Today in history 6/26/2017


Today in history, Peter the Hermit‘s crusaders force their way across Sava, Hungary in 1096.

Today in history, The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor is wiped out by the Mongols in 1243.

Today in history, The Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles in 1804.

Today in history, General Robert E. Lee attacks George McClellan‘s line at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days’ campaign in 1862.

Today in history, The United States announces it will send troops to fight against the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900.

Today in historyGeneral Pershing (see picture below) arrives in France with the American Expeditionary Force in 1917.

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Today in history, The Germans begin firing their huge 420 mm howitzer, “Big Bertha” (see picture below), at Paris in 1918.

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Today in history, The Soviet Union proposes a cease-fire in the Korean War in 1951.

Today in historyPresident John Kennedy announces “Ich bin ein Berliner” at the Berlin Wall in 1963.

Today in history 6/25/2017


Today in history, Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeat Lothar at Fontenay in 841.

Today in history, Aurangzeb proclaims himself emperor of the Moghuls in India in 1658.

Today in history, Gustave Flaubert (see picture below) goes on trial for public immorality regarding his novel, Madame Bovary in 1857.

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Today in history, The U.S. Congress enacts legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the federal government in 1868.

Today in historyGeneral George A. Custer and over 260 men of the Seventh Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Bighorn in Montana in 1876.

Today in historyMarie Curie (see picture below) announces her discovery of radium in 1903.

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Today in history, Samuel Gompers is elected head of the American Federation of Labor for the 40th time in 1921.

Today in history, North Korea invades South Korea, beginning the Korean War in 1950

Today in history 6/24/2017


Today in history, Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal destroy a Roman army under consul Gaius Flaminius in a battle at Lake Trasimene in central Italy in 217 BC.

Today in history, Scottish forces, led by Robert the Bruce, win an overwhelming victory against English King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Today in history, Explorer John Cabot lands in North America in present-day Canada in 1497.

Today in historyMargaret Brent, (see picture below) demands a voice and a vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly in 1647.

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Today in historyBooker T. Washington (see picture below) becomes the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Harvard University in 1896.

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Today in history, The Soviet Union begins the Berlin Blockade, America responds with the Berlin Airlift in 1948.

Today in history, The Federal Trade Commission announces that, starting in 1965, cigarette makers must include warning labels about the harmful effects of smoking in 1964.

Today in history 6/23/2017


Today in history, William Penn(see picture below) signs a friendship treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania in 1683.

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Today in history, Austrian forces defeat the Prussians at Landshut, Germany in 1760.

Today in historyConfederate forces overwhelm a Union garrison at the Battle of Brashear City in Louisiana in 1863.

Today in history, Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy renew the Triple Alliance for a 12-year duration in 1902.

Today in history, In one of the largest air strikes of the war, the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force sends 761 bombers against the oil refineries at Ploiesti, Romania in 1944.

Today in history, Soviet U.N. delegate Jacob Malik (see picture below) proposes cease-fire discussions in the Korean War in 1951.

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Today in history 6/22/2017


Today in history, Richard II, who is still a child, begins his reign, following the death of his grandfather, Edward III. His coronation takes place July 16 in 1377.

Today in history, Slavery is outlawed in England in 1772.

Today in history, British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812 in 1807.

Today in history, German bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich (see picture below) announces a definitive cure for syphilis in 1910.

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Today in history, King George V (see picture below) of England is crowned in 1911.

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Today in history, Joe Louis (see picture below) floors Max Schmeling in the first round of the heavyweight bout at Yankee Stadium in 1938.

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Today in historyPresident Richard Nixon signs the 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18 in 1970.

Today in historySkylab astronauts splash down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space in 1973.