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Today in History (08/22/14)
Today is Friday, August 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 22, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war against Belgium. On this date: In 1485, England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses...
Today in History (08/21/14)
Today is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 21, 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations. (The talks concluded on October 7.)...
Today in History (08/20/14)
Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On August 20, 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I. On this date: In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio...
Today in History (08/19/14)
Today is Tuesday, August 19, the 231st day of 2014. There are 134 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 19, A.D. 14, Caesar Augustus, Rome's first emperor, died at age 76 after a reign lasting four decades; he was succeeded by his stepson Tiberius...
Today in History (08/18/14)
Today is Monday, August 18, the 230th day of 2014. There are 135 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 18, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I, saying, "The United States must be neutral in fact as well as in name during these days that are to try men's souls."...
Today in History (08/17/14)
Today is Sunday, August 17, the 229th day of 2014. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast as a Category 5 storm that was blamed for 256 U.S. deaths, three in Cuba...
Today in History (08/16/14)
Today is Saturday, August 16, the 228th day of 2014. There are 137 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 16, 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc. On this date: In 1777, American forces won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington...
Today in History (08/15/14)
Today is Friday, August 15, the 227th day of 2014. There are 138 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened as the SS Ancon crossed the just-completed waterway between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans...
Today in History (08/14/14)
Today is Thursday, August 14, the 226th day of 2014. There are 139 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 14, 1944, the federal government allowed the manufacture of certain domestic appliances, such as electric ranges and vacuum cleaners, to resume on a limited basis...
Today in History (08/13/14)
Today is Wednesday, August 13, the 225th day of 2014. There are 140 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 13, 1934, the satirical comic strip "Li'l Abner," created by Al Capp, made its debut. On this date: In 1624, King Louis XIII of France appointed Cardinal Richelieu his first minister...
Today in History (08/12/14)
Today is Tuesday, August 12, the 224th day of 2014. There are 141 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 12, 1939, the classic MGM movie musical "The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland, had its world premiere at the Strand Theater in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, three days before opening in Hollywood. (Oconomowoc was apparently chosen to test the film's appeal to Middle Americans.)...
Today in History (08/11/14)
Today is Monday, August 11, the 223rd day of 2014. There are 142 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 11, 1954, a formal peace took hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and Communist Viet Minh...
Today in History (08/10/14)
Today is Sunday, August 10, the 222nd day of 2014. There are 143 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 10, 1944, during World War II, American forces overcame remaining Japanese resistance on Guam. On this date:...
Today in History (08/09/14)
Today is Saturday, August 9, the 221st day of 2013. There are 144 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 9, 1974, Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the nation's 38th chief executive as President Richard Nixon's resignation took effect...
Today in History (08/08/14)
Today is Friday, August 8, the 220th day of 2014. There are 145 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation, effective the next day, following damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal...
Today in History (08/07/14)
Today is Thursday, August 7, the 219th day of 2014. There are 146 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces...
Today in History (08/06/14)
Today is Wednesday, August 6, the 218th day of 2014. There are 147 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 6, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war against Russia and Serbia declared war against Germany. On this date:...
Today in History (08/05/14)
Today is Tuesday, August 5, the 217th day of 2014. There are 148 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On August 5, 1914, what's believed to be the first electric traffic light system was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, at the intersection of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue. Montenegro declared war on Austria-Hungary at the start of World War I...
Today in History (08/04/14)
Today is Monday, August 4, the 216th day of 2014. There are 149 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 4, 1944, 15-year-old diarist Anne Frank was arrested with her sister, parents and four others by the Gestapo after hiding for two years inside a building in Amsterdam. (Anne and her sister, Margot, died the following year at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.)...
Today in History (08/03/14)
Today is Sunday, August 3, the 215th day of 2014. There are 150 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 3, 1914, Germany declared war on France at the onset of World War I. On this date: In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas...
Today in History (08/02/14)
Today is Saturday, August 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 2, 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox suffered light damage during a skirmish with North Vietnamese patrol torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. (This and an alleged second incident two days later led to congressional approval of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that propelled America deep into war.)...
Today in History (08/01/14)
Today is Friday, August 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before collapsing...
Today in History (07/31/14)
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 31, 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface...
Today in History (07/30/14)
Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 30, 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces tried to take Petersburg, Virginia, by exploding a gunpowder-laden mine shaft that had been dug out beneath Confederate defense lines; the attack failed...
Today in History (07/29/14)
Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On July 29, 1914, transcontinental telephone service in the U.S. became operational with the first test conversation between New York and San Francisco. Massachusetts' Cape Cod Canal, offering a shortcut across the base of the peninsula, was officially opened to shipping traffic...
Today in History (07/28/14)
Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 28, 1914, World War I began as Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. On this date: In 1540, King Henry VIII's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed, the same day Henry married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard...
Today in History (07/27/14)
Today is Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally engaged in a course of conduct designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case. ...
Today in History (07/26/14)
Today is Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became America's first Postmaster-General. On this date: In 1788, New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution...
Today in History (07/25/14)
Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 25, 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries' 46-year-old formal state of war...
Today in History (07/24/14)
Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor...
Today in History (07/23/14)
Today is Wednesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2014. There are 161 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 23, 1914, Austria-Hungary presented a list of demands to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; Serbia's refusal to agree to the entire ultimatum led to World War I...
Today in History (07/22/14)
Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 22, 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie "Manhattan Melodrama."...
Today in History (07/21/14)
Today is Monday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2014. There are 163 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On July 21, 1944, American forces landed on Guam during World War II, capturing it from the Japanese some three weeks later. The Democratic national convention in Chicago nominated Sen. Harry S. Truman to be vice president...
Today in History (07/20/14)
Today is Sunday, July 20, the 201st day of 2014. There are 164 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On July 20, 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion only wounded the Nazi leader. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago...
