Today in history, President Abraham Lincoln (see picture below) appoints Union General Henry Halleck to the position of general-in-chief of the Union Army in 1862.
Today in history, Troops from Egypt and Morocco arrive in Saudi Arabia as part of the international operation to prevent Iraq from invading in 1990.
Today in history, NATO assumes command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, its first major operation outside Europe in 2003.
Today in history, Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. After word reaches the United States in June of 1897, thousands of Americans head to the Klondike to seek their fortunes in 1896.
Today in history, Henry Ford‘s first Model T rolls off the assembly line in 1908.
Today in history, Computer giant IBM introduces its first personal computer (see picture below) in 1981.
Today in history, The first African-American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1881.
Today in history, The first coin-operated telephone (see picture below) is patented by William Gray in 1889.
Today in history, The US Court of Appeals rules Congress must save all emails in 1993.
Today in history, The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust (see picture below). He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil in 1457.
Today in history, Japan announces its unconditional surrender in World War II in 1945.
Today in history, Pakistan becomes an independent country in 1947.