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Library Article Updated On: October 16, 2014, 1:17 pm MDT

1066: The Battle of Hastings was fought on October 14 in England between the forces of William, Duke of Normandy, and King Harold of
England. William was the ruler of Normandy, a part of present‐ day France, and a cousin of the late English King Edward. King Edward died childless, and William was next in line to inherit the crown. However, English nobleman Harold Godwine claimed that King Edward had promised him the kingdom, and he seized the crown as King Harold. The resulting war over the succession led to the Norman Conquest and the victory of William the Conqueror.

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Library Article Updated On: October 7, 2014, 1:05 pm MDT

This week in History:

  • The first double-decked paddlewheel steamboat
  • The Chicago Fire
  • The 1908 Bosnian Crisis
  • The completion of Hoover Dam
  • Elizabeth Taylor's final marriage
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Library Article Updated On: September 23, 2014, 8:44 am MDT

With the recent announcement and anticipated rollout of the Apple Watch, a lot of attention has been paid to what new technology can do for our physical well-being. New research at Dartmouth College shows how our devices might be used to monitor mental health, as well. A team at Dartmouth has developed an app called StudentLife to help predict students’ mental health and academic performance based on objective sensor data from smartphones.

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Library Article Updated On: September 22, 2014, 10:43 am MDT

What’s on the docket for our nation’s highest court? Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, joined the American Constitution Society in Washington for a preview of the new term. Watch the video here.

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Library Article Updated On: September 8, 2014, 12:07 pm MDT

1814 - On September 13, Maryland lawyer Francis Scott Key composes a poem titled “The Defense of Fort McHenry.”  The poem would later be set to music (the English drinking tune  "To Anacreon in Heaven") and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”, eventually becoming America's national anthem in 1931. Key was living in Baltimore when he witnessed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.  Waking to see the U.S. flag still flying above the fort the following morning, an inspired Key put pen to paper.

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