Today in history 6/16/2017


Today in historyRome is sacked by the Vandal army in 455.

Today in historyNapoleon defeats the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny in 1815.

Today in history, The Russian czar dissolves the Duma in St. Petersburg in 1907.

Today in history, The first Father’s Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington in 1910.

Today in history, President Franklin Roosevelt‘s New Deal legislation is passed by the House of Representatives in 1935.

Today in historyAnne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (see picture below) is published in the United States in 1952.

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Today in history, Ballet star Rudolf Nureyev (see picture below) defects from the Soviet Union while in Paris in 1961.

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Today in history, Leonid Brezhnev is named president of the Soviet Union in 1977.


Today in history 1/22/2017



Today in history, England’s “Bloodless Revolution” reaches its climax when parliament invites William and Mary (see picture below) to become joint sovereigns in 1689.


Today in history, President Thomas Jefferson exposes a plot by Aaron Burr to form a new republic in the Southwest in 1807.

Today in history, During the War of 1812, British forces under Henry Proctor defeat a U.S. contingent planning an attack on Fort Detroit in 1813.

Today in history, In an attempt to out flank Robert E. Lee‘s Army of Northern Virginia, General Ambrose Burnside (see picture below) leads his army on a march to north Fredericksburg, but foul weather bogs his army down in what will become known as the “Mud March in 1863.”


Today in history, Russian troops fire on civilians beginning Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg in 1905.

Today in history, U.S. troops under Major General John P. Lucas (see picture below) make an amphibious landing behind German lines at Anzio, Italy, just south of Rome in 1944.


Today in history, President Ronald Reagan formally links progress in arms control to Soviet repression in Poland in 1982.