Today in history 6/17/2017

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Today in history, Sir Francis Drake (see picture below) claims San Francisco Bay for England in 1579.

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Today in history, The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle in 1775.

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

Today in historyPresident Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon in 1861.

Today in history, U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico in 1913.

Today in historyYank (see picture below) a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication in 1942.

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Today in history, Surgeon Richard Lawler (see picture below) performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago in 1950.

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Today in history, Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex 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.

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Today in history 5/24/2017

WordleCh1-505/24/2017:

Today in history, Nicolaus Copernicus (see picture below) publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication in 1543.

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Today in history, Captain Christopher Newport (see picture below) and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia in 1607.

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Today in history, The Methodist Church is established in 1738.

Today in history, Samuel Morse (see picture below) taps out the first telegraph message in 1844.

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Today in history, The first American bicycle race is held in Boston in 1878.

Today in history, Amy Johnson (see picture below) becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia in 1930.

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Today in history, Willie Mays (see picture below) begins playing for the New York Giants in 1951.

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Today in history 3/22/2017

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3/22/2017:

Today in history, The first legislation prohibiting gambling is enacted in Boston in 1630.

Today in history, Charles II gives large tracts of land from west of the Connecticut River to the east of Delaware Bay in North America to his brother James, the Duke of York in 1664.

Today in history, The Stamp Act is passed; the first direct British tax on the American colonists in 1765.

Today in history, British statesman Edmund Burke (see picture below) makes a speech in the House of Commons, urging the government to adopt a policy of reconciliation with America in 1775.

Today in historyThomas Jefferson becomes the first U.S. Secretary of State in 1790.

Today in history, Horace Greeley (see picture below) publishes The New-Yorker, a weekly literary and news magazine and the forerunner of Harold Ross’ more successful The New Yorker in 1834.

Today in history, Japan proclaims that it is determined to keep Russia from encroaching on Korea in 1901.

Today in history, The first color photograph is published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror in 1904.

Today in history, The first international airline service is inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels in 1919.

Today in history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine in 1933.

Today in history, The first U.S.-built rocket to leave the Earth’s atmosphere reaches a 50-mile height in 1946.

Today in history 3/19/2017

WordleCh1-503/19/2017:

Today in history, On the death of William III of Orange, Anne Stuart (see picture below), sister of Mary, succeeds to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702.

Today in history, Boston is incorporated as a city in 1822.

Today in history, The U.S. Senate ratifies the Cuban treaty, gaining naval bases in Guantanamo and Bahia Honda in 1903.

Today in history, Congress authorizes Daylight Savings Time in 1918.

Today in history, The state of Nevada legalizes gambling in 1931.

Today in history, In Costa Rica, President John F. Kennedy (see picture below) and six Latin American presidents pledge to fight Communism in 1963.

Today in history, One technician is killed and two others are injured during a routine test on space shuttle Columbia in 1981.