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Illustration by R. Fresson.

A dog sled relay came to the rescue of an epidemic-struck Alaskan community on 2 February 1925.

Illustration by R.Fresson.

On 28 January 1393 a party at the French royal residence ended in tragedy.

James K. Polk’s first State of the Union Address, on 2 December 1845, promoted the concept that the US should encompass all of North America.

Illustration by R. Fresson.

On 27 November 1809, a bet between two friends brought a large part of London to a standstill.

Illustration by R. Fresson.

The Met opened its doors on 22 October 1883.

The Athenian temple was partly destroyed on 26 September 1687.

The shortest war in history began (and ended) on 27 August 1896.

The two-piece swimsuit was unveiled on 5 July 1946.

Works by artists including Dalí, Duchamp and Picasso went on display at the Burlington Gallery on 11 June 1936.

Crazy Horse and the allied leaders surrendered on 5 May 1877.