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Today in History (05/05/15)
Today is Tuesday, May 5, the 125th day of 2015. There are 240 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On May 5, 1945, in the only fatal attack of its kind during World War II, a Japanese balloon bomb exploded on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon, killing Elsie Mitchell, the 26-year-old pregnant wife of a minister, and five children: Dick Patzke, 14; Jay Gifford, 13; Edward Engen, 13; Joan Patzke, 13; and Sherman Shoemaker, 11. ...
Today in History (05/04/15)
Today is Monday, May 4, the 124th day of 2015. There are 241 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 4, 1925, an international conference opened in Geneva to forge an agreement against the use of chemical and biological weapons in war; the Geneva Protocol was signed on June 17, 1925 and went into force in 1928...
Today in History (05/03/15)
Today is Sunday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2015. There are 242 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 3, 1765, the first school of medicine in the American colonies, the Medical School of the College of Philadelphia (now the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania), was founded...
Today in History (04/29/15)
Today is Wednesday, April 29, the 119th day of 2015. There are 246 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 29, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau (DAH'-khow) concentration camp. Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun inside his "Fuhrerbunker" and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz president...
Today in History (04/28/15)
Today is Tuesday, April 28, the 118th day of 2015. There are 247 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 28, 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country...
Today in History (04/27/15)
Today is Monday, April 27, the 117th day of 2015. There are 248 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 27, 1865, in America's worst maritime disaster, the steamer Sultana, carrying freed Union prisoners of war, exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee; death toll estimates vary from 1,500 to 2,000. Cornell University was established as New York Gov. Reuben E. Fenton signed a measure approving its charter...
Today in History (04/25/15)
Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 25, 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize the United Nations...
Today in History (04/24/15)
Today is Friday, April 24, the 114th day of 2015. There are 251 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 24, 1915, what's regarded as the start of the Armenian genocide began as the Ottoman Empire rounded up Armenian political and cultural leaders in Constantinople...
Today in History (04/23/15)
Today is Thursday, April 23, the 113th day of 2015. There are 252 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 23, 2005, the recently created video-sharing website YouTube uploaded its first clip. Titled "Me at the Zoo," the video consisted of 18 seconds of YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of an elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, commenting on the animals' "really, really, really long, uh, trunks." (Today, YouTube claims more than 1 billion users and says that 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute.). ...
Today in History (04/22/15)
Today is Wednesday, April 22, the 112th day of 2015. There are 253 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 22, 1915, the first full-scale use of deadly chemicals in warfare took place as German forces unleashed chlorine gas against Allied troops at the start of the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium during World War I; thousands of soldiers are believed to have died...
Today in History (05/02/15)
Today is Saturday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2015. There are 243 days left in the year. Today[[OpenSingle]]s Highlight in History: On May 2, 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies reported the surrender of German troops in Italy...
Today in History 4-26-15 (04/26/15)
Today is Sunday, April 26, the 116th day of 2015. There are 249 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Virginia, and killed. (As he lay dying, Booth looked at his hands and supposedly gasped, "Useless, useless.")...
Today in History (04/21/15)
Today is Tuesday, April 21, the 111th day of 2015. There are 254 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 21, 1975, with Communist forces closing in, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned after nearly ten years in office and fled the country...
Today in History (04/20/15)
Today is Monday, April 20, the 110th day of 2015. There are 255 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and caused a blow-out that began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. (The well was finally capped nearly three months later, on July 15.)...
Today in History (04/19/15)
Today is Sunday, April 19, the 109th day of 2015. There are 256 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 19, 1865, a funeral was held at the White House for President Abraham Lincoln, assassinated five days earlier; his coffin was then taken to the U.S. Capitol for a private memorial service in the Rotunda...
Today in History (04/18/15)
Today is Saturday, April 18, the 108th day of 2015. There are 257 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 18, 1945, during World War II, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima (ee-eh shee-mah), off Okinawa...
Today in History (04/17/15)
Today is Friday, April 17, the 107th day of 2015. There are 258 days left in the year. Today[[OpenSingle]]s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1975, Cambodia[[OpenSingle]]s five-year war ended as the capital Phnom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge, which instituted brutal, radical policies that claimed an estimated 1.7 million lives until the regime was overthrown in 1979...
Today in History (04/16/15)
Today is Thursday, April 16, the 106th day of 2015. There are 259 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 16, 1945, during World War II, a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea torpedoed and sank the MV Goya, which Germany was using to transport civilian refugees and wounded soldiers; it's estimated that up to 7,000 people died. ...
Today in History (04/15/15)
Today is Wednesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2015. There are 260 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington; Andrew Johnson became the nation's 17th president...
Today in History (04/14/15)
Today is Tuesday, April 14, the 104th day of 2015. There are 261 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington...
Today in History (04/13/15)
Today is Monday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2015. There are 262 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 13, 1965, 16-year-old Lawrence Wallace Bradford Jr. was appointed by New York Republican Jacob Javits to be the first black page of the U.S. Senate...
Today in History (04/12/15)
Today is Sunday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2015. There are 263 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; he was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman...
Today in History (04/11/15)
Today is Saturday, April 11, the 101st day of 2015. There are 264 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 11, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln spoke to a crowd outside the White House, saying, "We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart." (It was the last public address Lincoln would deliver.)...
Today in History (04/10/15)
Today is Friday, April 10, the 100th day of 2015. There are 265 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 10, 1925, the novel "The Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age evocation of empty materialism, shattered illusion and thwarted romance, was first published by Scribner's of New York...
Today in History (04/09/15)
Today is Thursday, April 9, the 99th day of 2015. There are 266 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 9, 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia...
