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This Day in History Class
From the desk of “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” “This Day in History Class” quickly recounts a tidbit from today’s events in history.
May 9, 2021
First public demonstration of the Kinetoscope / Thomas Blood attempted Crown Jewels theft - May 9
On this day in 1893, the Kinetoscope had its first public demonstration at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences. / On this day in 1671, Thomas Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
May 8, 2021
Sétif and Guelma massacre began / Buddhist crisis began - May 8
On this day in 1945, the massacre of Algerian civilians by French authorities and European Algerians began in retaliation for anti-colonial demonstrations. / On this day in 1963, South Vietnamese soldiers and security forces fired into a crowd of unarmed Buddhist protesters, marking the start of the Buddhist crisis.
May 7, 2021
Munch's 'The Scream' recovered / Cult of the Supreme Being established - May 7
On this day in 1994, one version of Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" was recovered months after it was stolen from the National Gallery in Norway. / On this day in 1794, the Cult of the Supreme Being -- a cult established by Maximilien Robespierre -- was authorized by a decree of the National Convention.
May 6, 2021
Katie Sandwina born / Chinese Exclusion Act signed - May 6
On this day in 1884, circus performer and strongwoman Katie Sandwina was born. / On this day in 1882, U.S. President Chester A. Arthur signed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned the immigration of Chinese laborers for 10 years, though Congress later extended it.
May 5, 2021
Indian Vaccination Act / Stratton brothers trial began - May 5
On this day in 1832, the Indian Vaccination Act went into effect, providing for the vaccination of thousands of Native Americans from smallpox. / On this day in 1905, the Stratton brothers' trial began in England. It was the first recorded murder trial in England to use fingerprints as evidence.