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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Today in history 7/3/2017


Today in history, George Washington takes command of the Continental Army in 1775.

Today in history, American ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiates a commercial treaty with China in 1844.

Today in historyConfederate forces attack the center of the Union line at Gettysburg, but fail to break it in 1863.

Today in historyThe Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy (see picture below), commits its last American robbery near Wagner, Montana, taking $65,000 from a Great Northern train in 1901.

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Today in history, The U.S. First Army opens a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France in 1944.

Today in historyJackie Robinson (see picture below) becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Today in history 6/26/2017


Today in history, Peter the Hermit‘s crusaders force their way across Sava, Hungary in 1096.

Today in history, The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor is wiped out by the Mongols in 1243.

Today in history, The Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles in 1804.

Today in history, General Robert E. Lee attacks George McClellan‘s line at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days’ campaign in 1862.

Today in history, The United States announces it will send troops to fight against the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900.

Today in historyGeneral Pershing (see picture below) arrives in France with the American Expeditionary Force in 1917.

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Today in history, The Germans begin firing their huge 420 mm howitzer, “Big Bertha” (see picture below), at Paris in 1918.

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Today in history, The Soviet Union proposes a cease-fire in the Korean War in 1951.

Today in historyPresident John Kennedy announces “Ich bin ein Berliner” at the Berlin Wall in 1963.