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Today in history, The Pilgrims sail from England on the Mayflower in 1620.

Today in history, A revolution for independence breaks out in Mexico in 1810.

Today in history, Japan surrenders Hong Kong to Britain in 1945.

Today in history, The U.S. 8th Army breaks out of the Pusan Perimeter (see picture below) in South Korea and begins heading north to meet MacArthur’s troops heading south from Inchon in 1950.

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Today in history, The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia approves the constitution for the United States of America in 1787.

Today in history, The Battle of Antietam in Maryland, the bloodiest day in U.S. history, commences. Fighting in the corn field, Bloody Lane and Burnside’s Bridge rages all day as the Union and Confederate armies suffer a combined 26,293 casualties in 1862.

Today in history, The German Army recaptures the Russian Port of Riga from Russian forces in 1917.

Today in history, James Forestall (see picture below) is sworn in as first the U.S. Secretary of Defense in 1947.

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Today in history, George Washington lays the foundation stone for the U.S. Capitol in 1793.

Today in historyTom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the United States, loses a nine-mile race in Maryland to a horse in 1830.

Today in historyMargaret Chase Smith (see picture below) becomes the first woman elected to the Senate without completing another senator’s term when she defeats Democratic opponent Adrian Scolten. Smith is also the only woman to be elected to and serve in both houses of Congress in 1948.

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Today in history, The US television soap opera The Guiding Light broadcasts its final episode, ending a 72-year run that began on radio in 2009.


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Today in history, Pope Paul III closes the first session of the Council of Bologna in 1549.

Today in history, The Constitutional Convention authorizes the first federal election resolving that electors in all the states will be appointed on January 7, 1789 in 1788.

Today in historyUnion troops in Frederick, Maryland, discover General Robert E. Lee‘s attack plans for the invasion of Maryland wrapped around a pack of cigars. They give the plans to General George B. McClellan who sends the Army of the Potomac to confront Lee but only after a delay of more than half a day in 1862.

Today in history, U.S. and French forces take St. Mihiel, France in America’s first action as a standing army in 1918.

Today in history, In Korea, U.S. Army troops begin their assault in Heartbreak Ridge (see picture below). The month-long struggle will cost 3,700 casualties in 1951.

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Today in history, Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005 in 1988.

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Today in history, At the Battle of Bouvines in France, Philip Augustus of France defeats John of England in 1214.

Today in history, Sir Walter Raleigh returns to England from Virginia in 1586.

Today in history, The Marquis of Lafayette (see picture below) arrives in New England to help fight the British in 1777.

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Today in historyOrville Wright (see picture below) sets a world record for staying aloft in an airplane–one hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds in 1909.

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Today in history, Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best (see picture below) isolate insulin at the University of Toronto in 1921.

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Today in history, U.S. troops complete the liberation of Guam in 1944.

Today in history, Representatives of the United Nations, Korea and China sign an armistice at Panmunjom, Korea in 1953.

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Today in history, The French colony of Guadeloupe is established in the Caribbean in 1635.

Today in history, Russians defeat the Swedes and Cossacks at the Battle of Poltava in 1709.

Today in history, Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays McCauley (see picture below), wife of an American artilleryman, carries water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth in 1778.

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Today in history, Congress declares Labor Day a legal holiday in 1884.

Today in history, Samuel J. Battle (see picture below) becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City in 1911.

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Today in history, German troops launch an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad in 1942.

Today in historyGeneral Douglas MacArthur (see picture below) arrives in South Korea as Seoul falls to the North in 1950.

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Today in history, The Supreme Court overturns the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali in 1971.

Today in history, The first women enter the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1976.

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Today in history, Peter the Hermit‘s crusaders force their way across Sava, Hungary in 1096.

Today in history, The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor is wiped out by the Mongols in 1243.

Today in history, The Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles in 1804.

Today in history, General Robert E. Lee attacks George McClellan‘s line at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days’ campaign in 1862.

Today in history, The United States announces it will send troops to fight against the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900.

Today in historyGeneral Pershing (see picture below) arrives in France with the American Expeditionary Force in 1917.

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Today in history, The Germans begin firing their huge 420 mm howitzer, “Big Bertha” (see picture below), at Paris in 1918.

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Today in history, The Soviet Union proposes a cease-fire in the Korean War in 1951.

Today in historyPresident John Kennedy announces “Ich bin ein Berliner” at the Berlin Wall in 1963.