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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.

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    John Carpenter's Halloween premieres in Kansas City, Missouri - October 25th, 1978

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 11:40

    John Carpenter's seminal slasher film Halloween premieres at the AMC Empire theater in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    An elderly teacher takes the first barrel ride down Niagara Falls - October 24th, 1901

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 10:47

    On this day in 1901, a 63-year-old teacher named Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to ride over the edge of Niagara Falls in a barrel. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Musician "Weird Al" Yankovic is born - October 23rd, 1959

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 11:40

    On this day in 1959, the parody-singing, polka-playing musician known as “Weird Al” was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The first modern parachute jump is made above Paris - October 22nd, 1797

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 9:41

    On this day in 1797, French balloonist André-Jacques Garnerin descended 3,200 feet through the skies of Paris, becoming the first person to float safely to the ground using a frameless parachute. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Tragedy of Aberfan - October 21st, 1966

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 11:47

    On this day in 1966, an avalanche of coal waste swept through the village of Aberfan in South Wales, claiming the lives of 144 people. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The first automated post office in the U.S. opens in Providence, Rhode Island - October 20th, 1960

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 8:51

    On this day in 1962, America's first fully automated post office began service in Providence, Rhode Island. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    "Pomp and Circumstance" is performed for the first time - October 19th, 1901

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 10:12

    On this day in 1901, the popular marching song “Pomp and Circumstance” was performed live for the very first time — but not at a graduation. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    African American poet Phillis Wheatley is freed from slavery - October 18th, 1773

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 10:42

    On this day in 1773, the renowned poet Phillis Wheatley was freed from slavery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    A shoemaker tricks German soldiers into helping him rob a mayor - October 17th, 1906

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 9:15

    On this day in 1906, a German shoemaker named Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt impersonated an army officer and tricked a group of soldiers into helping him commit a daring robbery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio is founded - October 16th, 1923

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 12:52

    On this day in 1923, young cartoonist Walt Disney and his big brother Roy founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Hollywood, California. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    An 11-year-old girl implores Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard - October 15th, 1860

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 10:26

    On this day in 1860, a young girl named Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln, urging him to grow a beard before the upcoming election. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Amityville murders trial begins - October 14th, 1975

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 9:29

    On this day in 1975, Ronald DeFeo Jr. stood trial for the brutal killing of his six family members — a crime known today as the Amityville murders. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Paddington Bear arrives in London - October 13th, 1958

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 11:02

    On this day in 1958, a marmalade-loving bear cub appeared for the first time when A Bear Called Paddington was published. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice" is published - October 12th, 1609

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 8:38

    On this day in 1609, the original version of the popular children's nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice” was published for the first time in London. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Saturday Night Live premieres - October 11th, 1975

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 9:34

    On this day in 1975, sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live broadcast its first episode live from Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The U.S. Naval Academy admits its first students - October 10th, 1845

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 11:05

    On this day in 1845, the United States Naval Academy opened its doors in Annapolis, Maryland, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    A meteorite crashes into a parked car in Peekskill, New York - October 9th, 1992

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 9:04

    On this day in 1992, a meteorite the size of a bowling ball crashed into a parked Chevy Malibu in a suburb of Peekskill, New York. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The first women's prison run by women opens in Indiana - October 8th, 1873

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 10:24

    On this day in 1873, in response to the horrific treatment of female inmates at unisex prisons, the state of Indiana established the country's first prison exclusively for women. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The musical Cats debuts on Broadway - October 7th, 1982

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 10:14

    On this day in 1982, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    President Kennedy advises Americans to build fallout shelters - October 6th, 1961

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 10:41

    On this day in 1961, in a letter to the Committee on Civil Defense, President John F. Kennedy advised American families to build fallout shelters as protection against a possible nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC TV - October 5th, 1969

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 9:58

    On this day in 1969, just before 11pm, the first episode of the groundbreaking comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus premiered in the United Kingdom. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Brooklyn Dodgers win their first (and only) World Series - October 4th, 1955

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 8:13

    On this day in 1955, in a surprising upset, the Brooklyn Dodgers won the World Series, beating the New York Yankees 2-0. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Sinéad O'Connor rips up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live - October 3rd, 1992

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 9:32


    On this day in 1992, at the end of her performance on Saturday Night Live, Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor shocked the audience and viewers at home by tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    A snail-powered telegraph is demonstrated in France - October 2nd, 1851