Today in History (04/08/15)
Today is Wednesday, April 8, the 98th day of 2015. There are 267 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 8, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, which provided money for programs such as the Works Progress Administration...
Today in History (04/07/15)
Today is Tuesday, April 7, the 97th day of 2015. There are 268 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 7, 1945, during World War II, American planes intercepted and effectively destroyed a Japanese fleet, which included the battleship Yamato, that was headed to Okinawa on a suicide mission...
Today in History (04/06/15)
Today is Monday, April 6, the 96th day of 2015. There are 269 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 6, 1965, the United States launched Intelsat I, also known as the "Early Bird" communications satellite, into geosynchronous orbit...
Today in History (04/05/15)
Today is Easter Sunday, April 5, the 95th day of 2015. There are 270 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 5, 1965, "My Fair Lady" won the Academy Award for best picture, and one of its stars, Rex Harrison, was named best actor; Julie Andrews won best actress for "Mary Poppins." The single version of The Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda" was released by Capitol Records...
Today in History (04/04/15)
Today is Saturday, April 4, the 94th day of 2015. There are 271 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln, accompanied by his son Tad, visited the vanquished Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, where he was greeted by a crowd that included former slaves...
Today in History (04/03/15)
Today is Good Friday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2015. There are 272 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today's Highlight in History: On April 3, 1865, Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia...
Today in History (04/02/15)
Today is Thursday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2015. There are 273 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, because of advancing Union forces...
Today in History (04/01/15)
Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2015. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On April 1, 1945, American forces launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II. (U.S. forces succeeded in capturing the Japanese island on June 22.)...
Today in History (03/31/15)
Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2015. There are 275 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute...
Today in History (03/30/15)
Today is Monday, March 30, the 89th day of 2015. There are 276 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 30, 1945, during World War II, the Soviet Union invaded Austria with the goal of taking Vienna, which it accomplished two weeks later...
Today in History (03/29/15)
Today is Sunday, March 29, the 88th day of 2015. There are 277 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 29, 1912, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, his doomed expedition stranded in an Antarctic blizzard after failing to be the first to reach the South Pole, wrote the last words of his journal: "For Gods sake look after our people."...
Today in History (03/28/15)
Today is Saturday, March 28, the 87th day of 2015. There are 278 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 28, 1979, America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania...
Today in History (03/27/15)
Today is Friday, March 27, the 86th day of 2015. There are 279 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 27, 1945, during World War II, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that Germany's main defensive line on the Western Front had been broken...
Today in History (03/26/15)
Today is Thursday, March 26, the 85th day of 2015. There are 280 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On March 26, 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima was fully secured by U.S. forces following a final, desperate attack by Japanese soldiers. Former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, 82, died in Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Wales...
Today in History (03/25/15)
Today is Wednesday, March 25, the 84th day of 2015. There are 281 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 25, 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery after a five-day march from Selma to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks. Later that day, civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, a white Detroit homemaker, was shot and killed by Ku Klux Klansmen as she drove a black volunteer to the airport...
Today in History (03/24/15)
Today is Tuesday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2015. There are 282 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 24, 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers...
Today in History (03/23/15)
Today is Monday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2015. There are 283 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 23, 1965, America's first two-person space mission took place as Gemini 3 blasted off with astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young aboard for a nearly 5-hour flight...
Today in History (03/22/15)
Today is Sunday, March 22, the 81st day of 2015. There are 284 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the American colonies, which fiercely resisted the tax. (The Stamp Act was repealed a year later.)...
Today in History (03/21/15)
Today is Saturday, March 21, the 80th day of 2015. There are 285 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On March 21, 1965, civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began their third, successful march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. NASA launched Ranger 9, the last of the Ranger series of spacecraft sent to explore the moon...
Today in History (03/20/15)
Today is Friday, March 20, the 79th day of 2015. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 6:45 p.m. EDT. Today's Highlight in History: On March 20, 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the deadly chemical sarin were leaked on five separate subway trains by Aum Shinrikyo cult members...
Today in History (03/19/15)
Today is Thursday, March 19, the 78th day of 2015. There are 287 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 19, 1945, during World War II, 724 people were killed when a Japanese dive bomber attacked the carrier USS Franklin off Japan; the ship, however, was saved. Adolf Hitler ordered the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands in his so-called "Nero Decree," which was largely disregarded...
Today in History (03/18/15)
Today is Wednesday, March 18, the 77th day of 2015. There are 288 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On March 18, 1965, the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov went outside his Voskhod 2 capsule, secured by a tether. Farouk I, the former king of Egypt, died in exile in Rome...
Today in History (03/17/15)
Today is Tuesday, March 17, the 76th day of 2015. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On March 17, 1762, New York held its first St. Patrick's Day parade. On this date: In 1776, British forces evacuated Boston during the Revolutionary War...
Today in History (03/16/15)
Today is Monday, March 16, the 75th day of 2015. There are 290 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 16, 1915, the Federal Trade Commission, created in 1914, began operations. On this date: In 1521, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines, where he was killed by natives the following month...
Today in History (03/15/15)
Today is Sunday, March 15, the 74th day of 2015. There are 291 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson, addressing a joint session of Congress, called for new legislation to guarantee every American's right to vote -- the result was passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965...
Today in History (03/14/15)
Today is Saturday, March 14, the 73rd day of 2015. There are 292 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 14, 1923, President Warren G. Harding became the first chief executive to file an income tax return, paying a levy of $17,990 on his $75,000 salary...
Today in History (03/13/15)
Today is Friday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2015. There are 293 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 13, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis signed a measure allowing black slaves to enlist in the Confederate States Army with the promise they would be set free...
