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On this date in 1838, Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph system for the first time.
The French political historian wrote Democracy in America. He was born on this date in 1805.
On this date in 1613, the Globe Theatre burns to the ground during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.
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.”
Historian Shelby Foote was born on this date in 1916. Foote, who wrote The Civil War: A Narrative, came into the national spotlight as a central commentator in Ken Burns’s documentary “The Civil War.” Foote claimed that the Civil War … Continue reading
On this date in 1764, Edward Gibbon watches a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome. He’s inspired to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth on this date in 1040. Shakespeare immortalizes the two in his play Macbeth (1606).