Today in History
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- In 1585 a group of colonists lands on Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina.
- In 1807 a steamboat goes on the Hudson River, inaugurating the 1st commercial steamboat service.
- In 1883 there is the first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem.
- In 1587 Virginia Dare becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
- In 1783 a huge fireball meteor is seen across Great Britain as it passes over the east coast.
- In 1868 French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.
- In 1768 Saint Isaac's Cathedral is founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
- In 1848 the a newspaper breaks the news to the East Coast of the US of the gold rush in California.
- In 1861 there was the first ascent of Weisshorn, fifth highest summit in the Alps.
- In 1775, the Spanish establish the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in Tucson, Arizona.
- In 1858 Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection.
- In 1866 President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.
- In 1770 James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
- In 1821 Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
- In 1888 the first successful adding machine in the US is patented by William Seward Burroughs.
- In 565 Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.
- In 1654 Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the 1st known Jewish immigrant to America.
- In 1848 the United States annexes New Mexico.
- In 1541 French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.
- In 1784 Western North Carolina declares itself a state; it is not accepted, and lasts 4 years.
- In 1923 Smith and Richter did the 1st mid-air refueling, making a record of 37 hrs flight.
- In 1215 Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
- In 1682 William Penn receives the area of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
- In 1875 Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim the English Channel.
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