Today in history 5/15/2016-5/21/2016

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5/15/2016:

Today in history, King John submits to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III lifts the interdict of 1208 in 1213.

Today in history, Johannes Kepler (see picture below) discovers his harmonics law in 1618.

Today in historyEmily Dickinson (see picture below) dies in Amherst, Mass., where she had lived in seclusion for the previous 24 years in 1886.

Today in history, Pfc. Henry Johnson and Pfc. Needham Roberts receive the Croix de Guerre for their services in World War I. They are the first Americans to win France’s highest military medal in 1918.

Today in historySputnik III (see picture below) is launched by the Soviet Union in 1958.

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5/16/2016:

Today in history, At the Battle of Champion’s Hill, Union General Ulysess S. Grant repulses the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg in 1863.

Today in historyJoan of Arc (see picture below) is canonized in Rome in 1920.

Today in history, The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood in 1928.

Today in history, After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury in 1963.’

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5/17/2016:

Today in history, Afghan chief Sher Khan defeats Mongul Emperor Humayun at Kanauj in 1540.

Today in history, Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi sees the belts on Jupiter’s surface in 1630.

Today in historyBritain declares war on France in 1756.

Today in historyFrederick Douglass (see picture below) is appointed recorder of deeds for Washington, D.C. in 1881.

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5/18/2016:

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte (see picture below) becomes the Emperor of France in 1804.

Today in historyAbraham Lincoln (see picture below) is nominated for president in 1860.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I in 1917.

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5/19/2016:

Today in history, Defeated by the Protestants, Mary, Queen of Scots (see picture below), flees to England where Queen Elizabeth imprisons her in 1568.

Today in history, Near total darkness descends on New England at noon. No explanation is found in 1780.

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5/20/2016:

Today in history, North Carolina becomes the first colony to declare its independence in 1775.

Today in history, Amelia Earhart (see picture below) lands near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932.

Today in history, In South Vietnam, troops of the 101st Airborne Division reach the top of Hill 937 (see picture below) after nine days of fighting entrenched North Vietnamese forces in 1969.

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5/21/2016:

Today in history, The Democratic party holds its first national convention in 1832.

Today in history, The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton (see picture below) in 1881.

Today in historyCharles Lindbergh lands in Paris completing the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic in 1927.

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