Today in history 6/5/2017


Today in history, Members of the First Crusade witness an eclipse of the moon and interpret it as a sign they will recapture Jerusalem in 1099.

Today in history, Henry IV’s army defeats the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise in 1595.

Today in history, Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier (see picture below) make the first public balloon flight in 1783.

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Today in historyHarriet Beecher Stowe (see picture below) publishes the first installment of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in The National Era in 1851.

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Today in history, The Republican National Convention, the first major political party convention to include blacks, commences in 1872.

Today in history, The first B-29 bombing raid strikes the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand in 1944.

Today in history, Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlines “The Marshall Plan,” a program intended to assist European nations, including former enemies, to rebuild their economies in 1947.

Today in history, The Six-Day War (see picture below) between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan begins in 1967.

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Today in history, Doris A. Davis (see picture below) becomes the first African-American woman to govern a city in a major metropolitan area when she is elected mayor of Compton, California in 1973.

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