This Day in History
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The Great White Fleet Begins Its Circumnavigation of the Globe (1907)
Just seven years before the start of World War I, a fleet of 16 American battleships took part in a 14-month, round-the-world voyage ordered by US President Theodore Roosevelt as a peaceful display of American naval power. Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the ships were painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows. In ports around the world, thousands of people turned out to see the ships when they arrived. Why did several of the ships make an unscheduled stop in Italy? Discuss

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BBC On This Day | Front Page
last updated: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 17:55:28 GMT

1983: US troops invade Grenada
American forces seize control of the Caribbean island of Grenada less than a week after a left-wing coup in which the prime minister, Maurice Bishop, was killed.

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December 16, 1773: The Boston Tea Party

In Boston Harbor, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

The midnight raid, popularly known as the “Boston Tea Party,” was in protest of the British Parliament’s Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny.

When three tea ships, the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver, arrived in Boston Harbor, the colonists demanded that the tea be returned to England. After Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused, Patriot leader Samuel Adams organized the “tea party” with about 60 members of the Sons of Liberty, his underground resistance group. The British tea dumped in Boston Harbor on the night of December 16 was valued at some $18,000.

Parliament, outraged by the blatant destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.

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last updated: Fri, 09 Sep 2011 19:33:08 +0000

WorldHistory101: More great resources: the History Channel http://t.co/P0yDU4P the Library of Congress http://t.co/3GGXZtg & Wikipedia http://t.co/Vx3B2wy
WorldHistory101: More great resources: the History Channel http://t.co/P0yDU4P the Library of Congress http://t.co/3GGXZtg & Wikipedia http://t.co/Vx3B2wy

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WorldHistory101: For "This Day in History" facts, the New York Times is a great source: http://t.co/6sV9CbC Also, the BBC: http://t.co/auydR7v
WorldHistory101: For "This Day in History" facts, the New York Times is a great source: http://t.co/6sV9CbC Also, the BBC: http://t.co/auydR7v

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WorldHistory101: "Are you guys ready? Let's roll." — Todd Beamer, one of the heroic passengers on United Flight 93 http://t.co/dchlJQC http://t.co/hocr1Qm
WorldHistory101: "Are you guys ready? Let's roll." — Todd Beamer, one of the heroic passengers on United Flight 93 http://t.co/dchlJQC http://t.co/hocr1Qm

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WorldHistory101: I join with all those who honor the memory of the 3,000 innocent victims of 9/11. http://t.co/W88HACq http://t.co/ezumwsb
WorldHistory101: I join with all those who honor the memory of the 3,000 innocent victims of 9/11. http://t.co/W88HACq http://t.co/ezumwsb

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WorldHistory101: RT @newsman787 RT @LATimesbiz: Twitter: 100 million active users and no plans to go public soon http://t.co/WIvedNd
WorldHistory101: RT @newsman787 RT @LATimesbiz: Twitter: 100 million active users and no plans to go public soon http://t.co/WIvedNd

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WorldHistory101: #FF For the facts (& informed opinion): @SteveSebelius @RalstonFlash @elizcrum @JonHumbert @Mitch_Fox @EdwardLawrence @HistoryNevada
WorldHistory101: #FF For the facts (& informed opinion): @SteveSebelius @RalstonFlash @elizcrum @JonHumbert @Mitch_Fox @EdwardLawrence @HistoryNevada

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WorldHistory101: Born September 9: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), one of the world's greatest novelists ("War and Peace", "Anna Karenina"). http://t.co/R8iMVow
WorldHistory101: Born September 9: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), one of the world's greatest novelists ("War and Peace", "Anna Karenina"). http://t.co/R8iMVow

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WorldHistory101: The first of two Japanese air attacks on the U.S. mainland during World War II was carried out on this day in 1942. http://t.co/me2vs63
WorldHistory101: The first of two Japanese air attacks on the U.S. mainland during World War II was carried out on this day in 1942. http://t.co/me2vs63

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WorldHistory101: 85 years ago today, @NBC (the National Broadcasting Company) was created by RCA (the Radio Corporation of America). http://t.co/Hy7T1SE
WorldHistory101: 85 years ago today, @NBC (the National Broadcasting Company) was created by RCA (the Radio Corporation of America). http://t.co/Hy7T1SE

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1919, more than two-thirds of Boston's police department went on strike. http://t.co/fusqLFS http://t.co/dA7Dqgf
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1919, more than two-thirds of Boston's police department went on strike. http://t.co/fusqLFS http://t.co/dA7Dqgf

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WorldHistory101: The Stono Rebellion, the largest slave revolt in the colonies before the Revolution, broke out on this day in 1739. http://t.co/h9q2zoN
WorldHistory101: The Stono Rebellion, the largest slave revolt in the colonies before the Revolution, broke out on this day in 1739. http://t.co/h9q2zoN

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1993, Israel and the PLO formally recognized each other's legitimacy. http://t.co/XM5l9U3 http://t.co/Iewqvmp
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1993, Israel and the PLO formally recognized each other's legitimacy. http://t.co/XM5l9U3 http://t.co/Iewqvmp

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WorldHistory101: The Attica (New York) prison riot, the deadliest in U.S. history, broke out 40 years ago today. http://t.co/9JjOxQu http://t.co/PfbAwbA
WorldHistory101: The Attica (New York) prison riot, the deadliest in U.S. history, broke out 40 years ago today. http://t.co/9JjOxQu http://t.co/PfbAwbA

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1965, Sandy Koufax of the L.A. Dodgers pitched his only perfect game (his fourth no-hitter). http://t.co/LPL010W
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1965, Sandy Koufax of the L.A. Dodgers pitched his only perfect game (his fourth no-hitter). http://t.co/LPL010W

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1957, Pres. Eisenhower signed into law the first Federal civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. http://t.co/lrISi6n
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1957, Pres. Eisenhower signed into law the first Federal civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. http://t.co/lrISi6n

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. http://t.co/Fbapg2m
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. http://t.co/Fbapg2m

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WorldHistory101: Esther Cleveland, the only U.S. President's child born in the White House, was born on this day in 1893. http://t.co/yOYRbnC
WorldHistory101: Esther Cleveland, the only U.S. President's child born in the White House, was born on this day in 1893. http://t.co/yOYRbnC

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1850, California was admitted as the union's 31st state. http://t.co/ys0T7u1 http://t.co/83XwPJf
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1850, California was admitted as the union's 31st state. http://t.co/ys0T7u1 http://t.co/83XwPJf

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1791, Washington, D.C. was named in honor of George Washington. http://t.co/QQgjRRM http://t.co/dildGEM
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1791, Washington, D.C. was named in honor of George Washington. http://t.co/QQgjRRM http://t.co/dildGEM

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WorldHistory101: On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress officially declared the nation's name to be the United States of America. http://t.co/CMSRmm5
WorldHistory101: On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress officially declared the nation's name to be the United States of America. http://t.co/CMSRmm5

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