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Murder on Beacon Hill: The Parkman Murder

A gaming app based on an infamous murder in 19th-century Boston. A week before Thanksgiving, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of the richest men in Boston, went missing. Professor John Webster was arrested and put on trial for the murder. A superb history game.

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First wagon train sets out for the Pacific Northwest on the Oregon Trail

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Lewis & Clark reach Pacific Ocean

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Manjiro, first Japanese immigrant to the continental U.S., arrives

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Henry David Thoreau, American writer and transcendentalist, is born

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Hiram Powers, American sculptor, is born

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U.S. Homestead Act is signed

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U.S. declares war on Mexico

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U.S. State and Territory Online Encyclopedias

This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of some of the states and the territories.