American History

 U.S. #830 – Of the shooting, Roosevelt said “It takes more than that to kill a bull moose.”
October 14, 1912

Roosevelt Delivers Speech After Being Shot

Shortly after being shot in the chest by an attempted assassin, Theodore Roosevelt delivered a ninety-minute campaign speech on October 14, 1912.

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 U.S. #1338 – John Adams was the first President to occupy the mansion in 1800.
October 13, 1792

White House Cornerstone Laid

On October 13, 1792, the cornerstone of the White House was laid, though its exact location remains a mystery today.

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 British proof of American tax stamp – It includes the phrase, Honi soit qui mal y pense, which is a British motto meaning “May he be shamed who thinks badly of it.”
October 7, 1765

Stamp Act Congress Meets to Protest Unfair Taxation

In response to Parliament’s Stamp Act of 1765, American colonists assembled in New York City on October 7 to organize a unified protest.

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 U.S. #814 – William Henry Harrison later used his victory at the Thames, as well as other battles to bolster his presidential campaign.
October 5, 1813

Harrison Wins Important Victory at Battle of the Thames

On October 5, 1813, future President William Henry Harrison won the Battle of the Thames, securing American control of the Northwest frontier for the remainder of the War of 1812.

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 U.S. #2523 – Mount Rushmore was sculpted with artful science. Huge portions of rock were blown away with surprising accuracy to lay out the rough features of each face.
October 4, 1927

Work Begins on Mount Rushmore

On October 4, 1927, Gutzon Borglum began sculpting Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills.

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 U.S. #3546 – Though Thanksgiving celebrations were held since the 1620s, they didn’t become an annual holiday until 1863.
October 3, 1789

Thanksgiving Day Proclamations

On October 3, 1789 and 1863, two sitting presidents called on Americans to celebrate a day of Thanksgiving in November.

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 U.S. #4378 – Redwood National Park is home to “Hyperion,” the tallest known living tree. Discovered in 2006, it stands over 379 feet tall and is estimated to contain over 18,000 cubic feet of wood.
October 2nd, 1968

Redwood National Park Established

On October 2, 1968, Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation establishing Redwood National Park.

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 U.S. #703 honors the commanding generals at Yorktown: Washington, Rochambeau, and Degrasse.
September 28th, 1781

Siege of Yorktown Begins

On September 28, 1781, American forces launched the last major land battle of the Revolutionary War – the Siege of Yorktown.

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 U.S. #3937d – Today Little Rock Central School is a National Historic Site that’s home to a Civil Rights Museum.
September 25th, 1957

The Little Rock Nine Enter High School Under Federal Protection

After being initially denied entrance to their school, the Little Rock Nine were escorted in by federal troops on September 25, 1957.

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