Today in History (07/19/14)
Today is Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2014. There are 165 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when United Air Lines Flight 232, a DC-10 which suffered the uncontained failure of its tail engine and the loss of hydraulic systems, crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived...
Today in History (07/18/14)
Today is Friday, July 18, the 199th day of 2014. There are 166 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 18, A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began, consuming most of the city for about a week. (Some blamed the fire on Emperor Nero, who in turn blamed Christians.)...
Today in History (07/17/14)
Today is Thursday, July 17, the 198th day of 2014. There are 167 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 17, 1944, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ships exploded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in California...
Today in History (07/16/14)
Today is Wednesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2014. There are 168 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 16, 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo, New Mexico...
Today in History (07/15/14)
Today is Tuesday, July 15, the 196th day of 2014. There are 169 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 15, 1964, Sen. Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona was nominated for president by the Republican national convention in San Francisco...
Today in History (07/14/14)
Today is Monday, July 14, the 195th day of 2014. There are 170 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 14, 1789, in an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside...
Today in History (07/13/14)
Today is Sunday, July 13, the 194th day of 2014. There are 171 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 13, 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first commercial recording, "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Melancholy Mood," with Harry James and his Orchestra for the Brunswick label...
Today in History (07/12/14)
Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket...
Today in History (07/11/14)
Today is Friday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2014. There are 173 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 11, 1914, Babe Ruth made his Major League baseball debut, pitching the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland...
Today in History (07/10/14)
Today is Thursday, July 10, the 191st day of 2014. There are 174 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 10, 1999, the United States women's soccer team won the World Cup, beating China 5-4 on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California...
Today in History (07/09/14)
Today is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2014. There are 175 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 9, 1944, during World War II, American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell. On this date:...
Today in History (07/08/14)
Today is Tuesday, July 8, the 189th day of 2014. There are 176 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 8, 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published. (Price of a copy: two cents.) On this date: In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island...
Today in History (07/07/14)
Today is Monday, July 7, the 188th day of 2014. There are 177 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln...
Today in History (07/06/14)
Today is Sunday, July 6, the 187th day of 2014. There are 178 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 6, 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut. (Among the survivors was future actor Charles Nelson Reilly, then age 13.)...
Today in History (07/05/14)
Today is Saturday, July 5, the 186th day of 2014. There are 179 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee; the song he recorded was "That's All Right."...
Today in History (07/04/14)
Today is Friday, July 4, the 185th day of 2014. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today's Highlight in History: On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia...
Today in History (07/03/14)
Today is Thursday, July 3, the 184th day of 2014. There are 181 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett's Charge...
Today in History (07/02/14)
Today is Wednesday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2014. There are 182 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress. On this date:...
Today in History (07/01/14)
Today is Tuesday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2014. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day. Today's Highlight in History: On July 1, 1944, delegates from 44 countries began meeting at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, where they agreed to establish the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank...
Today in History (06/30/14)
Today is Monday, June 30, the 181st day of 2014. There are 184 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 30, 1934, Adolf Hitler launched his "blood purge" of political and military rivals in Germany in what came to be known as "The Night of the Long Knives."...
Today in History (06/29/14)
Today is Sunday, June 29, the 180th day of 2014. There are 185 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 29, 1974, Isabel Martinez de Peron was sworn in as acting president of Argentina, two days before the death of her ailing husband, President Juan Peron...
Today in History (06/28/14)
Today is Saturday, June 28, the 179th day of 2014. There are 186 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip -- the event which sparked World War I...
Today in History (06/27/14)
Today is Friday, June 27, the 178th day of 2014. There are 187 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 27, 1864, Confederate forces repelled a frontal assault by Union troops in the Civil War Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia...
Today in History (06/26/14)
Today is Thursday, June 26, the 177th day of 2014. There are 188 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 26, 1974, the supermarket price scanner made its debut in Troy, Ohio, as a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum costing 67 cents and bearing a Uniform Product Code (UPC) was scanned by Marsh Supermarket cashier Sharon Buchanan for customer Clyde Dawson. ...
Today in History (06/25/14)
Today is Wednesday, June 25, the 176th day of 2014. There are 189 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 25, 2009, death claimed Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop," in Los Angeles at age 50 and actress Farrah Fawcett in Santa Monica, California, at age 62...
Today in History (06/24/14)
Today is Tuesday, June 24, the 175th day of 2014. There are 190 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 24, 1964, AT&T inaugurated commercial "Picturephone" service between New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., as Lady Bird Johnson, wife of the president, called Dr. ...
Today in History (06/23/14)
Today is Monday, June 23, the 174th day of 2014. There are 191 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 23, 1314, during the First War of Scottish Independence, the two-day Battle of Bannockburn, resulting in victory for the forces of Robert the Bruce over the army of King Edward II, began near Stirling...
Today in History (06/22/14)
Today is Sunday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2014. There are 192 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the "GI Bill of Rights."...
Today in History (06/21/14)
Today is Saturday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2014. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer arrives at 6:51 a.m. Eastern time. Today's Highlight in History: On June 21, 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. ...
Today in History (06/20/14)
Today is Friday, June 20, the 171st day of 2014. There are 194 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 20, 1944, during World War II, Japanese naval forces retreated in the Battle of the Philippine Sea after suffering heavy losses to the victorious American fleet...
Today in History (06/19/14)
Today is Thursday, June 19, the 170th day of 2014. There are 195 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the U.S. Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster. ...
Today in History (06/18/14)
Today is Wednesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2014. There are 196 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 18, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson and Japanese Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda spoke to each other by telephone as they inaugurated the first trans-Pacific cable completed by AT&T between Japan and Hawaii, and linked to existing cables between Hawaii and California. (Due to the time difference, it was already June 19 in Tokyo.)...
