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date: 17 Jan
Start of Prohibition in the United States of America     -  January 17th 1920  -       The history of America flirting with ‘banning the bottle’ actually started in 1851 when Maine passed a stateside law prohibiting the making and sale of alcohol. Twelve other states followed suit. Such was its unpopularity that it led to riots and civil unrest....
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  • 20th Century
  • American History
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date: 07 Nov
The Mary Celeste Leaves New York Harbour     -  7th November 1872  -     So much has been written about this boat that was found abandoned between the Azores and the Portuguese coast. So much speculation. It is probably what Donald Trump would now call ‘Fake News’. Why? All because a hard up author, under the name of Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, wrote...
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  • 19th Century
  • American History
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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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  • 17th Century
  • 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