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Here are the top ten articles for the Today in History Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. May the 4th is the Start of Star Wars Days
Jedi fans celebrate Star Wars Day this week because the pun is irresistible: “May the 4th be with you.” And it’s a trilogy, of course, as Vader devotees continue to geek out for the two days after that. Join me, and together we’ll find out how it all started.

2. The Samuel Applegate Alarm Clock
Heavy sleepers could have thanked Samuel S. Applegate for his invention, which was patented on April 11, 1882. Too bad it was just too weird to be constructed!

3. 16 Things We Love about Shakespeare
The greatest playwright in history shuffled off this mortal coil on his 52nd birthday: April 23, 1616. Exactly 400 years on, this eventful day still arouses excitement in all corners of the world. What merit lived in Shakespeare that we should love after his death?

4. Gershwin Debuts Rhapsody in Blue
The Jazz Age had begun, but in 1924 the music was not considered a serious art form. Then, on February 12, an octave-surfing clarinet glided into Rhapsody in Blue, and it made musical history. And to think Gershwin almost didn’t write it …

5. The Bizarre Belly Flop of Devon Loch
You’ve heard of Seabiscuit and Secretariat, and maybe even Red Rum and Black Caviar. But do you know what happened to Devon Loch? On March 24, 1956, this racehorse also made history, but not as a winner.

6. The Rose-Mar Killings
Robert Benjamin Smith just wanted to make a name for himself. Following in the footsteps of his new “heroes,” he did just that on November 13, 1966, when he shot and killed five women, including a 3-year old-child, at the Rose-Mar College of Beauty in Mesa, Arizona.

7. First Day of George Orwell’s 1984
Published in 1949, George Orwell’s most famous novel starts on April 4, 1984. Thankfully, the postwar world did not coalesce into totalitarian superstates, and thoughtcrime is mostly fictional. Yet why is Nineteen Eighty-Four still relevant today? What Orwellian future do we still fear?

8. The Last Days of Edgar Allan Poe
“There at length they found me lying, weak and ’wildered, sick and dying, / And my shattered wreck of being to a kindly refuge bore … ” These are just a few lines from a poem entitled “The Streets of Baltimore.” Hauntingly, they evoke the mysterious death of its purported author on October 3, 1849.

9. Valentine’s Day : A Sweet Holiday
In honor of Valentine's Day, we take a look at some of our favorite candies and when they were first introduced.

10. Zany October Holidays
October is chock-full of fun celebrations! Most famous for Halloween and Oktoberfest, this month also sees such celebrations as Sweetest Day, Boss’s Day, and Leif Eriksson Day. October is also a month for awareness. What should you be aware of? Read on and find out!



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