Today in history 7/27/2017


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.

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Today in history, William Penn(see picture below) signs a friendship treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania in 1683.

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Today in history, Austrian forces defeat the Prussians at Landshut, Germany in 1760.

Today in historyConfederate forces overwhelm a Union garrison at the Battle of Brashear City in Louisiana in 1863.

Today in history, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy renew the Triple Alliance for a 12-year duration in 1902.

Today in history, In one of the largest air strikes of the war, the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force sends 761 bombers against the oil refineries at Ploiesti, Romania in 1944.

Today in history, Soviet U.N. delegate Jacob Malik (see picture below) proposes cease-fire discussions in the Korean War in 1951.

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Today in history, Sixteen year old Otto III is crowned the Roman Emperor in 996.

Today in history, The Reformation is officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland in 1536.

Today in history, Present-day Martha’s Vineyard is first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold (see picture below) in 1620.

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Today in history, Paris is divided into 48 zones in 1790.

Today in history, The Democratic party holds its first national convention in 1832.

Today in history, The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton (see picture below) in 1881.

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Today in historyCharles Lindbergh (see picture below) lands in Paris completing the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic in 1927.

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Today in history, The U.S. Eighth Army counterattacks to drive the Communist Chinese and North Koreans out of South Korea in 1951.