This Week In American History: December 3rd  - December 9th

This Week In American History: December 3rd - December 9th

December 3 1818 Illinois became the 21st state. Due to the challenge of the prairies slowing emigration into the region, the population was only about 35,000 and most of the...
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This Week In American History: November 26th - December 2nd

This Week In American History: November 26th - December 2nd

November 26 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. This followed the precedent set by President Abraham Lincoln in...
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This Week In American History: November 19th - November 25th

This Week In American History: November 19th - November 25th

November 19 1863 At the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American...
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This Week In American History: November 12th - November 18th

This Week In American History: November 12th - November 18th

November 12 1799 Andrew Ellicott, an early American astronomer, witnessed the Leonids meteor shower from a ship off the Florida Keys. Ellicott wrote in his journal that the “whole heaven appeared...
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This Week In American History: November 5th - November 11th

This Week In American History: November 5th - November 11th

November 5 1940 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was re-elected for an unprecedented third term as president of the United States. Roosevelt’s decision to break the precedent set by George Washington was...
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This Week In American History: October 29th - November 4th

This Week In American History: October 29th - November 4th

October 29 1965 Nine months after its subject’s assassination, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was first published. Through his work with the Nation of Islam and advocacy for Black power,...
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This Week In American History: October 22nd - October 28th

This Week In American History: October 22nd - October 28th

October 22 1965 During the Vietnam War, about 35 miles northwest of Saigon, PFC Milton Lee Olive III of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, threw himself on an enemy...
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This Week In American History: October 15th - October 21st

This Week In American History: October 15th - October 21st

October 15 1863 The H.L. Hunley, the world’s first successful combat submarine, sunk during a test run, killing its inventor and seven crew members. The submarine would go on to...
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This Week In American History: October 8th - October 14th

This Week In American History: October 8th - October 14th

October 8 1871 The Great Chicago Fire began when flames sparked in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, igniting a two-day blaze that killed between 200 and 300...
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This Week In American History: October 1st - October 7th

This Week In American History: October 1st - October 7th

October 1 1890 An act of Congress created Yosemite National Park. Environmental trailblazer John Muir (1838-1914) and his colleagues campaigned for the congressional action, which was signed into law by...
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This Week In American History: September 24th - September 30th

This Week In American History: September 24th - September 30th

September 24 1789 The Judiciary Act of 1789 was passed by Congress and signed by President George Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States as a tribunal made...
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This Week In American History: September 17th - September 23rd

This Week In American History: September 17th - September 23rd

September 17 1787 The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by 38 of 41 delegates present at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. During an intensive debate,...
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