On This Day: January 9th

by James D. Irwin   On This Day... 1768--- first modern circus is staged in London. 1806--- State funeral of Admiral Nelson, story takes up thousands of column inches. 1909--- Ernest Shackleton gets within ninety-seven nautical miles of the South Pole before giving up and coming home. His expedition beat Scott's previous best by six …

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On This Day: January 8th

by James D. Irwin On This Day... 1835--- The U.S. national debt is $0 for the first and last time. It is currently in the region of $16 trillion--- an exact figure is impossible as the numbers are going up every second, rising by an average of $3.86 trillion per day. 1940--- Britain introduces food rationing. 1964--- …

On This Day: January 7th

by James D. Irwin On This Day... 1558--- France takes Calais from England, swiftly becomes air balloon landing site. 1610--- Galileo discovers four of Jupiter's moons--- Ganymede, Callista, Io, and Europa. 1785--- Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jefferies travel from England to France in a gas balloon, landing in Calais. It is thought to be the …

On This Day: November 28th

by James D. Irwin On this day in history... 1582--- William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway receive their marriage license. She is the only person in history to have said 'I love Shakespeare' and actually mean it. 1814--- The Times starts using the steam-powered printing press. This leads to the mass availability of newspapers and, ultimately, the …