Today in History (03/12/15)
Today is Thursday, March 12, the 71st day of 2015. There are 294 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his 30 radio addresses that came to be known as "fireside chats," telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation's economic crisis...
Today in History (03/11/15)
Today is Wednesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2015. There are 295 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 11, 1865, during the Civil War, Union forces under General William T. Sherman occupied Fayetteville, North Carolina. On this date:...
Today in History (03/10/15)
Today is Tuesday, March 10, the 69th day of 2015. There are 296 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 10, 1985, Konstantin U. Chernenko, who was the Soviet Union's leader for 13 months, died at age 73; he was succeeded by Mikhail Gorbachev...
Today in History (03/09/15)
Today is Monday, March 9, the 68th day of 2015. There are 297 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 9, 1945, during World War II, U.S. B-29 bombers launched incendiary bomb attacks against Tokyo, resulting in an estimated 100,000 deaths...
Today in History (03/08/15)
Today is Sunday, March 8, the 67th day of 2015. There are 298 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 8, 1965, the United States landed its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines arrived to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang...
Today in History (03/07/15)
Today is Saturday, March 7, the 66th day of 2015. There are 299 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 7, 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was violently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, by state troopers and a sheriff's posse in what came to be known as "Bloody Sunday."...
Today in History (03/06/15)
Today is Friday, March 6, the 65th day of 2015. There are 300 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 6, 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, a slave, was not an American citizen and could not sue for his freedom in federal court...
Today in History (03/05/15)
Today is Thursday, March 5, the 64th day of 2015. There are 301 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people...
Today in History (03/04/15)
Today is Wednesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2015. There are 302 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term of office; with the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln declared, "With malice toward none, with charity for all."...
Today in History (03/03/15)
Today is Tuesday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2015. There are 303 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 3, 1945, the Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II. On this date: In 1845, Florida became the 27th state...
Today in History (03/02/15)
Today is Monday, March 2, the 61st day of 2015. There are 304 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 2, 1965, the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical "The Sound of Music," starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, had its world premiere at New York's Rivoli Theater...
Today in History (03/01/15)
Today is Sunday, March 1, the 60th day of 2015. There are 305 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 1, 1565, the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded by Portuguese knight Estacio de Sa. On this date: In 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first U.S. Census...
Today in History (02/28/15)
Today is Saturday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2015. There are 306 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 1940, the first televised college basketball games were broadcast by New York City station W2XBS as Pittsburgh defeated Fordham, 57-37, and New York University beat Georgetown, 50-27, at Madison Square Garden...
Today in History (02/27/15)
Today is Friday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2015. There are 307 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany's parliament building, the Reichstag, was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire to justify suspending civil liberties...
Today in History (02/26/15)
Today is Thursday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2015. There are 308 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 26, 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on the Island of Elba and headed back to France in a bid to regain power. On this date:...
Today in History (02/25/15)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2015. There are 309 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1940, a National Hockey League game was televised for the first time by New York City station W2XBS as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, at Madison Square Garden...
Today in History (02/24/15)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2015. There are 310 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1975, the Congressional Budget Office, charged with providing independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues, began operating under its first director, Alice Rivlin...
Today in History (02/23/15)
Today is Monday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2015. There are 311 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 23rd, 1945, during World War II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi, where they raised the American flag. (There were actually two flag-raisings, the second of which was captured in the iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal of The Associated Press.)...
Today in History (02/22/15)
Today is Sunday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2015. 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 (02/21/15)
Today is Saturday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2015. 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 Harlem's Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam. (Three men -- Talmadge X. Hayer, Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson -- were convicted of murder and imprisoned; all three were eventually paroled.)...
Today in History (02/20/15)
Today is Friday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2015. There are 314 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, upheld, 7-2, compulsory vaccination laws intended to protect the public's health. ...
Today in History (02/19/15)
Today is Thursday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2015. There are 315 days left in the year. This is the Lunar New Year of the Goat. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 19, 1945, Operation Detachment began during World War II as some 30,000 U.S. Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they commenced a successful month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces...
Today in History (02/18/15)
Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2015. There are 316 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1885, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time (after already being published in Britain and Canada)...
Today in History (02/17/15)
Today is Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2015. There are 317 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1865, during the Civil War, Columbia, South Carolina, burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in. (It's not clear which side was responsible for setting the blaze, or whether it had been deliberate.)...
Today in History (02/16/15)
Today is Monday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2015. There are 318 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1945, American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II. On this date:...
Today in History (02/15/15)
Today is Sunday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2015. There are 319 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag, which replaced the "Red Ensign" design, was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa. On this date:...
Today in History (02/14/15)
Today is Saturday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2015. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 14, 1929, the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down...
Today in History (02/13/15)
Today is Friday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2015. There are 321 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 13, 1935, a jury in Flemington, New Jersey, found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was later executed.)...
Today in History (02/12/15)
Today is Thursday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2015. 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, Kentucky. On this date:...
Today in History (02/11/15)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2015. There are 323 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement, in which Stalin agreed to declare war against Imperial Japan following Nazi Germany's capitulation (in return, the Soviet Union would acquire territories lost to Japan in the Russo-Japanese War)...
Today in History (02/10/15)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2015. There are 324 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1940, MGM released the animated short "Puss Gets the Boot," the debut of Tom and Jerry (although in this cartoon, the cat is called "Jasper" by its owner while the mouse was dubbed "Jinx" by creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera)...
Today in History (02/09/15)
Today is Monday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2015. There are 325 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 9, 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau was established. On this date: In 1773, the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, was born in Charles City County, Virginia...
