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December 18, 1916

Battle of Verdun Ends

The Battle of Verdun, the longest engagement of World War I, ends after 10 months and massive loss of life. In February 1916, German forces launched an offensive against Verdun, a city 137 miles east of Paris. The outlying forts of Hardaumont and Douaumont soon fell, but the French rallied under Gen...

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December 18, 1975

Endorphins Are Discovered

"On this day in 1975, a group of scientists led by John Hughes and Hans W. Kosterlitz of the University of Aberdeen published an article in the journal Nature entitled, ""Identification of two related pentapeptides from the brain with potent opiate agonist activity."" The article described their dis...

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December 18, 1888

Mesa Verde Is "Discovered"

"On this day in 1888, while searching for stray cattle, Richard Wetherill and his brother-in-law Charlie Mason, two cowboys from southwest Colorado, stumbled upon the magnificent ancient Native American ruins known as Mesa Verde. A member of a prominent ranching family and an amateur e...

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