Today in history 1/28/2020

Today in history, The Roman Emperor Nerva names Trajan, an army general, as his successor in 0028.

Today in history, Henry VIII of England dies and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Edward VI in 1547.

Today in history, Ahmed Shah, the first King of Afghanistan, occupies Delhi and annexes the Punjab in 1757.

Today in history, Surrounded by Prussian troops and suffering from famine, the French army in Paris surrenders. During the siege, balloons were used to keep contact with the outside world in 1871.

Today in history, The German navy attacks the U.S. freighter William P. Frye, loaded with wheat for Britain in 1915.

Today in history, The U.S. Coast Guard is founded to fight contraband trade and aid distressed vessels at sea in 1915.

Today in history, Albert Einstein startles Berlin by suggesting the possibility of measuring the universe in 1921.

Today in history, The Japanese attack Shanghai, China, and declare martial law in 1932.

Today in history, French General Charles DeGaulle‘s Free French forces sack south Libya oasis in 1941.

Today in history, Chiang Kai-shek renames the Ledo-Burma Road the Stilwell Road, in honor of General Joseph Stilwell in 1945.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress passes a bill allowing mobilization of troops if China should attack Taiwan in 1955.

Today in history, The space shuttle Challenger explodes just after liftoff in 1986.

Today in history 1/14/2020

Today in history, Henry III marries Eleanor of Provence in 1236.

Today in history, Francis of France, held captive by Charles V for a year, signs the Treaty of Madrid, giving up most of his claims in France and Italy in 1526.

Today in history, Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy in 1797.

Today in history, Emperor Napoleon and Empress Eugenie escape unhurt after an Italian assassin throws a bomb at their carriage as they travel to the Paris Opera in 1858.

Today in history, Confederate President Jefferson Davis writes to General Joseph E. Johnson, observing that troops may need to be sent to Alabama or Mississippi in 1864.

Today in history, The USS Arkansas, the largest U.S. battleship, is launched from the yards of the New York Shipbuilding Company in 1911.

Today in history, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Charles DeGaulle meet at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war in 1943.

Today in history, UN tribunal sentences 5 Bosnian Croats to prison for up to 25 years in 2000; they were charged with killing some 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village in 1993.

Today in history, The Republic of Georgia restores the “five cross flag” as its national flag after some 500 years of disuse in 2004.

Today in history, Huygens probe lands on Saturn’s moon Titan in 2005.

Today in history, Yemen declares war on al-Qaeda terrorist group in 2010.

Today in history, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former president of Tunisia, flees to Saudi Arabia after a series of demonstrations against his regime in 2011.

Today in history 1/14/2017



Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte (see picture below) defeats the Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy in 1797.


Today in history, British authorities seize German attaché Franz von Papen’s financial records confirming espionage activities in the U.S. in 1916

Today in historyFranklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Charles DeGaulle (see picture below) meet at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war in 1943.


Today in history, The Republic of Georgia restores the “five cross flag” (see picture below) as its national flag after some 500 years of disuse in 2004.


Today in history, Huygens probe (see picture below) lands on Saturn’s moon Titan in 2005.