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Though hostilities had officially ceased more than a year before with the surrender of the last Confederate Army, no declaration of reunification had occurred for the United States of America after the Civil War.  President Andrew Johnson, of North Carolina, offered up Proclamation… Read More →

After years of development, the French Government made a startling declaration on August 19, 1839:  the Daguerreotype photographic process would be “free to the world” in perpetuity.  Louis Daguerre, having worked in tandem with Nicephore Niepce, had created a method to capture… Read More →

Few people encapsulate the wonder of the early 19th century in the United States like Meriwether Lewis, half of the famous duo that explored the vast territory of the Louisiana Purchase.  Born on August 18, 1774, he joined William Clark in 1803 to explore… Read More →

After five weeks on the subcontinent, Sir Cyril Radcliffe had completed a monumental task on August 17, 1947:  separating the former British Provinces of India into the newly-independent Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan.  Believing he… Read More →

Having utilized oceangoing vessels to carry mail for centuries, the completion of a transatlantic telegraph cable opened the United States and Britain to the possibility of near-instantaneous communication when Queen Victoria sent a brief congratulatory message to American President James Buchanan on August 16, 1858. … Read More →

After bringing Beatlemania across The Pond in 1964, George, Paul, John and Ringo decided to take things to a whole new level on their second American tour the following summer.  Packing 55,000 people into Shea Stadium in the New York City… Read More →

Two years before German tanks rumbled into Poland, the early stages of World War II began taking shape.  Five weeks after the Japanese launched an offensive into mainland China and captured Beijing, the Nationalist Chinese Air… Read More →

The most famous capital in the New World finally succumbed to Spanish conquistadors on August 13, 1521.  After nearly two centuries as the center of the Aztec Empire, Tenochtitlan fell to Hernan Cortes – and would soon be destroyed in favor of a… Read More →

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and cunning women in world history, Cleopatra VII Philopator ended up on the wrong side of Rome on August 12, 30 BCE, killing herself as Octavian’s legions marched toward Alexandria, the capital of Egypt. … Read More →

After decades of enormous success and generous donations, legendary captain of industry Andrew Carnegie died on August 11, 1919 – likely as the second wealthiest man in history behind John D. Rockefeller.  Having emigrated to the United States with his parents at the age of 13,… Read More →