Today in history 8/8/2017


Today in history, Charles IX of France signs the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots in 1570.

Today in history, The invading armies of Spain, Austria and Bavaria are stopped at the village of St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France in 1636.

Today in history, Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard (see picture below) become the first men to climb Mont Blanc in France in 1786.

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Today in history, Thomas Edison (see picture below) patents the mimeograph in 1876.

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Today in history, The first household refrigerating machine is patented in 1899.

Today in history, England’s “Great Train Robbery;” 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen in 1963.

Today in historyPresident Richard Nixon (see picture below) resigns from the presidency as a result of the in 1974.

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Today in historyPioneer-Venus 2 (see picture below) is launched to probe the atmosphere of Venus in 1978.

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Today in history, Richard II, who is still a child, begins his reign, following the death of his grandfather, Edward III. His coronation takes place July 16 in 1377.

Today in history, Slavery is outlawed in England in 1772.

Today in history, British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812 in 1807.

Today in history, German bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich (see picture below) announces a definitive cure for syphilis in 1910.

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Today in history, King George V (see picture below) of England is crowned in 1911.

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Today in history, Joe Louis (see picture below) floors Max Schmeling in the first round of the heavyweight bout at Yankee Stadium in 1938.

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Today in historyPresident Richard Nixon signs the 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18 in 1970.

Today in historySkylab astronauts splash down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space in 1973.

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Today in history, Ferdinand Magellan (see picture below) discovers Guam in 1521.

Today in history, The Missouri Compromise is enacted by Congress and signed by President James Monroe, providing for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibiting slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory in 1820.

Today in history, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La traviata (see picture below) premieres in Venice in 1853.

Today in history, Over 100 suffragists, led by Susan B. Anthony, present President Chester A. Arthur with a demand that he voice support for female suffrage in 1884.

Today in history, Aspirin is patented following Felix Hoffman’s discoveries about the properties of acetylsalicylic acid in 1899.

Today in history, The Swiss grant women the right to vote in municipal elections in 1960.

Today in history, The United States announces that it will send 3,500 troops to Vietnam in 1965.

Today in history, President Richard Nixon imposes price controls on oil and gas in 1973.

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Today in history, Michael Romanov (see picture below), a son of the Patriarch of Moscow, is elected Russian Tsar in 1631.


Today in history, The British blockade of Toulon is broken by 27 French and Spanish warships attacking 29 British ships in 1744.

Today in history, The world’s first telephone book is issued by the New Haven Connecticut Telephone Company containing the names of its 50 subscribers in 1878.

Today in history, The Washington Monument is dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1885.

Today in history,  The Mukden campaign of the Russo-Japanese War, begins in 1905.

Today in history, The U. S. Eighth Army launches Operation Killer, a counterattack to push Chinese forces north of the Han River in Korea in 1951.

Today in historyRichard Nixon (see picture below) arrives in Beijing, China, becoming the first U.S. president to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the United States in 1972.


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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.