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1843

Great Emigration departs for Oregon

A massive wagon train, made up of 1,000 settlers and 1,000 head of cattle, sets off down the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri. Known as the "Great Emigration," the expedition came two years after the first modest party of settlers made the long, overland journey to Oregon. After leaving Independence, the giant wagon train followed the Sante Fe Trail for some 40 miles and then turned nor... Read more >

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1980

Pac-man first released in Japan

One Small Step For Pac-Man, One Giant Leap For Pac-Man-KindHappy birthday to Pac-Man, who was first released in Japan on this day in 1980. Or should I say ‘Puck Man’ which was the character’s original name. It was only when the game was released in North America that marketers realised that ‘Puck’ could be easily changed to a very rude word indeed and didn’t fancy all of their games... Read more >