Today in history 6/17/2017

WordleCh1-506/17/2017:

Today in history, Sir Francis Drake (see picture below) claims San Francisco Bay for England in 1579.

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Today in history, The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle in 1775.

Today in history, The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China in 1854.

Today in historyPresident Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon in 1861.

Today in history, U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico in 1913.

Today in historyYank (see picture below) a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication in 1942.

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Today in history, Surgeon Richard Lawler (see picture below) performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago in 1950.

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Today in history, Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972.

Today in history, Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson (see picture below)–facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police in 1994.

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Today in history 6/10/2017

WordleCh1-506/10/2017:

Today in history, The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Today in history, Tripoli declares war on the U.S. for refusing to pay tribute in 1801.

Today in history, The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation in 1854.

Today in history, Dorothea Dix (see picture below) is appointed superintendent of female nurses for the Union army in 1861.

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Today in history, Japan and Russia agree to peace talks brokered by President Theodore Roosevelt (see picture below) in 1905.

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Today in history, The Republican convention in Chicago endorses women’s suffrage in 1920.

Today in history, The U.S. VII and V corps, advancing from Normandy’s beaches, link up and begin moving inland in 1944.

Today in history, The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the U.S. Air Force. Chuck Yeager (see picture below), piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947 in 1948.

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Today in history, Serb forces begin their withdrawal from Kosovo after signing an agreement with the NATO powers in 1999.

Today in history 4/26/2017

WordleCh1-504/26/2017:

Today in history, Copernicus (see picture below) makes his first observations of Saturn in 1514.

Today in history, William Shakespeare (see picture below) is baptized in 1564.

Today in history, The British establish a colony at Cape Henry, Virginia in 1607.

Today in history, Joseph E. Johnston surrenders the Army of Tennessee to General William T. Sherman in 1865.

Today in history, Second Lieutenant William Rhodes-Moorhouse becomes the first airman to win the Victoria Cross after conducting a successful bombing raid in 1915.

Today in history, The first non-stop flight from England to India is completed in 1921.

Today in history, The German Luftwaffe bombs the city of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, deliberately targeting its civilian population. Pablo Picasso will later memorialize the event in his antiwar painting “Guernica”  (see picture below)  in 1937.

Today in history, The first organ is played at a baseball stadium in Chicago in 1941.

Today in history, The Dow Jones Industrial Average breaks 1,200 for first time in 1983.

Today in history, The world’s worst nuclear disaster occurs at the Chernobyl power plant in the Soviet Union in 1986.

Today in history, Nelson Mandela (see picture below) wins the presidency in South Africa’s first multiracial elections in 1994.