Today in history 6/21/2017


Today in history, The Peace of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War as the Dutch cede New Amsterdam to the English in 1667.

Today in historyChristopher Wren begins work on rebuilding St. Paul’s Cathedral in London after the Great Fire in 1675.

Today in history, C. H. McCormick patents the first practical reaper in 1834.

Today in history, Britain celebrates the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.

Today in history, Germany uses poison gas for the first time in warfare in the Argonne Forest in 1915.

Today in history, Baseball legend Lou Gehrig (see picture below) is forced to quit baseball because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis–a disease which wastes muscles in 1939.

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Today in history, Dr. Peter Goldmark (see picture below) demonstrates his “long-playing” record in 1948.

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Today in history 6/15/2017


Today in history, King John signs the Magna Carta in 1215.

Today in history, The English peasant revolt is crushed in London in 1381.

Today in history, Ottoman Turks crush Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.

Today in history, Colonists in North America complete James Fort in Jamestown in 1607.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin (see picture below) and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm in 1752.

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Today in history, Arkansas is admitted into the Union as the 25th state in 1836.

Today in history, Henry O. Flipper (see picture below) becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1877.

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Today in historyPresident Woodrow Wilson (see picture below) signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America in 1916.

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Today in history 6/4/2017


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 4/25/2017


Today in history, The Sultan of Morocco launches a successful attack to capture Timbuktu in 1590.

Today in history, At the Battle of Almansa, Franco-Spanish forces defeat the Anglo-Portugese forces in 1707.

Today in history, Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe (see picture below) is published in London in 1719.

Today in history, Work begins on the Suez Canal in Egypt in 1859.

Today in history, Tokyo is opened for foreign trade in 1867.

Today in history, The United States declares war on Spain in 1898.

Today in historyThe Battle of Gallipoli begins with the major land invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Encountering fierce Turkish resistance, Allied forces suffer heavy casualties and authorized evacuation begins on December 7. 480,000 Allied forces took part in the campaign at a cost of 250,000 casualties and 46,000 killed. Gallipoli goes down as one of the greatest military blunders in World War I in 1915.

Today in history, In Iran, Reza Khan is crowned Shah and chooses the name “Pahlavi” in 1926.

Today in history, A seeing eye dog is used for the first time in 1938.

Today in history, The magazine Nature publishes an article by biologists Francis Crick and James Watson (see picture below), describing the “double helix” of DNA in 1953.

Today in historyElvis Presley‘s “Heartbreak Hotel” (see picture below) goes to number one on the charts in 1956.