Today in History

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, 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. 26, the 26th day of 2017. There are 339 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1942, the first American Expeditionary Force to head to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland. On this date: In 1784, in a letter to his daughter […]

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. 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, 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, Nov. 24, the 329th day of 2016. There are 37 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1941, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Edwards v. California, unanimously struck down a California law prohibiting people from bringing indigent non-residents into the state. On this […]

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 […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Oct. 27, the 301st day of 2016. There are 65 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published. On this date: In 1858, the 26th president of […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Oct. 20, the 294th day of 2016. There are 72 days left in the year.   Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1976, 78 people were killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta rammed the commuter ferry George Prince on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. On this date: In 1714, the […]

Today in History

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Oct. 13, the 287th day of 2016. There are 79 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 13, 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia. On this date: In A.D. 54, Roman […]

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: […]

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