Today in history 5/25/2017


Today in history, Thales of Greece makes the first known prediction of a solar eclipse in 585 BC.

Today in history, Alfonso VI takes Toledo, Spain from the Muslims in 1085.

Today in history, The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding in 1787.

Today in history, Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain in 1810.

Today in history, The British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule in 1914.

Today in historyJohn Scopes (see picture below) is indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school in 1925.

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Today in historyJesse Owens (see picture below) sets six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1935.

Today in history, The first atomic cannon is fired in Nevada in 1953.


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Today in history, Russian troops repel an invasion by Teutonic knights in 1242.

Today in historyPocahontas (see picture below) marries English colonist John Rolfe in 1614.

Today in historyGeorge Washington casts the first presidential veto in 1792.

Today in history, Queen Victoria proclaims Hong Kong a British crown colony in 1843.

Today in historyGideon Welles, the Secretary of the Navy issues official orders for the USS Powhatan to sail to Fort Sumter in 1861.

Today in history, The Japanese Army reaches Yalu River as Russians retreat in 1908.

Today in history, Mahatma Gandhi (see picture below) defies British law by making salt in India instead of buying it from the British in 1930.

Today in history, Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage in 1951.

Today in historyWinston Churchill resigns as British prime minister in 1955.

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Today in history, Johannes Kepler (see picture below) discovers the third law of planetary motion in 1618.

Today in history, Queen Anne (see picture below) becomes the monarch of England upon the death of William III in 1702.

Today in historyGeorge Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in 1790.

Today in history, The first train crosses Niagara Falls on a suspension bridge in 1855.

Today in history, Pope Pius X lifts the church ban on interfaith marriages in 1909.

Today in history, Baroness de Laroche (see picture below) becomes the first woman to obtain a pilot’s license in France in 1910.

Today in history, Phyllis Mae Daley (see picture below) receives a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She will become the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II in 1945.

Today in history, Max Conrad circles the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in a Piper Aztec in 1961.

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Today in history, Frederick Barbarossa (see picture below) is chosen as emperor and unites the two factions, which emerged in Germany after the death of Henry V in 1152.


Today in history, Samuel Cole (see picture below) opens the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634.


Today in history, The first Congress of the United States meets in New York and declares that the Constitution is in effect in 1789.

Today in history, Vermont is admitted as the 14th state. It is the first addition to the original 13 colonies in 1791.

Today in historyGeorge Washington is inaugurated as President for the second time in 1793.

Today in historyThomas Jefferson becomes the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C. in 1801.

Today in history, The Russian Imperial Ballet stages the first performance of “Swan Lake” in Moscow in 1877.

Today in history, Russian troops begin to retreat toward the Manchurian border as 100,000 Japanese advance in Korea in 1904.

Today in history, Doctor Fillatre of Paris, France successfully separates Siamese twins in 1914.

Today in history, Queen Elizabeth II knights Charlie Chaplin (see picture below) in 1975.


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Today in history, Martin Luther (see picture below) is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church in 1521.


Today in history, General George Washington defeats the British led by British General Lord Charles Cornwallis, at Princeton, New Jersey in 1777.

Today in history, The Social Democratic Congress in Germany demands universal suffrage in 1910.

Today in history, Plans are announced for a new $150,000 Brooklyn stadium for the Trolley Dodgers (see picture below) baseball team in 1912.


Today in history, King Tutankhamen’s sarcophagus (see picture below) is uncovered near Luxor, Egypt in 1924.


Today in history,  Alaska is admitted into the Union as the 49th and largest state in 1959.

Today in history,  The last original weekday Peanuts comic strip (see picture below) is published after a 50-year run, following the death of the strip’s creator, Charles Schultz in 2000.