Today in history 2/15/2017



Today in history, The first serious fist fight occurs in Congress in 1798.

Today in history, New Jersey becomes the last northern state to abolish slavery in 1804.

Today in history, The U.S. battleship Maine (see picture below) blows up in Havana Harbor, killing 268 sailors and bringing hordes of Western cowboys and gunfighters rushing to enlist in the Spanish-American War in 1898.


Today in history, The London Zoo announces it will install lights to cheer up fogged-in animals in 1925.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress passes the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, allotting new funds for Federal Emergency Relief Administration in 1934.

Today in history, Canada’s maple leaf flag (see picture below) is raised for the first time in 1965.


Today in history, U.S. gas stations threaten to close because of federal fuel policies in 1974.


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