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1794 Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror. 1877 The first Westminister Dog Show was held. 1902 Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted,...

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May 5 1809 Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread. 1821 Napoleon...

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1626 Peter Minuit landed in Manhattan, which he later bought for $24 worth of cloth and brass buttons. 1886 The Haymarket Square riot broke out as a result of a labor demonstration. 1932 Public Enemy...

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1937 Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind. 1948 The Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision stated that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce a restrictive...

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1788 Maryland became the 7th state in the United States. 1789 Fletcher Christian led the mutiny aboard the British ship Bounty against Captain William Bligh. 1945 Benito Mussolini was...

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1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in a fight with natives of the Philippines. 1805 The U.S. Marines captured Derna, on the shores of Tripoli. 1865 The worst steamship disaster in...

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1836 Texan army under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto. 1910 Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), author of the novel Huckleberry Finn, died at the age of 74. 1918 Baron Manfred von...

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1769 Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac murdered. 1841 The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue was published. 1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolated radium. 1912 The Boston...