Today in History (02/08/15)
Today is Sunday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2015. There are 326 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1915, D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking as well as controversial silent movie epic about the Civil War, "The Birth of a Nation," premiered in Los Angeles...
Today in History (02/07/15)
Today is Saturday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2015. There are 327 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 7, 1965, during the Vietnam War, Viet Cong forces attacked Camp Holloway, a U.S. Army helicopter base near Pleiku, killing eight Americans and wounding more than 100 others; the United States retaliated with airstrikes against the North Vietnamese...
Today in History (02/06/15)
Today is Friday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2015. 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 (02/05/15)
Today is Thursday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2015. There are 329 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 1940, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "Tuxedo Junction" for RCA Victor's Bluebird label. On this date: In 1783, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States...
Today in History (02/04/15)
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2015. There are 330 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta...
Today in History (02/03/15)
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2015. There are 331 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy...
Today in History (02/02/15)
Today is Monday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2015. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1925, the legendary Alaska Serum Run ended as the last of a series of dog mushers brought a life-saving treatment to Nome, the scene of a diphtheria epidemic, six days after the drug left Nenana...
Today in History (02/01/15)
Today is Sunday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2015. There are 333 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 1, 1865, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman began the Carolinas Campaign as they invaded South Carolina. Abolitionist John S. Rock became the first black lawyer admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court...
Today in History (01/31/15)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2015. There are 334 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 31, 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery, sending it to states for ratification. (The amendment was adopted in Dec. 1865.) Gen. Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of the Confederate States Army by President Jefferson Davis...
Today in History (01/30/15)
Today is Friday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2015. There are 335 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 30, 1945, during World War II, more than 500 Allied captives held at the Japanese prison camp in Cabanatuan in the Philippines were liberated by U.S. ...
Today in History (01/29/15)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2015. There are 336 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 29, 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. On this date: In 1820, Britain's King George III died at Windsor Castle...
Today in History (01/28/15)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2015. There are 337 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 28, 1915, the United States Coast Guard was created as President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service. ...
Today in History (01/27/15)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2015. There are 338 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 27, 1945, during World War II, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. On this date:...
Today in History (01/26/15)
Today is Monday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2015. There are 339 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, which created America's 10th national park. On this date:...
Today in History (01/25/15)
Today is Sunday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2015. There are 340 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 25, 1915, America's first official transcontinental telephone call took place as Alexander Graham Bell, who was in New York, spoke to his former assistant, Thomas Watson, who was in San Francisco, over a line set up by American Telephone & Telegraph...
Today in History (01/24/15)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2015. There are 341 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 24, 1965, British statesman Winston Churchill died in London at age 90. On this date: In 1742, Charles VII was elected Holy Roman Emperor during the War of the Austrian Succession...
Today in History (01/23/15)
Today is Friday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2015. There are 342 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)...
Today in History (01/22/15)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2015. There are 343 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1901, Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 81 after a reign of 63 years; she was succeeded by her eldest son, Edward VII...
Today in History (01/21/15)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2015. There are 344 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 21, 1915, the first Kiwanis Club, dedicated to community service, was founded in Detroit. On this date: In 1793, during the French Revolution, King Louis XVI, condemned for treason, was executed on the guillotine...
Today in History (01/20/15)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2015. There are 345 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 1265, England's first representative Parliament met for the first time; the gathering at Westminster was composed of bishops, abbots, peers, Knights of the Shire and town burgesses...
Today in History (01/19/15)
Today is Monday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2015. There are 346 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 19, 1915, Germany carried out its first air raid on Britain during World War I as a pair of Zeppelins dropped bombs onto Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in England...
Today in History (01/18/15)
Today is Sunday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2015. There are 347 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 18, 1943, during World War II, Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Ghetto launched their initial armed resistance against Nazi troops, who eventually succeeded in crushing the rebellion. A U.S. ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread -- aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts -- went into effect...
Today in History (01/17/15)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2015. There are 348 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 17, 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II; Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody...
Today in History (01/16/15)
Today is Friday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2015. There are 349 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 1865, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15, which decreed that 400,000 acres of land in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida would be confiscated, divided into 40-acre lots and given to former slaves. (The order, which was later revoked by President Andrew Johnson, is believed to have inspired the expression, "Forty acres and a mule.")...
Today in History (01/15/15)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2015. There are 350 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1865, during the closing months of the Civil War, the Second Battle of Fort Fisher near Wilmington, North Carolina, ended as Union forces captured the "Gibraltar of the South," depriving the Confederates of their last major seaport...
Today in History (01/14/15)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2015. There are 351 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 14, 1784, the United States ratified the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War; Britain followed suit in April 1784...
Today in History (01/13/15)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2015. There are 352 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 1915, a magnitude-7 earthquake centered in Avezzano, Italy, claimed some 30,000 lives. On this date: In 1733, James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colonists arrived at Charleston, South Carolina, while en route to settle in present-day Georgia...
Today in History (01/12/15)
Today is Monday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2015. There are 353 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 12, 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected, 204-174, a proposed constitutional amendment to give women nationwide the right to vote. The silent film drama "A Fool There Was," which propelled Theda Bara to stardom with her portrayal of a predatory vamp, premiered in New York...
Today in History (01/11/15)
Today is Sunday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2015. There are 354 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 11, 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, California, that made her the first person to fly solo across any part of the Pacific Ocean...
Today in History (01/10/15)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2015. There are 355 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 10, 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, "Common Sense," which argued for American independence from British rule...
Today in History (01/09/15)
Today is Friday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2015. There are 356 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1945, during World War II, American forces began landing on the shores of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines as the Battle of Luzon got underway, resulting in an Allied victory over Imperial Japanese forces...
