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This Day in History Class
From the desk of “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” “This Day in History Class” quickly recounts a tidbit from today’s events in history.
September 19, 2021
New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote - September 19th, 1893
On this day in 1893, the Governor of New Zealand signed a landmark piece of legislation that gave women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.
September 18, 2021
Scott Joplin granted copyright for his "Maple Leaf Rag" - September 18th, 1899
On this day in 1899, musician Scott Joplin was granted the copyright for a song he wrote called the “Maple Leaf Rag.”
September 17, 2021
A San Francisco resident proclaims himself Emperor of the United States of America - September 17th, 1859
On this day in 1859, failed Gold Rush-era businessman named Joshua Norton became the first self-proclaimed emperor of the Untied States.
September 16, 2021
A Scottish golfer scores the first recorded hole-in-one - September 16th, 1869
On this day in 1869, legendary golfer Tom Morris Junior scored the first hole-in-one ever reported.
September 15, 2021
Muhammad Ali wins his third and final world heavyweight championship - September 15th, 1978
At the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, boxer Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in a fight for the heavyweight championship.
September 14, 2021
The Great Fire of Moscow begins as Napoleon enters the city and retreating Russians burn it - September 14th, 1812
Fresh from his victory over Russian forces at the Battle of Borodino, Napoleon Bonaparte and his Grand Armée marched triumphantly into the city of Moscow.
September 13, 2021
The Straw Hat Riot begins in New York City as people protest the right to wear straw hats - September 13th, 1922
In New York City, a group of teenage boys grabbed the straw hats of some factory workers. stomped them flat on the sidewalk, and then ran like mad.
September 12, 2021
Four teens discover 17,000-year-old cave drawings - September 12th, 1940
Four teenagers from the nearby village of Montignac, France, discovered the Cave of Lascaux and the more than 2,000 ancient drawings that adorn its walls.
September 11, 2021
Florence Chadwick becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions- September 11th, 1951
California native Florence Chadwick prevailed against dense fog, heavy winds, and frigid water to become the first woman to swim across the English Channel in both directions.
September 10, 2021
The Lattimer Massacre - September 10th, 1897
At the edge of the town of Lattimer, Pennsylvania, eighty-six deputies under the command of Sheriff James Martin opened fire on a crowd of unarmed, immigrant coal miners who were on strike.
September 9, 2021
Alexander Twilight becomes the first African American to receive a BA degree - September 9th, 1823
A college student named Alexander Twilight received his bachelor’s degree, becoming the first person of African descent to achieve this honor in the United States.
September 8, 2021
First appearance of the comic strip "Blondie" - September 8th, 1930
On this day in 1930, a new comic strip appeared in American newspapers introducing readers to Blondie Boopadoop, better known today as Blondie Bumstead or just plain Blondie.
September 7, 2021
Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times - September 7th, 1996
On this day in 1996, shortly after 11:00pm, actor and recording artist Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times in Las Vegas while driving to a night club with Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight.
September 6, 2021
King Charles II spends a day hiding in an oak tree - September 6th, 1651
On this day in 1651, after fleeing for his life following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester, Charles II, the King of Scotland and rightful Kinf of England, took refuge in a tall oak tree.
September 5, 2021
Jim Henson's "The Muppet Show" premieres on television - September 5th, 1976
On this day in 1976, The Muppet Show, created by American puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson, made its world premiere on ITV stations throughout the United Kingdom.
September 4, 2021
George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera - September 4th, 1888
On this day in 1888, American entrepreneur George Eastman received a patent for the world's first camera designed to use rolls of film.
September 3, 2021
Wilderness Act signed into U.S. law - September 3rd, 1964
On this day in 1964, US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act.
September 2, 2021
The Principality of Sealand is established - September 2nd, 1967
On this day in 1967, Paddy Roy Bates, a former British Army major turned pirate radio broadcaster, declared that the abandoned naval base he'd been occupying for the past 9 months was now a sovereign micronation: The Principality of Sealand.
September 1, 2021
Emma Nutt becomes the first female telephone operator - September 1st, 1878
On this day in 1878, a woman named Emma Nutt reported to work at the Edwin Holmes telephone dispatch company in Boston, Massachusetts, and in doing so, she became the first female telephone operator.
July 9, 2021
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