Category: HISTORY

Oct 12, 2011

This Day In History – October 12th

This Day In History – October 12th

COLUMBUS ARRIVES IN AMERICAS. ‘COLUMBUS DAY’ BECOMES OFFICIAL HOLIDAY – OCTOBER 12, 1492 Artwork by Dioscoro Teofilo Puebla Tolin Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. The event is celebrated…

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Oct 5, 2011

This Day In History – October 5th

This Day In History – October 5th

6TH DEADLIEST EARTHQUAKE IN HISTORY – OCTOBER 5, 1948 Ashgabat Earthquake Memorial The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake, at a magnitude 7.3 Mw, occurred on October 5/6, 1948, near Ashgabat, in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic. The earthquake is considered to be the 6th deadliest earthquake in the history of humankind. Due to…

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Sep 28, 2011

This Day In History – September 28th

This Day In History – September 28th

FRANCE WORLD’S 1ST COUNTRY TO EMANCIPATE JEWS – SEPT. 28, 1791 Jewish emancipation was the external and internal process of freeing the Jewish people of Europe, including recognition of their rights as equal citizens, and the formal granting of citizenship as individuals; it occurred gradually between the late 18th century and…

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Sep 21, 2011

This Day In History – September 21st

This Day In History – September 21st

MOST REPRINTED EDITORIAL EVER IS PUBLISHED – SEPT. 21, 1897 Is There a Santa Claus? was the title of an editorial appearing in the September 21, 1897 edition of The Sun of New York. The editorial, which included the famous reply, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, has become an…

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Sep 14, 2011

This Day In History – September 14th

This Day In History – September 14th

U.S. PRESIDENT WILLIAM MCKINLEY ASSASSINATED – SEPT. 14, 1901 Photograph of drawing by T. DART WALKER The assassination of William McKinley occurred on September 6, 1901, inside the Temple of Music located on the grounds of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. United States President William McKinley was visiting…

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Sep 11, 2011

Remembering the September 11 Attacks

Remembering the September 11 Attacks

Photograph by REUTERS / SEAN ADAIR Ten years ago there was no such thing as Facebook (Feb 2004), YouTube (Feb 2005), or Twitter (March 2006); and the ubiquitous device we know as the iPhone (June 2007) was light years away. Before the morning of September 11th, 2001, the twin 110-story towers of the World…

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Sep 7, 2011

This Day In History – September 7th

This Day In History – September 7th

BRAZIL DECLARES INDEPENDENCE – SEPT. 7, 1822 Independence or death by Pedro Américo (1843–1903) When John VI, King of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves, returned to Portugal in the early 1820s, most of the privileges that had been accorded to Brazil were rescinded, sparking the ire of…

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