Today in history 8/4/2017


Today in history, King Henry III (see picture below) puts down a revolt of English barons lead by Simon de Montfort in 1265.

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Today in history, The Constituent Assembly in France abolishes the privileges of nobility in 1789.

Today in history, The Revenue Cutter service, the parent service of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, is organized in 1790.

Today in history, Germany invades Belgium causing Great Britain to declare war on Germany in 1914.

Today in history, Helicopters from the U.S. Air Force Air Rescue Service land in Germany, completing the first transatlantic flight by helicopter in 51 hours and 55 minutes of flight time in 1952.

Today in history, The U.S. launches the first satellite into lunar orbit from a manned spacecraft (Apollo 15) in 1971.


Today in history 7/23/2017


Today in history, Sir George Calvert arrives in Newfoundland to develop his land grant in 1627.

Today in history, The French garrison at Mainz, Germany, falls to the Prussians in 1793.

Today in history, William A. Burt patents his “typographer,” an early typewriter in 1829.

Today in history, William Booth (see picture below) founds the Salvation Army in 1865.

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Today in history, The 14th Amendment is ratified, granting citizenship to African Americans in 1868.

Today in history, Japanese troops take over the Korean imperial palace in 1894.

Today in history, The Ford Motor Company sells its first automobile, the Model A in 1903.

Today in history, Two astronomers, Alan Hale in New Mexico and Thomas Bopp (see picture below) in Arizona, almost simultaneously discover a comet in 1995.

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Today in history 7/19/2017


Today in history, The Catholic princes of Germany form the Dessau League to fight against the Reformation in 1525.

Today in history, Prices plunge on the Paris stock market in 1788.

Today in history, The Rosetta Stone (see picture below), a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, is found in Egypt in 1799.

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Today in history, The first Women’s Rights Convention convenes in Seneca Falls, N.Y, organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (see picture below) in 1848.

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Today in history, German U-boats are withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to American anti-submarine countermeasures in 1942.

Today in historyApollo and Soyuz (see picture below) spacecrafts dock in orbit in 1975.

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Today in history 7/12/2017


Today in history, Crusaders under Peter the Hermit (see picture below) reach Sofia in Hungary in 1096.

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Today in historyWilliam III defeats the allied Irish and French armies at the Battle of Aughrim, Ireland in 1691.

Today in history, British Admiral Lord Nelson (see picture below) loses his right eye at the siege of Calvi, in Corsica in 1794.

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Today in history, The Confederation of the Rhine is established in Germany in 1806.

Today in history, Moscow is bombed by the German Luftwaffe for the first time in 1941.

Today in historyPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proposes a highway modernization program, with costs to be shared by federal and state governments in 1954.

Today in history, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale chooses Geraldine Ferraro (see picture below) as his running mate in 1984.

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Today in history 7/11/2017


Today in history, Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor in Germany in 1346.

Today in history, Morocco agrees to stop attacking American ships in the Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000 in 1786.

Today in history, Alexander Hamilton is mortally wounded by Aaron Burr in a duel in 1804.

Today in history, In the RAF’s longest bombing raid of World War II, 44 British Lancaster bombers attack the Polish port of Danzig in 1942.

Today in history, Archaeologists unearth an army of 8,000 life-size clay figures (see picture below) created more than 2,000 years ago for the Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 1975.

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Today in history, Full diplomatic relations are established between the United States and Vietnam in 1995.