Today in history, Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seize Antioch, Turkey in 1098.
Today in history, Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain in 1539.
Today in history, The classic baseball poem “Casey at the Bat,” written by Ernest L. Thayer (see picture below), is published in the San Francisco Examiner in 1888.
Today in history, The Finnish Parliament ratifies a treaty with Germany in 1918.
Today in history, The German Luftwaffe hits Paris with 1,100 bombs in 1940.
Today in history, Astronaut Edward White (see picture below) becomes the first American to walk in space when he exits the Gemini 4 space capsule in 1965.
Today in history, The Chinese government begins its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square (see picture below). Hundreds are killed and thousands are arrested in 1989.