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date: 05 Aug
The Mayflower Sets Sail for the New World  -  August 5th 1620  -     The religious turmoil of sixteenth century Britain, the split from Rome under Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy in 1535, the establishment of the Church of England under Henry, then completed under Elizabeth I and the leanings of the first Stuart King, James I, led to a group of...
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  • American History
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date: 17 Jun
5 Arrested for Breaking into Watergate Hotel and Office Complex, Washington DC     -  17th June 1972  -           In May 1972 burglars broke in to headquarters of the Democratic Party. They stole top secret documents, photographed others and bugged the telephones. The wiretaps failed to work as well as they had hoped so another illegal entry was...
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  • 20th Century
  • American History
  • Politics
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date: 21 Feb
The Dedication of the Washington Monument   - February 21st 1885 -    The idea to build a monument to the first President of America seemed natural. The fact that it should be awe-inspiring obvious. The problems that followed were less predictable and no-one could have envisaged when the cornerstone was laid on July 4th 1848 just what lay ahead....
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  • 19th Century
  • American History
  • Politics
date: 25 Jan
First Transcontinental Telephone Call - January 25th 1915 -   Alexander Graham Bell in New York and Thomas Watson in San Francisco make a record telephone transmission. The New York Times said the following:   “On October 9th 1876 Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson talked by telephone to each other over a two-mile wire stretched between...
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date: 01 Nov
The First American President lives in the White House  - 1st November 1800 -    After the inauguration of George Washington as President in 1789 plans were made to design and build a President’s house in a federal district of the capital, alongside the Potomac River. A competition was run for the design, won by the Anglo-Irish architect James...
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  • 19th Century
  • American History
  • Politics
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