Today in history 5/29/2017


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 5/7/2017


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 5/1/2017


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.

Today in history 4/12/2017



Today in history, The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople in 1204.

Today in history, England adopts the Union Jack as its flag in 1606.

Today in history, The British navy wins its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica in 1782.

Today in history, The Civil war erupts as Confederate forces fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina in 1861.

Today in history, The first catcher’s mask is used in a baseball game in 1877.

Today in history, Pierre Prier completes the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes in 1911.

Today in history,  The British Cabinet comes out in favor of voting rights for women in 1927.

Today in history, Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock” in 1954.

Today in history, Dr. Jonas Salk’s discovery of a polio vaccine is announced in 1955.

Today in history, Emmett Ashford (see picture below) becomes the first African-American major league umpire in 1966.

Today in history, Harold Washington (see picture below) is elected the first black mayor of Chicago in 1983.

Today in history 4/4/2017


Today in history, In Constantinople, Justin, seriously ill, crowns his nephew Justinian as his co-emperor in 527.

Today in history, Francis Drake (see picture below) completes circumnavigation of the world in 1581.

Today in history, The territory of Orleans becomes the 18th state and will become known as Louisiana in 1812.

Today in history, President William Henry Harrison, aged 68, becomes the first president to die in office, just a month after being sworn in in 1841.

Today in history, The Battle of Yorktown begins as Union gen. George B. McClellan closes in on Richmond, Va. in 1862

Today in history, The U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter World War I on Allied side in 1917.

Today in history, The Battle of the Somme ends in 1918.

Today in history, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty is signed in 1949.

Today in history, Hank Aaron (see picture below) ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record in 1974.