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This Day in History Class

This Day in History Class

On this day in 1811, the German Coast Uprising, a slave revolt in modern-day Louisiana, began. 

On this day in 1979, Vietnamese troops occupied Phnom Penh and overthrew Pol Pot’s regime. 

On this day in 1912, German geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred Wegener first presented his hypothesis on continental drift in a public lecture.

On this day in 1893, blues and folk musician Elizabeth Cotten was born near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

On this day in 1809, French educator Louis Braille, namesake of the Braille reading and writing system, was born. 

On this day in 1848, Black American merchant Joseph Jenkins Roberts was sworn in as the first president of Liberia. 

On this day in 1942, thirty-three members of a Nazi spy ring headed by Frederick Joubert Duquesne were sentenced to serve time in prison.

On this day in 1818, Mary Shelley’s debut novel, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,” was first published. 

The ship carrying Theodosia Burr Alston disappeared on this day in 1812. There’s more to the story in the October 17, 2017 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

On this day in 1953, Democrat, Tammany Hall operative, and civil rights advocate Hulan Jack was sworn in as the borough president of Manhattan. 

The Iroquois Theater in Chicago burned on this day in 1903. There’s more detail in the December 8, 2014 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

On this day in 1924, Edwin Hubble published his observations on the existence of other galaxies for review at an upcoming meeting of the American Astronomical Society. 

A group of Lakota Sioux were surrounded and a tragic firefight erupted on this day in 1890. There’s more detail in the August 10, 2009 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

On this day in 1996, the Guatemalan Civil War ended when the Guatemalan president and the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity signed peace accords. 

Auguste and Louis Lumière charged 1 franc admission to see several of their films on this day in 1895. There’s more detail in the November 27 and 29, 2017 episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

On this day in 1903, jazz musician Earl Hines, considered by many to be the father of modern jazz piano, was born. 

Carry Nation destroyed the Carey Hotel’s bar as a Temperance protest on this day in 1900. There’s more detail in the July 24 and 26, 2017 episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

On this day in 1512, the Laws of Burgos, a set of laws regulating the relationship between Spaniards and indigenous people in the Americas, were promulgated in Burgos, Crown of Castile. 

The pan-African holiday Kwanzaa, created by Maulana Karenga, was celebrated for the first time beginning this day in 1966. 

On this day in 1867, Scottish mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville was born. 

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