Today in history 6/2/2020


Today in history, Pope Paul III bans the enslavement of Indians in the New World in 1537.

Today in history, The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, is reenacted in 1774.

Today in history, Maximilien Robespierre (see picture below), a member of France’s Committee on Public Safety, initiates the “Reign of Terror” in 1793.

Image result for Maximilien Robespierre Today in history, The first baseball game under electric lights is played in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1883.

Today in history, The United States grants full citizenship to American Indians in 1924.

Today in history, Jamaican-born track star Herb McKenley (see picture below) sets a new world record for the 400 yard dash in 1948.

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Today in history, Elizabeth II (see picture below) is crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey in 1953.

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Today in history 6/1/2020


Today in history, The British government orders the port of Boston closed in 1774.

Today in history, The first U.S. congressional act on administering oaths becomes law in 1789.

Today in history, American navy captain James Lawrence (see picture below), mortally wounded in a naval engagement with the British, exhorts to the crew of his vessel, the Chesapeake, “Don’t give up the ship!” in 1812.

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Today in history, The National Defense Act increases the strength of the U.S. National Guard by 450,000 men in 1916.

Today in history, The Douglas DC-4 (see picture below) makes its first passenger flight from Chicago to New York in 1939.

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Today in history, The U.S. reports finding wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow in 1978.

Today in history 5/31/2020


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 5/30/2020


Today in history, The University of Marburg is founded in Germany in 1527.

Today in history, Hernando de Soto (see picture below) lands in Florida with 600 soldiers in search of gold in 1539.

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Today in history, The first American daily newspaper, The Pennsylvania Evening Post, begins publishing in Philadelphia in 1783.

Today in history, William Young patents the ice cream freezer (see picture below)  in 1848.

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Today in history, Memorial Day begins when two women place flowers on both Confederate and Union graves in 1868.

Today in history, The First Balkan War ends in 1913.

Today in history, The U.S. Navy transfers the Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of the Interior in 1921.

Today in history, NASA launches Mariner 9 (see picture below), the first satellite to orbit Mars in 1971.

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Today in history 5/29/2020


Today in history, Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire in 1463.

Today in history, Charles II is restored to the English throne, succeeding the short-lived Commonwealth in 1660.

Today in history, Rhode Island becomes the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution in 1790.

Today in history, Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state in 1848.

Today in history, A patent for lifting vessels is granted to Abraham Lincoln in 1849

Today in history, The Indianapolis 500 is run for the first time in 1911.

Today in history, The U.S. Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws in 1922.

Today in history, C. F. Blair (see picture below) becomes the first man to fly over the North Pole in single-engine plane in 1951.


Today in history, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay (see picture below) become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest in 1953.

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