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Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2017. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 13, 1742, “Messiah,” the oratorio by George Frideric Handel featuring the “Hallelujah” chorus, had its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland. On this date: In 1613, Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, April 6, the 96th day of 2017. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I as the House joined the Senate in approving a declaration of war against Germany that was then signed by President Woodrow Wilson. […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 30, the 89th day of 2017. There are 276 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million (the rough equivalent of $125 million today), a deal […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2017. There are 283 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 23, 1792, Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major (known as the “Surprise” symphony because of an unexpected crashing chord in the second movement) had its first public performance in […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 16, the 75th day of 2017. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. On this date: In A.D. 37, Roman emperor Tiberius died; […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 9, the 68th day of 2017. There are 297 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 9, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. The Amistad, ruled in favor of a group of Africans captured by U.S. authorities after they had seized control of a […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 2, the 61st day of 2017. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 2, 1867, Howard University, a historically black school of higher learning in Washington, D.C., was founded as it received a congressional charter. Congress passed, over President Andrew Johnson’s veto, the first […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2017. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1942, the first shelling of the U.S. mainland during World War II occurred as a Japanese submarine fired on an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, causing little damage. On […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2017. There are 318 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s victory earned him the moniker “Unconditional Surrender Grant.” […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2017. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 9, 1942, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II. Daylight saving “Wartime” went into effect in the United States, […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2017. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1887, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, held its first Groundhog Day festival. On this date: In 1653, New Amsterdam — now New York City — was incorporated. In 1848, […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2017. There are 346 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 19, 1977, on his last full day in office, President Gerald R. Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D’Aquino, an American convicted of treason for making English-language radio broadcasts from Japan aimed at […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2017. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 1910, at a White House dinner hosted by President William Howard Taft, Baroness Rosen, wife of the Russian ambassador, caused a stir by requesting and smoking a cigarette — it […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2017. There are 360 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed assistance to countries to help them resist Communist aggression in what became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine. On this date: In 1781, a British […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Dec. 22, the 357th day of 2016. There are nine days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On this date: In 1775, Esek Hopkins was appointed the commander in […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Dec. 15, the 350th day of 2016. There are 16 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, went into effect following ratification by Virginia. On this date: In 1814, the “Hartford Convention” began as […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Dec. 1, the 336th day of 2016. There are 30 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 1, 1941, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands after his government rejected U.S. demands contained in the Hull Note. British-born journalist and broadcaster […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Oct. 6, the 280th day of 2016. There are 86 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 6, 1976, President Gerald R. Ford, in his second presidential debate with Democrat Jimmy Carter, asserted that there was “no Soviet domination of eastern Europe.” (Ford later conceded such was not […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Sept. 29, the 273rd day of 2016. 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 the strength of several hundred men. On this date: In 1829, London’s reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Sept. 22, the 266th day of 2016. There are 100 days left in the year. Autumn arrives at 10:21 a.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. On this date: […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Sept. 8, the 252nd day of 2016. There are 114 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Sept. 8, 1966, the science-fiction series “Star Trek” premiered on NBC; the situation comedy “That Girl,” starring Marlo Thomas, debuted on ABC. On this date: In 1565, a Spanish expedition established the […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Sept. 1, the 245th day of 2016. There are 121 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On this date: In 1715, following a reign of 72 years, King Louis XIV of France died four days before […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 25, the 238th day of 2016. There are 128 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act establishing the National Park Service within the Department of the Interior. On this date: In 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 18, the 231st day of 2016. There are 135 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 18, 1846, during the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces led by Gen. Stephen W. Kearny occupied Santa Fe in present-day New Mexico. On this date: In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 14, the 196th day of 2016. There are 170 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 14, 1966, the city of Chicago awoke to the shocking news that eight student nurses had been brutally slain during the night in a South Side dormitory. The victims, ranging in age from […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, June 30, the 182nd day of 2016. There are 184 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 30, 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded in Washington, D.C. On this date: In 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, June 16, the 168th day of 2016. There are 198 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 16, 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; she spent 71 hours in flight, circling the Earth 48 times […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, April 14, the 105th day of 2016. 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. On this date: In 1775, […]