This Week In History


THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

March 28 1802: German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers (1758-1840) of Bremen discovered the second asteroid known to man, dubbed 2 Pallas. 1814: The Royal…



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March 14         1794: Eli Whitney was granted a patent for the cotton gin.          1903: The Hay-Herran Treaty, granting the United States…



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February 28         1784: John Wesley chartered the Methodist Church.       1827: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated. 1844: A gun aboard USS…


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February 14         1349: In Strasbourg, France, several hundred Jews were burned to death by mobs that blamed them for the Black Death sweeping…


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February 21 1673: French playwright and actor Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), collapsed during a performance of his new play, Le Malade Imagi-naire (The Hypochondriac) and died…


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February 7 1497: The bonfire of the vanities occurred in which supporters of Girolamo Savo-narola burned thousands of objects such as cosmetics, art and books…


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January 31 1747: The first venereal diseases clinic opened at London Lock Hospital. 1865: As the Civil War began winding down, Confed-erate general and traitor…