Today in History (06/17/14)
Today is Tuesday, June 17, the 168th day of 2014. There are 197 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 17, 1789, during the French Revolution, the Third Estate declared itself a national assembly, and undertook to frame a constitution. (This gathering gave rise to the political terms "left wing" and "right wing," with deputies representing commoners sitting to the left of the assembly president, and nobles sitting to the right.)...
Today in History (06/16/14)
Today is Monday, June 16, the 167th day of 2014. There are 198 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 16, 1944, George Stinney, a 14-year-old black youth, became the youngest person to die in the electric chair as the state of South Carolina executed him for the murders of two white girls, Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, 7. (George Stinney's family, who maintains his innocence, is seeking to overturn his conviction.)...
Today in History (06/15/14)
Today is Sunday, June 15, the 166th day of 2014. There are 199 days left in the year. This is Father's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On June 15, 1864, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground which became Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia...
Today in History (06/14/14)
Today is Saturday, June 14, the 165th day of 2014. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day. Today's Highlight in History: On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted a resolution specifying that "the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation."...
Today in History (06/13/14)
Today is Friday, June 13, the 164th day of 2014. There are 201 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 13, 1944, Germany began launching flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II. On this date: In 1842, Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to ride on a train, traveling from Slough Railway Station to Paddington in 25 minutes...
Today in History (06/12/14)
Today is Thursday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2014. There are 202 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 12, 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York. On this date:...
Today in History (06/11/14)
Today is Wednesday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2014. There are 203 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On June 11, 1864, German composer Richard Strauss, known for such operas as "Der Rosenkavalier," "Salome" and "Elektra" and tone poems like "Also sprach Zarathustra," was born in Munich...
Today in History (06/10/14)
Today is Tuesday, June 10, the 161st day of 2014. There are 204 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 10, 1964, the Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting off a filibuster by Southern senators. (The Civil Rights Act of 1964 went on to win congressional approval and was signed by President Lyndon Johnson.)...
Today in History (06/09/14)
Today is Monday, June 9, the 160th day of 2014. There are 205 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 9, 1954, during the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., for verbally attacking a member of Welch's law firm, Fred Fisher, asking McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"...
Today in History (06/08/14)
Today is Sunday, June 8, the 159th day of 2014. There are 206 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 8, 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president during the National Union (Republican) Party's convention in Baltimore...
Today in History (06/07/14)
Today is Saturday, June 7, the 158th day of 2014. There are 207 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On June 7, 1939, King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, arrived at Niagara Falls, New York, from Canada on the first visit to the United States by a reigning British monarch...
Today in History (06/06/14)
By The Associated Press Today is Friday, June 6, the 157th day of 2014. There are 208 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on "D-Day," beginning the liberation of German-occupied western Europe during World War II...
Today in History (06/05/14)
Today is Thursday, June 5, the 156th day of 2014. There are 209 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 5, 2004, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease...
Today in History (06/04/14)
Today is Wednesday, June 4, the 155th day of 2014. There are 210 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On June 4, 1944, during World War II, U-505, a German submarine, was captured by a U.S. Navy task group in the south Atlantic; it was the first such capture of an enemy vessel at sea by the U.S. Navy since the War of 1812. The U.S. Fifth Army began liberating Rome...
Today in History (06/03/14)
Today is Tuesday, June 3, the 154th day of 2014. There are 211 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On June 3, 1989, Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died. Chinese army troops began their sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations...
Today in History (06/02/14)
Today is Monday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2014. There are 212 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 2, 1864 (New Style Calendar; May 21, 1864, Old Style), after decades of scorched-earth warfare, leaders of the Circassians, a Muslim ethnic group in the Caucasus region, surrendered in Sochi to the army of the Russian Empire, which proceeded to expel hundreds of thousands of Circassians...
Today in History (06/01/14)
Today is Sunday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2014. There are 213 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 1, 1914, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels issued General Order 99 banning alcoholic beverages from Navy vessels, yards and stations, effective July 1, 1914...
Today in History (05/31/14)
Today is Saturday, May 31, the 151st day of 2014. There are 214 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 31, 1889, some 2,200 people in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, perished when the South Fork Dam holding back Lake Conemaugh collapsed, sending 20 million tons of water rushing through the town...
Today in History (05/30/14)
Today is Friday, May 30, the 150th day of 2014. There are 215 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 30, 1814, the first Treaty of Paris was signed, ending war between France and the Sixth Coalition (the United Kingdom, Russia, Austria, Sweden, Portugal and Prussia), with France retaining its boundaries of 1792...
Today in History (05/29/14)
Today is Thursday, May 29, the 149th day of 2014. There are 216 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 29, 1914, the Canadian ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence River in eastern Quebec after colliding with the Norwegian cargo ship SS Storstad; of the 1,477 people on board the Empress of Ireland, 1,012 died. (The Storstad suffered only minor damage.)...
Today in History (05/28/14)
Today is Wednesday, May 28, the 148th day of 2014. There are 217 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets -- Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne -- were born to Elzire Dionne at the family farm in Ontario, Canada. (Of the five, Annette and Cecile are still living.)...
Today in History (05/27/14)
Today is Tuesday, May 27, the 147th day of 2014. There are 218 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 27, 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, was opened to pedestrian traffic (vehicles began crossing the next day)...
Today in History (05/26/14)
Today is Monday, May 26, the 146th day of 2014. There are 219 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance. Today's Highlight in History: On May 26, 1954, explosions rocked the aircraft carrier USS Bennington off Rhode Island, killing 103 sailors. (The initial blast was blamed on leaking catapult fluid ignited by the flames of a jet.)...
Today in History (05/25/14)
Today is Sunday, May 25, the 145th day of 2014. There are 220 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 25, 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, ordered the Virginia county to reopen its public schools, which officials had closed in an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka public school desegregation ruling...
