Today in history 9/14/2017


Today in history, Dante Alighieri dies of malaria just hours after finishing writing Paradiso in 1321.

Today in history, Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov successfully storm a Turkish fort at Hirsov, Turkey in 1773.

Today in historyFrancis Scott Key (see picture below) writes the words to the “Star Spangled Banner” as he waits aboard a British launch in Chesapeake Bay for the outcome of the British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 in 1814.

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Today in history, At the battles of South Mountain and Crampton’s Gap, Maryland Union troopssmash into the Confederates as they close in on what will become the Antietam battleground in 1862.

Today in history, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia form OPEC in 1960.

Today in history, Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton (see picture below) becomes the first native-born American saint in the Roman Catholic Church in 1975.

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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.

Today in history 6/18/2017


Today in history, German-born Frederick I, Barbarossa, is crowned emperor of Rome in 1155.

Today in history, The Dutch fleet sails up the Thames River and threatens London in 1667.

Today in history, British troops evacuate Philadelphia in 1778.

Today in history, The War of 1812 begins when the United States declares war against Great Britain in 1812.

Today in history, At the Battle of Waterloo (see picture below), Napoleon Bonaparte is defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington in 1815.

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Today in history, Allied forces on the Western Front begin their largest counterattack yet against the German army in 1918.

Today in historyAmelia Earhart (see picture below) becomes the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane in 1928.

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Today in history, Sally Ride (see picture below) becomes the first American woman in space in 1983.

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