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Everyday has some history tied to it. “Today in History” will explore the history of each day. From events, births, deaths and holidays, it will be interesting to see who and what happened on today’s date in the past.

Today in History: November 24

November 24

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1968: Todd Beamer  –

Todd Morgan Beamer was a one of the passengers who tried to stop the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  He, along with other passengers, tried calling for help from his cell phone and the airplane phones.

He got a hold of GTE supervisor Lisa Jefferson, and told her that one passenger had been killed and that the passengers were planning to jump the hijackers and try and land the plane safely.  His last words, according to Jefferson, were “Are you guys ready? OK, let’s roll”.

The plane ended up crashing into a field in Pennsylvania.

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– 1957: Diego Rivera – 

A prominent Mexican painter, Diego Rivera was born on December 8th, 1886.  He is known for his paintings which helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance, and for also being the husband of Frida Kahlo.

He has been portrayed in two movies: Cradle Will Rock and Frida, which stars Selma Hayek as Frida, Diego’s wife.

Diego Rivera died at the age of 70 in Mexico City on November 24, 1957.

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– 1932: The FBI Crime Lab officially opens –

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation was founded in 1908.  In 1932, on November 24 in Washington D.C., the Crime Lab department officially opened up.

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Thanksgiving –

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an American holiday which is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November.  It periodically falls on November 24th, which it does this year, 2011.

It started during the Civil War when Abe Lincoln declared a day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.

The first Thanksgiving feast lasted for 3 days, which fed 13 Pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.  The “First Thanksgiving” consisted of giving thanks to God for guiding them to the New World, and the some of the foods which were served were fish, wild birds, beans, and many others.

Football, parades, and a big dinner celebrated with family are some typical traditions of Thanksgiving.  However, many families have their own traditions, which makes Thanksgiving a day to look forward to.

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*Note: The pictures were taken from Wikipedia.  Click on the links to find out more info and to see my sources.*

Today in History: October 11th

November 11


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1821: Fyodor Dostoyevsky –

The second of seven children, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow, Russia.  He went on to become a prominent author of novels, short stories, and essays.

His most famous works were his novels: Crime and Punishment, which was published in 1866; The Idiot, which was published in 1869; and The Brothers Karmazov, which was published in 1880.

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– 2010: Baby Marie Osborne – 

Born in Denver, Colorado in 1911, Baby Marie Osborne, usually just called Baby Marie, was the first major child star in American silent films.

Baby Marie made her debut in 1914, at the age of three, in Kidnapped in New York and went on to star in a total of 29 films in a 6 year period.  Fifteen years later, Baby Marie returned to film and over the next 16 years she worked as a film extra and stand-in.  She later went on to work as a costumer on such movies as Cleopatra and The Godfather: Part III.  She eventually retired in 1977 at the age of 66.

On November 11, 2010, Baby Marie Osborne died six days after her birthday at the age of 99.

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– 1918: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies –

black and white photograph of five men in military uniforms standing side-to-side in front of a railcar. Four men are disembarking behind them.

On November 11, 1918, a treaty of agreement was signed which ended the fighting of World War I.

The armistice was signed in a railway carriage and marked a victory for the Allies and defeat for Germany.

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Veterans Day –

Veterans Day

Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day is a holiday which honors military veterans.

Many people have the day off from school or work on Veterans Day because it is a federal holiday.  The day is usually celebrated by having a ravioli meal, the meal that President Woodrow Wilson provided 2,000 soldiers after their return from war, knowing that the soldiers would want a home cooked meal.

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*Note: The pictures were taken from Google Images.  Click on the links to find out more info and to see my sources.*

Today in History: October 27th

October 27

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1967: Simone Moro –

Born in Bergamo, Italy, Simone Moro is a mountaineer, having climbed several 8000m peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen.

Simone Moro has succeeded in reaching the summit of: Mt. Everest, Mt. Vinson and Cho Oyo in 2002; Broad Peak, Elbrus and Kilimanjaro in 2003; and in 2006, Moro descended from the top of Everest in 4 hours.

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– 1977: James M. Cain – 

Born in Maryland, James Cain was a journalist and author, and seen as one of the creators of roman noir.

Cain spent the last year of World War I in France, writing for an Army magazine, and when he returned to the United States, he continued writing as a journalist.  His first novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, was published in 1934.  He also wrote other well-known stories such as: Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity, and Serenade, along with many others.  Several of his novels have inspired successful movies.

James Cain worked all the way up to his death, in 1977, at the age of 85.

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– 1954: Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the US Air Force –

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Born in Washington D.C., Benjamin Davis, Jr. became the first African-American to become a general in the US Air Force, following in his father, Benjamin O Davis, Sr.’s footsteps whom was the first African American general in the US Army.

Unfortunately, at age 89, Benjamin Davis Jr. died on July 4th, 2002.  He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery and Bill Clinton said: “General Davis is here today as living proof that a person can overcome adversity and discrimination, achieve great things, turn skeptics into believers; and through example and perseverance, one person can bring truly extraordinary change”.

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Navy Day –

Celebrated by several countries, Navy Day is a day to observe and recognize a countries navy.

During this day, the public can visit military ships and see air displays.  The United States made their Navy Day on October 27 because it’s the birthday of “navy-obsessed” President, Theodore Roosevelt.

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*Note: The pictures were taken from Google Images.  Click on the links to find out more info and to see my sources.*

Today in History: October 19th

October 20

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1963: Julie Payette –

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Julie Payette is a Canadian Space Agency astronaut.  Being in space for more than 25 days, Julie is a Chief Astronaut for the CSA and has served as other roles for NASA and CSA.

