Today in history 7/22/2017


Today in history, King Edward I defeats the Scots under William Wallace at Falkirk in 1298.

Today in historyThomas Jefferson becomes the first head of the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs in 1798.

Today in history, The first volume of The War of the Rebellion: A compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, is published in 1881.

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

Today in history, American gangster John Dillinger (see picture below) is shot dead by FBI officers outside a Chicago cinema in 1934.

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Today in history, B-52 bombers hit the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Vietnam for the first time in 1966.

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Today in history, The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, is approved and signed by John Hancock–President of the Continental Congress–and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary. The state of New York abstains from signing in 1776.

Today in history, Two of America’s founding fathers–Thomas Jefferson and John Adams–die in 1826.

Today in history, The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, dies at the age of 73 in 1831.

Today in history, Henry David Thoreau (see picture below) begins his 26-month stay at Walden Pond in 1845.

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Today in historyWalt Whitman (see picture below) publishes the first edition of Leaves of Grass at his own expense in 1855.

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Today in history, The poem America the Beautiful is first published in 1895.

Today in history, Boxer Joe Louis (see picture below) wins his first professional fight in 1934.

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Today in history, The United States grants the Philippine Islands their independence in 1946.

Today in history, The 50-star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia in 1960.

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Today in history, The first legislation prohibiting gambling is enacted in Boston in 1630.

Today in history, Charles II gives large tracts of land from west of the Connecticut River to the east of Delaware Bay in North America to his brother James, the Duke of York in 1664.

Today in history, The Stamp Act is passed; the first direct British tax on the American colonists in 1765.

Today in history, British statesman Edmund Burke (see picture below) makes a speech in the House of Commons, urging the government to adopt a policy of reconciliation with America in 1775.

Today in historyThomas Jefferson becomes the first U.S. Secretary of State in 1790.

Today in history, Horace Greeley (see picture below) publishes The New-Yorker, a weekly literary and news magazine and the forerunner of Harold Ross’ more successful The New Yorker in 1834.

Today in history, Japan proclaims that it is determined to keep Russia from encroaching on Korea in 1901.

Today in history, The first color photograph is published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror in 1904.

Today in history, The first international airline service is inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels in 1919.

Today in history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine in 1933.

Today in history, The first U.S.-built rocket to leave the Earth’s atmosphere reaches a 50-mile height in 1946.

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Today in history, Frederick Barbarossa (see picture below) is chosen as emperor and unites the two factions, which emerged in Germany after the death of Henry V in 1152.


Today in history, Samuel Cole (see picture below) opens the first tavern in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634.


Today in history, The first Congress of the United States meets in New York and declares that the Constitution is in effect in 1789.

Today in history, Vermont is admitted as the 14th state. It is the first addition to the original 13 colonies in 1791.

Today in historyGeorge Washington is inaugurated as President for the second time in 1793.

Today in historyThomas Jefferson becomes the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C. in 1801.

Today in history, The Russian Imperial Ballet stages the first performance of “Swan Lake” in Moscow in 1877.

Today in history, Russian troops begin to retreat toward the Manchurian border as 100,000 Japanese advance in Korea in 1904.

Today in history, Doctor Fillatre of Paris, France successfully separates Siamese twins in 1914.

Today in history, Queen Elizabeth II knights Charlie Chaplin (see picture below) in 1975.


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Today in history, The British surrender the Illinois country to George Rogers Clark (see picture below) at Vincennes in 1779.


Today in history, American General Nathaniel Greene (see picture below) crosses the Dan River on his way to attack Cornwallis in 1781.


Today in history, President George Washington signs a bill creating the Bank of the United States in 1791.

Today in historyThomas Jefferson is nominated for president at the Democratic-Republican caucus in 1804.

Today in history, The Polish army halts the Russian advance into their country at the Battle of Grochow in 1831.

Today in history, J.M. Synge’s (see picture below) play Riders to the Sea opens in Dublin in 1904.


Today in history, Bell Labs introduces a new device to end the fluttering of the television image in 1928.

Today in historyU.S. troops retake the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, where they had been defeated five days before in 1943.

Today in history, Stalin is secretly disavowed by Khrushchev at a party congress for promoting the “cult of the individual” in 1956