Here is What Happened On This Day in History

America bombs Rome on this day in 1943 - 07/19/2018

ON THIS DAY On this day in 1943, the United States bombs railway yards in Rome in an attempt to break the will of the Italian people to resist—as Hitler lectures their leader, Benito Mussolini, on how to prosecute the war further. – History Roughly a year later, this... Keep Reading →
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FDR nominated for unprecedented third term - 07/18/2018

ON THIS DAY On this day in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who first took office in 1933 as America’s 32nd president, is nominated for an unprecedented third term. Roosevelt, a Democrat, would eventually be elected to a record four terms in office, the only U.S. president to serve more... Keep Reading →
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Disneyland Opens On This Day in 1955 - 07/17/2018

ON THIS DAY The Most Magical Place on Earth: “Disneyland, Walt Disney’s metropolis of nostalgia, fantasy, and futurism, opens on July 17, 1955. The $17 million theme park was built on 160 acres of former orange groves in Anaheim, California, and soon brought in staggering profits. Today, Disneyland hosts more... Keep Reading →
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World’s First Parking Meter Installed On This Day - 07/16/2018

ON THIS DAY “The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed on the southeast corner of what was then First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on this day in 1935.” [History] “Newspaperman Carl C. Magee had his own ideas, but he also... Keep Reading →
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Congress enacts Northwest Ordinance in 1787 - 07/13/2018

ON THIS DAY On this day in 1787, Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance. Sound boring? Kind of is, but it was actually one of the most important legislative acts of the Confederation Congress. It established a government for the Northwest Territory, outlined the process for admitting a new state... Keep Reading →
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On this day in 1862: Medal of Honor created - 07/12/2018

ON THIS DAY Thank Uncle Abe “On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signs into law a measure calling for the awarding of a U.S. Army Medal of Honor.” [History] The Navy Came First “The Navy Medal of Honor was the first to be struck on December 21,... Keep Reading →
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On This Day in 1804: Burr slays Hamilton in duel - 07/11/2018

ON THIS DAY Overview “In a duel held in Weehawken, New Jersey, Vice President Aaron Burr fatally shoots his long-time political antagonist Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, a leading Federalist and the chief architect of America’s political economy, died the following day.” – History Background “Hamilton, the former secretary of the... Keep Reading →
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On This Day in 1925: Monkey Trial begins - 07/10/2018

ON THIS DAY “In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.” [History] Overview “Narrowly, the trial was about challenging a newly passed Tennessee state law against teaching evolution... Keep Reading →
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Florence Blanchfield Becomes First female army officer - 07/09/2018

ON THIS DAY In a ceremony held at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, General Dwight D. Eisenhower appoints Florence Blanchfield to be a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, making her the first woman in U.S. history to hold permanent military rank. – History Cover Photo: General Dwight D. Eisenhower appoints... Keep Reading →
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President Garfield is Shot On this day in 1881 - 07/02/2018

ON THIS DAY On this day in 1881, President James A. Garfield, who had been in office just under four months, is shot by an assassin. Garfield lingered for 80 days before dying of complications from the shooting. – History Public Photo: An engraving of James A. Garfield’s assassination, published in Frank... Keep Reading →
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