Today in history 8/2/2017


Today in history, Caesar (see picture below) defeats Pharnaces at Zela in Syria and declares, “veni, vidi, vici,” (I came, I saw, I conquered) in 47 BC.

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Today in history, The treaty of Passau gives religious freedom to Protestants living in Germany in 1552.

Today in history, The Continental Congress, having decided unanimously to make the Declaration of Independence, affixes the signatures of the other delegates to the document in 1776.

Today in history, The first parachute jump from a balloon is made by Charles Guille in New York City in 1819.

Today in history, William A. Leidesdorff (see picture below) launches the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay in 1847.

Today in history, Lt. John F. Kennedy, towing an injured sailor, swims to a small island in the Solomon Islands. The night before, his boat, PT-109, had been split in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri in 1943.

Today in history, Iraqi forces invade neighboring Kuwait in 1990.

Today in history 7/5/2017


Today in history, The Declaration of Independence is first printed by John Dunlop in Philadelphia in 1776.

Today in history, A Spanish army repels the British during their attempt to retake Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1806.

Today in history, The German government begins curtailing freedom of the press after German Democrats advocate a revolt against Austrian rule in 1832.

Today in history, Andrew Beard (see picture below) is issued a patent for the rotary engine in 1892.

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Today in history, The Battle of Kursk (see picture below), the largest tank battle in history, begins in 1943.

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Today in history, American forces engage the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea in 1950.

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Today in history, The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, is approved and signed by John Hancock–President of the Continental Congress–and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary. The state of New York abstains from signing in 1776.

Today in history, Two of America’s founding fathers–Thomas Jefferson and John Adams–die in 1826.

Today in history, The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, dies at the age of 73 in 1831.

Today in history, Henry David Thoreau (see picture below) begins his 26-month stay at Walden Pond in 1845.

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Today in historyWalt Whitman (see picture below) publishes the first edition of Leaves of Grass at his own expense in 1855.

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Today in history, The poem America the Beautiful is first published in 1895.

Today in history, Boxer Joe Louis (see picture below) wins his first professional fight in 1934.

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Today in history, The United States grants the Philippine Islands their independence in 1946.

Today in history, The 50-star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia in 1960.

Today in history 7/2/2017


Today in history, Oliver Cromwell (see picture below) crushes the Royalists at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644.

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Today in history, The Continental Congress resolves with the Declaration of Independence that the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States” in 1776.

Today in history, Czar Alexander II (see picture below) frees the serfs working on imperial lands in 1858.

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Today in history, Congress establishes the Army Air Corps in 1926.

Today in history, American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappears in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world in 1937.

Today in history, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law in 1964.

Today in history, President Jimmy Carter reinstates draft registration for males 18 years of age in 1980.

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.