Today in history 2/5/2017



Today in history, Henry II of France and Philip of Spain (see picture below) sign the truce of Vaucelles in 1556.


Today in history, Sweden recognizes U.S. independence in 1783.

Today in history, The three-day Battle of Hatcher’s Run, Va., begins in 1865.

Today in history, The United States and Great Britain sign the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, giving the United States the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not to fortify it in 1900.

Today in history, The Reader’s Digest begins publication in New York in 1922.

Today in history, The Soviets launch Sputnik V (see picture below), the heaviest satellite to date at 7.1 tons in 1961.


Today in history, Two Apollo 14 astronauts walk on the moon in 1971.

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