Today in history 3/20/2017



Today in history, Henry IV of England is succeeded by his son Henry V in 1413.

Today in history, The Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings in 1760.

Today in history, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue (see picture below), considered the first detective story, is published in 1841.

Today in historyHarriet Beecher Stowe‘s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (see picture below) is published in 1852.

Today in history, The USS Langley is commissioned as the first U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Converted in 1920 from the collier USS Jupiter (AC-3), it is the Navy’s first turbo-electric-powered ship in 1922.

Today in history, The German dirigible, Graf Zepplin, makes the first flight to South America on regular schedule in 1932..

Today in history, President Lyndon B. Johnson orders 4,000 troops to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers in 1965.

Today in history, U.S. scientists return from Antarctica with the first land mammal fossils found there in 1982.

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