Today in history 1/26/2020

Today in history, The Treaty of Karlowitz ends the war between Austria and the Turks in 1699.

Today in history, Guilio Alberoni is ordered out of Spain after his abortive attempt to restore his country’s empire in 1720.

Today in history, A fleet of ships carrying convicts from England lands at Sydney Cove in Australia. The day is since known as Australia’s national day in 1788.

Today in history, President Lincoln names General Joseph Hooker to replace Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac in 1863.

Today in history, Pinkerton agents, hunting Jesse James, kill his 18-year-old half-brother and seriously injure his mother with a bomb in 1875.

Today in history, General “Chinese” Gordon is killed on the palace steps in Khartoum by Sudanese Mahdists in Africa in 1885.

Today in history, Petrograd is renamed Leningrad in 1924.

Today in history, The first OSS (Office of Strategic Services) agent parachutes behind Japanese lines in Burma in 1943.

Today in history, Eighty-four people are arrested in a segregation protest in Atlanta in 1964.

Today in history, Condoleezza Rice is appointed to the post of secretary of state. The post makes her the highest ranking African-American woman ever to serve in a U.S. presidential cabinet in 2005.

Today in history 1/20/2020

Today in history, Edward II of England is deposed by his eldest son, Edward III in 1327.

Today in history, The French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrives to winter in a Huron Indian village after being wounded in a battle with Iroquois in New France in 1616.

Today in history, Britain signs a peace agreement with France and Spain, who allied against it in the American War of Independence in 1783.

Today in history, Charles Lindbergh arrives in New York, setting a cross country flying record of 14.75 hours in 1930.

Today in history, Hitler meets with Mussolini and offers aid in Albania and Greece in 1941.

Today in history, Allied forces in Italy begin unsuccessful operations to cross the Rapido River and seize Cassino in 1944.

Today in history, The Allies sign a truce with the Hungarians in 1945.

Today in history, Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for his fourth term in 1945.

Today in history, British troops occupy Ismalia, Egypt in 1952.

Today in history, Ronald Reagan is sworn in as president at the same time 52 American hostages are released from their captors in Tehran, Iran in 1981.

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Today in history, Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec on his third voyage to North America in 1541.

Today in history, After 11 years of war, Spain grants Mexican independence as a constitutional monarchy in 1821.

Today in historyBooker T. Washington (see picture below) forms the National Negro Business League in Boston, Massachusetts in 1900.

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Today in history, Fanny Farmer (see picture below), among the first to emphasize the relationship of diet to health, opens her School of Cookery in Boston in 1902.

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Today in history, German forces begin an assault on the major Soviet industrial city of Stalingrad in 1942.

Today in history, Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth (see picture below) from the moon in 1966.

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Today in history, A 5.8 earthquake centered at Mineral, Virginia, damages the Washington Monument, forcing the landmark to close for repairs in 2011.

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Today in history, Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decides to back the French Revolution in 1789.

Today in history, Uruguay adopts a liberal constitution in 1830.

Today in historyUnion and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn’s Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run in 1861.

Today in history, Inventor Thomas Edison (see picture below) records the human voice for the first time in 1877.

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Today in history, General Francisco Franco (see picture below) of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

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Today in history, The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight in 1942.

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Today in history, Hungarians defeat the Ottomans at the Battle of Belgrade, in present-day Yugoslavia in 1456.

Today in history, France and Portugal sign the Treaty of Lyons, aligning themselves against Spain in 1536.

Today in history, The Bastille, a fortress in Paris used to hold political prisoners, is stormed by a mob in 1789.

Today in history, European Allies retake Tientsin, China, from the rebelling Boxers in 1900.

Today in history, Howard Hughes (see picture below) and crew set a new world record for an around-the-world flight in 1938.

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Today in history, The George Washington Carver National Monument (see picture below) in Joplin, Missouri becomes the first national park honoring an African American in 1951.

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