Today in history 9/22/2017


Today in history, Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov drive the Turkish army under Yusuf Pasha from the Rymnik River, upsetting the Turkish invasion of Russia in 1789.

Today in historyPresident Abraham Lincoln issues a proclamation calling for all slaves within the rebel states to be freed on January 1, a political move that helps keep the British from intervening on the side of the South in 1862.

Today in historyUnion General Philip Sheridan defeats Confederate General Jubal Early‘s troops at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill (see picture below) in Virginia in 1864.

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Today in history, The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, arrive in San Francisco after a rollicking, barnstorming tour of the West in 1869.

Today in history, Xavier University, the first African-American Catholic college, opens in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1915.

Today in history, Willie Mays (see picture below) of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first baseball player since Babe Ruth to hit 600 home runs in 1969.

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Today in history, Huntington Library makes the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the public for the first time in 1991.


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Today in history, President Abraham Lincoln (see picture below) appoints Union General Henry Halleck to the position of general-in-chief of the Union Army in 1862.

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Today in history, Troops from Egypt and Morocco arrive in Saudi Arabia as part of the international operation to prevent Iraq from invading in 1990.

Today in historyNATO assumes command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, its first major operation outside Europe in 2003.


Today in history, Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. After word reaches the United States in June of 1897, thousands of Americans head to the Klondike to seek their fortunes in 1896.

Today in historyHenry Ford‘s first Model T rolls off the assembly line in 1908.

Today in history, Computer giant IBM introduces its first personal computer (see picture below) in 1981.

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Today in history, The first African-American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1881.

Today in history, The first coin-operated telephone (see picture below) is patented by William Gray in 1889.

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Today in history, The US Court of Appeals rules Congress must save all emails in 1993.


Today in history, The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust (see picture below). He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil in 1457.

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Today in historyJapan announces its unconditional surrender in World War II in 1945.

Today in historyPakistan becomes an independent country in 1947.

Today in history 6/17/2017


Today in history, Sir Francis Drake (see picture below) claims San Francisco Bay for England in 1579.

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Today in history, The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle in 1775.

Today in history, The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China in 1854.

Today in historyPresident Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon in 1861.

Today in history, U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico in 1913.

Today in historyYank (see picture below) a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication in 1942.

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Today in history, Surgeon Richard Lawler (see picture below) performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago in 1950.

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Today in history, Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972.

Today in history, Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson (see picture below)–facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police in 1994.

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Today in history 5/20/2017


Today in history, The Ecumenical council is inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea in 325.

Today in history, Cola di Rienzo (see picture below) takes the title of tribune in Rome in 1347.

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Today in history, John Sobieski  (see picture below) becomes Poland’s first king in 1674.

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Today in history, Parliament passes the Coercive Acts to punish the colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. The acts close the port of Boston in 1774.

Today in history, President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West in 1862.

Today in history, Levi Strauss (see picture below) begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets in 1874.

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Today in history, Amelia Earhart  (see picture below) lands near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932.

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Today in history, The Battle of Hamburger Hill (see picture below), which has pitted U.S. and South Vietnamese troops against North Vietnamese forces, ends after 11 days of fighting. Despite bad weather and heavy enemy fortifications, U.S. troops succeed in taking the steeply sloped hill but will abandon it 15 days later—a move that will be controversial both within the U.S. military and with the American public in 1969.

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Today in history 4/27/2017


Today in history, Edward I defeats the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar in 1296.

Today in history, Pope Julius II excommunicates the Italian state of Venice in 1509.

Today in history, The first Spanish settlement in Philippines is established in Cebu City in 1565.

Today in history, British Parliament passes the Tea Act in 1773.

Today in history, American forces capture York (present-day Toronto), the seat of government in Ontario in 1813.

Today in history, President Abraham Lincoln (see picture below) suspends the writ of habeas corpus in 1861.

Today in history, The Sultan of Turkey, Abdul Hamid II, is overthrown in 1909.

Today in history, The United Kingdom grants Sierra Leone independence in 1961.

Today in history, The Afghanistan revolution begins in 1978.

Today in history, Protesting students take over Tiananmen Square (see picture below) in Beijing, China in 1989.