Today in history 8/19/2017-8/20/2017



Today in history, Five women are hanged in Salem, Massachusetts after being convicted of the crime of witchcraft. Fourteen more people are executed that year and 150 others are imprisoned in 1692.

Today in history, The USS Constitution (see picture below) earns the nickname “Old Ironsides” during the battle off Nova Scotia that saw her defeat the HMS Guerriere in 1812.

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Today in history, Edith Sampson (see picture below) becomes the first African-American representative to the United Nations in 1950.

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Today in history, The first balloon flight to exceed 100,000 feet takes off from Crosby, Minnesota in 1957.


Today in history, John Milton (see picture below) publishes Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve in 1667.

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Today in history, Dublin’s Abbey Theatre is founded, an outgrowth of the Irish Literary Theatre founded in 1899 by William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory (see picture below) in 1904.

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Today in history, Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” in 1940.

Today in history, The USSR recovers 2 dogs, Belka and Strelka, the first animals to be launched into orbit and returned alive (Sputnik 5) in 1960.


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Today in history, Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands in 1503.

Today in history, Bacon’s Rebellion (see picture below) begins in the New World in 1676.

Today in history, To keep the troubled East India Company afloat, Parliament passes the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the American colonies in 1773.

Today in history, American troops capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte wins a brilliant victory against the Austrians at Lodi bridge in Italy in 1796.

Today in history, The Bengal Army in India revolts against the British in 1857.

Today in history, Victoria Woodhull (see picture below) becomes first the woman nominated for U.S. president in 1872.

Today in history, J. Edgar Hoover (see picture below) is appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1924.

Today in historyWinston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister in 1940.

Today in history, Nelson Mandela (see picture below) is sworn in as South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

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Today in history, St. Nicholas I begins his reign as Catholic Pope in 858.

Today in history, Envoys of Montezuma II attend the first Easter mass in Central America in 1519.

Today in history, Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle (see picture below) composes “La Marseillaise”. It will become France’s national anthem in 1792.

Today in history, The Library of Congress is established in Washington, D.C. with a $5,000 allocation in 1800.

Today in history, U.S. Marines attack and capture the town of Derna in Tripoli from the Barbary pirates in 1805.

Today in history, A patent is granted for the first soda fountain in 1833.

Today in historySpain declares war on United States, rejecting an ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba in 1898.

Today in history, Irish nationalists launch the Easter Uprising against British occupation in 1916.

Today in history, The Berlin airlift begins to relieve the surrounded city in 1948.

Today in historyWinston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (see picture below) in 1953.

Today in history, President John Kennedy accepts “sole responsibility” for the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in 1961.

Today in history, The IBM Personal Computer (see picture below) is introduced in 1981.

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Today in history, In the Balkans, the distinguished soldier Septimius Severus is proclaimed emperor by the army in Illyricum in 193.

Today in history, Constantine ends his reign as Catholic Pope in 715.

Today in history, In the Battle of Liegnitz, Mongol armies defeat Poles and Germans in 1241.

Today in history, The city states of Venice, Milan and Florence sign a peace agreement at Lodi, Italy in 1454.

Today in history, Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi River and all lands that touch it for France in 1682.

Today in history, Captain James Cook discovers Botany Bay on the Australian continent in 1770.

Today in history, Russo-Polish conflict ends with signing of the Riga Treaty in 1921.

Today in history, Comedian Bob Hope (see picture below) makes his first television appearance in 1950.

Today in historyWinston Churchill becomes the first honorary U.S. citizen in 1963.

Today in history,  The statue of Winston Churchill (see picture below) is dedicated at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1966.

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Today in history, Russian troops repel an invasion by Teutonic knights in 1242.

Today in historyPocahontas (see picture below) marries English colonist John Rolfe in 1614.

Today in historyGeorge Washington casts the first presidential veto in 1792.

Today in history, Queen Victoria proclaims Hong Kong a British crown colony in 1843.

Today in historyGideon Welles, the Secretary of the Navy issues official orders for the USS Powhatan to sail to Fort Sumter in 1861.

Today in history, The Japanese Army reaches Yalu River as Russians retreat in 1908.

Today in history, Mahatma Gandhi (see picture below) defies British law by making salt in India instead of buying it from the British in 1930.

Today in history, Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage in 1951.

Today in historyWinston Churchill resigns as British prime minister in 1955.