Today in history, The warrior Yoritomo (see picture below) is made Shogun without equal in Japan in 1129.
Today in history, France surrenders the island of Corsica to the British in 1794.
Today in history, The first of a series of debates begins between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Douglas goes on to win the Senate seat in November, but Lincoln gains national visibility for the first time in 1858.
Today in history, Hawaii is admitted into the Union in 1959.
Today in history, Mary Langdon (see picture below) in Battle, East Sussex, becomes Britain’s first firewoman in 1976.