Today in History (01/08/15)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2015. There are 357 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 8, 1815, the last major engagement of the War of 1812 came to an end as U.S. forces led by Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans. (Given the slowness of communications at the time, the battle took place even though the United States and Britain had already signed a peace treaty.)...
Today in History (01/07/15)
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2015. There are 358 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 1927, commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London. On this date: In 1610, astronomer Galileo Galilei began observing three of Jupiter's moons (he spotted a fourth moon almost a week later)...
Today in History (01/06/15)
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2015. There are 359 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 6, 1540, England's King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.) On this date:...
Today in History (01/05/15)
Today is Monday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2015. There are 360 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1925, Democrat Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming took office as America's first female governor, succeeding her late husband, William, following a special election...
Today in History (01/04/15)
Today is Sunday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2015. There are 361 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 4, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his State of the Union address in which he outlined the goals of his "Great Society." American-born British poet T.S. Eliot died in London at age 76...
Today in History (01/03/15)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2015. There are 362 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 3, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced that the United States had terminated diplomatic relations with Cuba, after the Havana government said it was limiting the number of U.S. Embassy and Consulate personnel allowed in the country...
Today in History (01/02/15)
Today is Friday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2015. There are 363 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 2, 1965, New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath to a contract reportedly worth $427,000...
Today in History (01/01/15)
Today is Thursday, Jan. 1, the first day of 2015. There are 364 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 1, 1975, a jury in Washington found Nixon administration officials John N. Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Robert C. Mardian guilty of charges related to the Watergate cover-up; a fifth defendant, Kenneth Parkinson, was acquitted, and Mardian's conviction for conspiracy was later overturned on appeal...
Today in History (12/31/14)
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2014. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1904, New York's Times Square saw its first New Year's Eve celebration, with an estimated 200,000 people in attendance. On this date: In 1514, physician Andreas Vesalius, who wrote and illustrated the first comprehensive books on human anatomy, was born in Brussels...
Today in History (12/30/14)
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2014. There is one day left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1922, Vladimir I. Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which lasted nearly seven decades before dissolving in Dec. 1991...
Today in History (12/29/14)
Today is Monday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2014. There are two days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 29, 1170, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II. On this date:...
Today in History (12/28/14)
Today is Sunday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2014. There are three days left in the year. Today[[OpenSingle]]s Highlight in History: On Dec. 28, 1944, the musical [[""]]On the Town,[[""]] with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, opened on Broadway...
Today in History (12/27/14)
Today is Saturday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2014. There are four days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 27, 1964, the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts 27-0 to win the NFL Championship Game played at Cleveland Municipal Stadium...
Today in History (12/26/14)
Today is Friday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2014. 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, 2004, more than 230,000 people, mostly in southern Asia, were killed by a 100-foot-high tsunami triggered by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean...
Today in History (12/25/14)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 25, the 359th day of 2014. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day. Today's Highlight in History: In A.D. 336, the first known commemoration of Christmas on Dec. 25 took place in Rome. On this date: In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned king of England...
Today in History (12/24/14)
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2014. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve. Today's Highlights in History: On Dec. 24, 1914, during World War I, impromptu Christmas truces began to take hold along parts of the Western Front between British and German soldiers who, in some cases, exchanged gifts and even played soccer with each other. Conservationist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, died in Los Angeles at age 76...
Today in History (12/23/14)
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2014. There are eight days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1954, the first successful human kidney transplant took place at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston as a surgical team led by Dr. ...
Today in History (12/22/14)
Today is Monday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2014. 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 (12/21/14)
Today is Sunday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2014. There are 10 days left in the year. Winter arrives at 6:03 p.m. Eastern time. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 21, 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman concluded their "March to the Sea," which had begun in Atlanta on Nov. 15 and ended with the capture of Savannah, Georgia...
Today in History (12/20/14)
Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union as all 169 delegates to a special convention in Charleston voted in favor of separation...
Today in History (12/19/14)
Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1974, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States in the U.S. Senate chamber by Chief Justice Warren Burger with President Gerald R. Ford looking on (in a first for the Senate, the proceeding was televised live)...
Today in History (12/18/14)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2014. There are 13 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 18, 1944, in a pair of related rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Korematsu v. United States, upheld, 6-3, the government's wartime evacuation of people of Japanese descent, including U.S. ...
Today in History (12/17/14)
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2014. There are 14 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer...
Today in History (12/16/14)
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2014. There are 15 days left in the year. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 16, 1944, the World War II Battle of the Bulge began as German forces launched a surprise attack against Allied forces through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium and Luxembourg (the Allies were eventually able to turn the Germans back)...
Today in History (12/15/14)
Today is Monday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2014. There are 16 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Dec. 15, 1944, the U.S. Senate approved the promotions of Henry H. Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur and George C. Marshall to the five-star rank of General of the Army and the nominations of William D. ...
Today in History (12/14/14)
Today is Sunday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2014. There are 17 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States, ruled that Congress was within its authority to enforce the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against racial discrimination by private businesses (in this case, a motel that refused to cater to blacks)...
Today in History (12/06/14)
Today is Saturday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2014. There are 25 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 6, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln nominated Salmon P. Chase to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding Roger Taney. (Chase was installed as chief justice nine days later.)...
Today in History (12/05/14)
Today is Friday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2014. There are 26 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president and was a global symbol of sacrifice and reconciliation, died at age 95...
Today in History (12/04/14)
Today is Thursday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2014. There are 27 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 4, 1984, a five-day hijack drama began as four armed men seized a Kuwaiti airliner en route to Pakistan and forced it to land in Tehran, where the hijackers killed American passenger Charles Hegna. (A second American, William Stanford, also was killed during the siege before Iranian security seized control of the plane.)...
