Today in history 6/12/2016-6/18/2016



Today in history, Gangster Al Capone (see picture below) and 68 of his henchmen are indicted for violating Prohibition laws in 1931.

Today in history, Black civil rights leader Medgar Evers is assassinated by a gunman outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963.

Today in history, The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban interracial marriages in 1967.



Today in historyThe New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

Today in historyPioneer 10 (see picture below), already in space for 11 years, leaves the solar system in 1983.



Today in history, Massachusetts passes the first compulsory education law in the colonies in 1642.

Today in history, The U.S. Army is founded when the Continental Congress authorizes the muster of troops in 1775.

Today in history, The Continental Congress authorizes the “stars and stripes” flag for the new United States in 1777.

Today in history, The city of Philadelphia observes the first Flag Day in 1893;.

Today in history, Congressman William Gray (see picture below), an African American, is elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives in 1989.

Today in history, UNIVAC, the first computer built for commercial purposes, is demonstrated in Philadelphia by Dr. John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, Jr in 1951.



Today in history, King John signs the Magna Carta in 1215.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm in 1752.

Today in historyGeorge Washington (see picture below) is named Commander in Chief by Congress in 1775.



Today in historyAbraham Lincoln, in accepting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, declares that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” in 1858.

Today in historyAnne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (see picture below) is published in the United States in 1952.



Today in history, The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China in 1854.

Today in history, Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago in 1950.

Today in history, Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergatecomplex in Washington, D.C. in 1972.

Today in history, Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson (see picture below) – facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police in 1994.



Today in history, At the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte is defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington in 1815.

Today in historyAmelia Earhart (see picture below) becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane in 1928.




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