Today in History (05/24/14)
Today is Saturday, May 24, the 144th day of 2014. There are 221 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 24, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message "What hath God wrought" from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America's first telegraph line...
Today in History (05/23/14)
Today is Friday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2014. There are 222 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 23, 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, Louisiana...
Today in History (05/22/14)
Today is Thursday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2014. There are 223 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 22, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, speaking at the University of Michigan, outlined the goals of his "Great Society," saying that it "rests on abundance and liberty for all" and "demands an end to poverty and racial injustice."...
Today in History (05/21/14)
Today is Wednesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2014. There are 224 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 21, 1924, in a case that drew much notoriety, 14-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a "thrill killing" carried out by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb (Bobby's cousin). Both men received life sentences; Loeb was killed by a fellow prison inmate in 1936 while Leopold was paroled in 1958, dying in 1971...
Today in History (05/20/14)
Today is Tuesday, May 20, the 140th day of 2014. There are 225 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 20, 1939, regular trans-Atlantic mail service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, New York, bound for Marseille, France...
Today in History (05/19/14)
Today is Monday, May 19, the 139th day of 2014. There are 226 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 19, 1864, American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, 59, died in Plymouth, New Hampshire. On this date: In 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of adultery...
Today in History (05/18/14)
Today is Sunday, May 18, the 138th day of 2014. There are 227 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 18, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces finally occupied Monte Cassino in Italy after a four-month struggle with Axis troops...
Today in History (05/17/14)
Today is Saturday, May 17, the 137th day of 2014. There are 228 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, unanimously struck down racially segregated public schools, ruling that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."...
Today in History (05/16/14)
Today is Friday, May 16, the 136th day of 2014. There are 229 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards were presented. "Wings" won "best production," while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress...
Today in History (05/15/14)
Today is Thursday, May 15, the 135th day of 2014. There are 230 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 15, 1972, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot and left paralyzed by Arthur H. Bremer while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland, for the Democratic presidential nomination. (Bremer served 35 years of a 53-year sentence for attempted murder.)...
Today in History (05/14/14)
Today is Wednesday, May 14, the 134th day of 2014. There are 231 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 14, 1948, by the current-era calendar, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv. On this date:...
Today in History (05/13/14)
Today is Tuesday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2014. There are 232 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 13, 1914, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis was born in Lafayette, Alabama. On this date: In 1607, English colonists arrived by ship at the site of what became the Jamestown settlement in Virginia (the colonists went ashore the next day)...
Today in History (05/12/14)
Today is Monday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2014. There are 233 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift...
Today in History (05/11/14)
Today is Sunday, May 11, the 131st day of 2014. There are 234 days left in the year. This is Mother's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On May 11, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces launched a major offensive against Axis lines in Italy...
Today in History (05/10/14)
Today is Saturday, May 10, the 130th day of 2014. There are 235 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath of office in Pretoria to become South Africa's first black president. On this date:...
Today in History (05/09/14)
Today is Friday, May 9, the 129th day of 2014. There are 236 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson, acting on a joint congressional resolution, signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day...
Today in History (05/07/14)
Today is Wednesday, May 7, the 127th day of 2014. There are 238 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 7, 1789, America's first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President George Washington, who'd taken the oath of office a week earlier. (His wife, Martha, did not attend; she was back in Virginia, attending to family business.)...
Today in History (05/06/14)
Today is Tuesday, May 6, the 126th day of 2014. There are 239 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 6, 1954, medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4...
Today in History (05/05/14)
Today is Monday, May 5, the 125th day of 2014. There are 240 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 5, 1862, Mexican troops defeated French occupying forces in the Battle of Puebla. (The Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates Mexico's victory.)...
Today in History (05/04/14)
Today is Sunday, May 4, the 124th day of 2014. There are 241 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 4, 1979, Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister after the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections...
Today in History (05/03/14)
Today is Saturday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2014. There are 242 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 3, 1944, U.S. wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended (however, rationing returned by year's end). On this date:...
Today in History (05/02/14)
Today is Friday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2014. There are 243 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 2, 1908, the original version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," with music by Albert Von Tilzer and lyrics by Jack Norworth, was published by Von Tilzer's York Music Co...
Today in History (05/01/14)
Today is Thursday, May 1, the 121st day of 2014. There are 244 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 1, 1898, Commodore George Dewey gave the command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," as an American naval force destroyed a Spanish squadron in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War...
Today in History (04/30/14)
Today is Wednesday, April 30, the 120th day of 2014. There are 245 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath of office in New York as the first president of the United States...
Today in History (04/29/14)
Today is Tuesday, April 29, the 119th day of 2014. There are 246 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 29, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of some secretly made White House tape recordings related to Watergate...
Today in History (04/28/14)
Today is Monday, April 28, the 118th day of 2014. There are 247 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 28, 1789, there was a mutiny on the HMS Bounty as rebelling crew members of the British ship led by Fletcher Christian set the captain, William Bligh, and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. (Bligh and most of the men with him managed to reach Timor in 47 days.)...
Today in History (04/27/14)
Today is Sunday, April 27, the 117th day of 2014. There are 248 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 27, 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines. On this date: In 1509, Pope Julius II placed the Republic of Venice under an interdict following its refusal to give up lands claimed by the Papal States. (The pope lifted the sanction in February 1510.)...
Today in History (04/26/14)
Today is Saturday, April 26, the 116th day of 2014. There are 249 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 26, 1564, William Shakespeare was baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. On this date:...
Today in History (04/25/14)
Today is Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 25, 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci...
Today in History (04/24/14)
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 24, 1916, some 1,600 Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin. (The rising was put down by British forces almost a week later.)...
