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 1/19/2020

Today in history, In Switzerland, Ulrich Zwingli publishes his 67 Articles, the first manifesto of the Zurich Reformation which attacks the authority of the Pope in 1523.

Today in history, William Pitt becomes the youngest Prime Minister of England at age 24 in 1783.

Today in history, The magazine “L’Auto” announces the new Tour de France in 1902.

Today in history, The first German air raids on Great Britain inflict minor casualties in 1915.

Today in history, The French announce the invention of a new gun that has a firing range of 56 miles in 1923.

Today in history, In the Soviet Union, the People’s Commissars Council is formed under Molotov in 1937.

Today in history, Howard Hughes flies from Los Angeles to New York in seven hours and 22 minutes in 1937.

Today in history, The Red Army captures Lodz, Krakow, and Tarnow in 1945.

Today in history, The Chiang Government moves the capital of China to Canton in 1949.

Today in history, The United States and Iran sign an accord on a hostage release in Algiers in 1981.

Today in history, The New Catholic code expands women’s rights in the Church in 1983.

Today in history 7/25/2017


Today in history, Emperor Constantine refuses to carry out traditional pagan sacrifices in 326.

Today in history, Maximilian II becomes emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1564.

Today in history, Hideyoshi (see picture below) bans Christianity in Japan and orders all Christians to leave in 1587.

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Today in history, On his way back from Syria, Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Ottomans at Aboukir, Egypt in 1799.

Today in history, China grants Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the United States in 1845.

Today in historyPresident Andrew Johnson signs an act creating the territory of Wyoming in 1867.

Today in history, The Crittenden Resolution, calling for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, is passed by Congress in 1861.

Today in history, French aviator Louis Bleriot (see picture below) becomes the first man to fly across the English Channel in an airplane in 1909.

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Today in history, Svetlana Savitskaya (see picture below) becomes first woman to perform a space walk in 1984.

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Today in history 7/20/2017


Today in history, Tamerlane’s Mongols defeat the Ottoman Turks at Angora in 1402.

Today in history,The Riot Act goes into effect in England in 1715.

Today in history, Imperial troops in Guizhou, China, kill 20,000 Miao rebels in 1867.

Today in history, The U.S. Army Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) begins its first training class at Fort Des Moines, Iowa in 1942.

Today in historyNeil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (see picture below) become the first men to walk on the moon in 1969.

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Today in history, The Viking spacecraft (see picture below) lands on Mars and begins taking soil samples in 1976.

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Today in history 7/14/2017


Today in history, Hungarians defeat the Ottomans at the Battle of Belgrade, in present-day Yugoslavia in 1456.

Today in history, France and Portugal sign the Treaty of Lyons, aligning themselves against Spain in 1536.

Today in history, The Bastille, a fortress in Paris used to hold political prisoners, is stormed by a mob in 1789.

Today in history, European Allies retake Tientsin, China, from the rebelling Boxers in 1900.

Today in history, Howard Hughes (see picture below) and crew set a new world record for an around-the-world flight in 1938.

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Today in history, The George Washington Carver National Monument (see picture below) in Joplin, Missouri becomes the first national park honoring an African American in 1951.

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