding it destroyed by the 1st native American uprising against Spanish rule. Taíno cacique Caonabo led his people to attack the settlement after the …

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Today In History – 26 November

Important Events 43 BC Second Triumvirate alliance of Roman leader Octavian (later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony formed 1778 British explorer Captain James Cook is the first European to visit Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) 1789 1st national Thanksgiving in America 1865 “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is published in America 1922 English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun’s virtually intact tomb in Egypt Today …

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Today In History – 25 November, 2020

Important Events 1177 Battle of Montgisard: Baldwin IV of Jerusalem defeats Saladin and a larger Ayyubid force 1783 Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in the United States 1839 Cyclone slams south eastern India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying city of Coringa. Storm waves sweep inland, destroying 20,000 ships and killing an …

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Today In History – 24 November

Important Events 380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople 1639 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish size of the Solar System 1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) 1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes “On the Origin of Species” radically changing the view of evolution and …

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Today In History – 23 November

Important Events 1248 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates 1644 “Areopagitica”, a pamphlet by John Milton decrying censorship, is published 1869 The clipper Cutty Sark is launched In Dumbarton, Scotland, one of the last clippers ever built and the only one still surviving 2018 US Federal Climate report finds climate change …

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Today In History – 22 November

Important Events 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India 1926 Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth 1935 Flying boat “China Clipper” takes off from Alameda, California, carrying 100,000 pieces of mail on 1st trans-Pacific airmail flight 1963 US President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding …

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Today In History – 21 November

Important Events 164 BC During Maccabbean revolt Judas Maccabaeus recaptures Jersusalem and rededicates the Second Temple, commemorated since as Jewish festival Hanukkah 1620 Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims at Cape Cod [O.S. Nov 11] 1818 Russia’s Tsar Alexander I petitions for a Jewish state in Palestine 1906 China prohibits the opium trade 1970 General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following …

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Today In History – 20 November, 2020

Important Events 284 Roman soldier Diocletian proclaimed Emperor by the army 762 Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire 1695 Zumbi, the last King of the Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil and ex-slave, is executed and decapitated, his head displayed on a pike to dispel any legends of his immortality 1815 Second Treaty of Paris: …

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Today In History – 19 November, 2020

Important Events 1530 The Recess document resulting from the Diet of Augsburg signed by Charles V and catholic princes 1620 The Mayflower reaches Cape Cod and explores the coast 1805 Lewis and Clark Expedition, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, reaches the Pacific Ocean, first European Americans to cross the west 1863 US President Abraham Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg address beginning; “Four score and seven …

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Today In History – 18 November

Important Events 1477 First English dated printed book “Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers” by William Caxton 1626 St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated, replacing an earlier basilica on the same site and becoming the world’s largest Christian basilica 1916 British General Douglas Haig finally calls off the 1st Battle of the Somme in World War I after more than 1 million soldiers had been …

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Today In History – 17 November

Important Events 1558 Elizabeth I aged 25, ascends the English throne upon death of her half sister, Queen “Bloody” Mary 1800 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building 1831 Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia 1855 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe 1869 Suez …

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