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Naval Battle of Iquique

This Day in History, February 14

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On February 14th, 1879, The War of the Pacific breaks out when Chilean armed forces occupy the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said, I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity.

Other Notable Events for February 13

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On this date in history:

In 1635, the Boston Latin School was founded. It is the oldest public school in the United States.

In 1668, Portugal was recognized as an independent nation by Spain.

In 1861, the first Medal of Honor was awarded. It went to Col. Bernard Irwin, an assistant surgeon serving in the first ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 13

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Those born on this date include:

- Bess Truman, wife of former U.S. President Harry Truman, in 1885
- artist Grant Wood in 1891
- writer Georges Simenon in 1903
- golf Hall of Fame member Patty Berg in 1918
- singer Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1919
- football Coach Eddie Robinson in 1919
- pilot Chuck ...Read more

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2016 with 322 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

Auto de fe during the Spanish Inquisition

This Day in History, February 13

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On February 13th, 1633, Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one. -- Sid Caesar

Other Notable Events for February 12

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On this date in history:

In 1541, Santiago, Chile, was founded.

In 1733, the American colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe.

In 1877, Alexander Graham Bell's new invention, the telephone, was publicly demonstrated with a hookup between Boston and Salem, Mass.

In 1909, the National ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 12

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Those born on this date include:

- French architect Etienne-Louis Boullee in 1728
- philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1791
- Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, in 1809
- biologist Charles Darwin in 1809
- labor leader John L. Lewis in 1880
- Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova in 1881
- U....Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Friday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2016 with 323 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

Pedro de Valdivia

This Day in History, February 12

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On February 12th, 1541, Santiago, Chile is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. -- Nelson Mandela

Other Notable Events for February 11

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On this date in history:

In 1858, French peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous said the Virgin Mary appeared to her at Lourdes.

In 1929, a Lateran treaty signed in Italy recognized the sovereignty of Vatican City.

In 1929, Miss Bobbi Trout, 18-year-old Tomboy who took up flying to avoid dish-washing, broke three ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 11

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Those born on this date include:

- Englishman Henry Fox Talbot, a developer of photography, in 1800
- Chief Justice of the United States Melville Weston Fuller in 1833
- inventor Thomas Edison in 1847
- boxer Max Baer in 1909
- film director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, in 1909
- author Sidney Sheldon in 1917
...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2016 with 324 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

Henry VIII of England

This Day in History, February 11

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On February 11th, 1531, Henry VIII of England was recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: We all have dreams, but in order to make dreams come into reality it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort. -- Jesse Owens

Other Notable Events for February 10

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On this date in history:

In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years' War between Britain and Spain and also the French and Indian War, with France ceding Quebec to Great Britain.

In 1870, the Young Women's Christian Association was founded in New York.

In 1897, the slogan All The News That's Fit To Print ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 10

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Those born on this date include:

- Essayist Charles Lamb in 1775
- journalist William Allen White in 1868
- Russian author Boris Pasternak in 1890
- entertainer Jimmy Durante in 1893
- tennis player Bill Tilden in 1893
- German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in 1898
- actor Judith Anderson in 1897
- ...Read more

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2016 with 325 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.