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This Day in History for October 28 – Statue of Liberty Dedicated and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1886 – In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty (More info)

1919 – The US Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto, paving the way for Prohibition to begin the following January (More info)

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This Day in History for October 27 – New York Subway Opens and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1787 – The first of the Federalist Papers, which called for the ratification of the US Constitution, is published (More info)

1904 – The first underground New York City Subway line opens (More info)

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This Day in History for October 25 – Kamikaze Bombings Begin and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1854 – The Charge of the Light Brigade takes place at Balaklava during the Crimean War (More info)

1944 – The Japanese deploy kamikaze suicide bombers against American warships for the first time (More info)

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This Day in History for October 23 – First UN General Assembly and More

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42 BC – Marcus Junius Brutus, a leading conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar, commits suicide after his defeat at the second battle of Philippi (More info)

1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention begins in Worcester, Massachusetts (More info)

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This Day in History for October 24 – Last Concorde Flights and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1901 – Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (More info)

1929 – “Black Thursday” stock market crash occurs on the New York Stock Exchange (More info)

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This Day in History for October 22 – First Vietnam War Casualties and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1934 – Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd is shot by FBI agents in a cornfield in East Liverpool, Ohio (More info)

1957 – The United States suffers its first casualties in Vietnam (More info)

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This Day in History for October 21 – Guggenheim Museum Opens and More

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1861 – Union troops suffer a devastating defeat in the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, the second major engagement of the Civil War (More info)

1921 – President Warren G. Harding delivers the first speech by a sitting President against lynching in the deep south (More info)

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This Day in History for October 20 – McCarthyism Hits Hollywood and More

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1944 – Two liquid gas tanks explode in Cleveland, Ohio, killing 130 people and leveling 30 city blocks (More info)

1944 – General Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines, 30 months after he declared “I shall return” (More info)

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This Day in History for October 19 – ‘Black Monday’ Occurs and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1781 – British General Cornwallis surrenders to General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing an end to the last major battle of the American Revolution (More info)

1789 – Chief Justice John Jay is sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States (More info)

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This Day in History for October 18 – Alaska Becomes US Territory and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1469 – Ferdinand of Aragon marries Isabella of Castile in Valladolid, beginning a cooperative reign that would unite Spain and elevate the nation to a dominant world power (More info)

1648 – Boston Shoemakers form the first US labor organization (More info)

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This Day in History for October 16 – Marie Antoinette Beheaded and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1793 – Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is guillotined at the height of the French Revolution (More info)

1916 – In Brooklyn, New York, Margaret Sanger opens the first family planning clinic in the United States (More info)

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This Day in History for October 15 – ‘I Love Lucy’ Debuts and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1917 – Mata Hari, the archetype of the seductive female spy, is executed for espionage (More info)

1951 – ‘I Love Lucy,’ starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, makes its television debut (More info)

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