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What Happened – December 14

The earliest event that Wiki says took place on this day is “557 – Constantinople is severely damaged by an earthquake” and the most recent is “2008 – President George W. Bush makes his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and is almost struck … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 24

It was on this day in 1946 that a V-2 rocket was launched from the desert in New Mexico. The rocket, which had been captured from the Nazis, rose to a height of 65 miles. It had a camera attached, … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 17

It was on this day in 1931 that Al Capone was found guilty on five charges of income tax evasion. The Chicago gangster was involved in many different illegal enterprises, mostly bootlegging and gambling, but the government wasn’t able to get enough evidence to tie him … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 14

It was on this day in 1912 that Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning for President. The former Republican president had been displeased with his successor and was re-seeking the office on an independent ticket. He was about to make a speech in … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 5

It was on this day in 1986 that a Fairchild C-123 cargo plane was shot down over a jungle in Nicaragua. Three men were killed, but former US Marine Eugene Hasenfus was able to parachute to the ground where he was captured the next … Continue reading

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What Happened – October 1

It was on this day in 1971 that Walt Disney World was opened to the public. Several dummy corporations had bought over 27,000 acres of land near Orlando in 1965, and construction started in 1967. The Magic Kingdom was the first park in … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 26

It was on this day in 1789 that President Washington appointed a few men to help and assist him in office. Thomas Jefferson was named the Secretary of State, Edmund Randolph the Attorney General, and Henry Knox was the Secretary … Continue reading

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What Happened – September 23

It was on this day in 1779 John Paul Jones responded to a demand to surrender by saying “I have not yet begun to fight!” He was in command of the USS Bonhomme Richard, and was engaged in a battle off the coast … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 27

It was on this day in 1921 that the owners of the Acme Packing Company of Green Bay WI bought a franchise in the American Professional Football Association (later renamed the National Football League.) The company had already been sponsoring … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 18

  It was on this day in 1587 that Ellinor Dare gave birth to a girl in what is now South Carolina. At the time, it was called the Roanoke Colony and the infant was the first English child to be born … Continue reading

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