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Months Past

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.

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. 

The notorious highwayman was hanged on 7 April 1739.

Paleontologist and fossil hunter Mary Anning was born on 21 May 1799.

The chef and restaurateur died on 12 February 1935.