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– 1936: Anne Sullivan – 

Born in 1866, in Massachusetts, Anne Sullivan was nearly blind from untreated trachoma.  Even through she had a sight disability of her own, Anne, in 1887 at the age of 20, became the teacher to deafblind girl, Helen Keller.  They formed a 49 year relationship and became lifelong companions, living, working and traveling together.

In 1935, at the age of 69, Anne Sullivan became completely blind.  She died a year later in 1936 at the age of 70.

When Helen Keller eventually died in 1968, her ashes were placed in the Washington National Cathedral next to Anne Sullivan’s ashes.

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– 1967: Bigfoot is filmed by Patterson and Gimlin –

Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch, is a supposed ape-like cryptid.  While many scientists brush off Bigfoot as a myth or hoax, some scientists, such as Jane Goodall and Jeffrey Meldrum, have expressed interest and belief in the creature.

On October 20, 1967, Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin reported that they had captured Bigfoot on film at Bluff Creek, California.  The photo above is a frame from their film.

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World Osteoporosis Day –

Celebrated annually on October 20, World Osteoporosis Day launches a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness to osteoporosis.

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*Note: The pictures were taken from Google Images.  Click on the links to find out more info and to see my sources.*

Today in History: October 19th

October 19

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1993: Abby Sunderland

Turning 18 years old today, Abby Sunderland was 17 when, in 2010, she attempted to become the youngest person to sail around the world.

After a failed first attempt, her second attempt to sail around the world turned disastrous when her boat had capsized and she had to be rescued.  While Abby Sunderland didn’t make it around the world on a boat, it was revealed that she is taking flying lessons where she’ll attempt a journey by plane around the world.

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– 1987: Jacqueline du Pre– 

Born in 1945, Jacqueline du Pre was a British cellist.  She played with many prestigious orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra and many others.  She mainly played two Stradivari cellos, the 1712 Davidov Stradivarius and the former 1673 cello but what is now called the “du Pre Stradivarius”.

Unfortunately, in October 1973, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was forced to stop performing at the age of 28.  In 1987, at the age of 42, Jacqueline du Pre died in London.

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– 1954: Cho Oyu is first climbed. –

Cho Oyu, which lies in the Himalayas and is only 20 km west from Mt. Everest, is the 6th highest mountain in the world.

Cho Oyu was first climbed on October 19, 1954 by Herbert Tichy, Joseph Jochler and a Sherpa guidesman, Pasang Dawa Lama.  Cho Oyu became the 5th 8,000 meter peak to be climbed.

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Armilustrium –

Marcus Aurelius sacrificing

Celebrated by ancient Rome, Armilustrium was a festival in honor of Mars, the god of war.

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*Note: The pictures were taken from Google Images.  Click on the links to find out more info and to see my sources.*

Today in History: October 14th

October 14th

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1890: Dwight D. Eisenhower –

The last president to be born in the 19th century, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States.

Even though his public approval during his administration was pretty low, now, he is often ranked as one of the top ten U.S. Presidents.

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– 1985: Emil Gilels – 

Considered as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, Emil Gilels was a Soviet pianist.

Emil began studying the piano at age 5 and by age 12, he had made his first public appearance.  During World War II, film footage shows Gilels playing “morale-boosting open-air recitals on the frontline” for Soviet troops.

After the war, Emil Gilels began traveling as a soloist.  He was one of the first Soviet artists allowed to travel play concerts in the United States.  His American debut was a success.

On October 14, 1985, a few days before his 69th birthday, Emil Gilels died unexpectedly during a doctor check-up in Moscow.  While this is debated, there is a rumor that he was accidentally killed by an incompetent doctor, however no one knows the truth.

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– 1912: Theodore Roosevelt is shot –

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, three and a half years after he left office, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the U.S., was shot by New York saloon owner, John Flammang Schrank.

Roosevelt was supposed to give a speech before he was shot and after he was shot, with the bullet still inside him, he gave his prepared speech stating, “It takes more than one bullet to bring down a Bull Moose”.

John Schrank was found legally insane and institutionalized until his death in 1943.  Theodore Roosevelt never had the bullet removed and it stayed in his body until his death in 1919.

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Belarus: Mother’s Day –

Celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and mothers in general, Mother’s Day is a day for moms.

Each country has a different day to celebrate this holiday and October 14th is Belarus’s Mother’s Day celebration.

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*Note: The pictures were taken from Google Images.  Click on the links to find out more info and to see my sources.*

Today in History: October 10th

October 10th

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1963: Daniel Pearl –

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, and after graduating from Stanford University with a bachelors in Communications, Daniel Pearl became a Journalist.

His most well-known investigations covered covered the ethnic wars in the Balkans in Europe.

Tragically, on January 23, 2002, Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan.  Nine days later, he was killed.

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– 2005: Milton Obote – 

A Ugandan political leader, Milton Obote was Prime Minister of Uganda from 1962 – 1966 and was president of Uganda from 1966 – 1971 and again from 1980 to 1985.

In 1962, Milton Obote led Uganda towards independence from the British Colonial administration.

He died of kidney failure at the age of 79.

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– 1780: The Great Hurricane of 1780 occurs. –

A map showing most of the Lesser Antilles in red. Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are also red.

Between October 10th and October 16th, 1780, more than 20,000 people died in the Caribbean because Great Hurricane of 1780 or Hurricane San Calixto.

Known as the deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record, the hurricane’s track and strength are unknown because the official Atlantic Hurricane Database only dates back to 1851.

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World Mental Health Day –

First celebrated in 1992, World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

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