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, Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor in 1346.

Today in historyHenry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon in 1509.

Today in history, Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef in 1770.

Today in history, Napoleon Bonaparte takes the island of Malta in 1798.

Today in historyMajor General Henry W. Halleck (see picture below) finds documents and archives of the Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia. This discovery will lead to the publication of the official war records in 1865.

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Today in historyCharles E. Duryea (see picture below) receives the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile in 1895.

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Today in history, Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, receives the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded, for his solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927.

Today in historyDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (see picture below) is arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants in 1963.

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Today in history,  Margaret Thatcher (see picture below) wins her third consecutive term as Prime Minister in 1987.

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Today in history 6/10/2017


Today in history, The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Today in history, Tripoli declares war on the U.S. for refusing to pay tribute in 1801.

Today in history, The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation in 1854.

Today in history, Dorothea Dix (see picture below) is appointed superintendent of female nurses for the Union army in 1861.

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Today in history, Japan and Russia agree to peace talks brokered by President Theodore Roosevelt (see picture below) in 1905.

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Today in history, The Republican convention in Chicago endorses women’s suffrage in 1920.

Today in history, The U.S. VII and V corps, advancing from Normandy’s beaches, link up and begin moving inland in 1944.

Today in history, The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the U.S. Air Force. Chuck Yeager (see picture below), piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947 in 1948.

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Today in history, Serb forces begin their withdrawal from Kosovo after signing an agreement with the NATO powers in 1999.

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Today in history, Gustav Vasa (see picture below) becomes king of Sweden in 1523.

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Today in history, The city of Memphis surrenders to the Union navy after an intense naval engagement on the Mississippi River in 1862.

Today in history, U.S. Marines enter combat at the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918.

Today in history, The German Reichstag accepts the Dawes Plan, an American plan to help Germany pay off its war debts in 1924.

Today in history, Frozen foods are sold commercially for the first time in 1930.

Today in historyD-Day: Operation Overlord (see picture below) lands 400,000 Allied American, British, and Canadian troops on the beaches of Normandy in German-occupied France in 1944.

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Today in history, African American James Meredith is shot and wounded while on a solo march in Mississippi to promote voter registration among blacks in 1966.

Today in history, Israel invades southern Lebanon in 1982.

Today in history 5/31/2017


Today in history, Sigismund is crowned emperor of Rome in 1433.

Today in history, The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva’s legendary ride while naked (see picture below), becomes part of the Coventry Fair in 1678.

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Today in history, At the Battle of Fair Oaks, Union General George B. McClellan defeats Confederates outside of Richmond in 1862.

Today in history, New York’s Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time in 1879.

Today in history, Johnstown, Pennsylvania is destroyed by a massive flood in 1889.

Today in history, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference in 1909.

Today in history, The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified in 1913.

Today in history, The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed” in 1955.

Today in history, John Lennon and Yoko Ono (see picture below) record “Give Peace a Chance” in 1969.

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Today in history, President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years in 1988.