Today In History

Today In History contains daily excerpts from events in the past. Occasionally, we compare what happened long ago with what is going on today.

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TIH 009 2022

January 9, 2022: In history, on this day in 1493 Christopher Columbus saw “mermaids.” Actually they were manatees.
In Turkmenistan there is a crater that is on fire. It has been on fire for decades. Turkmenistan’s president wants to put out the flames once and for all, as they endanger people’s health as well as the environment.
In Texas, vandals have damaged – irreparably – some ancient petroglyphs. They scratched their names into rocks that had prehistoric designs. Experts say this damage cannot be repaired.

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Crazy Horse

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January 8, 2022: On this date, January 8, in 1877, Crazy Horse fought his last battle against the U.S. Cavalry. Thereafter he brought his men to a reservation and he surrendered.

In Khazakstan there are protests in the streets. While the protestors have real concerns about their livelihoods there is speculation that the violence is a product of infighting between different factions of the elites.

In America, teachers’ unions are demanding a return to remote learning. This puts parents and teachers in a dilemma, whether to subject children to the disadvantages of remote learning, or if the risks surrounding Covid-19 have been lowered enough to continue in-person learning.

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firstelection

TIH 007 2022

January 6, 2022: In history, on this day in 1789, the United states elected the first president. This is the date that the states chose their electors. The electoral college elected the new president, George Washington, in February. If this was the dawn of United States democracy, then January 6, 2021 may have been the beginning of nightfall.

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January 6, 2022: History: On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse demonstrated his telegraph system. He did the demonstration in Morristown, New Jersey. In Israel, religious women are taking their revolution to art school. They are learning Art and Architecture. In refining their skills, some women have drawn or painted what life is like where they live. In American, Americans are recalling last year’s attack on the Capitol building.

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