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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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    Mongol leader Genghis Khan dies - August 18th, 1227

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 14:07

    On this day in 1227, notorious warlord Genghis Khan died from unknown causes during the conquest of the Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    East German border guards shoot a man trying to cross the Berlin Wall - August 17th, 1962

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 8:42

    On this day in 1962, eighteen-year-old Peter Fechter was gunned down by East German border guards while attempting to climb over the Berlin Wall.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Edwin Prescott receives the first patent for a vertical loop roller coaster - August 16th, 1898

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 8:27

    On this day in 1898, inventor and mechanic Edwin Prescott was granted the first patent for a vertical loop roller coaster.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    King Macbeth of Scotland is defeated at the Battle of Lumphanan - August 15th, 1057

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 7:39

    On this day in 1057, Malcolm Canmore avenged his father's death by slaying King Macbeth of Scotland at the Battle of Lumphanan.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex is unearthed in South Dakota - August 12th, 1990

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 9:58

    On this day in 1990, fossil hunters in South Dakota uncovered the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever found.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    America's first roller skating rink opens in Newport, Rhode Island - August 11th, 1866

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 9:55

    On this day in 1866, James Plimpton opened the first public roller skating rink in the United States.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Smithsonian Institution is established - August 10th, 1846

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 10:34

    On this day in 1846, thanks to an unusual bequest from British scientist James Smithson, the Smithsonian Institution was established in the United States.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The U.S. Forest Service introduces Smokey Bear - August 9th, 1944

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 12:34

    On this day in 1944, Smokey Bear was chosen as the mascot of a new forest fire prevention campaign in the United States.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Masked bandits rob a Royal Mail train in England - August 8th, 1963

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 10:02

    On this day in 1963, a masked gang committed the most notorious train robbery in British history, when they stole £2.6 million from a Traveling Post Office. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Operation Big Switch begins at Panmunjom, Korea - August 5th, 1953

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 8:06

    On this day in 1953, with the Korean War winding down, both sides of the conflict began to exchange their remaining prisoners.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first issue - August 4th, 1821

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 10:25

    On this day in 1821, The Saturday Evening Post published its inaugural issue.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    RadioShack introduces the TRS-80 personal computer - August 3rd, 1977

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 9:04

    On this day in 1977, electronics retailer RadioShack unveiled the TRS-80, one of the first personal computers marketed to the average consumer.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The first U.S. census is conducted - August 2nd, 1790

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 8:52

    On this day in 1790, federal marshals set out on horseback to begin the first official count of the American people.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The cable television network MTV is launched - August 1st, 1981

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 10:40

    On this day in 1981, MTV went on the air for the first time at 12:01 AM. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    English naval forces defeat the Spanish Armada - July 29th, 1588

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 8:46

    On this day in 1588, the Spanish Armada was defeated by an English naval force off the coast of Gravelines, France.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Western Union delivers its first singing telegram - July 28th, 1933

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 9:27

    On this day in 1933, a Western Union operator named Lucille Lipps delivered the company's first singing telegram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Bugs Bunny makes his official debut in the animated short film "A Wild Hare" - July 27th, 1940

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 10:57

    On this day in 1940, cartoon icon Bugs Bunny appeared for the first time in the Warner Bros. animated short “A Wild Hare.”See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Erfurt Latrine Disaster - July 26th, 1184

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 7:08

    On this day in 1184, dozens of noblemen plunged to their deaths after a floor collapsed above a monastery cesspit in modern-day Germany. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Roseanne Barr sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a Major League Baseball game - July 25th, 1990

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 9:53

    On this day in 1990, actress and comedian Roseanne Barr sang an ear-splitting rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the start of a Major League Baseball game.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Plan 9 from Outer Space is released in theaters - July 22nd, 1959

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 10:14

    On this day in 1959, Ed Wood's campy cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space premiered in theaters. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Vostok Research Station measures the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth - July 21st, 1983

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 6:52

    On this day in 1983, at Russia's Vostok research station in Antarctica, scientists reported the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    A town in Massachusetts makes a giant cheese ball for Thomas Jefferson - July 20th, 1801

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 8:28

    On this day in 1801, the town of Cheshire, Massachusetts, made a 1,235-pound cheese wheel as a gift for President Thomas Jefferson. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Two supertankers collide in the Caribbean Sea - July 19th, 1979

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 7:30

    On this day in 1979, during a tropical storm, two enormous supertankers collided off the coast of Tobago. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    "The first Oscar Mayer Wienermobile hits the streets of Chicago - July 18th, 1936 "

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 10:00

    On this day in 1936, Oscar Mayer's original Wienermobile made its debut in the company's hometown of Chicago.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    A school bus is hijacked in Chowchilla, California - July 15th, 1976

