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Sir Francis Bacon

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On this day… Sir Francis Bacon, an English philosopher, statesman, and scientist, was born January 22, 1561. Bacon’s work established and made popular the inductive methods for scientific inquiry, referred to as the scientific method (the foundation of modern scientific inquiry). He also served as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Bacon began attending

martin luther king

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On this day… Martin Luther King, Jr., an American pastor, activist, and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, was born on January 15, 1929. King was best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights through the use of nonviolent protests and civil disobedience.   Born Michael Luther King, he later changed

Elvis Presley

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On this day… Elvis Presley, an American singer, musician, and actor, was born on January 8, 1935. He is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll” or simply, “the King”. While Elvis Presley didn’t invent Rock and Roll, he was the music style’s biggest star and did arguably more to popularize the

Ratification of 13th amendment

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    On December 18, 1865, the ratification of the 13th Amendment was verified, formally abolishing slavery in the United States. The 13th Amendment declared that, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject

aurora borealis

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On this day… The first recorded sighting of the aurora borealis took place in New England on December 11, 1719. While the aurora borealis had been observed much, much earlier than 1719 by the native peoples in Canada and Alaska, it was a new and unexplained phenomenon for the English settlers in New England. The

Edison phonograph

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On this day… In 1877, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, a device used for the recording and reproduction of sound recordings. While it was originally stated that Edison had tested his invention on August 12, 1877, most historians believe it happened a few months later, as Edison didn’t file for a patent until December 24,

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On this day…   Anders Celsius, a Swedish astronomer, physicist, and mathematician, was born on November 27, 1701. Celsius is best known for the temperature scale that bears his surname, the Celsius temperature scale.   Anders Celsius chose to pursue a career in science at an early age, as he was the son of an

movember

Movember

Movember, or No-Shave November, is an annual event in November in which men grow moustaches (or facial hair, in general) to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer. The idea is to raise awareness by letting your hair, which many cancer patients lose, grow wild and free. Oftentimes, people will donate the

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