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“Indecent Exposure”

On this date in 1926, H.L. Mencken was arrested for possessing and selling “indecent” literature after he sold a copy of The American Mercury to the secretary of the Boston Watch and Ward Society. The issue contained Herbert Asbury’s story … Continue reading

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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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England’s The Daily Courant Debuts

England’s first national daily newspaper, The Daily Courant, is published for the first time on this date in 1702.

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Pilgrim’s Progress Was Published on This Date

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is published on this date in 1678. Bunyan wrote the first part of his Christian allegory whilst in prison for preaching without a license. Read Pilgrim’s Progress here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21171

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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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“All in the Valley of Death / Rode the Six Hundred”

On this date in 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is published a mere six weeks after the Battle of Balaclava.

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A New Way to Read Premieres on This Date

On this date in 2007, the first Kindle e-reader was released.

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Calvin and Hobbes Debuts on This Date

The Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was first published on this date in 1985.

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Elephants Remember

In 1874, Thomas Nast’s cartoon of an elephant in Harper’s Weekly is the first important use of that animal as a symbol of the United States Republican Party.

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Only in Your Dreams

Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams was published on this date in 1899.

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