Today in history 3/15/2020


Today in history, Julius Caesar is assassinated by high-ranking Roman Senators in 44 BC.

Today in history, Henry the Fowler (see picture below) routs the raiding Magyars at Merseburg, Germany in 933.

Today in history, Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World in 1493.

Today in history, Maine is admitted as the 23rd state in 1820.

Today in history, New York State unveils the new automatic ballot voting machine in 1892.

Today in history, Henry Ford restores the $5-a-day wage in 1934.

Today in history, The U.S. Air Force unveils the first self-guided missile in 1955.

Today in history, The first performance of My Fair Lady, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison (see picture below), takes place on Broadway in 1956.

Today in strangeness for 1/6/2020-1/11/2020

January 6th:

Today in strangeness, According to tradition, January 6th is the date Joan of Arc was born (1412). On this day in 1851, Foucalt’s Pendulum experimentally proved that the Earth rotates on its axis.

January 7th:

Today in strangeness, On January 7, 1610, Galileo made his great discovery of Jupiter’s major moons including Io, Europa, and Ganymede. This date also saw the lonely death of scientific genius Nikola Tesla in Room 3327 of the New Yorker Hotel, in 1943.

January 8th:

Today in strangeness, On this date in 1880, the “ruler” Emperor Norton passed away in San Francisco. The eccentric Joshua Abraham Norton proclaimed himself “Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico.” During his 20-year “reign,” he was humored by the locals, and currency was even issued in his name.

January 9th:

Today in strangeness, On this day in 1493, while sailing near the Dominican Republic, Christopher Columbus described seeing three “mermaids” who were “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” In reality, he was actually observing manatees! In 1643, Giovanni Riccioli first reported the elusive phenomenon known as the Ashen Light of Venus, a faint luminescence on the night side of our sister planet.

January 10th:

Today in strangeness, Accentuate your eccentricities- January 10th is Peculiar People Day. Clara Peller, the now-deceased Wendy’s mouthpiece, first uttered ‘Where’s the Beef?’ on broadcast TV (1984), and the first known physical contact with the moon was instigated by the US Army as radar signals bounced off the lunar surface all the way from New Jersey (1946).

January 11th:

Today in strangeness, January 11 has seen a number of interesting firsts over the years: the first lottery took place in England in 1569, milk was first delivered in bottles in 1878, and snowfall was recorded for the first time in Los Angeles in 1949. Also on this date, in 1973, the designated hitter was adopted by baseball’s American League, sparking a debate over the rule that continues to this day.

Today in history 8/3/2017


Today in history, Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his voyage to the new world in 1492.

Today in history, Mary Tudor (see picture below), the new Queen of England, enters London in 1553.

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Today in history, Henry Hudson (see picture below) of England discovers a great bay on the east coast of Canada and names it for himself in 1610.

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Today in history, Federal gunboats attack but do not capture Fort Gains, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama in 1864.

Today in historyGermany declares war on France in 1914.

Today in history, Chinese troops under American General Joseph Stilwell take the town of Myitkyina from the Japanese in 1945.

Today in history, Radio Shack unveils TRS-80 personal computer (see picture below), which with Apple and Commodore would form the  Its price and Radio Shack’s established retail outlets made it a bestseller for several years.

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Today in history 6/7/2017



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.

Today in history 5/10/2017


Today in history, Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands in 1503.

Today in history, Bacon’s Rebellion (see picture below) begins in the New World in 1676.

Today in history, To keep the troubled East India Company afloat, Parliament passes the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the American colonies in 1773.

Today in history, American troops capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte wins a brilliant victory against the Austrians at Lodi bridge in Italy in 1796.

Today in history, The Bengal Army in India revolts against the British in 1857.

Today in history, Victoria Woodhull (see picture below) becomes first the woman nominated for U.S. president in 1872.

Today in history, J. Edgar Hoover (see picture below) is appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1924.

Today in historyWinston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister in 1940.

Today in history, Nelson Mandela (see picture below) is sworn in as South Africa’s first black president in 1994.