Today in history, Richard II, who is still a child, begins his reign, following the death of his grandfather, Edward III. His coronation takes place July 16 in 1377.
Today in history, Slavery is outlawed in England in 1772.
Today in history, German bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich (see picture below) announces a definitive cure for syphilis in 1910.
Today in history, King George V (see picture below) of England is crowned in 1911.
Today in history, Joe Louis (see picture below) floors Max Schmeling in the first round of the heavyweight bout at Yankee Stadium in 1938.
Today in history, Skylab astronauts splash down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space in 1973.