Category Archives: Historical Texts

Dr. Spock Deems You Fit to Parent

American pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock was born on this date in 1903. His best-selling book Baby and Child Care espoused the comforting idea that mothers “know more than [they] think they do.” Advertisements

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Bligh’s Men Mutiny on the Bounty on This Date

On this date, in 1789, Lt. William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift after the crew aboard his ship, The Bounty mutinied against him. In 1932, Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall publish Mutiny on the Bounty, their account … Continue reading

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Auction Hammer Snags da Vinci

On this date in 1980, Armand Hammer purchases a notebook containing the writings of Leonardo da Vinci for a bargain price of $5,126,000. You can read more about this story here:

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Turkish Delight

On this date in 1928, The Law on the Adoption and Implementation of the Turkish Alphabet, which replaces the previously used version of the Arabic alphabet, comes into force in Turkey.

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American Women Win the Vote

On this date in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, granting all women in the U.S. the right to vote.

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Alexis De Touqueville Was Born on This Date

The French political historian wrote Democracy in America. He was born on this date in 1805.

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Miller Refuses to Name Names

On this date in 1956, playwright Arthur Miller defied Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Committee on Un-American Activities by refusing to name the names of alleged Communists. Miller’s play The Crucible is an allegory for the McCarthy trials.  

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“It Is Better to Light a Candle than to Curse the Darkness”

On this date in 1961, British lawyer Peter Benenson’s article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several international newspapers. This leads to the beginnings of Amnesty International, the human rights organization founded by Benenson.    

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Death of the “Father”

On this date in A.D. 735, the Venerable Bede dies in a monastery at Jarrow. His work, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People has earned him the title “The Father of English History.”

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The Hays Code Started on This Date

On this date in 1930, the Motion Picture Production Code, more commonly called the Hays Code, started. The code, which was started by Will H. Hays, imposed strict guidelines on what was and was not acceptable in motion pictures. For … Continue reading

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