Today in history, Theodosius II succeeds to the throne of Constantinople in 408.
Today in history, Christopher Columbus convinces Queen Isabella (see picture below) to fund expedition to the West Indies in 1486.
Today in history, The Battle of Chancellorsville (see picture below) begins as Union Gen. Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in 1863.
Today in history, Reconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration in 1867.
Today in history, President Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction in 1877.
Today in history, The luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe in 1915.
Today in history, The film Citizen Kane (see picture below)–directed and starring Orson Welles–opens in New York in 1941.
Today in history, Gwendolyn Brooks (see picture below) becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen in 1950.
Today in history, Osama Bin Laden is killed in Abbottabad Pakistan by US Navy SEALS in Operation Neptune Spear in 2011.