Today in history 8/15/2020


Today in history, Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army in 1261.

Today in history, Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at the Battle of Yellow Ford in 1598.

Today in history, Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz in 1760.

Today in history, The Confederate raider Tallahassee (see picture below) captures six Federal ships off New England in 1864.

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Today in history, The Panama Canal opens to traffic in 1914.

Today in history, American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon in 1944.

Today in history, Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan in 1947.

Today in history, The infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal (see picture below) is captured in Khartoum, Sudan in 1994.

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Today in history 8/1/2020


Today in history, The Aghlabid rulers of Ifriqiyah (modern day Tunisia) capture Taormina, Sicily in 902.

Today in history, The crusaders under Peter the Hermit reach Constantinople in 1096.

Today in history, Thomas Arne’s song “Rule Britannia” is performed for the first time in 1740.

Today in history, Robert Carter III (see picture below), a Virginia plantation owner, frees all 500 of his slaves in the largest private emancipation in U.S. history in 1791. An 1839 mutiny aboard a Spanish ship in Cuban waters raised basic questions about freedom and slavery in the United States.

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Today in history, Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire in 1834.

Today in history, San Francisco’s first cable cars begin running, operated by Hallidie’s Clay Street Hill Railroad Company in 1873.

Today in history, A machine for making shredded wheat breakfast cereal is patented in 1893.

Today in history, Synthetic vitamin K is produced for the first time in 1939.

Today in history, Singer Chubby Checker (see picture below) releases “The Twist,” creating a new dance craze. The song had been released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters the previous year but got little attention in 1960.

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Today in history 5/29/2020


Today in history, Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire in 1463.

Today in history, Charles II is restored to the English throne, succeeding the short-lived Commonwealth in 1660.

Today in history, Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution in 1790.

Today in history, Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state in 1848.

Today in history, A patent for lifting vessels is granted to Abraham Lincoln in 1849

Today in history, The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time in 1911.

Today in history, The U.S. Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws in 1922.

Today in history, C. F. Blair (see picture below) becomes the first man to fly over the North Pole in single-engine plane in 1951.


Today in history, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (see picture below) become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest in 1953.

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Today in history 5/7/2020


Today in history, The dome of the church of St. Sophia in Constantinople collapses. Its immediate rebuilding is ordered by Justinian in 558.

Today in history, The Second Council of Lyons opens in France to regulate the election of the pope in 1274.

Today in history, Joan of Arc (see picture below) breaks the English siege of Orleans in 1429.

Today in history, Congress divides the Northwest Territory into two parts. The western part will becomes the Indiana Territory and the eastern section remains the Northwest Territory in 1800.

Today in history, Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” premieres in Vienna in 1824.

Today in history, The American Medical Association is formed in Philadelphia in 1847.

Today in history, In the Battle of the Coral Sea  (see picture below). Japanese and American navies attack each other with carrier-launched warplanes. It is the first time in the history of naval warfare where two fleets fought without seeing each other.Two crucial battles in 1942 marked the turning point of the war in the Pacific.

Today in history, Germany signs an unconditional surrender, effectively ending World War II in Europe in 1945.

Today in history 5/1/2020

WordleCh1-50Today 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.