Today in history 4/4/2017


Today in history, In Constantinople, Justin, seriously ill, crowns his nephew Justinian as his co-emperor in 527.

Today in history, Francis Drake (see picture below) completes circumnavigation of the world in 1581.

Today in history, The territory of Orleans becomes the 18th state and will become known as Louisiana in 1812.

Today in history, President William Henry Harrison, aged 68, becomes the first president to die in office, just a month after being sworn in in 1841.

Today in history, The Battle of Yorktown begins as Union gen. George B. McClellan closes in on Richmond, Va. in 1862

Today in history, The U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter World War I on Allied side in 1917.

Today in history, The Battle of the Somme ends in 1918.

Today in history, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty is signed in 1949.

Today in history, Hank Aaron (see picture below) ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record in 1974.


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