Today in history 8/6/2017


Today in historyJohn Cabot (see picture below) returns to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.

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Today in history, The CSS Alabama captures the USS Sea Bride near the Cape of Good Hope in 1863.

Today in history, The Japanese army in Korea surrounds a Russian army retreating to Manchuria in 1904.

Today in history, Paul Tibbets, the commander of Enola Gay, (see picture below) drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, that induced the Japanese to surrender in 1945.

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Today in historyPresident Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, outlawing the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South in 1965.

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Today in history, Ferdinand III (see picture below) of Castile and Leon take Cordoba in Spain in 1236.

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Today in history, Massachusetts declares itself an independent commonwealth in 1652.

Today in history, France annexes Tahiti in 1880.

Today in history, The Ukraine proclaims independence from Russia in 1917.

Today in history, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and Olympic National Park, Washington, are founded in 1938.

Today in historyPresident Harry S. Truman (see picture below) authorizes a sea blockade of Korea in 1950.

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Today in history, Israel removes barricades, re-unifying Jerusalem in 1967.

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Today in history, Henry Raspe is elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France in 1246.

Today in history, The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially begins as the Corps of Discovery departs from St. Charles, Missouri in 1804.

Today in history, The “Great Train Robbery” takes place as seven members of the Reno Gang (see picture below) make off with $98,000 in cash from a train’s safe in Indiana in 1868.

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Today in history, The United States formally recognizes Korea in 1882.

Today in history, The Wright brothers (see picture below) register their flying machine for a U.S. patent in 1908.

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Today in history, The children’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (see picture below) premiers in 1967.

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Today in history, Johnny Carson’s final appearance (see picture below) on The Tonight Show on NBC, after 30 years as the program’s host in 1992.

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Today in history, Following a 200-year search for the tomb of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus his remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral in 2010

Today in history, The Republic of Ireland, long known as a conservative, predominantly Catholic country, becomes the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage in a public referendum in 2015.

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Today in history, The forces of the Holy League are heavily defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna in 1512.

Today in history, The Treaty of Utrecht is signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession. France cedes its Maritime provinces to Britain in 1713.

Today in history, After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on 13 March, Congress proclaims a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain in 1783.

Today in history, American President William McKinley (see picture below) asks Congress for a declaration of war with Spain in 1898.

Today in history, German bombers blitz Coventry, England in 1941.

Today in history, President Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur (see picture below) as head of United Nations forces in Korea in 1951.

Today in history, Adolf Eichmann, Nazi Germany’s chief architect of the Holocaust in World War II, stands trial in Jerusalem on 15 charges that include war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the Jewish people. In covering the trial for The New Yorker, Hannah Arendt coins the phrase “the banality of evil” in reference to Eichmann in 1961.

Today in history, Folk singer Bob Dylan performs in New York City for the first time, opening for John Lee Hooker (see picture below) in 1961.

Today in history, President Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Act in 1968.

Today in history, Forty-three African nations sign the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty in 1996.

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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.