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From the desk of “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” “This Day in History Class” quickly recounts a tidbit from today’s events in history.


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From the desk of “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” “This Day in History Class” quickly recounts a tidbit from today’s events in history.




Mexican painter Diego Rivera is born - December 8th, 1886

On this day in 1886, renowned muralist Diego Rivera was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. See for privacy information.


Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting" hits No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 - December 7th, 1974

On this day in 1974, “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas kicked its way to the top spot on the U.S. singles chart. See for privacy information.


The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Expatriation Act - December 6th, 1915

On this day in 1915, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal law revoking the citizenship of American women who married noncitizens. See for privacy information.


The world's first automated parking garage opens - December 5th, 1951

On this day in 1951, the Park-O-Mat driverless parking garage opened in Washington, D.C. See for privacy information.


A fire breaks out at the Montreux Casino during a Frank Zappa concert - December 4th, 1971

On this day in 1971, the Montreux Casino burned to the ground during a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. See for privacy information.


The first Christmas Club is introduced - December 1st, 1909

On this day in 1909, the first Christmas savings account was opened at the Carlisle Trust Company in Pennsylvania. See for privacy information.


Elizabeth I "Golden Speech" / Barbados gains independence - November 30th Flashback

Elizabeth I delivered her "Golden Speech" on this day in 1601. On this day in 1966, the east Caribbean island of Barbados gained its independence from the United Kingdom. See for privacy information.


Whitman massacre / James Jay invents invisible ink - November 29th Flashback

On this day in 1847, a group of Cayuse tribespeople killed 13 people at the Whitman Mission, as they believed that physician and religious leader Marcus Whitman was deliberately spreading measles. On this day in 1775, physician and amateur chemist James Jay invented a new kind of invisible ink, which was later put to use in the American War of Independence. See for privacy information.


Anne Bonny and Mary Read piracy conviction / First pulsar detected - November 28th Flashback

Anne Bonny and Mary Read were convicted of piracy on this day in 1720. You can find more to the story in the August 15, 2016 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class. On this day in 1967, astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell became the first person to detect a radio pulsar. See for privacy information.


Berners Street hoax / Custer massacres Cheyenne - November 27th Flashback

On this day in 1810, Theodore Hook the sent a multitude of goods and service providers to the home of Mrs. Tottenham at 54 Berners Street in London as a prank. On this day in 1868, at dawn, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer led a surprise attack on a peaceful Cheyenne village along the Washita River in what is now Oklahoma. See for privacy information.


Bessie Blount born / Tasman spots Tasmania - November 24th Flashback

On this day in 1914, physical therapist and inventor Bessie Blount was born. On this day in 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman recorded the first European sighting of the island now known as Tasmania. See for privacy information.


José Clemente Orozco born / First jukebox - November 23rd Flashback

On this day in 1883, Mexican painter José Clemente Orozco was born. On this day in 1889, an early forerunner of the modern jukebox was installed for public use at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, California. See for privacy information.


Blackbeard killed / Star Trek interracial kiss - November 22nd Flashback

Blackbeard was killed on this day in 1718. There's more to the story in the May 5, 2014 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class. On this day in 1968, during a turbulent year for race relations in America, actors William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols shared a prominent kiss on an episode of Star Trek. See for privacy information.


Piltdown Man hoax / Ella Fitzgerald wins Apollo Amateur Night - November 21st Flashback

On this day in 1953, the Piltdown Man, supposedly the remains of a missing evolutionary link between apes and humans, was revealed to be a hoax in the press. On this day in 1934, at 17-years-old, Ella Fitzgerald became the first female performer to win Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. See for privacy information.


Whale sinks the Essex / Zumbi executed - November 20th Flashback

A whale sank the Essex on this day in 1820. There's more in the Sep. 27, 2010 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class. On this day in 1695, Afro-Brazilian anti-resistance leader Zumbi was executed by the Portuguese. See for privacy information.


The last inhabitants of the Blasket Islands are evacuated - November 17th, 1953

On this day in 1953, the Irish government evacuated the last remaining residents of the Blasket Islands. See for privacy information.


Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro springs a trap on Inca emperor Atahualpa - November 16th, 1532

On this day in 1532, the last ruler of the Inca Empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors at the Battle of Cajamarca. See for privacy information.


The first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City - November 15th, 1867

On this day in 1867, the world’s first stock ticker was unveiled at the New York Stock Exchange. See for privacy information.


Ruby Bridges desegregates her school - November 14th, 1960

On this day in 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges became the first Black student to attend a previously all-white school in New Orleans. See for privacy information.


Walt Disney's "Fantasia" is released - November 13th, 1940

On this day in 1940, Walt Disney's "Fantasia" premiered at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. See for privacy information.