Today in history 7/30/2017


Today in history,The House of Burgesses convenes for the first time at Jamestown, Va. in 1619.

Today in history, In an effort to penetrate the Confederate lines around Petersburg, Va. Union troops explode a mine underneath the Confederate trenches but fail to break through. The ensuing action is known as the Battle of the Crater in 1864.

Today in history, Federal troops are called out to put down Chicago race riots in 1919.

Today in history, George Eastman (see picture below) demonstrates his color motion picture process in 1938.

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Today in history, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Medicare Bill into law in 1965.

Today in history, Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa (see picture below) disappears, last seen coming out of a restaurant in Bloomingfield Hills, Michigan in 1975.

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Today in history 6/15/2017


Today in history, King John signs the Magna Carta in 1215.

Today in history, The English peasant revolt is crushed in London in 1381.

Today in history, Ottoman Turks crush Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.

Today in history, Colonists in North America complete James Fort in Jamestown in 1607.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin (see picture below) and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm in 1752.

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Today in history, Arkansas is admitted into the Union as the 25th state in 1836.

Today in history, Henry O. Flipper (see picture below) becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1877.

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Today in historyPresident Woodrow Wilson (see picture below) signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America in 1916.

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Today in history 5/24/2017


Today in history, Nicolaus Copernicus (see picture below) publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication in 1543.

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Today in history, Captain Christopher Newport (see picture below) and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia in 1607.

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Today in history, The Methodist Church is established in 1738.

Today in history, Samuel Morse (see picture below) taps out the first telegraph message in 1844.

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Today in history, The first American bicycle race is held in Boston in 1878.

Today in history, Amy Johnson (see picture below) becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia in 1930.

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Today in history, Willie Mays (see picture below) begins playing for the New York Giants in 1951.

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