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