Today in history 7/9/2017


Today in history, Hadrian, Rome’s new emperor, makes his entry into the city in 118.

Today in history, Avitus (see picture below), the Roman military commander in Gaul, becomes Emperor of the West in 455.

Image result for avitus emperor

Today in history, Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of worship in 1609.

Today in history, The Swedish navy captures one third of the Russian fleet at the Battle of Svensksund in the Baltic Sea in 1790.

Today in history, The Commonwealth of Australia is established by an act of British Parliament, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government in 1900.

Today in historyAnne Frank (see picture below) and her family go into hiding in the attic above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse in 1942.

Image result for Anne Frank

Today in history, The United States turns over complete responsibility of the Demilitarized Zone to South Vietnamese units in 1971.

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.

Image result for  Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl

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

Image result for Rudolf Nureyev

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

Today in history 5/31/2017


Today in history, Sigismund is crowned emperor of Rome in 1433.

Today in history, The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva’s legendary ride while naked (see picture below), becomes part of the Coventry Fair in 1678.

Image result for lady godiva

Today in history, At the Battle of Fair Oaks, Union General George B. McClellan defeats Confederates outside of Richmond in 1862.

Today in history, New York’s Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time in 1879.

Today in history, Johnstown, Pennsylvania is destroyed by a massive flood in 1889.

Today in history, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference in 1909.

Today in history, The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified in 1913.

Today in history, The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed” in 1955.

Today in history, John Lennon and Yoko Ono (see picture below) record “Give Peace a Chance” in 1969.

Image result for john lennon and yoko ono give peace a chance

Today in history, President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years in 1988.

Today in history 5/26/2017


Today in history, Germanicus of Rome celebrates his victory over the Germans in 17.

Today in history, William of Ockham is forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII in 1328.

Today in history, Charles II and Louis XIV sign a secret treaty in Dover, England, ending hostilities between England and France in 1670.

Today in history, The Russians defeat the Poles at the Battle of Ostroleka in 1831.

Today in history, The territory of Montana is organized in 1864.

Today in history, The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II (see picture below), is crowned in 1896.

Image result for Nicholas II

Today in history, The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk (see picture below) begins in 1940.

Image result for Dunkirk

Today in history, A patent is filed in the United States for the H-bomb in 1946.

Today in history, The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta in 1961.

Today in history, The movie Star Wars (see picture below) debuts in 1977.

Image result for star wars debut

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.

Image result for cola di rienzo

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

Image result for John Sobieski

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.

Image result for Levi Strauss

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

Image result for Amelia Earhart

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.

Image result for The Battle of Hamburger Hill