Today in history 5/29/2016-6/4/2016



Today in history, Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire in  1453.

Today in history, Rhode Island becomes last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution in 1790.

Today in history, The U.S. Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws in 1922.

Today in history, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (see picture below) become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest in 1953.



Today in history, William Young patents the ice cream freezer in 1848.

Today in history, Memorial Day begins when two women place flowers on both Confederate and Union graves in 1868.

Today in history, NASA launches Mariner 9 (see picture below), the first satellite to orbit Mars in 1971.

Mariner _9


Today in history, The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva’s (see picture below) legendary ride while naked, becomes part of the Coventry Fair in 1678.

Today in history, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference in 1909.

Today in history, President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years in 1988.



Today in historyGeneral Robert E. Lee assumes command of the Confederate army outside Richmondafter General Joe Johnston is injured at Seven Pines in 1862.

Today in history, The Douglas DC-4 (see picture below) makes its first passenger flight from Chicago to New York in 1939.



Today in history, The first baseball game under electric lights is played in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1883.

Today in history, Elizabeth II (see picture below) is crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey in 1953.

Today in history, Senator Joseph McCarthy charges that there are communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants in 1954.



Today in history, The classic baseball poem “Casey at the Bat,” (see picture below) written by Ernest L. Thayer, is published in the San Francisco Examiner.

Today in history, The Chinese government begins its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Hundreds are killed and thousands are arrested in 1989.



Today in history, The fortress at Osaka, Japan, falls to Shogun Ieyasu (see picture below) after a six-month siege in 1615.

Today in history, Allied troops liberate Rome in 1944.



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