Today in History (12/03/14)
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2014. There are 28 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 3, 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India...
Today in History (12/01/14)
Today is Monday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2014. There are 30 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 1, 1974, TWA Flight 514, a Washington-bound Boeing 727, crashed in Virginia after being diverted from National Airport to Dulles International Airport; all 92 people on board were killed. ...
Today in History (11/30/14)
Today is Sunday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2014. There are 31 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 30, 1864, the Second Battle of Franklin took place in Tennessee during the Civil War as Confederate forces led by Gen. John Bell Hood attacked Union troops commanded by Maj. Gen. John Schofield; Hood's men were driven back with devastating losses...
Today in History (11/29/14)
Today is Saturday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2014. There are 32 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 29, 1964, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church instituted sweeping changes in the liturgy, including the partial use of English instead of Latin...
Today in History (11/28/14)
Today is Friday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2014. There are 33 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 28, 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course toward Mars, which it flew past in July 1965, sending back pictures of the red planet...
Today in History (11/27/14)
Today is Thursday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2014. There are 34 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 27, 1924, Macy's first Thanksgiving Day parade -- billed as a "Christmas Parade" -- took place in New York...
Today in History (11/26/14)
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2014. There are 35 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 26, 1864, English mathematician and writer Charles Dodgson presented a handwritten and illustrated manuscript, "Alice's Adventures Under Ground," to his 12-year-old friend Alice Pleasance Liddell; the book was later revised and turned into "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."...
Today in History (11/25/14)
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2014. There are 36 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Nov. 25, 1984, William Schroeder of Jasper, Indiana, became the second man to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, at Humana Hospital Audubon in Kentucky. (Schroeder lived 620 days on the device.) The Ethiopian famine relief song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was recorded in London by the charity supergroup Band Aid...
Today in History (11/24/14)
Today is Monday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2014. There are 37 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1944, during World War II, U.S. bombers based on Saipan attacked Tokyo in the first raid against the Japanese capital by land-based planes...
Today in History (11/23/14)
Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2014. There are 38 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 23, 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. (The coin-operated device consisted of four listening tubes attached to an Edison phonograph.)...
Today in History (11/22/14)
Today is Saturday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2014. There are 39 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas; Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in the same open car as the president, was seriously wounded. Suspected gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested...
Today in History (11/21/14)
Today is Friday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2014. There are 40 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 21, 1864, a letter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln expressing condolences to Lydia Bixby, a widow in Boston whose five sons supposedly died while fighting in the Civil War. (As it turned out, only two of Mrs. Bixby's sons had been killed in battle; also, historians are not certain that Lincoln actually wrote the letter.)...
Today in History (11/20/14)
Today is Thursday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2014. There are 41 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. On this date: In 1620, Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay; he was the first child born of English parents in present-day New England...
Today in History (11/19/14)
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2014. There are 42 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln paid tribute to the fallen from the Battle of Gettysburg as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania...
Today in History (11/18/14)
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2014. There are 43 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1964, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover described civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as "the most notorious liar in the country" for allegedly accusing FBI agents in Georgia of failing to act on complaints filed by blacks; King, who denied making such a claim, replied, "I cannot conceive of Mr. ...
Today in History (11/17/14)
Today is Monday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2014. There are 44 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1889, the Union Pacific Railroad Co. began direct, daily railroad service between Chicago and Portland, Oregon, as well as Chicago and San Francisco...
Today in History (11/16/14)
Today is Sunday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2014. There are 45 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1914, the newly created Federal Reserve Banks opened in 12 cities. On this date: In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution...
Today in History (11/15/14)
Today is Saturday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2014. There are 46 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 15, 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman began their "March to the Sea" from Atlanta, with the goal of crippling the region's military and economic resources; the campaign ended with the capture of Savannah on Dec. 21...
Today in History (11/14/14)
Today is Friday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2014. There are 47 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Nov. 14, 1889, inspired by the Jules Verne novel "Around the World in Eighty Days," New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to make the trip in less time than the fictional Phileas Fogg. (She completed the journey in 72 days.) Jawarharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, was born...
Today in History (11/13/14)
Today is Thursday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2014. There are 48 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Nov. 13, 1974, Karen Silkwood, a 28-year-old technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Oklahoma, died in a car crash while on her way to meet a reporter. ...
Today in History (11/12/14)
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2014. There are 49 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 12, 1984, space shuttle astronauts Dale Gardner and Joe Allen snared a wandering satellite in history's first space salvage; the Palapa B2 satellite was secured in Discovery's cargo bay for return to Earth...
Today in History (11/11/14)
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2014. There are 50 days left in the year. This is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany...
Today in History (11/10/14)
Today is Monday, Nov. 10, the 314th day of 2014. There are 51 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 10, 1944, during World War II, the ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE-11) exploded while moored at the Manus Naval Base in the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific; the blast annihilated the Mount Hood and damaged nearby vessels, leaving 45 confirmed dead and 327 missing and presumed dead...
Today in History (11/09/14)
Today is Sunday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2014. There are 52 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 9, 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West; joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall...
Today in History (11/08/14)
Today is Saturday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2014. There are 53 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln won re-election as he defeated Democratic challenger George B. McClellan. (Lincoln had seriously doubted he would prevail, but the fall of Atlanta to Union forces in September helped ensure his victory.)...
Today in History (11/07/14)
Today is Friday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2014. There are 54 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 7, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Republican Thomas E. Dewey. On this date:...
Today in History (11/06/14)
Today is Thursday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2014. There are 55 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 6, 1984, President Ronald Reagan won re-election by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic challenger...
