Today in history 6/18/2017


Today in history, German-born Frederick I, Barbarossa, is crowned emperor of Rome in 1155.

Today in history, The Dutch fleet sails up the Thames River and threatens London in 1667.

Today in history, British troops evacuate Philadelphia in 1778.

Today in history, The War of 1812 begins when the United States declares war against Great Britain in 1812.

Today in history, At the Battle of Waterloo (see picture below), Napoleon Bonaparte is defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington in 1815.

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Today in history, Allied forces on the Western Front begin their largest counterattack yet against the German army in 1918.

Today in historyAmelia Earhart (see picture below) becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane in 1928.

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Today in history, Sally Ride (see picture below) becomes the first American woman in space in 1983.

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Today in history 5/13/2017


Today in history, English colonists land near the James River in Virginia in 1607.

Today in history, The War of Bavarian Succession ends in 1779.

Today in history, The United States declares war on Mexico after fighting has already begun in 1846.

Today in history, The Battle of Resaca commences as Union General William T. Sherman (see picture below) fights towards Atlanta in 1864.

Today in history, Britain establishes the Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of the Royal Air Force in 1912.

Today in history, Igor Sikorsky (see picture below) flies the first four-engine aircraft in 1913.

Today in history, Allied forces in Italy break through the German Gustav Line into the Liri Valley in 1944.

Today in history, Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt in 1981.