Today in history 6/3/2017


Today in history, Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seize Antioch, Turkey in 1098.

Today in history, Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain in 1539.

Today in history, The classic baseball poem “Casey at the Bat,” written by Ernest L. Thayer (see picture below), is published in the San Francisco Examiner in 1888.

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Today in history, The Finnish Parliament ratifies a treaty with Germany in 1918.

Today in history, The German Luftwaffe hits Paris with 1,100 bombs in 1940.

Today in history, Astronaut Edward White (see picture below) becomes the first American to walk in space when he exits the Gemini 4 space capsule in 1965.

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Today in history, The Chinese government begins its crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square (see picture below). Hundreds are killed and thousands are arrested in 1989.

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Today in history 5/25/2017


Today in history, Thales of Greece makes the first known prediction of a solar eclipse in 585 BC.

Today in history, Alfonso VI takes Toledo, Spain from the Muslims in 1085.

Today in history, The Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia with George Washington presiding in 1787.

Today in history, Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain in 1810.

Today in history, The British House of Commons passes Irish Home Rule in 1914.

Today in historyJohn Scopes (see picture below) is indicted for teaching Darwinian theory in school in 1925.

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Today in historyJesse Owens (see picture below) sets six world records in less than an hour in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1935.

Today in history, The first atomic cannon is fired in Nevada in 1953.

Today in history 5/15/2017


Today in history, Abd-al-Rahman is proclaimed emir of Cordoba, Spain in 756.

Today in history, King John submits to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III lifts the interdict of 1208 in 1213.

Today in history, English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold discovers Cape Cod in 1602.

Today in history, Johannes Kepler (see picture below) discovers his harmonics law in 1618.

Today in historyNapoleon enters the Lombardian capital of Milan in triumph in 1795.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress designates the slave trade a form of piracy in 1820.

Today in history, At the Battle of New Market, Virginia Military Institute cadets repel a Union attack in 1864.

Today in history, Pfc. Henry Johnson and Pfc. Needham Roberts (see picture below) receive the Croix de Guerre for their services in World War I. They are the first Americans to win France’s highest military medal in 1918.

Today in history, Ellen Church (see picture below) becomes the first airline stewardess in 1930.

Today in historySputnik III is launched by the Soviet Union in 1958.

Today in history, The last Project Mercury space flight, carrying Gordon Cooper, is launched in 1963.

Today in history 5/9/2017


Today in history, Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final trip to the New World in 1502.

Today in history, The first newspaper cartoon in America appears in 1754.

Today in history, Union General John Sedgwick is shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania. His last words are: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist–“ in 1864.

Today in history, German and French forces fight the Battle of Artois (see picture below) in 1915.

Today in history, Explorers Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole (see picture below) in 1926.

Today in history, The Royal Navy captures the German submarine U-110. Onboard is the latest Enigma machine (see picture below), which will help Allied cryptographers eventually break the German code in 1941.

Today in history, A laser beam is successfully bounced off the moon for the first time in 1962.

Today in history 4/24/2017


Today in history, St. Nicholas I begins his reign as Catholic Pope in 858.

Today in history, Envoys of Montezuma II attend the first Easter mass in Central America in 1519.

Today in history, Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle (see picture below) composes “La Marseillaise”. It will become France’s national anthem in 1792.

Today in history, The Library of Congress is established in Washington, D.C. with a $5,000 allocation in 1800.

Today in history, U.S. Marines attack and capture the town of Derna in Tripoli from the Barbary pirates in 1805.

Today in history, A patent is granted for the first soda fountain in 1833.

Today in historySpain declares war on United States, rejecting an ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba in 1898.

Today in history, Irish nationalists launch the Easter Uprising against British occupation in 1916.

Today in history, The Berlin airlift begins to relieve the surrounded city in 1948.

Today in historyWinston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (see picture below) in 1953.

Today in history, President John Kennedy accepts “sole responsibility” for the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in 1961.

Today in history, The IBM Personal Computer (see picture below) is introduced in 1981.