Today in history 6/16/2017


Today in historyRome is sacked by the Vandal army in 455.

Today in historyNapoleon defeats the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny in 1815.

Today in history, The Russian czar dissolves the Duma in St. Petersburg in 1907.

Today in history, The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington in 1910.

Today in history, President Franklin Roosevelt‘s New Deal legislation is passed by the House of Representatives in 1935.

Today in historyAnne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (see picture below) is published in the United States in 1952.

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Today in history, Ballet star Rudolf Nureyev (see picture below) defects from the Soviet Union while in Paris in 1961.

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Today in history, Leonid Brezhnev is named president of the Soviet Union in 1977.

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Today in history, Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, is granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris parliament, overriding the late king’s will in 1643.

Today in history, Russian troops invade Poland in 1792.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte (see picture below) becomes the Emperor of France in 1804.

Today in historyAbraham Lincoln (see picture below) is nominated for president in 1860.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service act, calling up soldiers to fight World War I in 1917.

Today in history, President Franklin Roosevelt (see picture below) signs the Tennessee Valley Authority Act in 1933.

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Today in history, New York ends night baseball games for the rest of World War II in 1942.

Today in history, After rumbling for two months, Mount Saint Helens, in Washington, erupts 3 times in 24 hours in 1980.

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Today in history, The Dutch establish a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa in 1652.

Today in history, The territory of Mississippi is organized in 1798.

Today in history, General Ulysses S. Grant defeats the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in TN in 1862.

Today in history, The U.S. Secretary of the Interior leases the Teapot Dome naval oil reserves in Wyoming in 1922.

Today in history, President Franklin Roosevelt signs legislation ending prohibition in the United States in 1933.

Today in history, The Japanese battleship Yamato (see picture below), the world’s largest battleship, is sunk during the Battle for Okinawa in 1945.

Today in history, Yugoslavia proclaims itself a Socialist republic in 1963.

Today in history, The United States breaks relations with Iran in 1980.

Today in history, Specialist Story Musgrave and Don Peterson (see picture below) make the first Space Shuttle spacewalk in 1983.

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Today in history, A great fire ravages Montreal, resulting in $2.5 million in property lost in 1901.

Today in historyFranklin D. Roosevelt enters the presidential race in 1932.

Today in history, Jerusalem becomes the official capital of Israel in 1950.

Today in historyNASA unveils moon-landing craft (see picture below) in 1969.


Today in history, President Richard Nixon claims that Vietnam peace has been reached in Paris and that the POWs would be home in 60 days in 1973.

Today in history, Alex Haley’s Roots (see picture below) begins a record-breaking eight-night broadcast on ABC in 1977.


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Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte (see picture below) defeats the Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy in 1797.


Today in history, British authorities seize German attaché Franz von Papen’s financial records confirming espionage activities in the U.S. in 1916

Today in historyFranklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Charles DeGaulle (see picture below) meet at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war in 1943.


Today in history, The Republic of Georgia restores the “five cross flag” (see picture below) as its national flag after some 500 years of disuse in 2004.


Today in history, Huygens probe (see picture below) lands on Saturn’s moon Titan in 2005.