Today in History (04/23/14)
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 23, 1914, Chicago's Wrigley Field, then called Weeghman Park, hosted its first major league game as the Chicago Federals defeated the Kansas City Packers 9-1...
Today in History (04/22/14)
Today is Tuesday, April 22, the 112th day of 2014. There are 253 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 22, 1864, Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins. On this date: In 1889, the Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked claims...
Today in History (04/21/14)
Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 21, 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States. On this date: In 1509, England's King Henry VII died; he was succeeded by his 17-year-old son, Henry VIII...
Today in History (04/20/14)
Today is Easter Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 20, 1914, the Ludlow Massacre took place when the Colorado National Guard opened fire on a tent colony of striking miners; about 20 (accounts vary) strikers, women and children died in the gunfire or were smothered by smoke from the burning tents...
Today in History (04/19/14)
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 19, 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean. (The Navy initially suspected that a dead crew member, Clayton Hartwig, had deliberately sparked the blast, but later said there was no proof of that.)...
Today in History (04/18/14)
Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 18, 1934, the first laundromat (called a "Washateria") was opened by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas; four electric washing machines were rented to members of the public on an hourly basis...
Today in History (04/17/14)
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 17, 1964, Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world, returning to Columbus, Ohio, after 29 1/2 days and 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180. ...
Today in History (04/16/14)
Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 16, 1964, The Rolling Stones' first album, eponymously titled "The Rolling Stones," was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records (a slightly different version debuted in the United States a month and a-half later)...
Today in History (04/15/14)
Today is Tuesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2014. There are 260 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 15, 2013, two bombs packed with nails and other lethal metal shards exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260 people. ...
Today in History (04/14/14)
Today is Monday, April 14, the 104th day of 2014. There are 261 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today's Highlight in History: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while watching a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington...
Today in History (04/13/14)
Today is Palm Sunday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2014. There are 262 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award for his performance in "Lilies of the Field." (Patricia Neal was named best actress for "Hud"; best picture went to "Tom Jones.")...
Today in History (04/12/14)
Today is Saturday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2014. There are 263 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 12, 1954, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission opened a hearing on whether Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, scientific director of the Manhattan Project, should have his security clearance reinstated amid questions about his loyalty (it wasn't). Bill Haley and His Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock" in New York for Decca Records...
Today in History (04/11/14)
Today is Friday, April 11, the 101st day of 2013. There are 264 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 11, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as Emperor of the French and was banished to the island of Elba. (Napoleon later escaped from Elba and returned to power in March 1815, until his downfall in the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.)...
Today in History (04/10/14)
Today is Thursday, April 10, the 100th day of 2014. There are 265 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 10, 1864, during the Civil War, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, an assistant surgeon for the 52nd Ohio Volunteers, was captured by the Confederates and accused of being a Union spy; she was held until her release in August 1864 as part of a prisoner exchange. ...
Today in History (04/09/14)
Today is Wednesday, April 9, the 99th day of 2014. There are 266 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 9, 1914, the Tampico Incident took place as eight U.S. sailors were arrested by Mexican authorities for allegedly entering a restricted area and held for a short time before being released. ...
Today in History (04/08/14)
Today is Tuesday, April 8, the 98th day of 2014. There are 267 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 8, 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in Jan. 1865; the amendment was ratified and adopted in Dec. 1865.)...
Today in History (04/07/14)
Today is Monday, April 7, the 97th day of 2014. There are 268 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 7, 1922, the Teapot Dome scandal had its beginnings as Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall signed a secret deal to lease U.S. Navy petroleum reserves in Wyoming and California to his friends, oilmen Harry F. Sinclair and Edward L. Doheny, in exchange for cash gifts...
Today in History (04/06/14)
Today is Sunday, April 6, the 96th day of 2014. There are 269 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 6, 1994, the Hutu president of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana, was killed along with the president of Burundi, Cyprien Ntaryamira, when their plane was apparently shot down near the Rwandan capital of Kigali; what followed was a 100-day genocide in Rwanda during which more than 500,000 minority Tutsis and moderate members of the Hutu majority were killed by Hutu extremists.. ...
Today in History (04/05/14)
Today is Saturday, April 5, the 95th day of 2014. There are 270 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 5, 1614, Pocahontas, Indian Chief Powhatan's daughter, married Englishman John Rolfe in the Virginia Colony. (A convert to Christianity, Pocahontas had adopted the name "Rebecca" when she was baptized.)...
Today in History (04/04/14)
Today is Friday, April 4, the 94th day of 2014. There are 271 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. (James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming he'd been the victim of a setup.)...
Today in History (04/03/14)
Today is Thursday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2014. There are 272 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 3, 1974, deadly tornadoes began hitting wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; within a 24-hour period, more than 300 fatalities resulted from what became known as the Super Outbreak...
Today in History (04/02/14)
Today is Wednesday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2014. There are 273 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 2, 1914, British actor Sir Alec Guinness, whose roles in a 66-year career ranged from Hamlet to Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars," was born in London...
Today in History (04/01/14)
Today is Tuesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2014. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On April 1, 1789, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House speaker...
Today in History (03/31/14)
Today is Monday, March 31, the 90th day of 2014. There are 275 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 31, 1814, Paris was occupied by a coalition of Russian, Prussian and Austrian forces; the surrender of the French capital forced the abdication of Emperor Napoleon...
Today in History (03/30/14)
Today is Sunday, March 30, the 89th day of 2014. There are 276 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously wounded outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded in the attack were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, and District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty...
Today in History (03/29/14)
Today is Saturday, March 29, the 88th day of 2014. There are 277 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 29, 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted in New York of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.)...
Today in History (03/28/14)
Today is Friday, March 28, the 87th day of 2014. There are 278 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 28, 1939, the Spanish Civil War neared its end as Madrid fell to the forces of Francisco Franco. On this date:...
