Today in history 4/23/2017


Today in history, The first English order of knighthood is founded in 1348.

Today in history, Pedro Cabral claims Brazil for Portugal in 1500.

Today in history, Charles II (see picture below) is formally crowned king, returning the monarchy to Britain, albeit with greatly reduced powers in 1661.

Today in history, President George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York in 1789.

Today in history, Union cavalry units continue to skirmish with Confederate forces in Henderson, North Carolina and Munford’s Station, Alabama in 1865.

Today in history, Motion pictures premiere in New York City in 1896.

Today in history, The Federals (see picture below) defeat Kansas City 9-1 in the first major league game to be played in Chicago’s Weeghman Park, later renamed Wrigley Field in 1914.

Today in history, The ACA becomes the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA), the forerunner of NASA in 1915.

Today in history, The U.S. Senate passes the Soldiers’ Bonus Bill in 1924.

Today in history, Chiang Kai-shek (see picture below) evacuates Hainan, leaving mainland China to Mao Zedong and the communists in 1950.

Today in history, The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 10 (see picture below), becoming the first mission to the Salyut 1 space station in 1971.


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