Today in history 6/14/2017


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 6/12/2017


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 6/8/2017



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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Today in history 5/31/2017


Today in history, Sigismund is crowned emperor of Rome in 1433.

Today in history, The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva’s legendary ride while naked (see picture below), becomes part of the Coventry Fair in 1678.

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Today in history, At the Battle of Fair Oaks, Union General George B. McClellan defeats Confederates outside of Richmond in 1862.

Today in history, New York’s Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time in 1879.

Today in history, Johnstown, Pennsylvania is destroyed by a massive flood in 1889.

Today in history, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference in 1909.

Today in history, The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified in 1913.

Today in history, The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed” in 1955.

Today in history, John Lennon and Yoko Ono (see picture below) record “Give Peace a Chance” in 1969.

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Today in history, President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years in 1988.

Today in history 3/1/2017



Today in history, York, Maine becomes the first incorporated American city in 1642.

Today in history, Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are arrested for the supposed practice of witchcraft in Salem, Mass in 1692.

Today in history, Pennsylvania becomes the first U.S. state to abolish slavery in 1780.

Today in history, Congress passes the Civil Rights Act in 1875, which is invalidated by the Supreme Court in 1883.

Today in history, 1,000 Black students pray and sing the national anthem on the steps of the old Confederate Capitol in Montgomery, AL in 1960.

Today in history, Mickey Mantle (see picture below) announces his retirement from baseball in 1969.


Today in history, The Pentagon accepts the theory that an atomic war would block the sun, causing a “nuclear winter” in 1985.