Today in history 5/2/2017


Today in history, The Hudson Bay Company is founded in 1670.

Today in history, Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of Devolution in France in 1748.

Today in history, Napoleon (see picture below) defeats a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen in 1813.

Napoleon Bonaparte. Portarit of Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821 at the battle. Detail of a painting by Joseph Chabord 1786-1848. Museo Napoleonico, Rome Italy

Today in historyStonewall Jackson (see picture below) smashes Joseph Hooker’s flank at Chancellorsville, Virginia in 1863.

Today in history, King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo Free State in 1885.

Today in history, The Territory of Oklahoma is created in 1890.

Today in history, The first U.S. air passenger service starts in 1919.

Today in history, Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready take off from New York for the West Coast on what will become the first successful nonstop transcontinental flight in 1923.

Today in history, Prisoners revolt at California’s Alcatraz prison in 1946.

Today in history, Student anti-war protesters at Ohio’s Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard takes control of campus in 1970.


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