Today in History
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- In 1498 on his third voyage, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover Trinidad.
- In 1930 the radio mystery program The Shadow airs for the first time.
- In 1948 at Idlewild Field in New York, New York International Airport is dedicated.
- In 1498 Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
- In 1774 British scientist Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen gas.
- In 1831 a new London Bridge opens.
- In 1610 Henry Hudson sails into what is now Hudson Bay thinking he reached the Pacific Ocean.
- In 1776 the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
- In 1870 Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London, England.
- In 1527 the first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at Newfoundland.
- In 1852 Harvard wins the 1st Boat Race against Yale. It is the 1st intercollegiate athletic event.
- In 1900 the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is founded.
- In 1789 in France members of the National Constituent Assembly take an oath to end feudalism.
- In 1947 the Supreme Court of Japan is established.
- In 1958 the Billboard Hot 100 is published for the first time.
- In 1620 the Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its 1st attempt to reach North America.
- In 1861 in order to help pay for the civil war effort, the U.S. gov. levies the first income tax.
- In 1901 Peter O'Connor sets the first long jump world record of 24 ft 11 in.
- In 1819 Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the U.S.
- In 1825 Bolivia gains independence from Spain.
- In 1926 Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
- In 1420 construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence.
- In 1782 George Washington creates the Badge of Military Merit, which is now Purple Heart.
- In 1944 IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Harvard Mark I.
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