Today in history 8/6/2017


Today in historyJohn Cabot (see picture below) returns to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.

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Today in history, The CSS Alabama captures the USS Sea Bride near the Cape of Good Hope in 1863.

Today in history, The Japanese army in Korea surrounds a Russian army retreating to Manchuria in 1904.

Today in history, Paul Tibbets, the commander of Enola Gay, (see picture below) drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, that induced the Japanese to surrender in 1945.

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Today in historyPresident Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South in 1965.

Today in history 7/21/2017


Today in history, Henry IV defeats the Percys in the Battle of Shrewsbury in England in 1403.

Today in history, The Peace of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War and cedes Dutch New Amsterdam to the English in 1667.

Today in history, Russia and Turkey sign the Treaty of Pruth, ending the year-long Russo-Turkish War in 1711.

Today in history, In the first major battle of the Civil WarConfederate forces defeat the Union Army along Bull Run near Manassas Junction, Virginia. The battle becomes known as Manassas by the Confederates, while the Union calls it Bull Run in 1861.

Today in historyWild Bill Hickok (see picture below) kills gunman Dave Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, in what is regarded as the first formal quick-draw duel in 1865.

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Today in history, The James Gang (see picture below) robs a train in Adair, Iowa in 1873.

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Today in history, Mary Church Terrell (see picture below) founds the National Association of Colored Women in Washington, D.C. in 1896.

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Today in historyJohn Scopes is found guilty for teaching evolution in Dayton, Tenn., and is fined $100 in 1925.

Today in history, Sirimavo Bandaranaike (see picture below) becomes the first woman prime minister of Ceylon in 1960.

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Today in history 7/20/2017


Today in history, Tamerlane’s Mongols defeat the Ottoman Turks at Angora in 1402.

Today in history,The Riot Act goes into effect in England in 1715.

Today in history, Imperial troops in Guizhou, China, kill 20,000 Miao rebels in 1867.

Today in history, The U.S. Army Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) begins its first training class at Fort Des Moines, Iowa in 1942.

Today in historyNeil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (see picture below) become the first men to walk on the moon in 1969.

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Today in history, The Viking spacecraft (see picture below) lands on Mars and begins taking soil samples in 1976.

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Today in history 7/17/2017


Today in history, France defeats England at Castillon, France, ending the Hundred Years’ War in 1453.

Today in history, Ottoman forces, supported by the British, capture Aboukir, Egypt from the French in 1799.

Today in history, The U.S. fleet arrives in Tripoli in 1801.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte (see picture below) surrenders to the British at Rochefort, France in 1815.

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Today in history, U.S. troops under General William R. Shafter (see picture below) take Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War in 1898.

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Today in history, Chinese communists attack the Nationalist army on the Yangtze River in 1946.

Today in history 7/10/2017


Today in history, The Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes is driven from Tenochtitlan and retreats to Tlaxcala in 1520.

Today in history, The Catholic states in Germany set up a league under the leadership of Maximilian of Bavaria in 1609.

Today in history, In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declares war on England in 1778.

Today in history, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (see picture below) performs the first successful open-heart surgery, without the benefit of penicillin or blood transfusion in 1893.

Today in history, The trial of Tennessee teacher John T. Scopes opens, with Clarence Darrow (see picture below) appearing for the defense and William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution in 1925.

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Today in history, The satellite Telstar is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beaming live television from Europe to the United States in 1962.

Today in history, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” becomes the Rolling Stones’ first No. 1 single in the USA in 1965.

Today in history, Singer Bobbie Gentry records “Ode to Billie Joe,” which will become a country music classic and win 4 Grammys in 1967.

Today in history, Coca-Cola Co. announces it will resume selling “old formula Coke,” following a public outcry and falling sales of its “new Coke” in 1985.