Today in history 1/15/2020

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, Union troops capture Fort Fisher, North Carolina in 1865.

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

Today in history, Peasants in Central Russia rise against the Bolsheviks in 1919.

Today in history, The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal in 1920.

Today in history, The Dumbarton Bridge opens in San Francisco carrying the first auto traffic across the bay in 1927.

Today in history, Amelia Earhart sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega in 1930.

Today in history, The U.S. Fifth Army successfully breaks the German Winter Line in Italy with the capture of Mount Trocchio in 1944.

Today in history, Chinese Communists occupy Tientsin after a 27-hour battle with Nationalist forces in 1949.

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 goes online in 2001.

Today in history 7/2/2017


Today in history, Oliver Cromwell (see picture below) crushes the Royalists at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644.

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Today in history, The Continental Congress resolves with the Declaration of Independence that the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States” in 1776.

Today in history, Czar Alexander II (see picture below) frees the serfs working on imperial lands in 1858.

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Today in history, Congress establishes the Army Air Corps in 1926.

Today in history, American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappears in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world in 1937.

Today in history, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law in 1964.

Today in history, President Jimmy Carter reinstates draft registration for males 18 years of age in 1980.

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.