Today in history 5/9/2017


Today in history, Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final trip to the New World in 1502.

Today in history, The first newspaper cartoon in America appears in 1754.

Today in history, Union General John Sedgwick is shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania. His last words are: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist–“ in 1864.

Today in history, German and French forces fight the Battle of Artois (see picture below) in 1915.

Today in history, Explorers Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole (see picture below) in 1926.

Today in history, The Royal Navy captures the German submarine U-110. Onboard is the latest Enigma machine (see picture below), which will help Allied cryptographers eventually break the German code in 1941.

Today in history, A laser beam is successfully bounced off the moon for the first time in 1962.


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