Then & Now: Aniversaries

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6 December, 1492: Christopher Columbus discovers Hispaniola, now Haiti.

1877: Thomas Edison demonstrates the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting 'Mary had a little lamb'.

1907: Worst ever US mine disaster leaves 361 dead in Monongah, West Virginia.

1917: Finland proclaims independence from Russia.

1921: Dominion status is granted to the 26 southern counties of Ireland and the Irish Free State is established.