Today in history 8/8/2017


Today in history, Charles IX of France signs the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots in 1570.

Today in history, The invading armies of Spain, Austria and Bavaria are stopped at the village of St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France in 1636.

Today in history, Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard (see picture below) become the first men to climb Mont Blanc in France in 1786.

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Today in history, Thomas Edison (see picture below) patents the mimeograph in 1876.

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Today in history, The first household refrigerating machine is patented in 1899.

Today in history, England’s “Great Train Robbery;” 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen in 1963.

Today in historyPresident Richard Nixon (see picture below) resigns from the presidency as a result of the in 1974.

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Today in historyPioneer-Venus 2 (see picture below) is launched to probe the atmosphere of Venus in 1978.

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Today in history 7/18/2017


Today in history, Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decides to back the French Revolution in 1789.

Today in history, Uruguay adopts a liberal constitution in 1830.

Today in historyUnion and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn’s Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run in 1861.

Today in history, Inventor Thomas Edison (see picture below) records the human voice for the first time in 1877.

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Today in history, General Francisco Franco (see picture below) of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

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Today in history, The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight in 1942.

Today in history 4/14/2017



Today in history, The Earl of Warwick, who fought on both sides in the War of the Roses, is killed at the Battle of Barnet with the defeat of the Lancastrians in 1471.

Today in history, Bartolome Ferrelo returns to Spain after discovering a large bay in the New World (San Francisco) in 1543.

Today in history, The first abolitionist society in the United States is organized in Philadelphia in 1775.

Today in history, The first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary is published in 1828.

Today in history, The first Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1860.

Today in history, Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope is shown to the public for the first time in 1894.

Today in history, The passenger liner Titanic–deemed unsinkable–strikes an iceberg on her maiden voyage and begins to sink. The ship will go under the next day with a loss of 1,500 lives in 1912.

Today in history, American B-29 bombers damage the Imperial Palace during a firebombing raid over Tokyo in 1945.

Today in history, The Taft Memorial Bell Tower (see picture below) is dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1959.

Today in history, The first major league baseball game in Montreal, Canada is played in 1969.

Today in history, America’s first space shuttle, Columbia, returns to Earth in 1981.

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Today in history, Peter III of Russia is murdered and his wife, Catherine II (see picture below), takes the throne in 1762.

Today in history, Lt. Col. Oliver North and Rear Adm. John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress regarding the Iran-Contra scandal.

Today in history, Chinese communists attack the Nationalist army on the Yangtze River in 1946.



Today in historyUnion and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn’s Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run in 1861.

Today in history, Inventor Thomas Edison (see picture below) records the human voice for the first time in 1877.

Today in history, The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight in 1942.



Today in history, The Rosetta Stone (see picture below), a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, is found in Egypt in 1799.

Today in history, The first Women’s Rights Convention convenes in Seneca Falls, N.Y, organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848.



Today in history, The U.S. Army Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) begins its first training class at Fort Des Moines, Iowa in 1942.

Today in history, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (see picture below) become the first men to walk on the moon in 1969.



Today in history, In the first major battle of the Civil War, Confederate forces defeat the Union Army along Bull Run near Manassas Junction, Virginia. The battle becomes known as Manassas by the Confederates, while the Union calls it Bull Run in 1861.

Today in historyWild Bill Hickok kills gunman Dave Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, in what is regarded as the first formal quick-draw duel in 1865.

Today in history, The James Gang robs a train in Adair, Iowa in 1873.

Today in history, Mary Church Terrell (see picture below) founds the National Association of Colored Women in Washington, D.C in 1896.



Today in history, Thomas Jefferson (see picture below) becomes the first head of the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs in 1789.

Today in history, The first automobile race takes place between Paris and Rouen, France in 1894.



Today in history, The 14th Amendment is ratified, granting citizenship to African Americans in 1868.

Today in history, William Booth (see picture below) founds the Salvation Army in 1865.

Today in history, Two astronomers, Alan Hale in New Mexico and Thomas Bopp in Arizona, almost simultaneously discover a comet in 1995.

Today in history, William A. Burt patents his “typographer,” an early typewriter in 1829.