Tag Archives: 1896

What Happened – November 1

It was on this day in 1512 that the public was finally allowed to view what Michelangelo had been painting on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel for the past four years. Commissioned by Pope Julius II, Michelangelo had to be persuaded to … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 16

It was on this day in 1896 that Skookum Jim, Kate Carmack, and George Carmack discovered gold near the Klondike River in Yukon Canada. As word spread of the find, people from all over the world came into Alaskan ports in order … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 4

It was in this day in 1917  that the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. Joseph Pulitzer was a newspaper publisher who left a bequest to Columbia University in NYC upon his death in 1911. The university used some of the money to found their school … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 26

It was on this day in 1908 that George Reynolds struck oil, despite having been ordered to stop looking for it. He was a geologist who had spent the last several years prospecting the Iranian desert on behalf of the Burmah Oil … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 18

It was on this day in 1980 that Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington, erupted. The resulting damage was unprecedented for volcanic activity in the US. 250 homes were destroyed and over 55 people killed. Many miles of railways and highways were also wiped … Continue reading

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