Today in history, The U.S. House of Representatives holds its first meeting in 1789.
Today in history, Some 300 American troops of the 6th Infantry leave Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, to confront the Sauk Indians in what would become known as the Black Hawk War in 1832.
Today in history, General Robert E. Lee‘s retreat is cut off near Appomattox Court House in 1865.
Today in history, British General Horatio Kitchener defeats the Khalifa, leader of the dervishes in Sudan, at the Battle of Atbara in 1898.
Today in history, The 17th Amendment is ratified, requiring direct election of senators in 1913.
Today in history, The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is approved by Congress in 1935.
Today in history, The Soviets open a rail link to the besieged city of Leningrad in 1942.
Today in history, President Truman orders the seizure of U.S. steel mills to prevent a strike in 1952.
Today in history, Hank Aaron (see picture below) hits his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record in 1974.
Today in history, Frank Robinson (see picture below) of the Cleveland Indians becomes first black manager of a major league baseball team in 1975.