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 6/12/2017


Today in history, Alfonso V of Aragon is crowned King of Naples in 1442.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte and his army invade Russia in 1812.

Today in history, The gas mask is patented by Lewis P. Haslett in 1849.

Today in history, The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurs in France in 1918.

Today in history, Gangster Al Capone (see picture below) and 68 of his henchmen are indicted for violating Prohibition laws in 1931. Image result for al capone

Today in history, Eight of Stalin’s generals are sentenced to death during purges in the Soviet Union in 1937.

Today in history, The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban interracial marriages in 1967.

Today in history 6/7/2017



Today in history, Christopher Columbus leaves on his third voyage of exploration in 1498.

Today in historyLouis XIV is crowned king of France in 1654.

Today in history, The Pennsylvania Assembly bans the importation of slaves in 1712.

Today in history, Daniel Boone (see picture below) sights present-day Kentucky in 1767.

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Today in history, The United Colonies change their name to the United States in 1775.

Today in history, Mexico City is captured by French troops in 1863.

Today in history, The Boxer rebels cut the rail links between Peking and Tientsin in China in 1900.

Today in history, Professor Pierre Curie (see picture below) reveals the discovery of Polonium in 1903.

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Today in history, Israeli F-16 fighter-bombers destroy Iraq’s only nuclear reactor in 1981.

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 5/22/2017


Today in history, Henry Raspe is elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France in 1246.

Today in history, The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri in 1804.

Today in history, The “Great Train Robbery” takes place as seven members of the Reno Gang (see picture below) make off with $98,000 in cash from a train’s safe in Indiana in 1868.

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Today in history, The United States formally recognizes Korea in 1882.

Today in history, The Wright brothers (see picture below) register their flying machine for a U.S. patent in 1908.

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Today in history, The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (see picture below) premiers in 1967.

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Today in history, Johnny Carson’s final appearance (see picture below) on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host in 1992.

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Today in history, Following a 200-year search for the tomb of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus his remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral in 2010

Today in history, The Republic of Ireland, long known as a conservative, predominantly Catholic country, becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum in 2015.