Today in history 1/31/2020

Today in history, Guy Fawkes is hanged, drawn and quartered for his part in the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up Parliament in 1606.

Today in history, A man with two pistols misfires at President Andrew Jackson at the White House in 1835.

Today in history, House of Representatives approves a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery in 1865.

Today in history, Germans use poison gas on the Russians at Bolimov in 1915.

Today in history, President Woodrow Wilson refuses the compromise on Lusitania reparations in 1916.

Today in history, The Battle of Stalingrad ends as small groups of German soldiers of the Sixth Army surrender to the victorious Red Army forces in 1943.

Today in history, U.S. troops under Vice Adm. Spruance land on Kwajalien atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1944.

Today in history, In Vietnam, the Tet Offensive begins as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers attack strategic and civilian locations throughout South Vietnam in 1968.

Today in history, Lech Walesa announces an accord in Poland, giving Saturdays off to laborers in 1981.

Today in history 4/22/2017


Today in history, St. Gaius ends his reign as Catholic Pope in 296.

Today in history, Pedro Alvarez Cabral (see picture below) discovers Brazil in 1500.

Today in history, Spain and Portugal divide the eastern hemisphere in the Treaty of Saragossa in 1529.

Today in history, President George Washington proclaims American neutrality in the war in Europe in 1792.

Today in history, The Oklahoma land rush officially starts at noon as thousands of Americans race for new, unclaimed land in 1889.

Today in history,  At the Second Battle of Ypres, the Germans use poison gas for the first time in 1915.

Today in history, Egypt signs treaty of friendship with Iraq in 1931.

Today in history, Allies launch major attack against the Japanese in Hollandia, New Guinea in 1944.

Today in history, The Senate Army-McCarthy hearings begin. They are broadcast on television in 1954.

Today in history, Congress orders all U.S. coins to bear the motto “In God We Trust” in 1955.

Today in history, Barbara Walters (see picture below) becomes the first female nightly news anchor on network television in 1976.