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Today In History – 19 December

Important Events 1776 Thomas Paine publishes his 1st “American Crisis” essay beginning”These are the times that try men’s souls” (date disputed) 1783 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever

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The Lost City of Tikal

Tikal is the largest of the ancient ruined cities of the Maya civilization. If you ever visit Guatemala don’t miss the chance to visit the ancient ruins at Tikal. Tikal

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Today In History – 17 December

Important Events 1398 Tamerlane captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies by setting camels loaded with hay alight and charging them at the Sultans armored elephants 1526

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Today In History – 14 December

Important Events 1991 57th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR) 1996 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB) 1998 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB) 2009

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Today In History – 13 December

Important Events 2007 The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players

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What’s So Special About 9 December?

International Anti-Corruption Day On 31st October 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and requested that the Secretary-General designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and

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Today In History – 9 December

Important Events 536 Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire 1212 Frederick II (later also Holy Roman

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Today In History – 7 December

Important Events 43 BC Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae 1909 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry 1941 Imperial Japanese

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Today In History – 6 December

Important Events 1240 Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive 1865 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing

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Today In History – 5 December

Important Events 771 Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman 1349 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacred during Black Death riots 1456 Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die 1848 US

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Today In History – 4 December, 2020

Important Events 1534 Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent occupies Baghdad 1563 Council of Trent holds its last session, after 18 years. Last ecumenical council for more than 300 years. 1619 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish,

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