Today in history 2/27/2017



Today in history, Theodosius effectively founds a university (see picture below) in Constantinople in 425.


Today in history, German Protestants form the League of Schmalkalden to resist the power of the emperor in 1531.

Today in history, The first Mardi-Gras celebration is held in New Orleans in 1827.

Today in history, The Japanese push the Russians back in Manchuria and cross the Sha River in 1905.

Today in history, The forty-sixth star is added to the U.S. flag, signifying Oklahoma’s admission to statehood in 1908.

Today in history, Glacier Bay National Monument is dedicated in Alaska in 1925.

Today in history, The Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes in 1939.

Today in history, The U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Virginia pool club can’t bar customers because of color in 1973.

Today in history, Debi Thomas (see picture below) becomes the first African-American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics in 1988.


Today in history, Coalition forces liberate Kuwait after seven months of occupation by the Iraqi army in 1991.


Today in history 2/23/2017



Today in history, Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado (see picture below) begins his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest in 1540.


Today in history, The 5th War of Religion breaks out in France in 1574.

Today in history, The Liberty Bell tolls for the last time, to mark George Washington’s birthday in 1846.

Today in history, Forces led by Zachary Taylor (see picture below) defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Buena Vista in 1847.


Today in history, Writer Emile Zola (see picture below) is imprisoned in France for his letter J’accuse in which he accuses the French government of anti-semitism and the wrongful imprisonment of army captain Alfred Dreyfus in 1898.


Today in history, U.S. Marines plant an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima (see picture below) in 1945.


Today in history, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibits a collection of Hapsburg art; the first showing of this collection in the United States in 1950.

Today in history, Whites join Black students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C. Woolworth store in 1960.

Today in history, French forces unofficially start the Persian Gulf ground war by crossing the Saudi-Iraqi border in 1991.

Today in history 2/17/2017


Today in history, At a grand feast, Philip the Good of Burgundy (see picture below) takes the “Vow of the Pheasant,” by which he swears to fight the Turks in 1454.


Today in history, Boris Godunov (see picture below), a boyar of Tarar origin, is elected czar to succeed to his brother-in-law Fydor in 1598.


Today in history, The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr in 1801.

Today in history, The first issue of Harold Ross’ magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy in 1925.

Today in history, The first color television is demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London in 1938.

Today in historyMartin Luther King Jr. (see picture below) is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott in 1960.


Today in history, Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan in 1975.

Today in history 2/12/2017



Today in history, Lady Jane Grey (see picture below), the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old in 1554.


Today in history, Alexander Selkirk (see picture below), the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe’s Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone in 1709.


Today in history, Chile gains independence from Spain in 1818.

Today in history, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is formed in 1909.

Today in history, China becomes a republic following the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty in 1912.

Today in history, George Gershwin’s groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Blue premieres with Gershwin (see picture below) himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra in 1924.


Today in history, Japan makes its first television broadcast–a baseball game in 1931.

Today in history, The Lake Placid Winter Olympics open in New York in 1980.

Today in history 2/6/2017



Today in history, Huguenot rebels and the French sign the Peace of La Rochelle in 1626.

Today in history, France recognizes the United States and signs a treaty of aid in Paris in 1778.

Today in history, Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the Constitution in 1788.

Today in history, Forces under the command of Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant and Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote capture Fort Henry, Tennessee, in the Battle of Fort Henry (see picture below), giving the Union its first victory of the Civil War in 1862.


Today in history, The Dalton Gang (see picture below) commits its first crime, a train robbery in Alila, CA. in 1891.


Today in history, The Washington Disarmament Conference comes to an end with the ratification of the final treaty forbidding fortification of the Aleutian Islands for 14 years in 1922.

Today in history, MacArthur reports the fall of Manila, and the liberation of 5,000 prisoners in 1945.

Today in history, Queen Elizabeth marks her Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Today in history, Civil rights workers begin a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama in 1982.