Today in history, Charles IX of France signs the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots in 1570.
Today in history, The invading armies of Spain, Austria and Bavaria are stopped at the village of St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France in 1636.
Today in history, Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard (see picture below) become the first men to climb Mont Blanc in France in 1786.
Today in history, Thomas Edison (see picture below) patents the mimeograph in 1876.
Today in history, The first household refrigerating machine is patented in 1899.
Today in history, England’s “Great Train Robbery;” 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen in 1963.
Today in history, Pioneer-Venus 2 (see picture below) is launched to probe the atmosphere of Venus in 1978.