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.

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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.

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Today in history, Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final trip to the New World in 1502.

Today in history, The first newspaper cartoon in America appears in 1754.

Today in history, Union General John Sedgwick is shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania. His last words are: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist–“ in 1864.

Today in history, German and French forces fight the Battle of Artois (see picture below) in 1915.

Today in history, Explorers Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole (see picture below) in 1926.

Today in history, The Royal Navy captures the German submarine U-110. Onboard is the latest Enigma machine (see picture below), which will help Allied cryptographers eventually break the German code in 1941.

Today in history, A laser beam is successfully bounced off the moon for the first time in 1962.

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Today in history, Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Jamaica, which he names Santa Gloria in 1494.

Today in history, The first mainland railway line opens in Belgium in 1834.

Today in history, Mexican forces loyal to Benito Juarez defeat troops sent by Napoleon III in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Today in history, Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing in 1912.

Today in history, Eugene Jacques Bullard (see picture below) becomes the first African-American aviator when he earns a flying certificate with the French Air Service in 1917.

Today in history, American Jesse Owens (see picture below) sets the long jump record in 1935.

Today in history, Alan Shepard (see picture below) becomes the first American in space in 1961.

Today in history, 173rd Airborne Brigade arrives in Bien Hoa-Vung, Vietnam, the first regular U.S. Army unit deployed to that country in 1965.

Today in history, Pulitzer Prize awarded to Norman Mailer for his ‘nonfiction novel’ Armies of the Night (see picture below), an account of the 1967 anti-Vietnam War march on the Pentagon in 1969.

Today in history, The Sun, Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn align – Earth’s moon is also almost in this alignment – leading to Doomsday predictions of massive natural disasters, although such a ‘grand confluence’ occurs about once in every century in 2000.

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Today in history, Theodosius II succeeds to the throne of Constantinople in 408.

Today in history, Christopher Columbus convinces Queen Isabella (see picture below) to fund expedition to the West Indies in 1486.

Today in history, The Battle of Chancellorsville (see picture below) begins as Union Gen. Joe Hooker starts his three-pronged attack against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in 1863.

Today in historyReconstruction in the South begins with black voter registration in 1867.

Today in historyPresident Rutherford B. Hayes withdraws all Federal troops from the South, ending Reconstruction in 1877.

Today in history, The luxury liner Lusitania leaves New York Harbor for a voyage to Europe in 1915.

Today in history, The film Citizen Kane (see picture below)–directed and starring Orson Welles–opens in New York in 1941.

Today in history, Gwendolyn Brooks (see picture below) becomes the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry called Annie Allen in 1950.

Today in historyOsama Bin Laden is killed in Abbottabad Pakistan by US Navy SEALS in Operation Neptune Spear in 2011.