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