Today in History (03/27/14)
Today is Thursday, March 27, the 86th day of 2014. There are 279 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 27, 1964, a Good Friday, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest on record in North America) and tsunamis that together claimed about 130 lives...
Today in History (03/26/14)
Today is Wednesday, March 26, the 85th day of 2014. There are 280 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 26, 1964, the musical play "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway. On this date:...
Today in History (03/25/14)
Today is Tuesday, March 25, the 84th day of 2014. There are 281 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 25, 1634, English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore arrived in present-day Maryland. On this date: In 1306, Robert the Bruce was crowned the King of Scots...
Today in History (03/24/14)
Today is Monday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2014. There are 282 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began leaking an estimated 11 million gallons of crude oil...
Today in History (03/23/14)
Today is Sunday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2014. There are 283 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 23, 1914, the first installment of "The Perils of Pauline," the legendary silent film serial starring Pearl White, premiered at theaters in the greater New York City area, including movie houses in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts...
Today in History (03/22/14)
Today is Saturday, March 22, the 81st day of 2014. There are 284 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 22, 1934, the first Masters Tournament opened under the title "Augusta National Invitation Tournament," which was won three days later by Horton Smith...
Today in History (03/21/14)
Today is Friday, March 21, the 80th day of 2014. There are 285 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 21, 1685, composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany. On this date: In 1556, Thomas Cranmer, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake for heresy...
Today in History (03/20/14)
Today is Thursday, March 20, the 79th day of 2014. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 12:57 p.m. EDT. Today's Highlight in History: On March 20, 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe's influential novel about slavery, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," was first published in book form after being serialized...
Today in History (03/19/14)
Today is Wednesday, March 19, the 78th day of 2014. There are 287 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 19, 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives began televising its floor proceedings; the live feed was carried by C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network), which was making its debut...
Today in History (03/18/14)
Today is Tuesday, March 18, the 77th day of 2014. There are 288 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 18, 1974, most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their 5-month-old embargo against the United States that had been sparked by American support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War...
Today in History (03/17/14)
Today is Monday, March 17, the 76th day of 2014. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On March 17, 1776, British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War. On this date:...
Today in History (03/16/14)
Today is Sunday, March 16, the 75th day of 2014. There are 290 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 16, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson sent Congress the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as part of his War on Poverty. (The measure was passed by Congress, and was signed by Johnson in August 1964.)...
Today in History (03/15/14)
Today is Saturday, March 15, the 74th day of 2014. There are 291 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 15, 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius. On this date:...
Today in History (03/14/14)
Today is Friday, March 14, the 73rd day of 2014. There are 292 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 14, 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and sentenced him to death. (Both the conviction and death sentence were later overturned, but Ruby died before he could be retried.)...
Today in History (03/13/14)
Today is Thursday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2014. There are 293 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 13, 1964, bar manager Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, 28, was stabbed to death near her Queens, N.Y. home; the case generated controversy over the supposed reluctance of Genovese's neighbors to respond to her cries for help. (Genovese's killer, Winston Moseley, remains in prison.)...
Today in History (03/12/14)
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 12, 1664, England's King Charles II granted an area of land on the East Coast of present-day North America known as New Netherland to his brother James, the Duke of York...
Today in History (03/11/14)
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 11, 1954, the U.S. Army charged that Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., and his subcommittee's chief counsel, Roy Cohn, had exerted pressure to obtain favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former consultant to the subcommittee. (The confrontation culminated in the famous Senate Army-McCarthy hearings.)...
Today in History (03/10/14)
Today is Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On March 10, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed an order assigning Ulysses S. Grant, who had just received his commission as lieutenant-general, to the command of the Armies of the United States (Grant assumed his new command two days later, relieving General-in-Chief Henry Halleck). ...
Today in History (03/09/14)
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 9, 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, raised the standard for proving libel, unanimously ruling that public officials who charged they'd been defamed by the press concerning their official duties had to demonstrate "actual malice" on the part of the news organization in order to recover damages...
Today in History (03/08/14)
Today is Saturday, March 8, the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. locally. Clocks go forward one hour. Today's Highlight in History: On March 8, 1979, technology firm Philips demonstrated a prototype compact disc player during a press conference in Eindhoven, the Netherlands...
Today in History (03/07/14)
Today is Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 7, 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., unanimously ruled that a parody that pokes fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that doesn't require permission from the copyright holder. (The ruling concerned a parody of the Roy Orbison song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by the rap group 2 Live Crew.)...
Today in History (03/05/14)
Today is Ash Wednesday, March 5, the 64th day of 2014. There are 301 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Churchill declared: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."...
Today in History (03/04/14)
Today is Tuesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2014. There are 302 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 4, 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)...
Today in History (03/03/14)
Today is Monday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2014. There are 303 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 3, 1974, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board. A faulty cargo door had blown open, resulting in sudden decompression that caused part of the jetliner's floor to collapse, severely damaging the plane's control cables...
Today in History (03/02/14)
Today is Sunday, March 2, the 61st day of 2014. There are 304 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 2, 1939, Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected pope on his 63rd birthday; he took the name Pius XII...
Today in History (03/01/14)
Today is Saturday, March 1, the 60th day of 2014. There are 305 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectators' gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five members of Congress. ...
Today in History (02/28/14)
Today is Friday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2014. There are 306 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 2013, Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the Catholic Church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world. (Benedict was succeeded the following month by Pope Francis.)...
Today in History (02/27/14)
Today is Thursday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2014. There are 307 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1814, Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, was first performed in Vienna. (Also on the program was Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, which had premiered in Dec. 1813.)...
Today in History (02/26/14)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2014. There are 308 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 26, 1904, the United States and Panama proclaimed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to undertake efforts to build a ship canal across the Panama isthmus...
Today in History (02/25/14)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2014. There are 309 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1964, Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became the world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. (The victory was scored as a technical knockout when an injured Liston failed to answer the bell for the seventh round.)...
