Today in history, Led by Ragnar Lodbrok (see picture below), Viking raiders sack Paris. In exchange for leaving, the Vikings collect a large ransom from the Frankish defenders in 845.
Today in history, The armies of two kings, Henry VI and Edward IV, collide at Towton in 1461.
Today in history, A permanent European colony is established in present-day Delaware in 1638.
Today in history, The United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars in 1867.
Today in history, Coca-Cola goes on sale for the first time at a drugstore in Atlanta. Its inventor, Dr. John Pemberton (see picture below), claims it can cure anything from hysteria to the common cold in 1886.
Today in history, A regular news service begins between New York and London on Marconi’s wireless in 1903.
Today in history, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I opens on Broadway starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner in 1951.
Today in history, The 23rd amendment, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to vote for president, is ratified in 1961.