Today in history, Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal destroy a Roman army under consul Gaius Flaminius in a battle at Lake Trasimene in central Italy in 217 BC.
Today in history, Scottish forces, led by Robert the Bruce, win an overwhelming victory against English King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
Today in history, Explorer John Cabot lands in North America in present-day Canada in 1497.
Today in history, Margaret Brent, (see picture below) demands a voice and a vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly in 1647.
Today in history, Booker T. Washington (see picture below) becomes the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Harvard University in 1896.
Today in history, The Soviet Union begins the Berlin Blockade, America responds with the Berlin Airlift in 1948.
Today in history, The Federal Trade Commission announces that, starting in 1965, cigarette makers must include warning labels about the harmful effects of smoking in 1964.