Today in History (02/24/14)
Today is Monday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2014. There are 310 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1864, according to the National Park Service, the first Union prisoners arrived at the Confederates' Andersonville prison camp in Georgia. During its 14 months of existence, the overcrowded camp ended up holding some 45,000 men, more than four times its intended capacity; nearly 13,000 prisoners perished from disease, starvation or exposure...
Today in History (02/23/14)
Today is Sunday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2014. There are 311 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1954, the first mass inoculation of schoolchildren against polio using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh as some 5,000 students were vaccinated...
Today in History (02/22/14)
Today is Saturday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2014. There are 312 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1732 (New Style date), the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County in the Virginia Colony...
Today in History (02/21/14)
Today is Friday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2014. There are 313 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 21, 1965, black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside the Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam...
Today in History (02/20/14)
Today is Thursday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2014. There are 314 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1944, during World War II, U.S. strategic bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week."...
Today in History (02/19/14)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2014. There are 315 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, clearing the way for the U.S. military to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans during World War II...
Today in History (02/18/14)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2014. There are 316 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1564, artist Michelangelo Buonarroti died in Rome, just weeks before his 89th birthday. On this date: In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala...
Today in History (02/17/14)
Today is Monday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2014. There are 317 days left in the year. This is Presidents' Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1864, during the Civil War, the Union ship USS Housatonic was rammed and sunk in Charleston Harbor, S.C., by the Confederate hand-cranked submarine HL Hunley, which also sank...
Today in History (02/16/14)
Today is Sunday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2014. There are 318 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates during the First Barbary War...
Today in History (02/15/14)
Today is Saturday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2014. There are 319 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1764, the site of present-day St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau. On this date:...
Today in History (02/14/14)
Today is Friday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2014. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 14, 1924, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. of New York was formally renamed International Business Machines Corp., or IBM...
Today in History (02/13/14)
Today is Thursday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2014. There are 321 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 13, 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, also known as ASCAP, was founded in New York to protect the copyrights of creators and ensure compensation for public performances of their works...
Today in History (02/12/14)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2014. There are 322 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky...
Today in History (02/11/14)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2014. There are 323 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law favoring his Democratic-Republican Party -- giving rise to the term "gerrymandering."...
Today in History (02/10/14)
Today is Monday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2014. There are 324 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1968, U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming won America's only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France...
Today in History (02/09/14)
Today is Sunday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2014. There are 325 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from New York on CBS. The G.I. Joe action figure was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York...
Today in History (02/08/14)
Today is Saturday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2014. There are 326 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1974, the last three-man crew of the Skylab space station, consisting of Jerry Carr, Bill Pogue and Edward Gibson, returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space. (Skylab remained in orbit another five years before plunging to its destruction in 1979.)...
Today in History (02/07/14)
Today is Friday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2014. There are 327 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 7, 1964, The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where they cracked wise during a chaotic press conference while thousands of their fans were jammed inside the terminal...
Today in History (02/06/14)
Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2014. There are 328 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain's King George VI died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his elder daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II...
Today in History (02/05/14)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2014. There are 329 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices; the proposal, which failed in Congress, drew accusations that Roosevelt was attempting to "pack" the nation's highest court...
Today in History (02/04/14)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2014. There are 330 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19, was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army...
Today in History (02/03/14)
Today is Monday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2014. There are 331 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York's East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board...
Today in History (02/02/14)
Today is Sunday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2014. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1914, Charles Chaplin made his movie debut as the comedy short "Making a Living" was released by Keystone Film Co. (Five days later, Keystone released "Kid Auto Races at Venice," in which Chaplin first played his famous Tramp character.)...
Today in History (02/01/14)
Today is Saturday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2014. There are 333 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service...
Today in History (01/31/14)
Today is Friday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2014. There are 334 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Horse. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 31, 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces began a successful invasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands...
Today in History (01/30/14)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2014. There are 335 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 30, 1964, the United States launched Ranger 6, an unmanned spacecraft carrying television cameras that crash-landed on the moon, but failed to send back images...
Today in History (01/29/14)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2014. There are 336 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 29, 1964, Stanley Kubrick's nuclear war satire "Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," starring Peter Sellers (in three roles) and George C. Scott, premiered in New York, Toronto and London...
Today in History (01/28/14)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2014. There are 337 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, killing all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe...
Today in History (01/27/14)
Today is Monday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2014. There are 338 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 27, 1944, during World War II, the Soviet Union announced the complete end of the deadly German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for more than two years...
Today in History (01/26/14)
Today is Sunday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2014. There are 339 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1784, in a letter to his daughter Sarah (also called "Sally"), Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the bald eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey, calling it "a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America."...
Today in History (01/25/14)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2014. There are 340 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games opened in Chamonix, France. On this date: In 1533, England's King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, who later gave birth to Elizabeth I...
Today in History (01/24/14)
Today is Friday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2014. There are 341 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 24, 1942, the Roberts Commission placed much of the blame for America's lack of preparedness for Imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Lt. Gen. Walter C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders...
Today in History (01/23/14)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2014. There are 342 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified as South Dakota became the 38th state to endorse it...
Today in History (01/22/14)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2014. There are 343 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1984, the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 to win Super Bowl XVIII (18), played at Tampa Stadium in Florida; the CBS-TV broadcast featured Apple Computer's famous "1984" commercial introducing the Macintosh computer...
Today in History (01/21/14)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2014. There are 344 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 21, 1954, the first atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Conn., as first lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the vessel with the traditional bottle of champagne broken against the bow. (However, the Nautilus did not make its first nuclear-powered run until nearly a year later.)...
Today in History (01/20/14)
Today is Monday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2014. There are 345 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan...
