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This Day in History: May

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This Day in History May 20: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis Receive Patent for Blue Jeans
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On this day in 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world's most famous garments: blue jeans. Also on t... [more]
September 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM
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This Day in History May 10: Transcontinental Railroad Completed
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On this day in 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for... [more]
September 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM
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This Day in History May 6: English Channel Tunnel Opens
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In a ceremony presided over by England's Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand, a rail tunnel under the English Channel was officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age. (1:... [more]
September 13, 2012 at 08:32 PM
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This Day in History May 11: Dust Storm Sweeps from Great Plains across Eastern States
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On this day in 1934, a massive storm sends millions of tons of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains region of the United States as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta. Also on this day in 1949, the state of Israel became admitted ... [more]
September 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM
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This Day in History May 14: Lewis and Clark Expedition Begins
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One year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Also on this day 195... [more]
September 14, 2012 at 01:05 AM
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This Day in History May 3: Niccolo Machiavelli Born
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On this day in 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born. A lifelong patriot and diehard proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli became one of the fathers of modern political theory. Also on this day in 1802, Washington D... [more]
September 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM
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This Day in History May 2: Loch Ness Monster Sighted
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Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland's Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier related an account of a lo... [more]
September 13, 2012 at 08:12 PM
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This Day in History May 13: President Polk Declares War on Mexico
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On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votes in favor of President James K. Polk's request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas. Under the threat of war, the United States had refrained from annexing Texas after the latter won ... [more]
September 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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This Day in History May 17: Brown v. Board of Ed Is Decided
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In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The historic decision, which brough... [more]
September 14, 2012 at 01:11 AM
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This Day in History May 18: Pope John Paul II Born
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On May 18, 1920, Karol Jozef Wojtyla is born in the Polish town of Wadowice, 35 miles southwest of Krakow. Wojtyla went on to become Pope John Paul II, history's most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th ce... [more]
September 14, 2012 at 01:16 AM
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