Today in history 8/24/2017


Today in history, Mount Vesuvius (see picture below) erupts destroying Pompeii, Stabiae, Herculaneum and other smaller settlements in 79.

Today in history, German barbarians sack Rome in 410.

Today in history, British troops under General Robert Ross capture Washington, D.C., which they set on fire in retaliation for the American burning of the parliament building in York (Toronto), the capital of Upper Canada in 1814.

Today in history, In the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, the third carrier-versus-carrier battle of the war, U.S. naval forces defeat a Japanese force attempting to screen reinforcements for the Guadalcanal fighting in 1942.

Today in history, Congress outlaws the Communist Party in the United States in 1954.

Today in history, Mikhail Gorbachev (see picture below) resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union; Ukraine declares its independence from USSR in 1991.

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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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