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February 1 1865, President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude. The Senate had passed the measure in April the year prior and by the House of Representatives on January 31st. Lincoln and the Republicans believed an amendment was needed since his Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 really didn’t …more

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January 1 404, in Rome, spectators kill Telemachus, a monk, when he tried to stop a gladiators fight. Although variations of the event exist, it is generally agreed that it was the last of the gladiators’ fights [to the death.] 1788, the Times of London is first published, formerly called The Daily Universal Register. January …more

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December 1 1824, none of the Presidential candidates received a majority of electoral votes needed to obtain the presidency, so the vote was turned over to the House of Representatives, as the 12th Amendment states. A total of 131 votes were needed for a candidate to win, however, it was split unevenly among four candidates: …more

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November 1 1915, Parris Island is officially designated as a U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot. November 5 1605, King James escaped death from the gunpowder plot of Guy Fawkes. Fawkes was caught lurking around in the Parliament building around midnight. A search of the premises was ordered and twenty barrels of gunpowder were found in …more

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September 1 1983, the USSR shot down Korean Airlines Flight 007 after it strayed into Soviet air space. Eight Soviet fighters reacted to the airliner and Japanese ground control recorded a Soviet pilot stating he had visual and fired upon it. The plane was a Boeing 747. In later years, defectors from the Soviet Union …more

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August 1 1498, Christopher Columbus landed on Isla Santa, and became the first European to set foot on what is now Venezuela. 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect abolishing slavery in the British Empire. August 2 1776, members of the Continental Congress began signing the Declaration of Independence. August 4 1821, …more

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July 1 1867, the British Parliament passed the first of several British North America Acts. The first granted Canada its sovereignty as the Dominion of Canada with self-rule. The Act, or abbreviated as BNA, also structured a majority of Canada’s constitution. In 1982, Canada’s Parliament renamed it the Constitution Act of 1867. It can also …more

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Recorded Weather for The 4th of July

The following are notations and records of what the weather was like on the Fourth of July throughout the United States from various years. 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote in his personal memoranda book that he had purchased his first thermometer and signed the Declaration of Independence. At 2 p.m. it was 76° and cloudy. 1816, …more

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May 1 1486, Christopher Columbus convinced Queen Isabella of Spain to fund an exploratory route to the far east, via a western sailing route. 1931, the Empire State Building is opened in New York City. For its time, it is the world’s tallest building with 102 stories. It held the word record for tallest building …more

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April 1 1985, Sports Illustrated published an article about the New York Mets having an unknown rookie pitcher who was raised by Buddhist monks and could throw a fastball at 168 mph with pinpoint accuracy. The magazine received almost 2,000 letters about the story. Two weeks later, Sports Illustrated announced the story as a hoax. …more