Today in history 4/16/2017


Today in history, Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope in 556.

Today in history, The Norman Robert Guiscard takes Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy in 1065.

Today in history, Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton in 1705.

Today in history, San Salvador is destroyed by an earthquake in 1854.

Today in historySlavery is abolished in the District of Columbia in 1862.

Today in history, Vladimir Lenin (see picture below) returns to Russia to start the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.

Today in history, Annie Oakley (see picture below) shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman’s record in 1922.

Today in history, The Island of Malta is awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth in 1942.

Today in history, A lens which provides zoom effects is demonstrated in New York City in 1947.

Today in history, Two giants pandas arrive in the U.S. from China in 1972.


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