Today in history 4/17/2017


Today in history, Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope in 858.

Today in history, Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies in 1492.

Today in history, Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni da Verrazzano (see picture below) in 1524.

Today in history, Frances Williams (see picture below), the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems in 1758.

Today in history, The game “snooker” is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain in 1875.

Today in history, China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895.

Today in history, Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson (see picture below), a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married in 1929.

Today in historyJackie Robinson (see picture below)bunts for his first major league hit in 1947.

Today in historyJerrie Mock (see picture below)becomes first woman to fly solo around the world in 1964.

Today in history, Apollo 13–originally scheduled to land on the moon–lands back safely on Earth after an accident in 1970.

Today in history 4/13/2017



Today in history, The Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots in 1598.

Today in history, Lord North extends the New England Restraining Act to South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act forbids trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland in 1775.

Today in history, After 34 hours of bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter surrenders to the Confederates in 1861.

Today in historyUnion forces under Gen. Sherman begin their devastating march through Georgia in 1864.

Today in history, J.C. Penney opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming in 1902.

Today in history, The first flight over Mount Everest is completed by Lord Clydesdale (see picture below) in 1933.

Today in historyFranklin D. Roosevelt dedicates the Jefferson Memorial (see picture below) in 1943.

Today in history, The first navigational satellite is launched into Earth’s orbit in 1960.

Today in history, Sidney Poitier (see picture below) becomes the first black individual to win an Oscar for best actor in 1964.

Today in history, An oxygen tank explodes on Apollo 13, preventing a planned moon landing and jeopardizing the lives of the three-man crew in 1970.