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This Day in History for September 3 – Frederick Douglass Escapes and More

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

1777 – During the American Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge, the flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time (More info)

1838 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery (More info)

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This Day in History for September 2 – V-J Day and More

1666 – The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying St. Paul’s Cathedral and 10,000 other buildings (More info)

1789 – The United States Department of the Treasury is founded (More info)

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This Day in History for September 1 – Titanic Wreckage Found and More

1864 – Atlanta falls to Union forces during the Civil War (More info)

1897 – The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America (More info)

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This Day in History for August 31 – Princess Diana Dies and More

1803 – Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west (More info)

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols, the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims, is murdered (More info)

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Matthew Buchholz
Matthew Buchholz
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What if Monsters and Aliens Were Around for Big Moments in US History?

Our country would look pretty different if it weren’t for the defeat of General Frankenstein at Bunker Hill or Metallo the mechanical man’s passages in the Declaration of Independence. At least thats the way these events occur in artist Matthew Buchholz’s ‘Alternate Histories’ poster series.

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This Day in History for August 28 – Gorbachev Resigns and More

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

1867 – During World War II, the United States takes possession of the then-unoccupied Midway Atoll (More info)

1963 – At the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech (More info)

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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This Day in History for August 19 – Germany Elects Hitler and More

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

1812 – The American frigate USS Constitution earns the nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada (More info)

1909 – The first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500 (More info)

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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This Day in History for August 11 – Watts Riots Begin and More

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

1929 – Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio (More info)

1934 – The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island (More info)

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Keith Urban Would Consider Doing a Mash-Up

Mash-ups, made from blending pieces of at least two songs into one new creation, have been a mainstay of club DJs for years, but they didn’t gain mainstream appeal until ‘Glee’ began featuring them regularly during the TV show’s musical numbers.

The ‘Glee’ mash-ups, including a Halloween-show mix of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘Heads Will Roll,’ have inspired even country megastar Keith Urban.

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Courtesy of Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc.
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Patsy Cline’s Former Home Renovated, Open for Tours

She’s one of the most important names in modern music history, but Patsy Cline fans haven’t had a place where they can go to celebrate her legacy — until now.

Thanks to the efforts of the aptly named Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc. organization, Cline’s Virginia home has been renovated and is now open to the public.

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Mike Stobe, Getty Images
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This Day in History for August 3 – NBA Formed and More

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

1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain (More info)

1900 – The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded (More info)

1949 – The National Basketball Association is formed (More info)

1972 – The United States Senate ratif

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This Day in History for July 29 – Charles Marries Diana and More

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

1864 – Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C. (More info)

1899 – The First Hague Convention is signed (More info)

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