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15 Miles on the Erie Canal

On this day in 1825, the Erie Canal opens, finally connecting the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River and a man-made…

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The Muddy, Bloody Battle of Agincourt

On this day in 1415, in the decisive blow of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France, young Henry V of England leads his…

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The Missiles of October

On this day in 1962, at 7:00 pm EDT, Pres. John F. Kennedy, on the job for 21 months, delivers a nationwide televised address on…

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Manifest Destiny at Three-Cents Per Acre

On this day in 1803, the U.S. Senate approves a treaty with France providing for the purchase of the territory of Louisiana, which would double…

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The Sunday Driver, S1,E2: The Land of Mixed Fortunes

Buenos Tardes to you all from Thunder Island, 1,400-odd nautical miles from Old Fort Detroit, where the mercury is near 90 as we tap away…

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Surrender at Yorktown: An Infant Nation Born

On this day in 1781, The Siege of Yorktown, also known as the Battle of Yorktown, the Surrender at Yorktown, German Battle or the Siege…

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