Today in history 7/26/2017



Today in history, Mu’awiya defeats Caliph Ali in the Battle of Siffin in Mesopotamia in 657.

Today in history, Francisco Pizarro receives a royal warrant to “discover and conquer” Peru in 1529.

Today in history, The Continental Congress establishes a postal system for the colonies with Benjamin Franklin (see picture below) as the first postmaster general in 1775.

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Today in history, Liberia becomes the first African colony to become an independent state in 1847.

Today in history, The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified in 1920.

Today in history, In an Executive Order, President Harry Truman calls for the end of discrimination and segregation in the U.S. armed forces in 1948.


Today in history 6/15/2017


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

Today in history, The English peasant revolt is crushed in London in 1381.

Today in history, Ottoman Turks crush Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.

Today in history, Colonists in North America complete James Fort in Jamestown in 1607.

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

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Today in history, Arkansas is admitted into the Union as the 25th state in 1836.

Today in history, Henry O. Flipper (see picture below) becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1877.

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Today in historyPresident Woodrow Wilson (see picture below) signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America in 1916.

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Today in history 5/23/2017


Today in history, The Thirty Years War begins in 1618.

Today in history, Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames in 1701.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin (see picture below) announces his invention of bifocals in 1785.

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Today in history, South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

Today in history, Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson (see picture below) takes Front Royal, Virginia in 1862.

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Today in history, Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney (see picture below) becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1900.

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Today in history, Gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow (see picture below) are killed by Texas Rangers in 1934.

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Today in history, Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960.

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Today in history, African-American soldiers of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps (see picture below) arrive in St. Louis, Mo., after completing a 40-day bike ride from Missoula, Montana in 1897.

Today in history, The U.S. Fifth Air Force relocates from Japan to Korea in 1950.

Today in history, The Supreme Court rules that President Richard Nixon must surrender the Watergate tapes in 1974.



Today in history, Emperor Constantine refuses to carry out traditional pagan sacrifices in 326.

Today in history, Hideyoshi bans Christianity in Japan and orders all Christians to leave in 1587.

Today in history, Svetlana Savitskaya (see picture below) becomes first woman to perform a space walk in 1984.

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Today in history, The Continental Congress establishes a postal system for the colonies with Benjamin Franklin as the first postmaster general in 1775.

Today in history, Liberia becomes the first African colony to become an independent state in 1847.

Today in history, The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified in 1920.

Today in history, The shuttle Discovery launches on mission STS-114, marking a return to space after the shuttle Columbia crash of 2003 in 2005.



Today in history, The International Workers of the World found their labor organization in Chicago in 1905.

Today in historyOrville Wright (see picture below) sets a world record for staying aloft in an airplane–one hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds in 1909.

Today in history, Representatives of the United Nations, Korea and China sign an armistice at Panmunjom, Korea in 1953.



Today in history, French explorer Samuel de Champlain discovers Lake Huron on his seventh voyage to the New World in 1615.

Today in history, The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees citizenship to all those born or naturalized in the United States, is adopted in 1868.

Today in history, Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia, beginning World War I in 1914.

Today in historyPancho Villa (see picture below) surrenders to the Mexican government in 1920.



Today in history, Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States in 1858.

Today in history,  Astronomers announce discovery of dwarf planet Eris (see picture below), leading the International Astronomic Union to clarify the definition of a planet in 2005.



Today in history, The House of Burgesses convenes for the first time at Jamestown, Va. in 1619.

Today in history, George Eastman demonstrates his color motion picture process in 1938.

Today in history, Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa (see picture below) disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan in 1975.