A Historical Day

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(1884) First volume of the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ published

1884 Words from ‘A to Ant’ are covered in the first fascicle, or volume, of what will become the world’s definitive collection of English words, their etymology, and their definitions. Public reception of the first volume will be disappointing, with sales totaling just 4,000.


(1896) Puccini’s opera ‘La bohème’ premieres in Italy

1896 The lives and lusts of Parisian bohemians play out in famed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s latest opera, ‘La bohème.’ It premieres in Turin, Italy, and will gain worldwide fame.


(1960) The Greensboro Four stage sit-in protest

1960 Four black college students sit down at the Woolworth’s “whites only” lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, inspiring a powerful civil rights sit-in movement throughout America.


(2003) Columbia space shuttle disintegrates on reentry

2003 The 113th space shuttle flight, returning from a successful 16-day orbit, breaks apart on reentry, killing all seven astronauts on board. The disaster will put an end to shuttle missions for two years.

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