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Abraham Lincoln Died on This Date

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Governor Gerry Gains Ground

On this date in 1812, the Boston Gazette publishes a political cartoon that coins the term “gerrymander.” Gerrymander refers to the practice of establishing oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection. The term is a mash up … Continue reading

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“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”

On this date in 1775, Patrick Henry gives his famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech, which many historians credit as convincing the Second Virginia Convention to send troops into the Revolutionary War.

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Royally Indulged

On this date in 1672, Charles II of England issued the Royal Declaration of Indulgence, extending religious freedom to Roman Catholics and Protestant nonconformists in his realms.

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“The Great Internet Sex Panic Act of 1995”

On this date in 1996, the Communications Decency Act was signed. The act, also called the “Great Internet Sex Panic Act of 1995,” was the US Congress’s first notable attempt to regulate pornography on the Internet.

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Milton’s Defense Suppressed

On this date in 1660, Britain’s Charles II issued a proclamation to suppress John Milton’s polemical propaganda entitled Defensio pro Populo Anglicano (Defense of the English People).

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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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He’s the Guy They Called “Deep Throat”

On this date in 2005, Vanity Fair publishes an article revealing that Mark Felt, a former FBI special agent, was the whistle-blower known as “Deep Throat” in the Watergate scandal.

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Milton Feels the Wound

On this date in 1667, John Milton sold the copyright for his epic poem, Paradise Lost, for a mere £10.

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Acts of Union Signed on This Date

On this date in 1707, the Acts of Union were signed. These acts officially united the English and Scottish kingdoms and parliaments, thus creating the kingdom of Great Britain.  

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