Category Archives: 19th Century

Historical Facts from 1801 to 1900 CE

August 5, 1861

On August 5, 1861, the US Army abolished flogging. It was said by many of the older officers, who weren’t subjected to flogging as a punishment anyway, that removing the threat of the lash would allow the common soldier to … Continue reading

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July 22, 1898

On July 22, 1898, the crew of the RV Belgica saw its first sunrise in over 1,600 hours. They had become the first crew to successfully endure an Antarctica winter. The Belgica had been purchased by Adrien de Gerlache and … Continue reading

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July 12, 1843

On July 12, 1843, 37-year old Mormon leader Joseph Smith declared that God allowed polygamy. But only when it was one man with several wives. If it was a wife with multiple husbands, that was distasteful, unless the other husband … Continue reading

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July 10, 1869

On July 10, 1869, the city of Gavle, Sweden was largely destroyed in a fire. Around 8,000 of it’s 10,000 inhabitants were left homeless. In a bit of karmic poetry, the city of Gavle, in 1966, decided to erect a … Continue reading

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July 3, 1839

On July 3, 1839, the first state ‘normal school’ was opened in Lexington, Massachusetts. It was the forerunner to Framingham State University and had three students. All other schools before it were… Continue reading

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July 1, 1858

On July 1, 1858, a joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution was given to the Linnean Society in London, England. They all agreed that the papers and research were well thought out and… Continue reading

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June 16, 1896

On June 16, 1896, the temperature hit a scorching 127°F at Fort Mojave, California. Samuel M. McCowan, Superintendent of the Fort Mojave Indian School said if one more teacher or student said, “It’s not the heat, it’s the… Continue reading

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June 8, 1809

As a child, have you ever gone exploring in your grandparent’s attic or basement or your grandfather’s toolshed? During that excursion, did you open an ancient, battered wooden chest and find strange and odd tools from a… Continue reading

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June 5, 1893

On June 5, 1893, the trial of Lizzie Borden for the axe murders of her father, Andrew Borden, and step-mother, Abby Borden, began in New Bedford, Massachusetts. If this murder was to occur today, it would have captivated the… Continue reading

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June 4, 1850

On June 4, 1850, self-deodorizing fertilizer was patented in England. So it no longer smelled like poo. It smelled like fancy poo. Americans and Australians immediately rejected the idea of fancy smelling poo. It was just too… Continue reading

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