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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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The Triumphant Liberation of The City of Light

When the leader of the French Resistance, General Charles de Gaulle, gave General Dwight D Eisenhower, head of the allied forces, the green light…

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The Day Mount Vesuvius Destroyed Pompeii

When Mount Vesuvius blew on August 24, 79 CE, it leveled three Roman cities, destroyed acres of forest, and killed tens of thousands of people. For…

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