Today in history 5/24/2020

WordleCh1-50Today in history, Nicolaus Copernicus (see picture below) publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system. He dies just after publication in 1543.

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Today in history, Captain Christopher Newport (see picture below) and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia in 1607.

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Today in history, The Methodist Church is established in 1738.

Today in history, Samuel Morse (see picture below) taps out the first telegraph message in 1844.

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Today in history, The first American bicycle race is held in Boston in 1878.

Today in history, Amy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia in 1930.

Today in history, Willie Mays begins playing for the New York Giants in 1951.

Today in history 5/23/2020


Today in history, The Thirty Years War begins in 1618.

Today in history, Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames in 1701.

Today in historyBenjamin Franklin (see picture below) announces his invention of bifocals in 1785.

Today in history, South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788.

Today in history, Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson (see picture below) takes Front Royal, Virginia in 1862.

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Today in history, Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney (see picture below) becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1900.

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Today in history, Gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow (see picture below) are killed by Texas Rangers in 1934.

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Today in history, Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960.

Today in history 5/19/2020


Today in history, French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail for North America in 1535.

Today in history, The Spanish Armada sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal in 1588.

Today in history, Cardinal Richelieu (see picture below) of France intervenes in the great conflict in Europe by declaring war on the Hapsburgs in Spain in 1635.

Today in history, Near total darkness descends on New England at noon. No explanation is found in 1780.

Today in history, Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ends the Mexican-American War. Under the treaty Mexico agrees to cede California, most of Arizona and New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado, with the Rio Grande River becoming the boundary of Texas. In return the United States agrees to pay Mexico $15 million in 1848.

Today in history, Senator Charles Sumner (see picture below) speaks out against slavery in 1856.

Today in history, The Union and Confederate armies launch their last attacks against each other at Spotsylvania, Virginia in 1864.

Today in history, The National Football League adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936.

Today in history, U.S. diplomats find at least 40 microphones planted in the American embassy in Moscow in 1964.

Today in strangeness for 5/10/2020-5/16/2020

Here’s this week’s today in strangeness. Hope you enjoy!

May 10th/11th:

Today in strangeness, In Salem, Massachusetts ten children identify the “witches” in their community who afflicted them: Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and an old Native American woman named Tituba. Warrants are obtained and they are arrested on February 28, 1692.

Ghosts Caught on Film:

May 12th:

Today in strangeness, On this day in 1922, a large meteor struck Earth near Blackstone, Virginia. On May 12, 1967, Pink Floyd debuted its custom-made quadraphonic speaker system, amazing concert-goers with surround sound.

Indian City Enlists ‘Ghosts’ to Enforce Coronavirus Lockdown:

May 13th:

Today in strangeness, On this date, The Great Comet of 1861 was discovered by John Tebbutt of New South Wales, Australia. It was visible to the naked eye for approximately three months. On May 13, 1917, three shepherd children first reported seeing an apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal. The date is celebrated as a holiday.

Saturn’s Strange Hexagon Composed of ‘Sandwich’ Layers:

May 14th:

Today in strangeness, On this date in 1849, a black rain fell in Ireland upon an area of 400 square miles. It was the color of ink and “of a fetid odor & disagreeable taste,” according to the Annals of Scientific Discovery. On May 14, 1881, Harper’s Weekly featured a cartoon bemoaning the high price of gas.

Tales of an Exorcist:

May 15th:

Today in strangeness, May 15, 1527 was the date Anabaptist Hans Huth predicted the final day of judgment. When that didn’t happen, he postponed it to 1529. On today’s date in 1984, archeologists in Guatemala made a remarkable find – a painted Mayan tomb more than 1,500 years old that was untouched by looters. A runaway train rolled about 70 miles through Ohio with no one aboard before a rail employee jumped onto the locomotive and brought it to a stop on this day in 2001.

Are Quarantine Ghosts on the Rise?:

May 16th:

Today in strangeness, St. Brendan, the 6th century Irish priest, is celebrated today. He is chiefly renowned for his legendary journey by boat to the Isle of the Blessed, as part of his search for the Garden of Eden. Along the way, he’s said to have encountered fantastical creatures such as a sea monster.

Cryptids & Legends of Alaska:

Today in history 5/13/2020


Today in history, English colonists land near the James River in Virginia in 1607.

Today in history, The War of Bavarian Succession ends in 1779.

Today in history, The United States declares war on Mexico after fighting has already begun in 1846.

Today in history, The Battle of Resaca commences as Union General William T. Sherman (see picture below) fights towards Atlanta in 1864.

Today in history, Britain establishes the Royal Flying Corps, the forerunner of the Royal Air Force in 1912.

Today in history, Igor Sikorsky (see picture below) flies the first four-engine aircraft in 1913.

Today in history, Allied forces in Italy break through the German Gustav Line into the Liri Valley in 1944.

Today in history, Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt in 1981.