Today in history 6/10/2017


Today in history, The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Today in history, Tripoli declares war on the U.S. for refusing to pay tribute in 1801.

Today in history, The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation in 1854.

Today in history, Dorothea Dix (see picture below) is appointed superintendent of female nurses for the Union army in 1861.

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Today in history, Japan and Russia agree to peace talks brokered by President Theodore Roosevelt (see picture below) in 1905.

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Today in history, The Republican convention in Chicago endorses women’s suffrage in 1920.

Today in history, The U.S. VII and V corps, advancing from Normandy’s beaches, link up and begin moving inland in 1944.

Today in history, The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the U.S. Air Force. Chuck Yeager (see picture below), piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947 in 1948.

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Today in history, Serb forces begin their withdrawal from Kosovo after signing an agreement with the NATO powers in 1999.

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Today in history, Coimbra, Portugal falls to Ferdinand, king of Castile in 1064.

Today in historyJacques Cartier sails into the mouth of the St. Lawrence River in Canada in 1534.

Today in history, Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke (see picture below) begins working in Union hospitals in 1861.

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Today in history, Robert H. Goddard patents a rocket-fueled aircraft design in 1931.

Today in history, Japanese Premier Kantaro Suzuki declares that Japan will fight to the last rather than accept unconditional surrender in 1945.

Today in history, NASA publishes a report on the Challenger accident in 1986.

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Today in history, The fortress at Osaka, Japan, falls to Shogun Leyasu (see picture below) after a six-month siege in 1615.

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Today in history, The Freemasons are founded in London in 1717.

Today in history, Tripoli is forced to conclude peace with the United States after a conflict over tribute in 1805.

Today in history, Gold is discovered in Alaska’s Indian Creek in 1911.

Today in history, The British complete the evacuation of 300,000 troops at Dunkirk in 1940.

Today in history, Allied troops liberate Rome in 1944.

Today in history, Black activist Angela Davis (see picture below) is found not guilty of murder, kidnapping, and criminal conspiracy in 1972.

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Today in history, Jack Cade’s Rebellion–Kentishmen revolt against King Henry VI in 1450.

Today in history, Hernando de Soto (see picture below) discovers the Mississippi River which he calls Rio de Espiritu Santo in 1541.

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Today in history, The United States Post Office is established in 1794.

Today in history, Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton (see picture below) invents Coca Cola in 1886.

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Today in history, China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895.

Today in history, The first transatlantic flight by a navy seaplane takes-off in 1919.

Today in history, The Battle of the Coral Sea between the Japanese Navy and the U.S. Navy ends in 1942.

Today in history, The final surrender of German forces is celebrated as VE (Victory Europe) day in 1945,

Today in historyPresident Dwight Eisenhower orders the National Guard out of Little Rock as Ernest Green (see picture below) becomes the first black to graduate from an Arkansas public school in 1958.

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Today in history, The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Summer Olympics planned for Los Angeles in 1984.

Today in history 4/22/2017


Today in history, St. Gaius ends his reign as Catholic Pope in 296.

Today in history, Pedro Alvarez Cabral (see picture below) discovers Brazil in 1500.

Today in history, Spain and Portugal divide the eastern hemisphere in the Treaty of Saragossa in 1529.

Today in history, President George Washington proclaims American neutrality in the war in Europe in 1792.

Today in history, The Oklahoma land rush officially starts at noon as thousands of Americans race for new, unclaimed land in 1889.

Today in history,  At the Second Battle of Ypres, the Germans use poison gas for the first time in 1915.

Today in history, Egypt signs treaty of friendship with Iraq in 1931.

Today in history, Allies launch major attack against the Japanese in Hollandia, New Guinea in 1944.

Today in history, The Senate Army-McCarthy hearings begin. They are broadcast on television in 1954.

Today in history, Congress orders all U.S. coins to bear the motto “In God We Trust” in 1955.

Today in history, Barbara Walters (see picture below) becomes the first female nightly news anchor on network television in 1976.