December 6 1922 – The Irish Free State Comes into Existence One Year After the Anglo-Irish Treaty

December 6 1922 – The Irish Free State Comes into Existence One Year After the Anglo-Irish Treaty5 (100%) 1 vote *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Almost four years after the first battle in the Anglo-Irish War, those seeking an independent Irish Free State got what they wanted on December 6, 1922. Twelve months to the day of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the British government granted the Irish control of the Emerald Isle. A week later, the six counties of Northern Ireland exercised their right to secede, leading to a decades-long struggle known as “the Troubles.” Irish nationalists had been in search of sovereignty for 25 years by the time of the Easter […]

December 6 1768 – Encyclopædia Britannica is published for the first time

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December 6 1768 – Encyclopædia Britannica is published for the first time5 (100%) 1 vote The iconic Encyclopædia Britannica was the brainchild of the printer and bookseller Colin Macfarquhar and the engraver Andrew Bell. In 1778, the Scottish printer and his partner formed the “Society of Gentlemen” and hired the erudite William Smellie to come up with an encyclopedia that could be alphabetically aligned. The Encyclopædia Britannica made its debut in Edinburgh in Scotland. Volume I of the first edition was released on December 6, 1768. The initial volume was sold for a price of 6 to 8 pence depending on the quality of paper. By 1771, three-volume set was […]