Genghis Khan Captures Beijing and the 1st Compulsory Driving Test

Today in History

Important Events

  • 4000 BC Approximate domestication of the horse in the Eurasian steppes near Dereivka, central Ukraine (hypothesis only)
  • 1215 Beijing, under control of Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Beijing
  • 1676 Battle of Öland: allied Danish-Dutch forces defeat the Swedish navy in the Baltic Sea, during the Scanian War (1675–79)
  • 1964 Kenya becomes a republic with Jomo Kenyatta as its 1st President
  • 1998 European Central Bank is founded in Brussels to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy
Today's Historical Events

Today in Film & TV

  • 1980 1st transmission of CNN, the Cable News Network

Today in Music

  • 1968 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Mrs Robinson" from "The Graduate" hits #1 (first rock song to win Grammy for Record of the Year)

Did You Know?

The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine

On this day in 1974

Would You Believe?

First written record of Scotch Whisky appears in Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, Friar John Cor is the distiller

On this day in 1495

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1989 Robin Givens & Mike Tyson granted final divorce in NJ
  • 1994 Guns n Roses drummer Matthew Sorum files to divorce Kai
Today's Weddings & Divorces