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.

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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, Christopher Columbus leaves on his third voyage of exploration in 1498.

Today in historyLouis XIV is crowned king of France in 1654.

Today in history, The Pennsylvania Assembly bans the importation of slaves in 1712.

Today in history, Daniel Boone (see picture below) sights present-day Kentucky in 1767.

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Today in history, The United Colonies change their name to the United States in 1775.

Today in history, Mexico City is captured by French troops in 1863.

Today in history, The Boxer rebels cut the rail links between Peking and Tientsin in China in 1900.

Today in history, Professor Pierre Curie (see picture below) reveals the discovery of Polonium in 1903.

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Today in history, Israeli F-16 fighter-bombers destroy Iraq’s only nuclear reactor in 1981.

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Today in history, Jack Cade’s Rebellion–Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI in 1450.

Today in history, Hernando de Soto (see picture below) discovers the Mississippi River which he calls Rio de Espiritu Santo in 1541.

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Today in history, The United States Post Office is established in 1794.

Today in history, Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton (see picture below) invents Coca Cola in 1886.

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Today in history, China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895.

Today in history, The first transatlantic flight by a navy seaplane takes-off in 1919.

Today in history, The Battle of the Coral Sea between the Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy ends in 1942.

Today in history, The final surrender of German forces is celebrated as VE (Victory Europe) day in 1945,

Today in historyPresident Dwight Eisenhower orders the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green (see picture below) becomes the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school in 1958.

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Today in history, The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los Angeles in 1984.

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Today in history, Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope in 858.

Today in history, Christopher Columbus signs a contract with Spain to find a western route to the Indies in 1492.

Today in history, Present-day New York Harbor is discovered by Giovanni da Verrazzano (see picture below) in 1524.

Today in history, Frances Williams (see picture below), the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latin poems in 1758.

Today in history, The game “snooker” is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain in 1875.

Today in history, China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895.

Today in history, Baseball player Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson (see picture below), a former member of the Ziegfeld Follies, get married in 1929.

Today in historyJackie Robinson (see picture below)bunts for his first major league hit in 1947.

Today in historyJerrie Mock (see picture below)becomes first woman to fly solo around the world in 1964.

Today in history, Apollo 13–originally scheduled to land on the moon–lands back safely on Earth after an accident in 1970.