Today in history 8/10/2017

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Today in history, King Francis of France declares that all official documents are to be written in French, not Latin in 1539.

Today in history, Louis XVI of France is arrested and taken into custody as his Swiss Guards are massacred by a Parisian mob in an assault that will become known as the Storming of the Tuileries Palace. The insurrection will be one of the defining events in the history of the French Revolution in 1772.

Today in history, William Driver (see picture below) of Salem, Massachusetts, is the first to use the term “Old Glory” in connection with the American flag, when he gives that name to a large flag aboard his ship, the Charles Daggett in 1831.

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Today in history, The Smithsonian Institution is established in Washington through the bequest of James Smithson (see picture below) in 1846.

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Today in history, The House of Lords in Great Britain gives up its veto power, making the House of Commons the more powerful House in 1911.

Today in history, The National Military Establishment is renamed the Department of Defense in 1949.

Today in history, NASA launches Discoverer 13 (see picture below), a satellite; it would become the first object ever recovered from orbit in 1960.

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Today in history, The last British troops leave Hong Kong. After 156 years of British rule, the island is returned to China in 1997.

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Today in history 3/22/2017

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Today in history, The first legislation prohibiting gambling is enacted in Boston in 1630.

Today in history, Charles II gives large tracts of land from west of the Connecticut River to the east of Delaware Bay in North America to his brother James, the Duke of York in 1664.

Today in history, The Stamp Act is passed; the first direct British tax on the American colonists in 1765.

Today in history, British statesman Edmund Burke (see picture below) makes a speech in the House of Commons, urging the government to adopt a policy of reconciliation with America in 1775.

Today in historyThomas Jefferson becomes the first U.S. Secretary of State in 1790.

Today in history, Horace Greeley (see picture below) publishes The New-Yorker, a weekly literary and news magazine and the forerunner of Harold Ross’ more successful The New Yorker in 1834.

Today in history, Japan proclaims that it is determined to keep Russia from encroaching on Korea in 1901.

Today in history, The first color photograph is published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror in 1904.

Today in history, The first international airline service is inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels in 1919.

Today in history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine in 1933.

Today in history, The first U.S.-built rocket to leave the Earth’s atmosphere reaches a 50-mile height in 1946.