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July 08, 2004

On This Day...

If you're looking for a teaching idea for today, you could make use of the fact that it was on July 8, 1853 that U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Tokyo Bay with two armed frigates - the so-called "Black Ships" - to persuade Japan to open up to the West after more than 200 years of seclusion. Or for something a bit more gory, it was on this day in 1889 that John L. Sullivan took all of 75 rounds to defeat Jake Kilrain in the last bareknuckle world heavyweight boxing match, held in the U.S. state of Mississippi. The Wall Street Journal first rolled off the presses on the same day.

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