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This Day in History

This Day in History: 5/28/20

On this day in 1936 Alan Turing published his famous paper On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem. Today Turing is widely considered the father of modern computers and the field of cryptography during WWII. He worked at the Bletchley Park research complex in England, which while renowned today was kept a closely guarded secret during the war. […]

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This Day in History: 5/21/2020

On this day, May 21st, in 1919, the US House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. It was the second time the House had passed this amendment. The first time, on January 10th, the Senate refused to pass the Amendment when it came to them, so it was re-introduced to the House four months […]

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This Day in History: 5/7/20

On this day in 1915, the British passenger liner Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat as part of the unrestricted submarine warfare campaign that took place during WWI. The Lusitania was attacked while on route from Liverpool, England to New York City. It is unclear whether German forces intentionally sank the Lusitania or if they mistook it […]

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This Day in History: 4/30/20

On this day in 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States. Now you might be expecting a lengthy article about the American Revolution and how proud we are of American independence, but you already know that story so why not read about a different story. Less well known than the American Revolutionary War is […]

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This Day in History: 4/16/20

On April 16th in 1457, the army of Pharaoh Thutmose III defeated a coalition of rebellious kings at the city of Megiddo. The battle, now known as the Battle of Megiddo, is considered to be one of the earliest battles to have a reliable, if biased, historical account, having been recorded by Thutmose’s military scribe Tjaneni. Thutmose III was the […]

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This Day in History: April 9

On this day in 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, marking the effective end of the US Civil War. The Confederate army had already been in desperate retreat for days by the time the surrender was formalized at Appomattox Court House. In fact, one of the terms of the final surrender agreement was […]

This Day in History

This Day in History: 3/6/2020

On this day in 2015, NASA’s Dawn probe entered orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. Ceres is one of only five dwarf planets in the solar system, and the only dwarf planet in the asteroid belt. Upon entering orbit, Dawn became the first spacecraft to enter orbit around an object in the asteroid belt. NASA lost contact with Dawn on […]

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This Day in History: 2/28/20

This week the City Voice will be starting our new series of this day in history articles. Every week, we’ll bring you a story of a historical event that happened on this day. This week, we are talking about the discovery of DNA.  The existence of DNA itself was first recognized in 1869, but the classic double helix structure that […]