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What Happened – August 11

  “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”       It was on this day in 1984 that President Ronald Reagan … Continue reading

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What Happened – August 3

It was on this day in 1981 that almost 15,000 air traffic controllers in the US went out on strike. Their union had been trying for several years to acquire better working conditions and pay, but had been unable to … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 30

It was on this day in 1971 that Dave Scott and Jim Irwin landed on the moon. While this was the fourth time that the US had put a team on the moon, it was the first time that the Lunar … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 23

It was on this day in 1904 that Charles Menches ran out of dishes while selling ice cream at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, MO. Eager to keep the tasty treats available to his customers he bought up a … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 13

It was on this day in 1863 that the worst riots in American history exploded in New York City. A military draft (for the Civil War) had just started in the city the day before and emotions were ugly. Quite … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 20

It was on this day in 1943 that two men started fighting in Detroit over a remark made to a woman. One was black, one was white and racial tensions were already high in the city. The fight quickly turned … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 14

“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”   It was on this day in 1777 that Congress adopted … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 1

It was on this day in 1921 that rioters in Tusla bombed a neighborhood from the air. The trouble had started the day before, when Dick Rowland (a young black male) had been detained and brought in for questioning in regards … Continue reading

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