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History Teaches Us That Our Generation Has Never Been Luckier

I came across some interesting facts about how things used to be before things were all made easy by simple tools and machinery. Many of the sayings we still hear today were derived from real life scenarios.

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Dwarf Planet?
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Hey Look, There’s a Planet in my Pants!

What? That's what scientists are saying... where, what, how and who?

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Thomas Charles Naudet, McGill University Libraries
Thomas Charles Naudet, McGill University Libraries
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This Day in History for August 27 – Battle of Dresden and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1813 – French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte defeats a larger force of Austrians, Russians, and Prussians at the Battle of Dresden (More info)

1859 – Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Penn., leading to the world’s first commercially successful oil well (More info)

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This Day in History for August 26 – Charles Lindbergh Dies and More

1920 – The 19th amendment to the Constitution takes effect, giving women the right to vote (More info)

1939 – The first televised Major League Baseball game is broadcast (More info)

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This Day in History for August 23 – Gaddafi Overthrown and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1926 – Silent film star Rudolph Valentino dies from a ruptured ulcer at the age of 31, sending tens of thousands of fans into a hysterical state of mass mourning (More info)

1939 – Germany and the Soviet Union shock the world by signing the Hitler-Stalin Pact (More info)

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Kheel Center at Cornell University, Flickr
Kheel Center at Cornell University, Flickr
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This Day in History for August 18 – Women Win the Vote and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1894 – Congress establishes the Bureau of Immigration, later the Immigration and Naturalization Service (More info)

1920 – The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women’s right to vote (More info)

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This Day in History for August 17 – Clinton Admits Affair and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1807 – Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat begins its trip up the Hudson River to Albany, New York, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world (More info)

1962 – East German border guards spur riots when they kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin (More info)

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This Day in History for August 16 – Elvis Presley Dies and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1858 – President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the UK (More info)

1896 – Gold is discovered in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush (More info)

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This Day in History for August 15 – Woodstock Opens and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1824 – Freed American slaves found Liberia (More info)

1914 – The Panama Canal opens to traffic (More info)

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This Day in History for August 12 – ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Premieres and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1851 – Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine (More info)

1898 – An Armistice ends the Spanish-American War (More info)

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This Day in History for August 11 – Inmates Arrive at Alcatraz and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1934 – The first civilian inmates arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island (More info)

1965 – The predominately black neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles erupts in riots that last six days and leave 34 people dead (More info)

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This Day in History for January 27 – National Geographic Society Founded and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1785 – The University of Georgia is founded, becoming the first public university in the United States (More info)

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, DC (More info)

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