Today in history 5/16/2020


Today in history, Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France in 1770.

Today in history, The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state in 1879.

Today in historyJoan of Arc (see picture below) is canonized in Rome in 1920.

Today in history, The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood in 1928.

Today in history, A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany in 1943.

Today in history, Chinese Communist Forces launch second phase of the Chinese Spring Offensive in the Korean War and gain up to 20 miles of territory in 1951.

Today in history, After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper (see picture below) returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury in 1963.

Today in history 4/16/2020


Today in history, Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope in 556.

Today in history, The Norman Robert Guiscard takes Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule in southern Italy in 1065.

Today in history, Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton in 1705.

Today in history, San Salvador is destroyed by an earthquake in 1854.

Today in historySlavery is abolished in the District of Columbia in 1862.

Today in history, Vladimir Lenin (see picture below) returns to Russia to start the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.

Today in history, Annie Oakley (see picture below) shoots 100 clay targets in a row, setting a woman’s record in 1922.

Today in history, The Island of Malta is awarded the George Cross in recognition for heroism under constant German air attack. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth in 1942.

Today in history, A lens which provides zoom effects is demonstrated in New York City in 1947.

Today in history, Two giants pandas arrive in the U.S. from China in 1972.

Today in history 3/31/2020


Today in history, Abigail Adams (see picture below) writes to husband John that women are “determined to foment a rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence fails to guarantee their rights in 1776.

Today in history, Russia and Turkey sign a treaty by which they promise to take no military action in the Crimea in 1779.

Today in history, The first monthly installment of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (see picture below) is published in London in 1836.

Today in history, The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opens on the Left Bank as part of the Exhibition of 1889.

Today in history, Daylight Savings Time goes into effect throughout the United States for the first time in 1918.

Today in history, President Lyndon Johnson signs the Consular Treaty, the first bi-lateral pact with the Soviet Union since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1967.

Today in history, President Jimmy Carter deregulates the banking industry in 1980.

Today in history 3/28/2020


Today in history, The Crimean War erupts as Britain and France declare war on Russia in 1854.

Today in history, The Salvation Army is officially organized in the United States in 1885.

Today in history, Automobile owners lobby Congress in support of a bill that calls for vehicle licensing and federal registration in 1908.

Today in history, The first seaplane takes off from water at Martiniques, France in 1910.

Today in history, The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) is founded, Great Britain’s first official service women in 1917.

Today in history, President Warren Harding names William Howard Taft (see picture below) as chief justice of the United States in 1921.

Today in history, Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara respectively in 1930.

Today in history, English novelist Virginia Woolf throws herself into the River Ouse near her home in Sussex. Her body will not be found until April 18 in 1941.

Today in history, The U.S. Air Force announces research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites in 1962.

Today in history, A major accident occurs at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979.

Today in history,  Jesse Owens (see picture below) receives the Congressional Gold Medal from President George Bush in 1990.

Today in history 3/22/2020


Today in history, The first legislation prohibiting gambling is enacted in Boston in 1630.

Today in history, Charles II gives large tracts of land from west of the Connecticut River to the east of Delaware Bay in North America to his brother James, the Duke of York in 1664.

Today in history, The Stamp Act is passed; the first direct British tax on the American colonists in 1765.

Today in history, British statesman Edmund Burke (see picture below) makes a speech in the House of Commons, urging the government to adopt a policy of reconciliation with America in 1775.

Today in historyThomas Jefferson becomes the first U.S. Secretary of State in 1790.

Today in history, Horace Greeley (see picture below) publishes The New-Yorker, a weekly literary and news magazine and the forerunner of Harold Ross’ more successful The New Yorker in 1834.

Today in history, Japan proclaims that it is determined to keep Russia from encroaching on Korea in 1901.

Today in history, The first color photograph is published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror in 1904.

Today in history, The first international airline service is inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels in 1919.

Today in history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine in 1933.

Today in history, The first U.S.-built rocket to leave the Earth’s atmosphere reaches a 50-mile height in 1946.