Today in history 6/8/2017



Today in history, Attila the Hun (see picture below) invades Italy in 452.

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Today in history, The Vikings raid the Northumbrian coast of England in 793.

Today in history, The Army of the Potomac defeats Confederate forces at Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia in 1862.

Today in history, U.S. Marines land in Tangiers, Morocco, to protect U.S. citizens in 1904.

Today in history, King Edward VII of England visits Czar Nicholas II of Russia (see picture below) in an effort to improve relations between the two countries in 1908.

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Today in history, The Supreme Court forbids segregated lunch counters in Washington, D.C. in 1953.

Today in history, President Lyndon Johnson (see picture below) authorizes commanders in Vietnam to commit U.S. ground forces to combat in 1965.

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Today in history, A solar eclipse interrupts a battle outside Sardis in western Turkey between Medes and Lydians. The battle ends in a draw in 585 BC.

Today in history, Napoleon Bonaparte (see picture below) is crowned in Milan, Italy. in 1805.

Today in history, The 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-American recruits, leaves Boston, headed for Hilton Head, South Carolina in 1863.

Today in history, Britain annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa in 1900.

Today in historyMelody (see picture below), the first animated 3-D cartoon in Technicolor, premiers in 1953.

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Today in history, Amnesty International, a human rights organization, is founded in 1961.

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Today in history, Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands in 1503.

Today in history, Bacon’s Rebellion (see picture below) begins in the New World in 1676.

Today in history, To keep the troubled East India Company afloat, Parliament passes the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the American colonies in 1773.

Today in history, American troops capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte wins a brilliant victory against the Austrians at Lodi bridge in Italy in 1796.

Today in history, The Bengal Army in India revolts against the British in 1857.

Today in history, Victoria Woodhull (see picture below) becomes first the woman nominated for U.S. president in 1872.

Today in history, J. Edgar Hoover (see picture below) is appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1924.

Today in historyWinston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister in 1940.

Today in history, Nelson Mandela (see picture below) is sworn in as South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

Today in history 4/21/2017


Today in history, Traditional date of the foundation of Rome in 753 BC.

Today in historyMarcus Antonius is defeated by Octavian near Modena, Italy in 43 BC.

Today in history, Mongol Emperor Babur annihilates the Indian Army of Ibrahim Lodi in 1526.

Today in history, The Maryland Toleration Act is passed, allowing all people freedom of worship in 1649.

Today in historyWilliam III and Mary II (see picture below) are crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1689.

Today in history, General Sam Houston (see picture below) defeats Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. Texas wins independence from Mexico in 1836.

Today in history, Congress establishes the U.S. Mint in 1862.

Today in history, Bill Carlisle (see picture below), the infamous ‘last train robber,’ robs a train in Hanna, Wyoming in 1916.

Today in history, Brasilia becomes the capital of Brazil in 1960.

Today in history, The French army revolts in Algeria in 1961.

Today in history, Pfc. Milton Lee Olive is awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for bravery during the Vietnam War in 1966.

Today in history 4/9/2017



Today in history, In the Balkans, the distinguished soldier Septimius Severus is proclaimed emperor by the army in Illyricum in 193.

Today in history, Constantine ends his reign as Catholic Pope in 715.

Today in history, In the Battle of Liegnitz, Mongol armies defeat Poles and Germans in 1241.

Today in history, The city states of Venice, Milan and Florence sign a peace agreement at Lodi, Italy in 1454.

Today in history, Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi River and all lands that touch it for France in 1682.

Today in history, Captain James Cook discovers Botany Bay on the Australian continent in 1770.

Today in history, Russo-Polish conflict ends with signing of the Riga Treaty in 1921.

Today in history, Comedian Bob Hope (see picture below) makes his first television appearance in 1950.

Today in historyWinston Churchill becomes the first honorary U.S. citizen in 1963.

Today in history,  The statue of Winston Churchill (see picture below) is dedicated at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1966.