Today in history 3/8/2020


Today in history, Johannes Kepler (see picture below) discovers the third law of planetary motion in 1618.

Today in history, Queen Anne (see picture below) becomes the monarch of England upon the death of William III in 1702.

Today in historyGeorge Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in 1790.

Today in history, The first train crosses Niagara Falls on a suspension bridge in 1855.

Today in history, Pope Pius X lifts the church ban on interfaith marriages in 1909.

Today in history, Baroness de Laroche (see picture below) becomes the first woman to obtain a pilot’s license in France in 1910.

Today in history, Phyllis Mae Daley (see picture below) receives a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She will become the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II in 1945.

Today in history, Max Conrad circles the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in a Piper Aztec in 1961.

Today in history 2/29/2020


Today in history, The first Leap Day is recognized by proclamation of Julius Caesar. Under the old Roman calendar, the last day of February was the last day of the year in 0045.

Today in history, Sarah Goode and Tituba are accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, sparking the hysteria that started the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.

Today in history, The Marquis de Sade is transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille in 1784.

Today in history, Hostilities in Russo-Turkish War cease in 1856.

Today in history, Union Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick splits his forces at the Rapidan River ordering Col. Ulric Dahlgren to lead 500 men his men to Goochland Court House, while the remainder followed Kilpatrick in his raid on Richmond in 1864.

Today in history, Lt. William B. Cushing leads a landing party from the USS Monticello to Smithville, NC, in an attempt to capture Confederate Brig. Gen. Louis Hebert, only to discover that Hebert and his men had already moved on Wilmington in 1864.

Today in history, Hattie McDaniel is first African American to win an Academy Award–best supporting actress–for her performance in Gone With The Wind in 1940.

Today in history, US forces catch Japanese troops off-guard and easily take control of the Admiralty Islands in Papua New Guinea in 1944.

Today in history, President Lyndon B. Johnson reveals the U.S. secretly developed the Lockheed A-11 jet fighter in 1964.

Today in history, Henry “Hank” Aaron becomes first baseball player to sign a baseball contract for $200,000 a year in 1972.

Today in history 2/19/2020

Today in history, The revolt of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, against King Henry IV, ends with his defeat and death at Bramham Moor in 1408.

Today in history, Philip V of Spain makes his ceremonial entry into Madrid in 1701.

Today in history, Rescuers finally reach the ill-fated Donner Party in the Sierras in 1847.

Today in history, Russian Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom in 1861.

Today in history, Smallpox vaccination becomes obligatory in France in 1902.

Today in history, British and French warships begin their attacks on the Turkish forts at the mouth of the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to seize the straits of Gallipoli in 1915.

Today in history, Dr. Lane of Princeton estimates the earth’s age at one billion years in 1926.

Today in history, The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin “Big Week,” a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities in 1944.

Today in history, Robert F. Kennedy suggests the United States offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam in 1966.

Today in history 2/18/2020

Today in history, George, the Duke of Clarence, who had opposed his brother Edward IV, is murdered in the Tower of London in 1478.

Today in history, Quakers in Germantown, Pa. adopt the first formal antislavery resolution in America in 1688.

Today in history, Czar Alexander enters Warsaw at the head of his Army in 1813.

Today in history, Victor Emmanuel II becomes the first King of Italy in 1861.

Today in history, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is published in New York in 1885.

Today in history, 600,000 tons of grain are sent to Russia to relieve the famine there in 1907.

Today in history, Vuillemin and Chalus complete their first flight over the Sahara Desert in 1920.

Today in history, Manchurian independence is formally declared in 1932.

Today in history, The Golden Gate Exposition opens in San Francisco in 1939.

Today in history, German General Erwin Rommel takes three towns in Tunisia, North Africa in 1943.

Today in history, The National Art Gallery in Washington agrees to buy a Da Vinci for a record $5 million in 1967.

Today in history, The California Supreme Court voids the death penalty in 1972.

Today in history 2/16/2020

Today in history, Fort Donelson, Tennessee, falls to Grant‘s Federal forces, but not before Nathan Bedford Forrest escapes in 1862.

Today in history, Columbia, South Carolina, surrenders to Federal troops in 1865.

Today in history, Bessie Smith makes her first recording “Down Hearted Blues” in 1923.

Today in history, Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs in 1937.

Today in history, The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescues British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord in 1940.

Today in history, Tojo outlines Japan’s war aims to the Diet, referring to “new order of coexistence” in East Asia in 1942.

Today in history, American paratroopers land on Corregidor, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines in 1945.

Today in history, A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica in 1957.

Today in history, Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument in 1965.

Today in history, China and Japan sign a $20 billion trade pact, which is the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties in 1978.