Today in history 5/22/2016-5/28/2016

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5/22/2016:

Today in history, The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri in 1804.

Today in history, The “Great Train Robbery” takes place as seven members of the Reno Gang (see picture below) make off with $98,000 in cash from a train’s safe in Indiana in 1868.

Today in history, The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood premiers in 1967.

Today in history, Johnny Carson’s final appearance on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host in 1992.

Today in history, The Republic of Ireland, long known as a conservative, predominantly Catholic country, becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum in 2015.

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5/23/2016:

Today in history, Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames in 1701.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals in 1785.

Today in history, South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify U.S. Constitution in 1788.

Today in history, Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney (see picture below) becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1900.

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Today in history, Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication in 1543.

Today in history, Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia in 1607.

Today in history, The Methodist Church is established in 1738.

Today in history, Amy Johnson (see picture below) becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia in 1930.

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5/25/2016:

Today in history, The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding in 1787.

Today in historyJesse Owens (see picture below) sets six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1935.

Today in history, Jordan gains independence from Britain in 1946.

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5/26/2016:

Today in history, The movie Star Wars (see picture below) debuts in 1977.

Today in history, The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk begins in 1940.

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5/27/2016:

Today in history, Construction begins on Walt Disney World (see picture below) in Florida in 1969.

Today in history, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens in 1937.

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5/28/2016:

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte is crowned in Milan, Italy in 1805.

Today in historyMelody (see picture below), the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers in 1953.

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