Today in history 1/9/2017

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1/9/2017:

Today in history, Thomas Paine (see picture below) publishes Common Sense, a scathing attack on King George III’s reign over the colonies and a call for complete independence in 1776.

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Today in historyJean Pierre Blanchard makes the first balloon flight in North America in 1793.

Today in history, A Polar exploration team lead by Ernest Shackleton reaches 88 degrees, 23 minutes south longitude, 162 degrees east latitude. They are 97 nautical miles short of the South Pole, but the weather is too severe to continue in 1909.

Today in historyJackie Robinson (see picture below) becomes the highest paid player in Brooklyn Dodger history in 1952.

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Today in history, Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, unveils the first iPhone (see picture below) in 2007.

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