Today in history 2/6/2020

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, The Battle of Fort Henry, Tenn., begins the Mississippi Valley campaign in 1862.

Today in history, The Dalton Gang commits its first crime, a train robbery in Alila, Calif. in 1891.

Today in history, The Spanish-American War ends in 1899.

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

Today in history, Adolf Hitler‘s Third Reich begins press censorship in 1933.

Today in history, The RAF clears the way as British take Benghazi, trapping thousands of Italians in 1941.

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.

Today in history 1/24/2020

Today in history, Shortly after declaring himself a god, Caligula is assassinated by two Praetorian tribunes in 0041.

Today in history, Matthias Corvinus, the son of John Hunyadi, is elected king of Hungary in 1458.

Today in history, Representatives from three Connecticut towns band together to write the Fundamental Orders, the first constitution in the New World in 1639.

Today in history, Czar Peter the Great caps his reforms in Russia with the “Table of Rank” which decrees a commoner can climb on merit to the highest positions in 1722.

Today in history, Gold is discovered by James Wilson Marshall at his partner Johann August Sutter’s sawmill on the South Fork of the American River, near Coloma, California in 1848.

Today in history, U.S. Secretary of State John Hay and British Ambassador Herbert create a joint commission to establish the Alaskan border in 1903.

Today in history, U.S. Cavalry is sent to preserve the neutrality of the Rio Grande during the Mexican Civil War in 1911.

Today in history, The German cruiser Blücher is sunk by a British squadron in the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1915.

Today in history, British expeditionary force of 12,000 is sent to China to protect concessions at Shanghai in 1927.

Today in history, A German attempt to relieve the besieged city of Budapest is finally halted by the Soviets in 1945.

Today in history, The UN establishes the International Atomic Energy Commission in 1946.

Today in history, In a rebuff to the Soviets, the U.S. announces intentions to sell arms to China in 1980.

Today in history 1/21/2020

Today in history, Philip Augustus, Henry II of England, and Frederick Barbarossa assemble the troops for the Third Crusade in 1189.

Today in history, In Maryland, the first woman lawyer in the colonies, Margaret Brent, is denied a vote in the Maryland Assembly in 1648.

Today in history, Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa and Wyandot Indians sign the treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States in 1785.

Today in history, Joseph Guillotine proposes a new, more humane method of execution: a machine designed to cut off the condemned person’s head as painlessly as possible in 1790.

Today in history, The French King Louis XVI is guillotined for treason in 1793.

Today in history, Japan rejects the American proposal to neutralize ownership of the Manchurian Railway in 1910.

Today in history, J.D. Rockefeller pledges $1 million for the relief of Europe’s destitute in 1921.

Today in history, In North Africa, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel launches a drive to push the British eastward. While the British benefited from radio-intercept-derived Ultra information, the Germans enjoyed an even speedier intelligence source in 1942.

Today in history, A Nazi daylight air raid kills 34 in a London school in 1943. When the anticipated invasion of Britain failed to materialize in 1940, Londoners relaxed, but soon they faced a frightening new threat.

Today in history, Communist troops force the UN army out of Inchon, Korea after a 12-hour attack in 1951.

Today in history, The Soviet Union calls for a ban on nuclear arms in Baghdad Pact countries in 1958.

Today in history, Leonid Brezhnev and Henry Kissinger meet to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) in 1976.

Today in history 8/21/2017



Today in history, The warrior Yoritomo (see picture below) is made Shogun without equal in Japan in 1129.

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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, The Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, is stolen from the Louvre in Paris, where it had hung for more than 100 years. It is recovered in 1913 in 1911.

Today in history, U.S. Marines turn back the first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal in the Battle of Tenaru in 1942.

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.

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Today in history 8/15/2017



Today in history, Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army in 1261.

Today in history, Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at the Battle of Yellow Ford in 1598.

Today in history, Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz in 1760.

Today in history, The Confederate raider Tallahassee (see picture below) captures six Federal ships off New England in 1864.

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Today in history, The Panama Canal opens to traffic in 1914.

Today in history, American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon in 1944.

Today in history, Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan in 1947.

Today in history, The infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal (see picture below) is captured in Khartoum, Sudan in 1994.

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