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 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 history, Sputnik III (see picture below) is launched by the Soviet Union in 1958.
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.’
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 history, The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I in 1917.
Today in history, Near total darkness descends on New England at noon. No explanation is found in 1780.
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, The Democratic party holds its first national convention in 1832.