Today in history 6/20/2017


Today in history, Roman and barbarian warriors halt Attila‘s army at the Catalaunian Plains in eastern France in 451.

Today in history, The Union of Kalmar unites Denmark, Sweden, and Norway under one monarch in 1397.

Today in history, Eli Whitney (see picture below) applies for a cotton gin patent in 1793.

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Today in history, 18-year-old Victoria (see picture below) is crowned Queen of England in 1837.

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Today in history, Charlotte M. Manye (see picture below) of South Africa becomes the first native African to graduate from an American University in 1901.

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Today in history, The U.S. Army Air Force is established, replacing the Army Air Corps in 1941.

Today in history, The United States and the Soviet Union agree to establish a hot line between Washington and Moscow in 1963.

Today in historyNATO declares an official end to its bombing campaign of Yugoslavia in 1999.

Today in history 6/17/2017


Today in history, Sir Francis Drake (see picture below) claims San Francisco Bay for England in 1579.

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Today in history, The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle in 1775.

Today in history, The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China in 1854.

Today in historyPresident Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon in 1861.

Today in history, U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico in 1913.

Today in historyYank (see picture below) a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication in 1942.

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Today in history, Surgeon Richard Lawler (see picture below) performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago in 1950.

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Today in history, Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972.

Today in history, Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson (see picture below)–facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police in 1994.

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Today in history 5/26/2017


Today in history, Germanicus of Rome celebrates his victory over the Germans in 17.

Today in history, William of Ockham is forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII in 1328.

Today in history, Charles II and Louis XIV sign a secret treaty in Dover, England, ending hostilities between England and France in 1670.

Today in history, The Russians defeat the Poles at the Battle of Ostroleka in 1831.

Today in history, The territory of Montana is organized in 1864.

Today in history, The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II (see picture below), is crowned in 1896.

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Today in history, The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk (see picture below) begins in 1940.

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Today in history, A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb in 1946.

Today in history, The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta in 1961.

Today in history, The movie Star Wars (see picture below) debuts in 1977.

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Today in history 5/16/2017


Today in history, Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France in 1770.

Today in history, The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state in 1879.

Today in historyJoan of Arc (see picture below) is canonized in Rome in 1920.

Today in history, The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood in 1928.

Today in history, A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany in 1943.

Today in history, Chinese Communist Forces launch second phase of the Chinese Spring Offensive in the Korean War and gain up to 20 miles of territory in 1951.

Today in history, After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper (see picture below) returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury in 1963.

Today in history 5/4/2017


Today in history, In England, the Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471.

Today in history, American Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons in 1626.

Today in history, A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella in 1715.

Today in history, Rhode Island declares independence from England in 1776.

Today in history, The Battle of Chancellorsville ends when Union Army retreats in 1863.

Today in history, A balloon soars over 40,000 feet for the first time in 1927.

Today in history, Mahatma Gandhi (see picture below) is arrested by the British in 1930.

Today in history, The Battle of the Coral Sea (see picture below) commences in 1942.

Today in history, 13 civil rights activists, dubbed Freedom Riders, begin a bus trip through the South in 1961.