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 14:09

    On this day in 1976, three men kidnapped a school bus driver and 26 children in Chowchilla, California. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Dr. Spock's The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care is published - July 14th, 1946

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 8:33

    On this day in 1946, Dr. Benjamin Spock's seminal book about child care was published for the first time. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    P. T. Barnum's museum mysteriously burns to the ground - July 13th, 1865

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 10:21

    On this day in 1865, P. T. Barnum's American Museum in New York City was destroyed in a mysterious fire. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    “Disco Demolition Night" turns violent at Comiskey Park in Chicago - July 12th, 1979

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 12:12

    On this day in 1979, a promotional event at a Major League Baseball game devolved into a dangerous riot. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    An American surgeon creates controversy after using zippers in place of stitches - July 11th, 1985

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 9:38

    On this day in 1985, Dr. Harry Harlan Stone announced the successful use of zippers to open and close surgical incisions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung dies - July 8th, 1994

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 8:17

    On this day in 1994, Communist dictator and founder of North Korea Kim Il-Sung died of a heart attack.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Sandra Day O'Connor is nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court - July 7th, 1981

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 13:58

    On this day in 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated court of appeals judge Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Notorious pirate Captain William Kidd is captured in Boston - July 6th, 1699

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 11:27

    On this day in 1699, Captain William Kidd was arrested and jailed in Boston on charges of piracy.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The first bikini swimsuit makes its debut in Paris - July 5th, 1946

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 9:04

    On this day in 1946, French designer Louis Réard introduced the world to the bikini. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Booker T. Washington opens the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama - July 4th, 1881

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 8:47

    On this day in 1881, the Tuskegee State Normal School, now Tuskegee University, opened its doors to students for the first time. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The U.S. Postal Service introduces the ZIP Code - July 1st, 1963

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 9:14

    On this day in 1963, the ZIP Code was introduced as part of a nationwide effort to improve the speed of mail delivery in the United States. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope - June 30th, 1859

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 11:55

    On this day in 1859, French daredevil Charles Blondin became the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir - June 29th, 1995

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 6:52

    On this day in 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis docked in orbit with the Russian space station Mir. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Adolphe Sax patents the saxophone - June 28th, 1846

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 7:19

    On this day in 1846, Belgian musician and inventor Adolphe Sax secured the patent for a brand new instrument: the saxophone. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The first Newbery Medal for children's literature is awarded - June 27th, 1922

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 9:24

    On this day in 1922, the Newbery Medal was awarded for the first time as a way to recognize excellence in children's literature. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Pablo Picasso's first major exhibition opens in Paris - June 24th, 1901

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 7:24

    On this day in 1901, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso held the first major exhibition of his artwork at a gallery in Paris. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Charlie Daniels Band releases its hit single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" - June 23rd, 1979

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 8:11

    On this day in 1979, The Charlie Daniels Band released a hit single called “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    English explorer Henry Hudson is set adrift by mutineers - June 22nd, 1611

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 7:52

    On this day in 1611, English navigator Henry Hudson was cast adrift with eight others after his mutinuous crew seized control of his ship. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The U.S. Supreme Court rules that burning the American flag is protected under the First Amendment - June 21st, 1989

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 8:56

    On this day in 1989, in a narrow decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the rights of protesters to burn the American flag.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    British captives are imprisoned overnight in the "Black Hole of Calcutta" - June 20th, 1756

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 8:43

    On this day in 1756, dozens of British prisoners were forced to spend the night in an airless cell known colloquially as the Black Hole of Calcutta. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The College Board introduces its first standardized test - June 17th, 1901

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 7:22

    On this day in 1901, the newly-formed College Board administered its first standardized admissions exams, the precursor to the SAT. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Victoria Hall Disaster - June 16th, 1883

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 10:00

    On this day in 1883, at Victoria Hall in Sunderland, the rush to receive free toys left 183 children dead. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Danish flag allegedly falls from the sky during the Battle of Lyndanisse - June 15th, 1219

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 7:08

    On this day in 1219, according to Danish legend, the country's familiar red and white flag fell from the sky as a sign of God's favor. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The words "under God" are added to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance - June 14th, 1954

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 9:49

    On this day in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill to add the words “under God” to the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Thurgood Marshall is nominated as justice to the U.S. Supreme Court - June 13th, 1967

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 11:33

    Andrew Jackson's pet parrot is removed from his funeral for excessive swearing - June 10th, 1845

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 6:54

    On this day in 1845, President Andrew Jackson's funeral was rudely interrupted when his pet parrot began squawking profanities during the service. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Mormon handcart pioneers set out for Salt Lake City - June 9th, 1856

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 7:50

    On this day in 1856, nearly 500 members of the Latter-Day Saints set out for Salt Lake City, carrying everything they owned in two-wheeled handcarts. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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