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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. Advertisements

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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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Charles II Declares Indulgence on This Date

On this date in 1672, Charles II of England issued the Royal Declaration of Indulgence. This was his attempt to extend religious freedom to nonconformist Protestants and Roman Catholics.

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The British Museum Opened on This Date

On this date in 1759, the British Museum opened. The famed Rosetta Stone, which provided scholars the key to modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs, is one of the most visited exhibits.

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Nobel Establishes Prize on This Date

Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament on this date in 1895, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after his death. Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was a Swedish chemist, armaments manufacturer, innovator, and engineer. He … Continue reading

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Mayflower Compact Signed on This Date

The Mayflower Compact is signed on this date in 1634, making it the first governing document of Plymouth Colony.

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Treaty of Calais Ratified on This Date

On this date in 1360, the Treaty of Calais is ratified, thus ending the first phase of England’s Hundred Years War.

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Tyndale Executed for Heresy on This Date

On this date in 1536, British scholar William Tyndale is executed for heresy. Tyndale transformed the English language by incorporating Greek and Hebrew idioms and syntaxes; this revised form is called Early Modem English, a form that Shakespeare built upon. … Continue reading

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An Apple a Day

John Chapman, who was better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born on this date in 1774.

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There’s Gold in Them There Hills

On this date in 1848, the New York Herald publishes the news of the gold rush in California.

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