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September 26, 1772

On September 26, 1772, the colony of New Jersey passed the first law in the Americas to license medical practitioners. Except those who did not charge for their services or those who only bled people to reduce the amount of … Continue reading

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August 20, 1923

On August 20, 1923, the “Shenandoah”, the first American dirigible was launched. It went airborne at its mooring in Lakehurst, NJ. The “Shenandoah” was cautioned about flying over Washington, DC when the Senate was is session as the large and … Continue reading

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August 19, 1839

On August 19, 1839, the details of Louis Daguerre’s first practical photographic process were released in Paris, France. Nonsurprisingly, one of the last steps of the process was to mail any nude photographs to Mr. Daguerre, so he could be … Continue reading

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August 18, 1587

On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child born on American soil of English parents, thereby becoming the first anchor baby in American history.

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August 17, 1995

On August 17, 1995, a first occurred. Security guards removed Courtney Love from the stage after she began fighting with her fans because they weren’t cheering loud enough to suit her during the last night of the Lollapalooza tour in … Continue reading

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August 12, 1865

On August 12, 1865, British surgeon, Dr. Joseph Lister used a disinfectant for the first time during surgery. Not only did he use carbolic acid to sterilize the patient’s wound, but he also used it to sterilize his surgical equipment, … Continue reading

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August 4, 1735

On August 4, 1735, John Peter Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel. The royal governor of New York had brought the charges from an article written by Mr. Zenger in the New York Weekly Journal. His jury stated that “the … Continue reading

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August 1, 1715

On August 1, 1715, the First Doggett’s Coat and Badge race was held on the Thames River in London, England. This is the longest continuously run rowing race in the world. The first race was run by the waterman (think … Continue reading

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June 5, 1994

On June 5, 1994, 12 year-old Vicki Van Meter took off from Maine in a Cessna 210 and flew to Scotland. She followed the route that Amelia Earhart had previously taken and became the youngest female pilot to cross the … Continue reading

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June 1, 1896

On June 1, 1896, the first recorded automobile theft happened in Paris, France. Early automobile enthusiast Baron de Zuylen’s Peugot went missing. He’d taken it to the manufacturer for repairs and the mechanic, after fixing it, drove it like he … Continue reading

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