Today in History (11/05/14)
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2014. There are 56 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 5, 1914, Britain and France declared war against the Ottoman Empire; Britain also annexed Cyprus. On this date: In 1605, the "Gunpowder Plot" failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament...
Today in History (11/04/14)
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2014. There are 57 days left in the year. This is Election Day. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge, who'd succeeded the late President Warren G. Harding, was elected to a full term of office; Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation's first female governor to serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross...
Today in History (11/03/14)
Today is Monday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2014. There are 58 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson soundly defeated Republican Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right. On this date:...
Today in History (11/02/14)
Today is Sunday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2014. There are 59 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 2, 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states with the signing of proclamations by President Benjamin Harrison, who deliberately shuffled the papers to make it impossible to know the exact order in which the Dakotas were admitted to the Union...
Today in History (10/25/14)
Today is Saturday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2014. There are 67 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 25, 1954, a meeting of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Cabinet was broadcast live on radio and television; during the session, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, just returned from Europe, reported on agreements signed in Paris on the future of West Germany. (To date, it's the only presidential Cabinet meeting to be carried on radio and TV.)...
Today in History (10/23/14)
Today is Thursday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2014. There are 69 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1944, the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf began, resulting in a major Allied victory against Japanese forces...
Today in History (10/22/14)
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2014. There are 70 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 22, 1934, bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd was shot to death by federal agents and local police at a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio...
Today in History (10/21/14)
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1944, during World War II, U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen. On this date: In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," was christened in Boston's harbor...
Today in History (10/20/14)
Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Oct. 20, 1944, during World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, 2 1/2 years after saying, "I shall return." The cities of Belgrade and Dubrovnik were liberated by Russian and Yugoslav troops. ...
Today in History (10/19/14)
Today is Sunday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2014. There are 73 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 1814, the first documented public performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" took place at the Holliday Street Theater in Baltimore, where it was performed by an actor now known only as "Mr. Hardinge."...
Today in History (10/11/14)
Today is Saturday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2014. There are 81 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 11, 1984, Challenger astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space as she and fellow Mission Specialist David C. Leestma spent 3 1/2 hours outside the shuttle...
Today in History (10/10/14)
Today is Friday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2014. There are 82 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 10, 1964, the Summer Olympics were opened in Tokyo by Japanese Emperor Hirohito; it was the first time the games were held in Asia...
Today in History (10/09/14)
Today is Thursday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2014. There are 83 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 9, 1888, the public was first admitted to the Washington Monument. On this date: In 1514, Mary Tudor, the 18-year-old sister of Henry VIII, became Queen consort of France upon her marriage to 52-year-old King Louis XII, who died less than three months later...
Today in History (10/08/14)
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2014. There are 84 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 8, 1914, the World War I song "Keep the Home Fires Burning," by Ivor Novello and Lena Guilbert Ford, was first published in London under the title "Till the Boys Come Home."...
Today in History (10/07/14)
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2014. There are 85 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 1954, Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York. (Anderson made her Met debut in January 1955 playing the role of Ulrica in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera.")...
Today in History (10/06/14)
Today is Monday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2014. There are 86 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 6, 1939, in a speech to the Reichstag, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler spoke of his plans to reorder the ethnic layout of Europe -- a plan which would entail settling the "Jewish problem."...
Today in History (10/05/14)
Today is Sunday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2014. There are 87 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 5, 1988, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."...
Today in History (10/04/14)
Today is Saturday, Oct. 4, the 277th day of 2014. There are 88 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. On this date: In 1777, Gen. George Washington's troops launched an assault on the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania, resulting in heavy American casualties...
Today in History (10/03/14)
Today is Friday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2014. There are 89 days left in the year. The Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, begins at sunset. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 3, 1944, during World War II, U.S. Army troops cracked the Siegfried Line north of Aachen, Germany...
Today in History (10/01/14)
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 1, 1964, the Free Speech Movement began at the University of California, Berkeley, as students spontaneously protested the arrest of Berkeley alumnus Jack Weinberg, who'd refused to identify himself to campus police as he sat behind a table promoting the Congress of Racial Equality...
Today in History (09/30/14)
Today is Tuesday, September 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 30, 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned by the U.S. Navy. On this date:...
Today in History (09/29/14)
Today is Monday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2014. There are 93 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 29, 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men. On this date:...
Today in History (09/28/14)
Today is Sunday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2014. There are 94 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 28, 1787, the Congress of the Confederation voted to send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state legislatures for their approval...
Today in History (09/26/14)
Today is Friday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2014. There are 96 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 26, 1789, Thomas Jefferson was confirmed by the Senate to be the first United States secretary of state; John Jay, the first chief justice; Edmund Randolph, the first attorney general...
Today in History (09/25/14)
Today is Thursday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2014. There are 97 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1789, the first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)...
Today in History (09/24/14)
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2014. There are 98 days left in the year. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sunset. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 24, 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing America's federal court system and creating the post of attorney general...
Today in History (09/23/14)
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2014. There are 99 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 23, 1779, during the Revolutionary War, the American warship Bon Homme Richard, commanded by John Paul Jones, defeated the HMS Serapis in battle off Yorkshire, England; however, the seriously damaged Bon Homme Richard sank two days later...
Today in History (09/22/14)
Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 10:29 p.m. Eastern time. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Capt. Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York...
Today in History (09/21/14)
Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Sept. 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo crashed into Charleston, South Carolina (the storm was blamed for 56 deaths in the Caribbean and 29 in the United States). Twenty-one students in Alton, Texas, died when their school bus, hit by a soft-drink delivery truck, careened into a water-filled pit...
