Today in history 2/6/2020

Today in history, Huguenot rebels and the French sign the Peace of La Rochelle in 1626.

Today in history, France recognizes the United States and signs a treaty of aid in Paris in 1778.

Today in history, Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the Constitution in 1788.

Today in history, The Battle of Fort Henry, Tenn., begins the Mississippi Valley campaign in 1862.

Today in history, The Dalton Gang commits its first crime, a train robbery in Alila, Calif. in 1891.

Today in history, The Spanish-American War ends in 1899.

Today in history, The Washington Disarmament Conference comes to an end with signature of final treaty forbidding fortification of the Aleutian Islands for 14 years in 1922.

Today in history, Adolf Hitler‘s Third Reich begins press censorship in 1933.

Today in history, The RAF clears the way as British take Benghazi, trapping thousands of Italians in 1941.

Today in history, MacArthur reports the fall of Manila, and the liberation of 5,000 prisoners in 1945.

Today in history, Queen Elizabeth marks her Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Today in history, Civil rights workers begin a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama in 1982.

Today in history 2/5/2020

Today in history, Henry II of France and Philip of Spain sign the truce of Vaucelles in 1556.

Today in history, A ship from Bristol, the Lyon, arrives with provisions for the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1631.

Today in history, Martinique, a major French base in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, surrenders to the British in 1762.

Today in history, Sweden recognizes U.S. independence in 1783.

Today in history, The first Pacific Coast newspaper, Oregon Spectator, is published in 1846.

Today in history, The three-day Battle of Hatcher’s Run, Va., begins in 1865.

Today in history, The United States and Great Britain sign the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, giving the United States the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not to fortify it in 1900.

Today in history, The Soviets proclaim separation of church and state in 1918.

Today in history, The Reader’s Digest begins publication in New York in 1922.

Today in history, William Larned’s steel-framed tennis racquet gets its first test in 1922.

Today in history, The Soviets launch Sputnik V, the heaviest satellite to date at 7.1 tons in 1961.

Today in history, Two Apollo 14 astronauts walk on the moon in 1971.

Today in history 2/3/2020


Today in history, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa hurtles prisoners, including children, at the Italian city of Crema, forcing its surrender in 1160.

Today in history, The Mongols take over Vladimir, Russia in 1238.

Today in history, The first paper money in America is issued in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1690.

Today in history, Spain recognizes United States’ independence in 1783.

Today in history, New U.S. football rules are set: field shortened to 100 yds.; touchdown counts six points instead of five; four downs are allowed instead of three; and the kickoff is moved from midfield to the 40 yd. line in 1912.

Today in history, A German submarine sinks the U.S. liner Housatonic off coast of Sicily. The United States severs diplomatic relations with Germany in 1917.

Today in history, The Allies demand that 890 German military leaders stand trial for war crimes in 1920.

Today in history, President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission to regulate the airwaves in 1927.

Today in history, The United States shells the Japanese homeland for the first time at Kurile Islands in 1944.

Today in history, The month-long Battle of Manila begins in 1945.

Today in history, Millions greet Queen Elizabeth in Sydney on her first royal trip to Australia in 1954.

Today in history, Soviet Luna 9 achieves soft landing on the moon in 1966.

Today in history 1/27/2020

Today in history, Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul on the death of Amhed II in 1695.

Today in history, Congress approves Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears” in 1825.

Today in history, President Abraham Lincoln issues General War Order No. 1, setting in motion the Union armies in 1862.

Today in history,  Foreign diplomats in Peking fear revolt and demand that the Imperial Government discipline the Boxer Rebels in 1900.

Today in history, Russian General Kuropatkin takes the offensive in Manchuria. The Japanese under General Oyama suffer heavy casualties in 1905.

Today in history, Communists attempt to seize power in Finland in 1918.

Today in history, Lenin’s body is laid in a marble tomb on Red Square near the Kremlin in 1924.

Today in history, The United States and Great Britain begin high-level military talks in Washington in 1941.

Today in history, NASA selects 110 candidates for the first U.S. space flight in 1959.

Today in history, A cease fire in Vietnam is called as the Paris peace accords are signed by the United States and North Vietnam in 1973.

Today in history, Pope John Paul II says mass to one million in Venezuela in 1985.

Today in history 8/18/2017


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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