Today in history 4/23/2017


Today in history, The first English order of knighthood is founded in 1348.

Today in history, Pedro Cabral claims Brazil for Portugal in 1500.

Today in history, Charles II (see picture below) is formally crowned king, returning the monarchy to Britain, albeit with greatly reduced powers in 1661.

Today in history, President George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York in 1789.

Today in history, Union cavalry units continue to skirmish with Confederate forces in Henderson, North Carolina and Munford’s Station, Alabama in 1865.

Today in history, Motion pictures premiere in New York City in 1896.

Today in history, The Federals (see picture below) defeat Kansas City 9-1 in the first major league game to be played in Chicago’s Weeghman Park, later renamed Wrigley Field in 1914.

Today in history, The ACA becomes the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA), the forerunner of NASA in 1915.

Today in history, The U.S. Senate passes the Soldiers’ Bonus Bill in 1924.

Today in history, Chiang Kai-shek (see picture below) evacuates Hainan, leaving mainland China to Mao Zedong and the communists in 1950.

Today in history, The Soviet Union launches Soyuz 10 (see picture below), becoming the first mission to the Salyut 1 space station in 1971.

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.

Today in history 2/25/2017



Today in history, The British surrender the Illinois country to George Rogers Clark (see picture below) at Vincennes in 1779.


Today in history, American General Nathaniel Greene (see picture below) crosses the Dan River on his way to attack Cornwallis in 1781.


Today in history, President George Washington signs a bill creating the Bank of the United States in 1791.

Today in historyThomas Jefferson is nominated for president at the Democratic-Republican caucus in 1804.

Today in history, The Polish army halts the Russian advance into their country at the Battle of Grochow in 1831.

Today in history, J.M. Synge’s (see picture below) play Riders to the Sea opens in Dublin in 1904.


Today in history, Bell Labs introduces a new device to end the fluttering of the television image in 1928.

Today in historyU.S. troops retake the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, where they had been defeated five days before in 1943.

Today in history, Stalin is secretly disavowed by Khrushchev at a party congress for promoting the “cult of the individual” in 1956

Today in history 2/4/2017



Today in historyGeorge Washington is unanimously elected the first president of the United States by the Electoral College. He will be unanimously elected again in 1792 and will remain the only U.S. president in history to receive the totality of electoral votes in 1789.

Today in history, Harry Longabaugh (see picture below) is released from Sundance Prison in Wyoming, thereby acquiring the famous nickname, “the Sundance Kid” in 1889.


Today in history, The New York Police Department begins finger print identification in 1906.

Today in history, The United Service Organization (U.S.O.) is formed to cater to armed forces and defense industries in 1941.

Today in history, The U.S. Post Office issues a commemorative stamp featuring Sojourner Truth (see picture below) in 1986.