The classic toys many of us grew up with have surprising backstories. Inspiration stemmed from failed inventions, parent’s unique jobs, and attempts to skirt school rules. Various mishaps and coincidences led to the creation of iconic toys that defined the childhood of generations. Learn more about these stories at the link in our bio, and tune into #ToysThatBuiltAmerica TONIGHT at 9/8c to discover the astonishing stories behind the toys, games, and playthings that inspired you, only on The HISTORY Channel.
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Jimi Hendrix, remembered as one of the greatest electric guitarists in history, was born on #ThisDayInHistory in 1942. He revolutionized rock and roll as both an artist and a producer during his brief four-year career. To learn more about Jimi Hendrix, visit the link in our bio.
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#DidYouKnow Black Friday was not tied to post-Thanksgiving shopping until the late 1950s? In fact, Black Friday didn’t take on its current more positive significance as America’s most popular holiday shopping day until the 1980s.
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Happy Thanksgiving! #DidYouKnow although turkeys were indigenous, there is no record of a big, roasted bird at the feast.
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Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister in British history, announced her resignation on #ThisDayInHistory in 1990. During her time in office, she reduced the influence of trade union, privatized certain industries, scaled back public benefits and changed the terms of political debate. Nicknamed the “Iron Lady,” she opposed Soviet communism and fought a war to maintain control of the Falkland Islands. How did the “Iron Lady” nickname come about? Visit the link in our bio to learn more.
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On #ThisDayInHistory in 1934, a young would-be dancer took to the stage of Harlem’s Apollo Theater to participate in a tradition known as Amateur Night. Although she had auditioned a dancer, at the last minute she was asked to sing. The performer in question was Ella Fitzgerald, whose decision to sing rather than dance set her on a course to becoming a musical legend. It also led to her victory at Amateur Night at the Apollo. To learn more about Ella Fitzgerald, visit the link in our bio.
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The Nuremberg Trials were a series of 13 military tribunals in which nearly 200 German government, military, medical and business leaders were tried for war crimes. The trials began on #ThisDayInHistory in 1945. In addition to bringing some of Nazi Germany’s most monstrous figures to justice, the trials broke new ground in international law. To learn more about the Nuremberg Trials, visit the link in our bio.
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In a lavish wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London, Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten on #ThisDayInHistory in 1947. The celebrations surrounding the wedding of the popular princess lifted the spirits of the people of Britain, who were enduring economic difficulties in the aftermath of World War II. To learn more about their wedding, visit the link in our bio.
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President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history on #ThisDayInHistory in 1863. Lincoln’s address lasted just two or three minutes. The speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war. To read more about the Gettysburg Address, visit the link in our bio.
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On #ThisDayInHistory in 1916, British Commander in Chief Sir Douglas Haig called a halt to his army’s offensive near the Somme River in northwestern France, ending the epic Battle of the Somme after more than four months of bloody conflict.
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Spanish explorer and conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, sprung a trap on the Inca emperor, Atahualpa. Pizarro lured Atahualpa to a feast in the emperor’s honor and then opened fire on the unarmed Incas. Pizarro’s men killed 5,000 Incas soldiers and captured Atahualpa, forcing him to convert to Christianity before eventually killing him. To learn more about this moment in history, visit the link in our bio.
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On #ThisDayInHistory in 1960, a court order mandated the desegregation of schools came into effect in New Orleans, Louisiana. Then, six-year-old Ruby Bridges walked into William Frantz Elementary School accompanied by her mother and federal marshals. When she arrived, large crowds of people were gathered in front yelling and throwing objects. Bridges, in her innocence, first believed it was like a Mardi Gras celebration. She instantly became a symbol of the civil rights movement and an icon for the cause of racial equality. To learn more about Ruby Bridges, visit the link in our bio.
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