Today in history 5/10/2017


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.

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Today in history, Antonio de Ulloa (see picture below), the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans in 1766.


Today in history, The Boston Massacre (see picture below) . Five Americans, including Crispus Atticus, are fatally shot by British soldiers. This event contributes to the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War in 1770.


Today in history, James Monroe becomes the first president to be inaugurated on March 5, only because the 4th was a Sunday in 1821.

Today in history, The Soviets move the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow in 1918.

Today in history,  In Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill (see picture below) tells a crowd that “an iron curtain has descended on the Continent of Europe” in 1946.


Today in history, The U.S. Supreme Court rules that cities have the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display in 1984.