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    Picture of the Day: January 26

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, regarded by many as the greatest musical genius of all time, was born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, the son of violinist and composer Leopold Mozart. The young Mozart began...

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    Picture of the Day: January 25

    Abdication of Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani stepped down from the throne on January 24, 1893, to avoid any bloodshed and to pardon her supporters who had been jailed by the Provisional Government, which had...

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    Picture of the Day: January 23

    The Discovery of Insulin Following the birth of an idea and nine months of experimentation, and through the combined efforts of four men at the University of Toronto, Canada, insulin for the treatment of diabetes was first discovered and...

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    Picture of the Day: January 24

    Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill At John A. Sutter’s sawmill near where the American and Sacramento rivers converge in California, carpenter James W. Marshall found gold on January 24, 1848. Marshall, Sutter and their workers...

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    Picture of the Day: January 21

    Jefferson Davis Leaves the U.S. Senate Just weeks after his home state of Mississippi seceded from the Union, U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis prepared to leave Washington, D.C., and the country he had served as a soldier, cabinet member and...

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    Picture of the Day: January 22

    Queen Victoria Dies Queen Victoria, monarch of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, died on January 22, 1901, after presiding over her vast empire for nearly 64 years–the longest reign in British history. Born in 1819, the...

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    Picture of the Day: January 18

    The Tuskegee Airmen The U.S. Army Air Corps 99th Fighter Squadron, the first of the all-black Tuskegee Airmen to see combat, had been based in Africa for four months when they were assigned to escort 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers on a routine...

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    Picture of the Day: January 19

    Edgar Allan Poe American writer Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. He lost both of his parents when he was very young, and afterward he grew up with a foster family. Poe studied briefly at the University of Virginia,...

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    Picture of the Day: January 20

    The Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop (far left) and Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav M. Molotov (far right) signed a pact on August 23, 1939, in which Nazi Germany and Soviet...

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    Picture of the Day: January 16

    Belle Boyd: Confederate Spy Ardent Confederate Isabelle (Belle) Boyd became one of the Civil War’s most notorious spies. In 1861, when only 16, she fatally wounded a Union soldier who entered her family’s home in Martinsburg,...

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    Picture of the Day: January 17

    Gulf War Patriot Missiles Intercept Iraqi Scuds On January 17, 1991, the first Iraqi Scud missile attacks on Israel were launched. There were reports of death and injury, and possibly even chemical weapons being used. For a few tense...

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    Picture of the Day: January 14

    Explorers Ellsworth and Hollick-Kenyon Rescued American explorer Lincoln Ellsworth and Canadian pilot Herbert Hollick-Kenyon were rescued by the research ship Discovery II on January 14, 1936. The pair had made the first flight across...

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    Picture of the Day: January 15

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr., eloquent African-American Baptist minister and leader of the civil rights movement from the mid-1950s, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. Dr. King began his involvement in...

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    Picture of the Day: January 13

    Horatio Alger, Jr. Horatio Alger, Jr., the author of more than 100 inspirational books for young people from the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century, was born the son of a Unitarian minister on January 13, 1832. Rejected by the Union...

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    Picture of the Day: January 12

    Wyatt Earp Dies Frontiersman Wyatt Earp died on January 13, 1929, after an illustrious life in the West. Born in Illinois in 1848, he served as a lawman in Wichita and Dodge City, Kansas, as well as Tombstone, Arizona Territory, where...

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    Picture of the Day: January 11

    Alexander Hamilton American patriot and statesman Alexander Hamilton, the illegitimate son of a Scottish merchant, was born on St. Croix probably on January 11, 1755. After showing remarkable promise in finance, the young Hamilton was sent...