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“What Hath God Wrought!”

On this date in 1838, Samuel Morse demonstrates his telegraph system for the first time.

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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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Shakespeare on Fire!

On this date in 1613, the Globe Theatre burns to the ground during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII.

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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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Shelby Foote Born on This Date

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

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Gibbons Gets Inspired

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.

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The Scottish Play

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).

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Playwright Sheridan Drinks Whilst Theatre Burns

Richard Sheridan, author of The School for Scandal, stops for a drink on this date in 1809; the new Drury Lane Theatre, which he owns, is burning down nearby. Sheridan calmly states, “A man may surely be allowed to take … Continue reading

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