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The Historic Facts Most Americans Don’t Know About the Pledge of Allegiance

When the Bostonian magazine, Youth’s Companion, a rag aimed at families, released their September issue, it featured the first version of the Pledge of…

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Americans Can Thank Canada for the Icon of Uncle Sam

The birthday of the Uncle Sam meme is September 7, 1813, 205 years ago. It was the second calendar year of the War of…

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The Day Leon Czolgosz Robbed The U.S. of President McKinley

On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley joined Abraham Lincoln, and James A. Garfield on the short list of U.S. presidents who’d suffered an…

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We Need to Bring Back Peter the Great’s 17th Century Russian Beard Tax

  On September 5, 1698, Russian Tsar Peter the Great implemented a unique tax, all in the name of modernizing 17th century Russian. All…

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The Day Sir Edmund Halley Spied His Comet

It was September 4, 1682, when Edmund Halley first set his eyes on the comet that would later bear his name. For anyone who…

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The Arrival of the First Liberty Bell in Philly Was Only the Beginning

When the first Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia on September 1, 1752, nobody could have imagined what would happen next, nor what would happen…

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How the 1935 Neutrality Act Failed to Keep the U.S. Out of WWII

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the 1935 Neutrality Act on August 31 of that year, it was in the effort to keep the…

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The U.S. Almost Lost President Carter in ’79 to a Mad Rabbit

The story about President Carter fending off a crazed rabbit swimming towards his fishing boat is as fantastic as it sounds. For the record,…

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The Cold War Arms Race; Day 1

When the Soviets detonated their first atomic bomb, they exploded into the nuclear arms race, catching up with the United States. It was August 29,…

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That Time Extremists Marched on the White House for Solidarity

When women’s voting rights protesters outside the White House clashed with counter-protesters on August 28, 1917, the resulting escalation mandated police intervention. The cops…

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