General Knowledge

What’s So Special About 3 December?

International Day Of Persons With Disabilities The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. Celebrated

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Today In History – 3 December

Important Events 1586 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia 1854 Eureka Stockade: In what is claimed by many to be the birth of Australian democracy, more than 20 gold

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Today In History – 2 December

Important Events 1913 Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford 1934 Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov is assassinated and Joseph Stalin uses it as an excuse to begin his Great

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Today In History – 1 December

Important Events 1913 Ford Motor Company institutes world’s 1st moving assembly line for the Model T Ford 1934 Leningrad mayor Sergey Kirov is assassinated and Joseph Stalin uses it as an excuse to begin his Great

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Today In History – 30 November

Important Events 1016 Cnut the Great [Canute], King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund ‘Ironside’ 1487 The first German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot), is promulgated in Munich by Albert IV,

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Today In History – 29 November

Important Events 526 A possible date for the Antioch earthquake in present-day Syria (then the Byzantine Empire) which killed 200,000 people 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army moves into Manchester and occupies Carlisle

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Today In History – 28 November

Important Events 1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean 1814 The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer

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Today In History – 27 November

Important Events 1095 Pope Urban II preaches 1st Crusade 1295 English King Edward I calls what later became known as “The Model Parliament” extending the authorities of its representatives 1493 Christopher Columbus returns to La Navidad

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Today In History – 26 November

Important Events 43 BC Second Triumvirate alliance of Roman leader Octavian (later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony formed 1778 British explorer Captain James Cook is the first European to visit Maui in the Sandwich

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Today In History – 25 November, 2020

Important Events 1177 Battle of Montgisard: Baldwin IV of Jerusalem defeats Saladin and a larger Ayyubid force 1783 Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in the United States 1839 Cyclone slams south

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Today In History – 24 November

Important Events 380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople 1639 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish size of

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Today In History – 23 November

Important Events 1248 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates 1644 “Areopagitica”, a pamphlet by John Milton decrying censorship, is published 1869 The clipper Cutty Sark

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Today In History – 22 November

Important Events 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India 1926 Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth 1935 Flying boat

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Today In History – 21 November

Important Events 164 BC During Maccabbean revolt Judas Maccabaeus recaptures Jersusalem and rededicates the Second Temple, commemorated since as Jewish festival Hanukkah 1620 Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims at Cape Cod [O.S.

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Today In History – 18 November

Important Events 1477 First English dated printed book “Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers” by William Caxton 1626 St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated, replacing an earlier basilica on the same site and becoming

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Today In History – 17 November

Important Events 1558 Elizabeth I aged 25, ascends the English throne upon death of her half sister, Queen “Bloody” Mary 1800 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C. in an incomplete Capitol

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Today In History – 16 November

Important Events 534 Second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus published 1532 Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captures Inca Emperor Atahualpa after a surprise ambush at Cajamarca in the Peruvian Andes 1776 British troops capture Fort Washington

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