Today in history 2/19/2020

Today in history, The revolt of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, against King Henry IV, ends with his defeat and death at Bramham Moor in 1408.

Today in history, Philip V of Spain makes his ceremonial entry into Madrid in 1701.

Today in history, Rescuers finally reach the ill-fated Donner Party in the Sierras in 1847.

Today in history, Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom in 1861.

Today in history, Smallpox vaccination becomes obligatory in France in 1902.

Today in history, British and French warships begin their attacks on the Turkish forts at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to seize the straits of Gallipoli in 1915.

Today in history, Dr. Lane of Princeton estimates the earth’s age at one billion years in 1926.

Today in history, The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin “Big Week,” a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities in 1944.

Today in history, Robert F. Kennedy suggests the United States offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam in 1966.

Today in history 2/10/2020

Today in history, Hulagu, a Mongol leader, seizes Baghdad, bringing an end to the Abbasid caliphate in 1258.

Today in history, Supporters of Marie de Medici, the queen mother, who has been exiled to Blois, are defeated by the king’s troops at Ponts de Ce, France in 1620.

Today in history, The Treaty of Paris ends the French-Indian War. France gives up all her territories in the New World except New Orleans and a few scattered islands in 1763.

Today in history, Napoleon Bonaparte leaves Cairo, Egypt, for Syria, at the head of 13,000 men in 1799.

Today in history, Napoleon personally directs lightning strikes against enemy columns advancing toward Paris, beginning with a victory over the Russians at Champaubert in 1814.

Today in history, Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert in 1840.

Today in history, Led by religious leader Brigham Young, the first Mormons begin a long westward exodus from Nauvoo, Il., to Utah in 1846.

Today in history, Russia and Japan declare war on each other in 1904.

Today in history, Iceland is attacked by German planes in 1941.

Today in history, London severs diplomatic relations with Romania in 1941.

Today in history, The war halts civilian car production at Ford in 1942.

Today in history, The Metropolitan Museum announces the first major theft in its 110-year history, $150,000 Greek marble head in 1979.

Today in history 2/6/2020

Today in history, Huguenot rebels and the French sign the Peace of La Rochelle in 1626.

Today in history, France recognizes the United States and signs a treaty of aid in Paris in 1778.

Today in history, Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the Constitution in 1788.

Today in history, The Battle of Fort Henry, Tenn., begins the Mississippi Valley campaign in 1862.

Today in history, The Dalton Gang commits its first crime, a train robbery in Alila, Calif. in 1891.

Today in history, The Spanish-American War ends in 1899.

Today in history, The Washington Disarmament Conference comes to an end with signature of final treaty forbidding fortification of the Aleutian Islands for 14 years in 1922.

Today in history, Adolf Hitler‘s Third Reich begins press censorship in 1933.

Today in history, The RAF clears the way as British take Benghazi, trapping thousands of Italians in 1941.

Today in history, MacArthur reports the fall of Manila, and the liberation of 5,000 prisoners in 1945.

Today in history, Queen Elizabeth marks her Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Today in history, Civil rights workers begin a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama in 1982.

Today in history 2/4/2020

Today in history, Harun al-Rashid succeeds his older brother the Abbasid Caliph al-Hadi as Caliph of Baghdad in 0786.

Today in history, Richard I, King of England, is freed from captivity in Germany in 1194.

Today in history, The Proclamation of Trent is made in 1508.

Today in history, Shay’s Rebellion, an uprising of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers against the new U.S. government, fails in 1787.

Today in history, France abolishes slavery in her territories and confers slaves to citizens in 1795.

Today in history, Harry Longabaugh is released from Sundance Prison in Wyoming, thereby acquiring the famous nickname, “the Sundance Kid” in 1889.

Today in history, The New York Police Department begins finger print identification in 1906.

Today in history, Germany decrees British waters as part of the war zone; all ships to be sunk without warning in 1915.

Today in history, The United Service Organization (U.S.O.) is formed to cater to armed forces and defense industries in 1941.

Today in history, The Big Three, American, British and Soviet leaders, meet in Yalta to discuss the war aims in 1945.

Today in history, Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, beginning one of the most bizarre cases in FBI history in 1974.

Today in history, The U.S. Post Office issues a commemorative stamp featuring Sojourner Truth in 1986.

Today in history 1/20/2020

Today in history, Edward II of England is deposed by his eldest son, Edward III in 1327.

Today in history, The French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrives to winter in a Huron Indian village after being wounded in a battle with Iroquois in New France in 1616.

Today in history, Britain signs a peace agreement with France and Spain, who allied against it in the American War of Independence in 1783.

Today in history, Charles Lindbergh arrives in New York, setting a cross country flying record of 14.75 hours in 1930.

Today in history, Hitler meets with Mussolini and offers aid in Albania and Greece in 1941.

Today in history, Allied forces in Italy begin unsuccessful operations to cross the Rapido River and seize Cassino in 1944.

Today in history, The Allies sign a truce with the Hungarians in 1945.

Today in history, Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for his fourth term in 1945.

Today in history, British troops occupy Ismalia, Egypt in 1952.

Today in history, Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president at the same time 52 American hostages are released from their captors in Tehran, Iran in 1981.