Today in history 8/29/2017


Today in history, Ottoman Suleiman the Magnificent crushes a Hungarian army under Lewis II at the Battle of Mohacs in 1526.

Today in historyGeneral George Washington retreats during the night from Long Island to New York City in 1776.

Today in historyUnion General John Pope‘s army is defeated by a smaller Confederate force at the Second Battle of Bull Run in 1862.

Today in history, U.S. airborne troops are landed in transport planes at Atsugi airfield, southwest of Tokyo, beginning the occupation of Japan in 1945.

Today in history, The USSR explodes its first atomic bomb, “First Lightning” in 1949.

Today in history, Astronauts L. Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr (see picture below) complete 120 Earth orbits in Gemini 5, marking the first time the US set an international duration record for a manned space mission in 1965.

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Today in history 8/7/2017


Today in history, General George Washington authorizes the award of the Purple Heart for soldiers wounded in combat in 1782.

Today in history, Union troops capture part of Confederate General Jubal Early‘s army at Moorefield, West Virginia in 1864.

Today in history, Theophilus Van Kannel (see picture below) of Philadelphia receives a patent for the revolving door in 1888.

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Today in history, In Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the government can neither confiscate nor ban James Joyce’s novel Ulysses in 1934.

Today in history, The U.S. 1st Marine Division under General A. A. Vandegrift lands on the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon islands. This is the first American amphibious landing of the war in 1942.

Today in historyApollo 15 (see picture below) returns to Earth. The mission to the moon had marked the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle in 1971.

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Today in history, Japan defeats the United States to win the Olympic Gold in baseball in 1984.

Today in history, Operation Desert Shield begins as US troops deploy to Saudi Arabia to discourage Iraq’s Saddam Hussein from invading that country as he had Kuwait .

Today in history, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks Hank Aaron’s record with his 756th home run. Bonds’ accomplishments were clouded by allegations of illegal steroid use and lying to a grand jury in 2007.

Today in history 7/3/2017


Today in history, George Washington takes command of the Continental Army in 1775.

Today in history, American ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiates a commercial treaty with China in 1844.

Today in historyConfederate forces attack the center of the Union line at Gettysburg, but fail to break it in 1863.

Today in historyThe Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy (see picture below), commits its last American robbery near Wagner, Montana, taking $65,000 from a Great Northern train in 1901.

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Today in history, The U.S. First Army opens a general offensive to break out of the hedgerow area of Normandy, France in 1944.

Today in historyJackie Robinson (see picture below) becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Today in history 6/19/2017


Today in history, Eratosthenes (see picture below) estimates the circumference of Earth using two sticks in 240 BC.

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Today in historyGeneral George Washington‘s troops finally leave Valley Forge after a winter of training in 1778.

Today in history, The Ottomans defeat the Greeks at the Battle of Dragasani in 1821.

Today in history, The New York Knickerbocker Club plays the New York Club in the first baseball game at Elysian Field, Hoboken, New Jersey in 1846.

Today in history, The Statue of Liberty (see picture below) arrives in New York City from France in 1885.

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Today in history, The National Archives and Records Administration is established in 1934.

Today in history, Nine entertainers refuse to answer a congressional committee’s questions on communism in 1958.

Today in history, Over 50,000 people march on Washington, D.C. to support the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968.

Today in history 3/25/2017



Today in history, Constantine (see picture below) begins his reign as Catholic Pope in 708.

Today in history, Lord Baltimore founds the Catholic colony of Maryland in 1634.

Today in history, Puritans jail Governor Stone after a military victory over Catholic forces in the colony of Maryland in 1655.

Today in history, The first horse race in America takes place in 1668.

Today in history, The Continental Congress authorizes a medal for General George Washington in 1776.

Today in history, British Parliament abolishes the slave trade in 1807.

Today in history, Japan invades the kingdom of Liuqiu (Ryukyu) Islands, formerly a vassal of China in 1879.

Today in history, The first submarine disaster occurs when a U.S. F-4 sinks off the Hawaiian coast in 1915.

Today in history, RCA manufactures its first color TV set and begins mass production in 1954.

Today in historyMartin Luther King Jr.  (see picture below) leads a group of 25,000 to the state capital in Montgomery, Ala. in 1965.

Today in history, The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight in 1970.