Today in history 4/20/2017


Today in history, The Second Lateran Council opens in Rome in 1139.

Today in history, English Admiral Robert Blake fights his last battle when he destroys the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz Bay in 1657.

Today in history, Captain Cook (see picture below) discovers Australia in 1770.

Today in history, British troops begin the siege of Boston in 1775.

Today in history, The Territory of Wisconsin is created in 1836.

Today in history, Edgar Allen Poe’s first detective story (see picture below) is published in 1841.

Today in history, The first National League game is played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field (see picture below), then known as Weeghman Park in 1916. The park was renamed Cubs Park in 1920 and Wrigley Field, for the Chicago Cubs owner, in 1926.

Today in history, The first electron microscope is demonstrated in 1940.

Today in history, General Douglas MacArthur addresses a joint session of Congress after being relieved by President Harry Truman in 1951.

Today in history, Operation Little Switch begins in Korea, the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war in 1953.


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