Today in history 6/16/2017


Today in historyRome is sacked by the Vandal army in 455.

Today in historyNapoleon defeats the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny in 1815.

Today in history, The Russian czar dissolves the Duma in St. Petersburg in 1907.

Today in history, The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington in 1910.

Today in history, President Franklin Roosevelt‘s New Deal legislation is passed by the House of Representatives in 1935.

Today in historyAnne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (see picture below) is published in the United States in 1952.

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Today in history, Ballet star Rudolf Nureyev (see picture below) defects from the Soviet Union while in Paris in 1961.

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Today in history, Leonid Brezhnev is named president of the Soviet Union in 1977.


Today in history 2/17/2017


Today in history, At a grand feast, Philip the Good of Burgundy (see picture below) takes the “Vow of the Pheasant,” by which he swears to fight the Turks in 1454.


Today in history, Boris Godunov (see picture below), a boyar of Tarar origin, is elected czar to succeed to his brother-in-law Fydor in 1598.


Today in history, The House of Representatives breaks an electoral college tie and chooses Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr in 1801.

Today in history, The first issue of Harold Ross’ magazine, The New Yorker, hits the stands, selling for 15 cents a copy in 1925.

Today in history, The first color television is demonstrated at the Dominion Theatre in London in 1938.

Today in historyMartin Luther King Jr. (see picture below) is arrested in the Alabama bus boycott in 1960.


Today in history, Art by Cezanne, Gauguin, Renoir, and van Gogh, valued at $5 million, is stolen from the Municipal Museum in Milan in 1975.

Today in history 2/9/2017



Today in history,  Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots (see picture below), is murdered in his sick-bed in a house in Edinburgh when the house blows up in 1567.


Today in history, The USS Constellation captures the French frigate Insurgente off the West Indies in 1799.

Today in history, The House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams (see picture below) as the sixth U.S. President in 1825.


Today in history, The Red Army takes back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Germans in 1943.

Today in history, Allied authorities declare Guadalcanal secure after Imperial Japan evacuates its remaining forces from the island, ending the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1943.

Today in history, Actress Greta Garbo (see picture below) gets U.S. citizenship in 1951.


Today in history, Nelson Mandela (see picture below) becomes the first black president of South Africa in 1994.


Today in history 1/31/2017



Today in history, Guy Fawkes (see picture below) is hanged, drawn and quartered for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up Parliament in 1606.


Today in history, The House of Representatives approves a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery in 1865.

Today in history, The Battle of Stalingrad (see picture below) ends as small groups of German soldiers of the Sixth Army surrender to the victorious Red Army forces in 1943.


Today in history, U.S. troops under Admiral Spruance (see picture below) land on Kwajalien atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1944.


Today in history, In Vietnam, the Tet Offensive begins as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers attack strategic and civilian locations throughout South Vietnam.