Today in History (01/19/14)
Today is Sunday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2014. There are 346 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 19, 1807, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Va. On this date: In 1764, John Wilkes was expelled from the British Parliament for seditious libel and obscenity (the former charge was for criticizing a speech delivered by King George III; the latter, for penning a pornographic parody of Alexander Pope's "Essay on Man")...
Today in History (01/18/14)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2014. There are 347 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 18, 1911, the first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor...
Today in History (01/17/14)
Today is Friday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2014. There are 348 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 17, 1994, the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 60 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey...
Today in History (01/16/14)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2014. There are 349 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 1944, during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower formally assumed command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in London...
Today in History (01/15/14)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2014. There are 350 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta. On this date: In 1559, England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey...
Today in History (01/14/14)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2014. There are 351 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 14, 1964, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, in a brief televised address, thanked Americans for their condolences and messages of support following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, nearly two months earlier...
Today in History (01/13/14)
Today is Monday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2014. There are 352 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 1864, American songwriter Stephen Foster, who'd written such classics as "Swanee River," "Oh! Susanna," "Camptown Races," "My Old Kentucky Home" and "Beautiful Dreamer," died in poverty in a New York hospital at age 37...
Today in History (01/12/14)
Today is Sunday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2014. There are 353 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit. On this date: In 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died...
Today in History (01/11/14)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2014. There are 354 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued "Smoking and Health," a report by an advisory committee which concluded that "cigarette smoking contributes substantially to mortality from certain specific diseases and to the overall death rate."...
Today in History (01/10/14)
Today is Friday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2014. There are 355 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 10, 1914, Utah grocer John G. Morrison, 47, and his son Arling, 17, were shot to death in their Salt Lake City store; police arrested labor activist Joe Hill, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. Despite evidence suggesting another man was responsible, Hill was convicted and executed, becoming a martyr to America's organized labor movement...
Today in History (01/09/14)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2014. There are 356 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1914, the County of Los Angeles opened the country's first public defender's office, headed by Walton J. Wood...
Today in History (01/08/14)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2014. There are 357 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, in his State of the Union address, declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America."...
Today in History (01/07/14)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2014. There are 358 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 1789, America held its first presidential election as voters chose electors who, a month later, selected George Washington to be the nation's first chief executive...
Today in History (01/06/14)
Today is Monday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2014. There are 359 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 6, 1994, in an incident that shook the world of figure skating, Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Detroit's Cobo Arena; four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, went to prison for their roles in the attack. ...
Today in History (01/05/14)
Today is Sunday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2014. There are 360 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1964, during his visit to the Holy Land, Pope Paul VI met with Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople in Jerusalem...
Today in History (01/04/14)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2014. There are 361 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 4, 1964, Pope Paul VI began a visit to the Holy Land, the first papal pilgrimage of its kind. On this date: In 1821, the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Md...
Today in History (01/03/14)
Today is Friday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2014. There are 362 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation. On this date: In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X...
Today in History (01/01/14)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2014. There are 364 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states shall be "forever free."...
Today in History (12/31/13)
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2013. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J. On this date: In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed...
Today in History (12/30/13)
Today is Monday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2013. There is one day left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1813, British troops burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812. On this date: In 1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase...
Today in History (12/29/13)
Today is Sunday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2013. There are two days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 29, 1913, the first true "cliffhanger" movie serial, "The Adventures of Kathlyn," starring Kathlyn Williams, premiered...
Today in History (12/28/13)
Today is Saturday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2013. There are three days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Dec. 28, 1973, the Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "The Gulag Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison system...
Today in History (12/27/13)
Today is Friday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2013. There are four days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 27, 1927, the musical play "Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York...
Today in History (12/26/13)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2013. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 26, 1776, the British suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War...
Today in History (12/25/13)
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2013. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 25, 1818, "Silent Night (Stille Nacht)," written by Franz Gruber and Father Joseph Mohr, was publicly performed for the first time during the Christmas Midnight Mass at the Church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria...
Today in History (12/24/13)
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2013. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 24, 1913, 73 people, most of them children, died in a crush of panic after someone falsely called out "Fire!" during a Christmas party for striking miners and their families at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Mich...
Today in History (12/23/13)
Today is Monday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2013. There are eight days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1913, the Federal Reserve System was created as President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act. On this date:...
Today in History (12/22/13)
Today is Sunday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2013. There are nine days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 1944, during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, U.S. Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe rejected a German demand for surrender, writing "Nuts!" in his official reply...
Today in History (12/21/13)
Today is Saturday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2013. There are 10 days left in the year. Winter arrives at 12:11 p.m. Eastern time. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 21, 1913, what's regarded as the first newspaper crossword puzzle was published in the New York World. Created by journalist Arthur Wynne, it was billed as a "Word-Cross Puzzle."...
Today in History (12/20/13)
Today is Friday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2013. There are 11 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed as ownership of the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States...
Today in History (12/19/13)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2013. There are 12 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1843, "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, was first published in England. On this date: In 1777, Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter...
Today in History (12/18/13)
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2013. There are 13 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 18, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, was declared in effect by Secretary of State William H. Seward...
Today in History (12/17/13)
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2013. There are 14 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1938, German chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered nuclear fission by splitting the nuclei of uranium into lighter elements while performing experiments in Berlin...
Today in History (12/16/13)
Today is Monday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2013. There are 15 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes...
Today in History (12/15/13)
Today is Sunday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2013. There are 16 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 15, 1938, groundbreaking for the Jefferson Memorial took place in Washington, D.C. with President Franklin D. Roosevelt taking part in the ceremony...
Today in History (12/14/13)
Today is Saturday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2013. There are 17 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 1799, the first president of the United States, George Washington, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at age 67...
Today in History (12/13/13)
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 13, 2000, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore conceded to Republican George W. Bush, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts in Florida...