Today in history 6/15/2017


Today in history, King John signs the Magna Carta in 1215.

Today in history, The English peasant revolt is crushed in London in 1381.

Today in history, Ottoman Turks crush Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.

Today in history, Colonists in North America complete James Fort in Jamestown in 1607.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin (see picture below) and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm in 1752.

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Today in history, Arkansas is admitted into the Union as the 25th state in 1836.

Today in history, Henry O. Flipper (see picture below) becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1877.

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Today in historyPresident Woodrow Wilson (see picture below) signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America in 1916.

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Today in history 4/2/2017



Today in history, The United States authorizes the minting of the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins as well as the silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime in 1792.

Today in history, The British navy defeats the Danish at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801.

Today in history, Karl Harris perfects the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber in 1910.

Today in history, The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announces plans to divide the country into 12 districts in 1914.

Today in history, President Woodrow Wilson presents a declaration of war against Germany to Congress in 1917.

Today in history, Jeannette Pickering Rankin (see picture below) is sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1917.

Today in history, Virne “Jackie” Mitchell (see picture below) becomes the first woman to play for an all-male pro baseball team. In an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, she strikes out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1931.

Today in history, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King (see picture below) begins the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

Today in history, Argentina invades the British-owned Falkland Islands in 1982.

Today in history 2/20/2017



Today in history, Pope Julius II dies. He will lie in rest in a huge tomb sculpted by Michelangelo in 1513.

Today in history, The U.S. Postal Service is created in 1792.

Today in history, The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the power of the federal government is greater than any individual state in the Union in 1809.

Today in history, Polish revolutionaries defeat the Russians in the Battle of Grochow in 1831.

Today in history, President Woodrow Wilson opens the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal in 1915.

Today in history, Lt. Edward O’Hare (see picture below) downs five out of nine Japanese bombers that are attacking the carrier Lexington in 1942.


Today in history, The Ford Foundation gives a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of Education in 1954.

Today in history, The FCC applies the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates in 1959.

Today in historyMercury astronaut John Glenn (see picture below) becomes the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.


Today in history, Ranger 8 (see picture below) hits the moon and sends back 7,000 photos to the United States in 1965.


Today in history 1/27/2017



Today in history, Mustafa II (see picture below) becomes the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul on the death of Ahmed II in 1695.


Today in historyPresident Abraham Lincoln issues General War Order No. 1, setting in motion the Union armies in 1862.

Today in history, President Woodrow Wilson (see picture below) opens the preparedness program in 1916.


Today in history, Communists attempt to seize power in Finland in 1918.

Today in history, Lenin’s body is laid in a marble tomb on Red Square near the Kremlin in 1924.

Today in history,  NASA selects 110 candidates for the first U.S. space flight 1959.

Today in history, A cease fire in Vietnam is called as the Paris peace accords are signed by the United States and North Vietnam.

Today in history, Pope John Paul II (see picture below) says mass to one million in Venezuela in 1985.