Tag: History

August 19 in Pop Culture History

August 19 in Pop Culture History 295 BC – The first temple to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, was dedicated by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges 1612 – The “Samlesbury witches”, three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, were put on trial, accused of practicing witchcraft, with all three of […]

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August 17 in Pop Culture History

August 17 in Pop Culture History 1807 – Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat left New York, New York, to Albany, New York, on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world. 1896 – Bridget Driscoll was run over by a Benz car in the grounds of The Crystal Palace, London. She […]

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August 16 in Pop Culture History

August 16 in Pop Culture History 1858 – President James Buchanan inaugurated the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria in the United Kingdom. “Europe and America are united by telegraphy. Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men.” 1896 – Skookum Jim Mason, George Carmack […]

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August 15 in Pop Culture History

August 15 in Pop Culture History 1483 – Pope Sixtus IV consecrated the Sistine Chapel and dedicated it to the Virgin Mary. 1519 – Panama City, Panama, was founded. 1549 – Jesuit priest Francis Xavier came ashore at Kagoshima, Japan. 1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, […]

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August 14 in Pop Culture History

August 14 in Pop Culture History 1888 – An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord”, one of the first recordings of music ever made, was played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison’s phonograph in London, England. 1893 – France became the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration. 1933 – […]

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August 13 in Pop Culture History

August 13 in Pop Culture History 1521 – Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes captured Aztec leader Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc and conquered the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. 1868 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Arica, Chile 1889 – Samuel Leeds Allen was issued a patent (#408,681) for his Flexible Flyer sled. 1898 – Carl Gustav Witt discoverd 433 Eros, the first near-Earth […]

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August 7 in Pop Culture History

August 7 in Pop Culture History 1782 – George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It was later renamed the Purple Heart. 1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey and three other women became the first women to complete a transcontinental automobile trip, taking 59 days to […]

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August 4 in Pop Culture History

August 4 in Pop Culture History 70 – The Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans. 1693 – Celebratory date for Dom Perignon’s invention of Champagne. 1790 – A tariff act created the need for the Revenue Cutter Service, later renamed The United States Coast Guard. 1892 – The father and stepmother of […]

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August 3 in Pop Culture History

August 3 in Pop Culture History 1492 – Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain towards, he expected to find Asia. 1769 – The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California were discovered. 1852 – Harvard University won the first Boat Race against Yale University. The race was the first American […]

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August 2 in Pop Culture History

August 2 in Pop Culture History 1610 – Henry Hudson sailed into what is now known as Hudson Bay (he thought he had made it through the Northwest Passage, and reached the Pacific Ocean). 1776 – The signing of the Declaration of Independence didn’t occur on July 4. After the Continental Congress voted to declare […]

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July 19 in Pop Culture History

July 19 in Pop Culture History 64 – Great Fire of Rome occurred, destroying half of the city. Contrary to rumors, Nero did not play the fiddle while it burned, but he did blame “the Christians.” 1553 – Lady Jane Grey was replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after only nine […]

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Historical Affairs programs in August 2022

Outdoor events, tours and a lecture on the DeBraak shipwreck to be featured. The post Historical Affairs programs in August 2022 appeared first on State of Delaware News.

July 13 in Pop Culture History

July 13 in Pop Culture History 1787 – The Continental Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance establishing governing rules for the Northwest Territory. It also established procedures for the admission of new states and limits the expansion of slavery. 1923 – The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It […]

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July 11 in Pop Culture History

July 11 in Pop Culture History 1796 – The United States took possession of Detroit from Great Britain under terms of the Jay Treaty. 1798 – The United States Marine Corps was re-established (they had been disbanded after the American Revolutionary War). 1889 – Tijuana, Mexico, was founded. 1893 – The first cultured pearl was […]

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July 8 in Pop Culture History

July 8 in Pop Culture History 1776 – The Liberty Bell rang at Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, inviting citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. 1800 – Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse gave the smallpox vaccination to his son, Daniel. It was performed in the US, using cowpox serum […]

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Historical Affairs programs in July 2022

Independence Day activities, tours and a program on the DeBraak shipwreck to be featured. The post Historical Affairs programs in July 2022 appeared first on State of Delaware News.

New Castle Court House Museum

Historic building reopened after being closed since Dec. 31, 2021 for the installation of a fire sprinkler system. The post New Castle Court House Museum appeared first on State of Delaware News.

John Dickinson Plantation receives Award of Excellence

Museum honored for its project “Search, Discovery, and Interpretation of the African Burial Ground at the John Dickinson Plantation.” The post John Dickinson Plantation receives Award of Excellence appeared first on State of Delaware News.

FREE New Castle History Camp, July 25–29, 2022

Children ages 10 to 13 are invited to explore the storied past of one of America’s most historic towns during the FREE New Castle History Camp The post FREE New Castle History Camp, July 25–29, 2022 appeared first on State of Delaware News.

May 26 in Pop Culture History

May 26 in Pop Culture History 1293 (Earthquake) Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000. 1869 – Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 1896 – Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. 1897 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel began being sold in the UK. 1917 (Tornadoes) Matoon and […]

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Historical and Cultural Affairs programs in May 2022

(DOVER, Del. — April 18, 2022) — The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring seven special events during the month of May 2022. A full schedule is included below. Except where noted, all programs are free and open to the...

Mardi Gras 2019

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.  It refers to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday when many Christians begin to fast for the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. The feast of The Epiphany or The Three Kings closes the Christmas season and opens up a season of carnival.  In some countries these carnivals […]

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