Today in history 8/2/2017

WordleCh1-508/2/2017:

Today in history, Caesar (see picture below) defeats Pharnaces at Zela in Syria and declares, “veni, vidi, vici,” (I came, I saw, I conquered) in 47 BC.

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Today in history, The treaty of Passau gives religious freedom to Protestants living in Germany in 1552.

Today in history, The Continental Congress, having decided unanimously to make the Declaration of Independence, affixes the signatures of the other delegates to the document in 1776.

Today in history, The first parachute jump from a balloon is made by Charles Guille in New York City in 1819.

Today in history, William A. Leidesdorff (see picture below) launches the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay in 1847.

Today in history, Lt. John F. Kennedy, towing an injured sailor, swims to a small island in the Solomon Islands. The night before, his boat, PT-109, had been split in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri in 1943.

Today in history, Iraqi forces invade neighboring Kuwait in 1990.

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Today in history 6/17/2017

WordleCh1-506/17/2017:

Today in history, Sir Francis Drake (see picture below) claims San Francisco Bay for England in 1579.

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Today in history, The British take Bunker Hill outside of Boston, after a costly battle in 1775.

Today in history, The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China in 1854.

Today in historyPresident Abraham Lincoln witnesses Dr. Thaddeus Lowe demonstrate the use of a hot-air balloon in 1861.

Today in history, U.S. Marines set sail from San Diego to protect American interests in Mexico in 1913.

Today in historyYank (see picture below) a weekly magazine for the U.S. armed services, begins publication in 1942.

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Today in history, Surgeon Richard Lawler (see picture below) performs the first kidney transplant operation in Chicago in 1950.

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Today in history, Five men are arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972.

Today in history, Millions of Americans watch former football player O.J. Simpson (see picture below)–facing murder charges–drive his Ford Bronco through Los Angeles, followed by police in 1994.

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