United States of America

9 September 1739 – Slaves Make a Bid for Freedom

The Stono Rebellion

The Stono Rebellion is the biggest revolt of its kind in British North America Twenty miles south-west of Charleston in South Carolina, near the Stono River, in the early hours of 9 September 1739, over twenty men gathered in a field. All of the men were slaves. Their leader was known as Jemmy, and was known among his contemporaries as ...

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9 August 1974 – Richard Nixon Resigns

Richard Nixon says farewell to his staff. 9 August 1974.

The Republican leader, Richard Nixon, becomes the most high-profile casualty of the Watergate scandal – and the only president to step down from office. Richard Nixon did not sleep well. It was after all, his last night as President of the United States of America, but it wasn’t uncommon for Nixon to sit up until the small hours working. This ...

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The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address

Coming in at a mere 278 words, the Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches ever given by anyone, not just by an American president.  At the time President Abraham Lincoln gave it, he thought it was never going to amount to much, but the years since have told a different account.  There are five copies known to ...

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Black Tuesday

Black Tuesday - The 1929 Stock Market Crash

The end of the Great War, now known as World War I, was the prelude to a decade of wealth and fun that came to be known as the Roaring 20s.  Even just five days before the stock market crash, Yale economist Irving Fisher commented that “The nation is marching along a permanently high plateau of prosperity.”  Little did he know ...

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The Massachusetts Bay Colony

Massachusetts Bay Colony

Frustrations with the way King Charles was ruling in England in the 1600s paired with religious oppression against non-traditional groups led a spirited collection of people to flee the country and head across the Atlantic to the fledgling North American colonies. Had they stayed in their native England, they might have faced significant financial losses or even imprisonment. Instead, they ...

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The Battle of Antietam

The Battle of Antietam

Though dark days have dotted all of history, the US Civil War Battle of Antietam, also called the Battle of Sharpsburg, surely ranks as one of the darkest.  More Americans died on this day than on any other day in the country’s history. Taking place over three days in from September 16 to September 18, 1862 in Maryland, the battle ...

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