Today in history, Polycarp, a disciple of St. John and Bishop of Smyrna, is martyred on the west coast of Asia Minor in 0167.
Today in history, British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights in 1689.
Today in history, In the Glen Coe highlands of Scotland, thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan are murdered by soldiers of the neighboring Campbell clan for not pledging allegiance to William of Orange. Ironically the pledge had been made but not communicated to the clans. The event is remembered as the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692.
Today in history, The four day Battle of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, begins in 1862.
Today in history, Jesse James holds up his first bank in 1866.
Today in history, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is founded in 1914.
Today in history, First social security checks are put in the mail in 1936.
Today in history, The Royal Air Force Bomber Command devastates the German city of Dresden with night raids by 873 heavy bombers. The attacks are joined by 521 American heavy bombers flying daylight raids in 1945.
Today in history, A mob burns a radio station in Ecuador after the broadcast of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” in 1949.
Today in history, At the Battle of Chipyong-ni, in Korea, U.N. troops contain the Chinese forces’ offensive in a two-day battle in 1951.
Today in history, The Pope asks the United States to grant clemency to convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in 1953.
Today in history, The United States sends 10,500 more combat troops to Vietnam in 1968.