Today in history 8/18/2020


Today in history, In the Roanoke Island colony, Ellinor and Ananias Dare become parents of a baby girl whom they name Virginia, the first English child born in what would become the United States in 1587.

Today in history, John White, the leader of 117 colonists sent in 1587 to Roanoke Island (North Carolina) to establish a colony, returns from a trip to England to find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers is ever found in 1590.

Today in history, Poet and artist William Blake marries Catherine Sophia Boucher in 1782.

Today in history, Prussian forces defeat the French at the Battle of Gravelotte during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.

Today in history, Adolph Ochs (see picture below) takes over the New York Times, saying his aim is to give “the news, all the news, in concise and attractive form, in language that is permissible in good society, and give it early, if not earlier, than it can be learned through any other medium” in 1898.

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Today in history, Tennessee becomes the thirty-sixth state to ratify the nineteenth amendment granting women’s suffrage, completing the three-quarters necessary to put the amendment into effect in 1920.

Today in historyHank Aaron (see picture below) makes his 1,378th extra-base hit, surpassing Stan Musial’s record in 1973.

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Today in history 8/7/2020


Today in history, General George Washington authorizes the award of the Purple Heart for soldiers wounded in combat in 1782.

Today in history, Union troops capture part of Confederate General Jubal Early‘s army at Moorefield, West Virginia in 1864.

Today in history, Theophilus Van Kannel (see picture below) of Philadelphia receives a patent for the revolving door in 1888.

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Today in history, In Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the government can neither confiscate nor ban James Joyce’s novel Ulysses in 1934.

Today in history, The U.S. 1st Marine Division under General A. A. Vandegrift lands on the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon islands. This is the first American amphibious landing of the war in 1942.

Today in historyApollo 15 (see picture below) returns to Earth. The mission to the moon had marked the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle in 1971.

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Today in history, Japan defeats the United States to win the Olympic Gold in baseball in 1984.

Today in history, Operation Desert Shield begins as US troops deploy to Saudi Arabia to discourage Iraq’s Saddam Hussein from invading that country as he had Kuwait .

Today in history, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks Hank Aaron’s record with his 756th home run. Bonds’ accomplishments were clouded by allegations of illegal steroid use and lying to a grand jury in 2007.

Today in history 7/29/2020


Today in history, Bartholomew Gilbert is killed in Virginia by Indians, during a search for the missing Roanoke colonists in 1603.

Today in history, Liberals led by the Marquis de Lafayette (see picture below) seize Paris in opposition to the king’s restrictions on citizens’ rights in 1830.

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Today in history, Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States in 1858.

Today in history, U.S. Marines land at Port-au-Prince to protect American interests in Haiti in 1915.

Today in history, Prince Charles marries Lady Diana (see picture below) in 1981.

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Today in history, The Boston Red Sox hit 12 doubles in a game, setting a major league record in 1990.

Today in history, Astronomers announce the discovery of dwarf planet Eris, leading the International Astronomic Union to clarify the definition of a planet in 2005.

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Today in history, English Prime Minister Lord Grenville (see picture below) resigns and is replaced by Lord Rockingham in 1765.

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Today in history, Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji, ending their six-year war in 1774.

Today in history, The new French constitution is finalized in 1875.

Today in history, The United States detonates the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, N. M. in 1945.

Today in history, Apollo 11 (see picture below) blasts off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, heading for a landing on the moon in 1969.

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Today in history 7/11/2020


Today in history, Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor in Germany in 1346.

Today in history, Morocco agrees to stop attacking American ships in the Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000 in 1786.

Today in history, Alexander Hamilton is mortally wounded by Aaron Burr in a duel in 1804.

Today in history, In the RAF’s longest bombing raid of World War II, 44 British Lancaster bombers attack the Polish port of Danzig in 1942.

Today in history, Archaeologists unearth an army of 8,000 life-size clay figures created more than 2,000 years ago for the Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 1975.

Today in history, Full diplomatic relations are established between the United States and Vietnam in 1995.