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.
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.