Category: HISTORY

August 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

This Day In History – August 3rd

This Day In History - August 3rd

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS EMBARKS ON MAIDEN VOYAGE IN SEARCH OF A WESTERN ROUTE TO THE EAST INDIES – AUGUST 3, 1492 Columbus lands on the New World at San Salvador | Artwork by Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín Christopher Columbus (c. 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an explorer, colonizer, and…

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July 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

This Day In History – July 27th

This Day In History - July 27th

CHICAGO RACE RIOT OF 1919 – JULY 27, 1919 Photograph by Chicago Daily News The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 was a major racial conflict that began in Chicago, Illinois on July 27, 1919 and ended on August 3. During the riot, dozens died and hundreds were injured. It is considered…

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July 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

This Day In History – July 20th

This Day In History - July 20th

WORLD’S FIRST INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE – JULY 20, 1807 The Pyréolophore (from Ancient Greek pyr, meaning “fire”, eolo, meaning “wind”, and phore, meaning “produce”) was probably the world’s first internal combustion engine. It was invented in the early 19th century in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, by the Niépce brothers: Nicéphore Niépce (who went…

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July 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

This Day In History – July 13th

This Day In History - July 13th

JULIUS CAESAR IS BORN – JULY 13, 100 BC Image via The Mad Monarchist Gaius Julius Caesar (13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman. He played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. In 60…

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July 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

This Day In History – July 6th

This Day In History - July 6th

1ST REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION HELD – JULY 6, 1854 First notable appearance of Republican Elepahnt | Illustration by Thomas Nast, Harper’s Magazine 7 Nov. 1874 The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery expansion activists…

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June 29, 2011 at 9:05 am

This Day In History – June 29th

This Day In History - June 29th

ST-HILAIRE TRAIN DISASTER – JUNE 29, 1864 The St-Hilaire train disaster was a railroad disaster that occurred on June 29, 1864 near the present day town of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. A Grand Trunk train carrying between 354 and 475 passengers, many of them German and Polish immigrants, were travelling from Quebec City…

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June 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

The 1939 Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

The 1939 Pontiac Plexiglass Ghost Car

Photograph by AARON SUMMERFIELD for RM AUCTIONS Unveiled at the General Motors Highways and Horizons pavilion at the 1939-40 World’s Fair in New York, the Pontiac ‘Ghost Car’ was buit on the chassis of a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. In collaboration with Rohm & Haas, a chemical company that had recently developed Plexiglass, the…

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June 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

This Day In History – June 22nd

This Day In History - June 22nd

DELTA KAPPA EPSILON FOUNDED – JUNE 22, 1844 Delta Kappa Epsilon (also pronounced D-K-E or “Deke”) is a fraternity founded at Yale College in 1844 by 15 men of the sophomore class who had not been invited to join the two existing societies (Alpha Delta Phi and Psi Upsilon). They therefore…

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June 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

This Day In History – June 15th

This Day In History - June 15th

WASHINGTON APPOINTED COMMANDER IN CHIEF – JUNE 15, 1775 George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) commanded the Continental Army in American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and was the first President of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1797. Because of his central role in the founding of the…

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June 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

This Day In History – June 8th

This Day In History - June 8th

THE DEATH OF MUHAMMAD, PROPHET OF ISLAM – JUNE 8, 632 Mohammed receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel. Miniature illustration on vellum from the book Jami’ al-Tawarikh by Rashid al-Din, published in Tabriz, Persia, 1307 A.D. Muhammad (also spelled Muhammed or Mohammed) (ca. 570/571 – June 8, 632), was…

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