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1639: First printing press in America
The first printing press was established by Stephen Daye in North America. No authentic copies are known for the first two imprints and the Peirce’s Almanack for 1639. The press was located in Massachusetts. Stephen contracted with Reverend Jose Glover, who was a wealthy dissenting clergyman, to set up the first printing press in the colonies.
1772: Slavery is outlawed in England
This event is marked under the name of Somerset Ruling. The case was Somerset v Stewart. This is a very famous judgment of the Court of King’s Bench in 1772 on labor laws and human rights. In this case, Lord Mansfield’s judgment had a profound effect on slaves as slavery was declared illegal and all the masters were asked to discharge the slaves.
1911: King George V of England is crowned
On this day, the coronation of George V and his wife as the king and queen of the United Kingdom and the British Empire took place. The event was organized at Westminster, Abbey, London. Along the route of the processions, more than 50 grandstands were erected. The construction of these grandstands required 2,100 Imperial tons of timber and 70 tons of nails, bolts, and screws.
1933: Adolf Hitler bans political parties in Germany other than the Nazis
Adolf Hitler outlawed the formation of any other political party and officially declared the Nazi Party as the only political party in Germany. Hitler was walking on the road of the One-Party Rule. With its effect, the Social Democratic Party was outlawed, leaving no parties in the opposition of the government. Thereafter, the smaller parties were forced to disband, even though they had helped him rise to power.
1944: President Franklin Roosevelt signs the “GI Bill of Rights” to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war
The GI Bill of Rights was actually the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, which provided a range of benefits for World War II veterans. Although the actual GI Bill originally expired in 1956, but the term GI Bill is still used by the government to refer to programs created to assist U.S. military veterans.
1973: Skylab astronauts splash down safely in the Pacific
On this day, the astronauts of the Skylab splashed down safely in the Pacific after completing 28 days of orbit, during which, they conducted 392 hours of experimentation, circled the earth 404 times, took over 29,000 images of the sun, and performed the EVAs totaling six hours and 20 minutes.
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