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 12:10

    On this day in 1851, a French occultist named Jacques Benoît gave the first -- and last -- demonstration of his new invention: a snail-powered telegraph. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Little Golden Books begins publishing - October 1st, 1942

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 11:07

    On this day in 1942, Simon & Schuster published the first dozen titles in the long-running Little Golden Books series. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Joseph Marion Hernández becomes the first Hispanic person elected to Congress - September 30th, 1822

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 9:53

    On this day in 1822, Joseph Marion Hernández became the first Hispanic member of the United States Congress. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Cyanide-laced Tylenol kills multiple people - September 29th, 1982

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 8:23

    On this day in 1982, four people in the greater Chicago area died after unknowingly ingesting Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination - September 28th, 1885

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 10:50

    On this day in 1885, an angry crowd of more than 2,000 people marched through the streets of Montreal after the city announced a mandatory vaccination program to fight the smallpox epidemic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is published - September 27th, 1962

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 11:07


    On this day, Rachel Carson in 1962, a science writer and former marine biologist, published her landmark book, Silent Spring. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    A beloved dolphin becomes the first individual sea creature protected by law - September 26th, 1904

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 11:06

    On this day in 1904, New Zealand issued a government proclamation making it illegal to harm a beloved, wild dolphin named Pelorus Jack or any member of his species. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The first museum survey of American pop art debuts - September 25th, 1962

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 8:44

    On this day in 1962, a new exhibit opened at the Pasadena Art Museum in southern California, marking what's believed to be the very first museum showing of Pop art. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The prophet Muhammad completes his Hegira - September 24th, 622

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 9:36

    On this day in 622, the prophet Muhammad completed his Hegira, or “flight,” from the city of Mecca to what is now known as Medina. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    FDR defends his dog in a speech- September 23rd, 1944

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 9:51

    On this day in 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt defended the reputation of his dog, who had recently been the subject of a political attack. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The first Farm Aid concert is held in Champaign, Illinois - September 22nd, 1985

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 8:41

    On this day in 1937, nearly 80,000 people gathered in the rain to watch the first-ever Farm Aid concert at a university stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is published in London - September 21st, 1937

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 9:14

    On this day in 1937, the first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, went on sale in British bookstores. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Ferdinand Magellan sets sail on the first successful journey to circumnavigate the globe - September 20th, 1519

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 11:17

    On this day in 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail with a crew of 270 sailors.on what would ultimately become the first successful voyage around the world. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote - September 19th, 1893

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 8:36

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Scott Joplin granted copyright for his "Maple Leaf Rag" - September 18th, 1899

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 9:31

    On this day in 1899, musician Scott Joplin was granted the copyright for a song he wrote called the “Maple Leaf Rag.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    A San Francisco resident proclaims himself Emperor of the United States of America - September 17th, 1859

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 11:26

    On this day in 1859, failed Gold Rush-era businessman named Joshua Norton became the first self-proclaimed emperor of the Untied States. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    A Scottish golfer scores the first recorded hole-in-one - September 16th, 1869

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 8:33

    On this day in 1869, legendary golfer Tom Morris Junior scored the first hole-in-one ever reported. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Muhammad Ali wins his third and final world heavyweight championship - September 15th, 1978

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 8:39


    At the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, boxer Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in a fight for the heavyweight championship. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    The Great Fire of Moscow begins as Napoleon enters the city and retreating Russians burn it - September 14th, 1812

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 10:05


    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    The Straw Hat Riot begins in New York City as people protest the right to wear straw hats - September 13th, 1922

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 9:06

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Four teens discover 17,000-year-old cave drawings - September 12th, 1940

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 9:20

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Florence Chadwick becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions- September 11th, 1951

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 9:29

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The Lattimer Massacre - September 10th, 1897

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 8:47

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Alexander Twilight becomes the first African American to receive a BA degree - September 9th, 1823

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 8:43

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    First appearance of the comic strip "Blondie" - September 8th, 1930

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 9:40

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Rap artist Tupac Shakur shot multiple times - September 7th, 1996

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 7:43

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    King Charles II spends a day hiding in an oak tree - September 6th, 1651

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 9:16

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Jim Henson's "The Muppet Show" premieres on television - September 5th, 1976

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 9:19

    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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

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