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Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2017. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 17, 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany. On this date: In 1863, Federal batteries and […]

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, Dec. 8, the 343rd day of 2016. There are 23 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Imperial Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. On this date: In 1765, Eli Whitney, […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Nov. 10, the 315th day of 2016. There are 51 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 10, 1766, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, had its beginnings as William Franklin, the Royal Governor of New Jersey, signed a charter establishing Queen’s College in New Brunswick. On […]