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February 1, 1861

On February 1, 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union. They’d only been a state for 15 years and weren’t altogether sure which other states they should emulate. When Washington, DC asked them why they wanted to secede, Texas … Continue reading

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January 18, 1993

On January 18, 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday was observed in all 50 states of the United States for the first time ever. Arizona, the last state to authorize the holiday, still didn’t want to, but did so … Continue reading

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November 13, 1956

On November 13, 1956, the US Supreme Court ruled that laws requiring race separation on buses in Alabama was unconstitutional. Mississippi pointed at Alabama and went “Huh huh, you got caught. It’s still legal here, though” and… Continue reading

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October 16, 1987

On October 16, 1987, toddler Jessica McClure was rescued from an abandoned well she had fallen into in Midland, Texas. The little girl had been trapped for 58 hours. When Lassie was contacted and asked why she didn’t help… Continue reading

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July 27, 1377

On July 27, 1377, the first example of a quarantine occurred in the city of Rugusa, which is now Dubroknik, Croatia. The city council passed a law that required newcomers from plague areas to isolate for 30 days, and then… Continue reading

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June 19, 240 BCE

On June 19, 240 BCE, Greek philosopher and scientist, Eratosthenes, estimated the circumference of the Earth using two sticks and got pretty darned close to its actual value. Today in the world, there are actually people who… Continue reading

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November 2, 1957

On November 2, 1957, several eye witnesses in Levelland, Texas reported spotting UFOs on the highway. They all claimed to see a bluish light on the road that appeared to be at least 100 feet long and shaped like a … Continue reading

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October 16, 1925

On October 16, 1925, the Texas School Board prohibited the teaching of evolution. Board members were angry that highly educated and intelligent scientists would insist that magic was not real and that miracles did not occur. That the world was … Continue reading

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June 10, 1925

On June 10, 1925, the state of Tennessee adopted a new biology textbook that denied that the Theory of Evolution was real. This happened because the state of Tennessee passed the Butler Act in March 1925 and it forbid public … Continue reading

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April 14, 1984

On April 14, 1984, the Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state’s public school textbooks specifically describe the evolution of human beings as “theory rather than fact” without explaining the difference between a scientific theory, general opinion, and … Continue reading

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