Today in history 2/27/2020


Today in history, Theodosius effectively founds a university (see picture below) in Constantinople in 425.


Today in history, German Protestants form the League of Schmalkalden to resist the power of the emperor in 1531.

Today in history, The first Mardi-Gras celebration is held in New Orleans in 1827.

Today in history, The Japanese push the Russians back in Manchuria and cross the Sha River in 1905.

Today in history, The forty-sixth star is added to the U.S. flag, signifying Oklahoma’s admission to statehood in 1908.

Today in history, Glacier Bay National Monument is dedicated in Alaska in 1925.

Today in history, The Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes in 1939.

Today in history, The U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Virginia pool club can’t bar customers because of color in 1973.

Today in history, Debi Thomas (see picture below) becomes the first African-American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics in 1988.


Today in history, Coalition forces liberate Kuwait after seven months of occupation by the Iraqi army in 1991.

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Today in history, Russian Grand Duke Alexis goes on a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer in 1872.

Today in history, The British-Zulu War begins. British troops — under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus — invade Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal in 1879.

Today in history, A wireless message is sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1908.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915.

Today in history, Oliver Wendell Holmes retires from the Supreme Court at age 90 in 1932.

Today in history, Soviet forces raise the siege of Leningrad in 1943.

Today in history, The Viet Minh cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Binh, Vietnam in 1952.

Today in history, The U.S. Congress gives the green light to military action against Iraq in the Persian Gulf Crisis in 1991.

Today in history, Nineteen European nations agree to prohibit human cloning in 1998.

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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, 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 (see picture below) becomes the first African-American policeman in New York City in 1911.

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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.

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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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