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Beyond “I Have a Dream,” Dr. King’s sermons and speeches touched on everything from social and racial justice, to nonviolence, poverty, the Vietnam War and dismantling white supremacy. Here are seven of the most notable. history.com/news/martin-luth…
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Eleven men stole more than $2 million ($30 million today) from the Brink’s Armored Car depot in Boston on #ThisDayInHistory in 1950. It was the perfect crime – almost – as the culprits weren’t caught until January 1956.
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Today we celebrate and honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve.” #MLKDay #MLKJr
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The 18th Amendment, which banned the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating liquors, was ratified on #ThisDayInHistory in 1919. This drove the alcohol industry underground, and Americans kept on drinking during the 13 years the Prohibition was the law of the land.
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On #ThisDayInHistory in 2009, a potential disaster turned into a heroic display of skill and composure when Captain Sullenberger safely landed the plane when he was piloting over New York City’s Hudson River after a bird strike cause its engines to fail. #MiracleOnTheHudson
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Around lunchtime on #ThisDayInHistory in 1919, a giant tank of molasses burst open in Boston’s North End. The molasses flooded the streets and the smell lingered for decades. history.com/news/great-molas…
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., social activist, and Baptist minister was born on #ThisDayInHistory in 1929. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington.
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The Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris on #ThisDayInHistory in 1784, ending the War for Independence. In the document, Britain officially agreed to recognize the independence of its 13 former colonies as the new United States of America. history.com/topics/american-…
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Benedict Arnold, the American general during the Revolutionary War who betrayed his country and became synonymous with the word “traitor,” was born on #ThisDayInHistory in 1741. history.com/topics/american-…
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Ending the week on a high note. 📸 Stuntman Evel Knievel prepares to jump Snake River Canyon, Idaho on a steam powered skycycle; 1974.
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President Johnson appointed the first African American cabinet member on #ThisDayInHistory in 1966, making Robert C. Weaver head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency that develops and implements national housing policy and enforces fair housing laws.
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Amid a steep decline in his musical career, Johnny Cash arrived to play for the inmates at California’s Folsom Prison on #ThisDayInHistory in 1968. The live album of the concert launched him back into the charts and re-defined his career. history.com/news/i-went-with…
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Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate on #ThisDayInHistory in 1932. She had been appointed to the Senate two months earlier to fill the vacancy left by her late husband, Thaddeus Horatio Caraway.
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The so-called “Schoolchildren’s Blizzard” came with no warning on #ThisDayInHistory in 1888. Within a matter of hours, temperatures plunged to 40 below zero in much of North Dakota. The storm brought high winds and heavy snows, creating blinding conditions history.com/news/major-blizz…
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Get what you really wanted this holiday season and make 2022 one for the history books. Shop now and use code NEWYEAR22 for 22% off your order! Valid through Midnight PT on Friday 1/14. historystore.com/collections…
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In the first flight of its kind, Amelia Earhart departed Wheeler Field in Hawaii on a solo flight to North America on #ThisDayInHistory in 1935. Two years after her Hawaii to California flight, she attempted to fly around the world, but her plane was lost on July 2, 1937.
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Miep Gies, the last survivor of a small group of people who helped hide Anne Frank and her family, died at the age of 100 on #ThisDayInHistory in 2010. After the Franks were discovered in 1944, Gies rescued the notebooks that Anne Frank left behind. biography.com/historical-fig…
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