Right Now in This Day in History Class

New Planet Vulcan Announced - Jan. 2, 1860

A new planet, called Vulcan, was announced on this day in 1860.

Lorenzo de' Medici Born - Jan. 1, 1449

Lorenzo de' Medici was born on this day in 1449. There's more in the March 31, 2010 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class, "Death at the Duomo: The Pazzi Conspiracy." 

Theodosia Burr Alston Disappeared - Dec. 31, 1812

The ship carrying Theodosia Burr Alston disappeared on this day in 1812. There's more to the story in the October 17, 2017 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Iroquois Theater Fire - Dec. 30, 1903

The Iroquois Theater in Chicago burned on this day in 1903. There's more detail in the December 8, 2014 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Wounded Knee Massacre - Dec. 29, 1890

A group of Lakota Sioux were surrounded and a tragic firefight erupted on this day in 1890. There's more detail in the August 10, 2009 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

First Paid Public Screening of Lumière Brothers Films - Dec. 28, 1895

Auguste and Louis Lumière charged 1 franc admission to see several of their films on this day in 1895. There's more detail in the November 27 and 29, 2017 episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Carry Nation Smashed the Bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, KS - Dec. 27, 1900

Carry Nation destroyed the Carey Hotel's bar as a Temperance protest on this day in 1900. There's more detail in the July 24 and 26, 2017 episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

First Kwanzaa Celebrated - Dec. 26, 1966

The pan-African holiday Kwanzaa, created by Maulana Karenga, was celebrated for the first time beginning this day in 1966. 

Halley's Comet Returned as Predicted - Dec. 25, 1758

The comet that Edmond Halley had calculated to return appeared as in the night sky as predicted on this day in 1758.

Silent Night' performed for the first time - Dec. 24, 1818

Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber performed "Stille Nacht" for the first time at a Christmas Eve mass in Austria on Dec. 24, 1818. There's more detail in the December 24, 2018 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

First successful living-donor kidney transplantation - Dec. 23, 1954

Richard Herrick received a kidney from his twin brother on this day in 1954. 

Alfred Dreyfus Convicted - December 22, 1894

Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of selling military secrets to Germany on this day in 1894.

Pan Am Flight 103 Bombed - Dec. 21, 1988

A bomb exploded aboard Pan Am Flight 103 on this day in 1988.

South Carolina Seceded - Dec. 20, 1860

South Carolina seceded from the Union on this day in 1860.

"A Christmas Carol" Published - Dec. 19, 1843

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was published for the first time on this day in 1843.

Piltdown Man's "Discovery" Announced - Dec. 18, 1912

The "discovery" of the Piltdown Man was announced on this day in 1912. There's more to the story in the December 26, 2016 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class. 

Saturnalia - Dec. 17

The observance of Saturnalia begins on December 17, although we don't know precisely which year the first Saturnalia was observed. There's more detail in the December 23, 2009 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Boston Tea Party - Dec. 16, 1773

American colonists in Boston protested British rule with the Boston Tea Party incident on this day in 1773.

Sitting Bull Killed - Dec. 15, 1890

Sitting Bull, the Hunkpapa Lakota leader and seminal Native American figure, was killed at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on this day in 1890.

Roald Amundsen Reaches the South Pole - Dec. 14, 1911

Roald Amundsen and his expedition became the first people to reach the South Pole, beating Robert Falcon Scott's expedition, on this day in 1911.