Today in history 4/19/2017


Today in history, Emperor Charles V reaches a truce with German Protestants at Frankfurt, Germany in 1539.

Today in history, The American Revolution begins as fighting breaks out at Lexington, Massachusetts in 1775.

Today in history, The Netherlands recognizes the United States in 1782.

Today in history, English poet Lord George Gordon Byron (see picture below) dies of malaria at age 36 while aiding Greek independence in 1824.

Today in historyThe Times war correspondent telephones a report of the Battle of Ahmed Khel, the first time news is sent from a field of battle in this manner in 1880.

Today in history, Shirley Temple (see picture below) appears in her first movie in 1934.

Today in history, Connecticut finally approves the Bill of Rights in 1939.

Today in history, The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule begins in 1943.

Today in history, Baseball uniforms begin displaying player’s names on their backs in 1960.

Today in history, Alex Haley (see picture below) receives a special Pulitzer Prize for his book Roots.

Today in history, NASA names Sally Ride (see picture below) to be the first woman astronaut in 1982.

Today in history 4/18/2017


Today in history, St. Eusebius of Vercelli begins his reign as Catholic Pope in 310.

Today in history, Martin Luther (see picture below) confronts the emperor Charles V, refusing to retract the views which led to his excommunication in 1521.

Today in history, American revolutionaries Paul Revere and William Dawes (see picture below) ride though the towns of Massachusetts warning that “the British are coming” in 1775.

Today in history, William Lamb becomes prime minister of England in 1834.

Today in history, The Wilkes’ expedition to the South Pole sets sail in 1838.

Today in history, The first train in Asia begins running from Bombay to Tanna in 1853.

Today in history, The First Sino-Japanese War ends in 1895.

Today in history, Yankee Stadium opens with Babe Ruth hitting a three-run homer as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1 in 1923.

Today in historyJames H. Doolittle (see picture below) bombs Tokyo and other Japanese cities in 1942.

Today in history, Traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (see picture below), the mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor, is shot down by American P-38 fighters in 1943.

Today in history, The U.S. Senate approves the transfer of the Panama Canal to Panama in 1978.