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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.
June 16, 2021
Valentina Tereshkova became first woman in space / Abraham Lincoln gave House Divided speech - June 16
On this day in 1963, Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly into space. / On this day in 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech in Springfield, Illinois, during his run for U.S. senator.
June 15, 2021
General Slocum disaster / László Bíró patented ballpoint pen in Britain - June 15
On this day in 1904, a fire on the paddle steamer General Slocum caused more than a thousand deaths. / On this day in 1938, Hungarian newspaper editor Laszlo Biro filed a British patent for the ballpoint pen.
June 11, 2021
Occupation of Alcatraz ended / Broad Street Riot - June 11
On this day in 1971, the occupation of Alcatraz by the Indians of All Tribes ended when federal marshals removed the Native Americans who remained on the island. / On this day in 1837, a riot broke out in Boston when a fire company met an Irish funeral procession.
June 10, 2021
Myall Creek massacre / African National Congress published Mandela's message - June 10
On this day in 1838, the Myall Creek Massacre occurred in New South Wales. / On this day in 1980, the African National Congress published a message that anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela wrote in response to the Soweto Uprising in 1976.
June 7, 2021
Paul Blobel (of Aktion 1005) executed / Gwendolyn Brooks born - June 7
On this day, Paul Blobel -- leader of the Aktion 1005 operation to get rid of evidence of Nazi mass murders -- was executed. / On this day in 1917, poet Gwendolyn Brooks was born. Brooks was the first Black American writer to win a Pulitzer Prize.
June 2, 2021
Pemulwuy died / Surveyor 1 landed on moon - June 2
On this day in 1802, Aboriginal resistance leader Pemulwuy died. / On this day in 1966, NASA's lunar lander Surveyor 1 landed on the moon, marking the first time an American space probe made a successful soft-landing on the lunar surface.
June 1, 2021
Isabella Baumfree took name Sojourner Truth / Heimlich Maneuver published - June 1
On this day in 1843, Isabella Baumfree took the name Sojourner Truth. Truth went on to become an abolitionist and advocate for Black and women's rights. / On this day in 1974, the Heimlich Maneuver was unveiled in an article in the journal Emergency Medicine.
May 30, 2021
First known summit of Mount Everest / Republic of Biafra established - May 30
On this day in 1953, Nepalese sherpa Tenzing Norgay and climber Edmund Hillary became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain above sea level. / On this day in 1967, the Republic of Biafra declared its independence from Nigeria.
May 29, 2021
Solar eclipse helped prove general relativity / Fall of Constantinople - May 29
On this day in 1919, a total solar eclipse experiment helped prove Einstein's recently proposed general theory of relativity. / On this day in 1453, Constantinople was captured by the Ottoman Empire, marking the end of the Byzantine Empire.