Today in History (09/20/14)
Today is Saturday, September 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 20, 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set out from Spain on five ships to find a western passage to the Spice Islands. (Magellan was killed enroute, but one of his ships eventually circled the world.)...
Today in History (09/19/14)
Today is Friday, September 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 19, 1777, the first Battle of Saratoga was fought during the Revolutionary War; although British forces succeeded in driving out the American troops, the Americans prevailed in a second battle the following month...
Today in History (09/18/14)
Today is Thursday, September 18, the 261st day of 2014. There are 104 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 18, A.D. 14, the Roman Senate officially confirmed Tiberius as the second emperor of the Roman Empire, succeeding the late Augustus...
Today in History (09/17/14)
Today is Wednesday, September 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 17, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault...
Today in History (09/16/14)
Today is Tuesday, September 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 16, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft-evaders...
Today in History (09/15/14)
Today is Monday, September 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On September 15, 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State. Author James Fenimore Cooper was born in Burlington, New Jersey...
Today in History (09/14/14)
Today is Sunday, September 14, the 257th day of 2014. There are 108 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to begin writing the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry" after witnessing how an American flag flying over the Maryland fort had withstood a night of British bombardment during the War of 1812; the poem later became the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."...
Today in History (09/13/14)
Today is Saturday, September 13, the 256th day of 2014. There are 109 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 13, 1814, during the War of 1812, British naval forces began bombarding Fort McHenry in Baltimore but were driven back by American defenders in a battle that lasted until the following morning...
Today in History (09/12/14)
Today is Friday, September 12, the 255th day of 2014. There are 110 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 12, 1914, during World War I, the First Battle of the Marne ended in an Allied victory against Germany...
Today in History (09/11/14)
Today is Thursday, September 11, the 254th day of 2014. There are 111 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 11, 2001, on America's single-worst day of terrorism, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger jetliners, sending two of the planes smashing into New York's World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and the fourth into a field in western Pennsylvania...
Today in History (09/10/14)
Today is Wednesday, September 10, the 253rd day of 2014. There are 112 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 10, 1939, Canada declared war on Germany. On this date: In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia...
Today in History (09/09/14)
Today is Tuesday, September 9, the 252nd day of 2014. There are 113 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 9, 1776, the second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies."...
Today in History (09/08/14)
Today is Monday, September 8, the 251st day of 2014. There are 114 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a "full, free, and absolute pardon" to former President Richard Nixon "for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974."...
Today in History (09/07/14)
Today is Sunday, September 7, the 250th day of 2014. There are 115 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 7, 1964, the controversial "Daisy" commercial for President Lyndon Johnson's election campaign aired on NBC-TV. (The ad, featuring a little girl plucking flower petals followed by footage of a nuclear explosion, was perceived as an attack on Republican nominee Barry Goldwater, who is never shown or mentioned.)...
Today in History (09/06/14)
Today is Saturday, September 6, the 249th day of 2014. There are 116 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 6, 1944, during World War II, the British government relaxed blackout restrictions and suspended compulsory training for the Home Guard...
Today in History (09/05/14)
Today is Friday, September 5, the 248th day of 2014. There are 117 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 5, 1914, the First Battle of the Marne, resulting in a French-British victory over Germany, began during World War I...
Today in History (09/04/14)
Today is Thursday, September 4, the 247th day of 2014. There are 118 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 4, 1944, during World War II, British troops liberated Antwerp, Belgium. On this date: In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Governor Felipe de Neve...
Today in History (09/03/14)
Today is Wednesday, September 3, the 246th day of 2014. There are 119 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 3, 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland; in a radio address, Britain's King George VI said, "With God's help, we shall prevail." The same day, a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the British liner SS Athenia some 250 miles off the Irish coast, killing more than 100 out of the 1,400 or so people on board.. ...
Today in History (09/02/14)
Today is Tuesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II...
Today in History (09/01/14)
Today is Monday, September 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year. This is Labor Day. Today's Highlight in History: On September 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On this date: In 1159, Pope Adrian IV, the only English pope, died...
Today in History (08/31/14)
Today is Sunday, August 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 31, 1954, Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern Atlantic states; Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which resulted in some 70 deaths...
Today in History (08/30/14)
Today is Saturday, August 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 30, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, which was intended to promote private development of nuclear energy...
Today in History (08/29/14)
Today is Friday, August 29, the 241st day of 2014. There are 124 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis...
Today in History (08/28/14)
Today is Thursday, August 28, the 240th day of 2014. There are 125 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 28, 1964, two days of race-related rioting erupted in North Philadelphia over a false rumor that white police officers had beaten to death a pregnant black woman...
Today in History (08/27/14)
Today is Wednesday, August 27, the 239th day of 2014. There are 126 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On August 27, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson accepted his party's nomination for a term in his own right, telling the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, "Let us join together in giving every American the fullest life which he can hope for." The Walt Disney movie musical fantasy "Mary Poppins," starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. ...
Today in History (08/26/14)
Today is Tuesday, August 26, the 238th day of 2014. There are 127 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On August 26, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Kinks' single "You Really Got Me" was released in the United States by Reprise Records, three weeks after its British release...
Today in History (08/25/14)
Today is Monday, August 25, the 237th day of 2014. There are 128 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On August 25, 1944, during World War II, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. Romania declared war on former ally Germany...
Today in History (08/24/14)
Today is Sunday, August 24, the 236th day of 2014. There are 129 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, as well as other public buildings...
Today in History (08/23/14)
Today is Saturday, August 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 23, 1914, Japan declared war against Germany in World War I. On this date: In 1305, Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for treason...
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.)...