Category Archives: This Day in History

Rosetta Stone found

Rosetta Stone is Found

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the Rosetta Stone being found. The Rosetta Stone is a stone with writing on it in three different scripts, hiroglyphics, demotics, and Greek. The reason for the Rosetta Stone being written in three scripts is because when it was written, there were […]

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First Women

First Women in the Air Force

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the first women in the Air Force. They were able to join through a program called Women in the Air Force, which came into effect in 1948 when President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Service Integration Act, allowing women to serve directly […]

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SOS in Morse Code Becomes Worldwide Standard for Help

Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about SOS becoming the worldwide standard for help on July 1, 1908. I am also writing about Morse code. That is 111 years ago today. SOS in Morse is …—… This famous code was invented by an American, Samuel Finley Breese Morse. He […]

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Capital Punishment Declared Unconstitutional

Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about New York declaring capital punishment unconstitutional. This event happened just fifteen years ago today, on June 24, 2004. Capital punishment is also known as a death penalty and is a government-sanctioned punishment for a criminal with severe crimes, such as murder. Ways […]

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Last Execution by Guillotine

Last Public Guillotining in France

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the last public guillotining in France. It actually happened on this date in 1939. As I’m sure you know, a guillotine is a beheading device most commonly used in France during the French Revolution. A total of 2,639 people were guillotined in […]

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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge Opens To Pedestrians

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the Golden Gate Bridge opening to pedestrians on May 27, 1937, 82 years ago today. The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It was designed by […]

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Hubble

Hubble Telescope’s First Pictures from Space

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the Hubble telescope, because today is 29 years to the day it sent its first pictures from space. While the Hubble is not the first space telescope, it remains one of the largest and versatile in existence. It is well-known as both […]

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Australia

How Australia was born

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about how Australia was born, on this day in 1787. The idea for Australia was introduced by scientist, botanist, and cook Joseph Banks, who had been there when James Cook discovered “Botany Bay” – now part of Sydney, 7 years prior. Joseph Banks […]

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World’s Fair Opens

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the world’s fair, or Exposition Universelle, in Paris opening May 6, 1889, 130 years ago today. Another word for the world’s fair is Exposition Universelle. The world’s fair of 1889 was a world’s fair held in Paris, France, from May 6 to […]

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Prince William married Kate Middleton

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton. On April 29, 2011, Prince William married Kate Middleton. Prince William is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. His full name is William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor and is […]

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Swan Lake Completed

Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake.” The reason I am writing about this is that in 1876, 143 years ago today, the famous ballet “Swan Lake” was completed. This was the first ballet written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Other famous ballets by […]

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Titanic Sinks

Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the RMS Titanic sinking. The Titanic is very famous because when it was built people said, “Not even God could sink this ship.” Because of this, the crew did not pack enough lifeboats to carry everyone off the ship. Then, on its […]

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First Fire Escape Patented

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment blog post, I am posting about the first fire escape being patented. It was patented 253 years ago today, in 1766. The first fire escape was actually just a wicker basket on a rope with a pulley. I’m not sure how this system was supposed to be […]

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First Easter Sunday

Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the first Easter Sunday ever, 1,988 years ago today. Easter Sunday is always observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. It celebrates the coming of Spring and new life. However, the most important thing Easter […]

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft

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Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the largest art robbery in the U.S., at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The robbery took place on March 18, 1990. This is 29 years ago today. What happened was two thieves dressed as police officers were admitted into the Isabella Stewart […]

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