Today in history 7/7/2020


Today in history, A Spanish force invading Georgia runs headlong into the colony’s British defenders. The battle decides the fate of a colony in 1742.

Today in history, Thomas Paine (see picture below) defends the principal of universal suffrage at the Constitutional Convention in Paris in 1795.

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Today in history, After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, the victorious Allies march into Paris in 1815.

Today in history, Japan opens its ports to trade with the West after trade with the West in 1853.

Today in history, Christopher Stone (see picture below) becomes the first British ‘disc jockey’ when he plays records for the BBC in 1927.

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Today in history, The U.S. Marine Corps launches Operation Hasting to drive the North Vietnamese Army back across the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam in 1966.

Today in historySandra Day O’Connor (see picture below) becomes the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court in 1981.

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Today in history 6/28/2020


Today in history, The French colony of Guadeloupe is established in the Caribbean in 1635.

Today in history, Russians defeat the Swedes and Cossacks at the Battle of Poltava in 1709.

Today in history, Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays McCauley (see picture below), wife of an American artilleryman, carries water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth in 1778.

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Today in history, Congress declares Labor Day a legal holiday in 1884.

Today in history, Samuel J. Battle becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City in 1911.

Today in history, German troops launch an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad in 1942.

Today in historyGeneral Douglas MacArthur (see picture below) arrives in South Korea as Seoul falls to the North in 1950.

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Today in history, The Supreme Court overturns the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali in 1971.

Today in history, The first women enter the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1976.

Today in history 6/14/2020


Today in history, The Peasants’ Revolt, led by Wat Tyler, climaxes when rebels plunder and burn the Tower of London and kill the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1381.

Today in history, Massachusetts passes the first compulsory education law in the colonies in 1642.

Today in history, The U.S. Army is founded when the Continental Congress authorizes the muster of troops in 1775.

Today in history, Captain William Bligh (see picture below) of the HMS Bounty arrives in Timor in a small boat. He had been forced to leave his ship when his crew mutinied in 1789.

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Today in history, The city of Philadelphia observes the first Flag Day in 1893.

Today in history, Women in Norway win the right to vote in 1907.

Today in history, President Warren G. Harding (see picture below) becomes the first president to speak on the radio in 1922.

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Today in history, The Supreme Court rules that requiring students to salute the American flag is unconstitutional in 1942.

Today in history, Congressman William Gray (see picture below), an African American, is elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives in 1989.

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Today in history 6/12/2020


Today in history, Alfonso V of Aragon is crowned King of Naples in 1442.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte and his army invade Russia in 1812.

Today in history, The gas mask is patented by Lewis P. Haslett in 1849.

Today in history, The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurs in France in 1918.

Today in history, Gangster Al Capone (see picture below) and 68 of his henchmen are indicted for violating Prohibition laws in 1931. Image result for al capone

Today in history, Eight of Stalin’s generals are sentenced to death during purges in the Soviet Union in 1937.

Today in history, The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban interracial marriages in 1967.

Today in history 6/8/2020


Today in history, Attila the Hun (see picture below) invades Italy in 452.

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Today in history, The Vikings raid the Northumbrian coast of England in 793.

Today in history, The Army of the Potomac defeats Confederate forces at Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia in 1862.

Today in history, U.S. Marines land in Tangiers, Morocco, to protect U.S. citizens in 1904.

Today in history, King Edward VII of England visits Czar Nicholas II of Russia (see picture below) in an effort to improve relations between the two countries in 1908.

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Today in history, The Supreme Court forbids segregated lunch counters in Washington, D.C. in 1953.

Today in history, President Lyndon Johnson (see picture below) authorizes commanders in Vietnam to commit U.S. ground forces to combat in 1965.

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