This Day In History

This Day In History

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  20 years ago today, K.R. Narayanan was sworn in as President of India–fulfilling Ghandi’s dream as the first leader from an “untouchable” caste. In...

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  On this day 170 years ago, Brigham Young led 148 Mormons fleeing from religious persecution into Salt Lake Valley—and following 17 months of travel,...

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    35 years ago on this day, the International Whaling Commission decided to end commercial whaling following more than a decade of public pressure. Some...

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  Happy 85th Birthday to Tom Robbins, the American author whose novels, such as Jitterbug Perfume and Still Life With Woodpecker, are much beloved. His wildly poetic...

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10 years ago today, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final volume of the wildly successful wizarding book series by British single mom...

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  Happy Birthday to Carlos Santana who turns 70 years old today. The Mexican and American musician became a star at Woodstock in the 1960s...

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  On this day 20 years ago, the Irish Republican Army declared a ceasefire, ending their 25-year campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland. It...

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  150 years ago today, the heroic survivor of the RMS Titanic, Maggie Brown, was born. She rescued others on the doomed ship until she...

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  On this day 105 years ago, the first electrical air conditioner was switched on by Willis Carrier, the engineer who invented, designed, and built...

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  51 years ago today, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton formed the rock band Cream. In their two years as a group, they...

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