On this day in 1853, Solomon Northrup, a free Black man who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery, legally obtained his freedom. He later wrote about his experiences in Twelve Years a Slave. A free-born African American from New York, he was the son of a freed slave and a free…
On this day in 1990, Panama’s General Manuel Antonio Noriega, after holing up for 10 days at the Vatican embassy in Panama City, surrendered to U.S…
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On This Day In 1980, in a strong reaction to the December 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy Carter asked the Senate to postpone the…
On this day in 2006, The execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein took place. Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging after being…
On this day in 1895, the world’s first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was made by Louis and Auguste…
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On this day in 1801, Napoleon established the Republic of Lucca after conquering Italy. The Republic of Lucca (Italian: Repubblica di Lucca) was a…
On this day in 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo entered the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. The…
On this day in 1911, Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first explorer to reach the South Pole, beating his British rival, Robert Falcon Scott…
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