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 5/20/2017


Today in history, The Ecumenical council is inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea in 325.

Today in history, Cola di Rienzo (see picture below) takes the title of tribune in Rome in 1347.

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Today in history, John Sobieski  (see picture below) becomes Poland’s first king in 1674.

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Today in history, Parliament passes the Coercive Acts to punish the colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. The acts close the port of Boston in 1774.

Today in history, President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West in 1862.

Today in history, Levi Strauss (see picture below) begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets in 1874.

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Today in history, Amelia Earhart  (see picture below) lands near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932.

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Today in history, The Battle of Hamburger Hill (see picture below), which has pitted U.S. and South Vietnamese troops against North Vietnamese forces, ends after 11 days of fighting. Despite bad weather and heavy enemy fortifications, U.S. troops succeed in taking the steeply sloped hill but will abandon it 15 days later—a move that will be controversial both within the U.S. military and with the American public in 1969.

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Today in history 2/7/2017



Today in history, A Thracian officer by the name of Leo (see picture below) is proclaimed as emperor of the East by the army general, Aspar, on the death of the Emperor Marcian in 457.


Today in history, The Siege of Gibraltar, which was pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24, 1779, is finally lifted in 1783.

Today in history, The first successful U.S. educational magazine, Academician, begins publication in New York City in 1818.

Today in historyAmelia Earhart weds George Putnam in Connecticut in 1931.

Today in history, The Mona Lisa (see picture below) is put on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1963.


Today in history, The British band The Beatles (see picture below) are greeted by 25,000 fans upon their arrival in the United States at JFK Airport.


Today in history 1/15/2017



Today in history, Riots flare in Mexico when it is announced that all churches are to be closed in 1624.

Today in history, In a secret session, Congress plans to annex Spanish East Florida in 1811.

Today in history, The first telephone line between Berlin and New York is inaugurated in 1913.

Today in history, The Dumbarton Bridge (see picture below) opens in San Francisco carrying the first auto traffic across the bay in 1927.


Today in historyAmelia Earhart (see picture below) sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega in 1930.


Today in history, UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw its forces from occupied Kuwait passes, setting the stage for Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Today in history, Wikipedia (see picture below) goes online in 2001.


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Today in history, Gangster Al Capone (see picture below) and 68 of his henchmen are indicted for violating Prohibition laws in 1931.

Today in history, Black civil rights leader Medgar Evers is assassinated by a gunman outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963.

Today in history, The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban interracial marriages in 1967.



Today in historyThe New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

Today in historyPioneer 10 (see picture below), already in space for 11 years, leaves the solar system in 1983.



Today in history, Massachusetts passes the first compulsory education law in the colonies in 1642.

Today in history, The U.S. Army is founded when the Continental Congress authorizes the muster of troops in 1775.

Today in history, The Continental Congress authorizes the “stars and stripes” flag for the new United States in 1777.

Today in history, The city of Philadelphia observes the first Flag Day in 1893;.

Today in history, Congressman William Gray (see picture below), an African American, is elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives in 1989.

Today in history, UNIVAC, the first computer built for commercial purposes, is demonstrated in Philadelphia by Dr. John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, Jr in 1951.



Today in history, King John signs the Magna Carta in 1215.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm in 1752.

Today in historyGeorge Washington (see picture below) is named Commander in Chief by Congress in 1775.



Today in historyAbraham Lincoln, in accepting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, declares that, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” in 1858.

Today in historyAnne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (see picture below) is published in the United States in 1952.



Today in history, The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China in 1854.

Today in history, Surgeon Richard Lawler performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago in 1950.

Today in history, Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergatecomplex in Washington, D.C. in 1972.

Today in history, Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson (see picture below) – facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police in 1994.



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

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