What is historical present?

What is historical present? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. (grammar) Use of the present tense when referring to past events, to add immediacy to what is being said or written.
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Similarly, in the historical present, the present tense is used to narrate events that occurred in the past.
There is also the historical present, in which the present tense is used to narrate past events.
The historical present is often treated as a principal tense, but there are exceptions and sometimes both constructions appear in the same passage.

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