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The Day the U.S. Flag Went Up in Puerto Rico

One hundred and nineteen years ago, October 18, 1898, the last Spanish troops in Puerto Rico boarded ships for home. It was the first…

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The Problems With the Super Deadly 1737 Calcutta Earthquake

By accounts of 18th century sailors, in 1737, a massive earthquake in Calcutta not only leveled the city on October 11, it ended the…

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The Man Who Started the First Official Santa Claus School in New York

A man named Charles W. Howard was so good at being Santa back in the 1930s, he started a Santa school. The first day…

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John Philip Sousa; The Day the Band Began to Play

When the John Philip Sousa Band stepped onto the stage for the first time, it had been two months since the U.S. Marines honorably…

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The Night His Mistress Saved the Life of Simón Bolivar

When his mistress, Manuela Saenz, learned of the armed men making their way through Simón’s Bolivar’s home, she had only moments to save his…

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The Day a Bookkeeper Attempted to Kill President Ford (17 Days After Another Attempt by Another Woman)

When Sara Jane Moore raised her .38-caliber handgun to fire off a single bullet at the president, it was September 22, 1975. Prior to…

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The Last Man Who Bought Stonehenge in 1915 Paid a Million Bucks

  It was 102 years ago, September 21, 1915, the last private owner of Stonehenge dropped 6,600 British pounds on the plot of land…

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The Ludicrous Trial, Conviction, and Pardon of Jim Morrison

  When Jim Morrison arrived at the Dinner Key Auditorium on March 1, 1969, he was drunk. Five days later, authorities would arrest Morrison…

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1893; The Year Women Won the Vote (But, Not in the U.S. or U.K.)

  When New Zealand granted women the vote in 1893, they beat the rest of the world by forever. No other country would have…

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The Splendid Birth of the New York Times

  Had journalist and politician, Henry Jarvis Raymond, known that a future president might one day accuse his paper of printing fake news, he…

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