Bloodiest Day in the American Civil War, Bacteria and the Commonwealth of Australia

Today in History

Important Events

  • 642 Arab forces under Amr ibn al-'As conquer Alexandria
  • 1683 Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria
  • 1862 Battle of Antietam [Battle of Sharpsburg], bloodiest day in the American Civil War: 22,000 dead, wounded or missing in first battle on Union soil
  • 1900 Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed
  • 1916 The Red Baron [Manfred von Richthofen], WWI flying ace of the German Luftstreitkr√§fte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France
  • 1978 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Camp David Accords, frameworks for peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel
Today's Historical Events

Today in Film & TV

  • 1972 TV comedy M*A*S*H, adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit and Wayne Rogers debuts on CBS in the US

Today in Music

  • 1964 Beatles are paid a then record $150,000 for a concert (Kansas)

Today in Sport

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Did You Know?

1st successful separation of Siamese (conjoined) twins

On this day in 1953


Would You Believe?

Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America

On this day in 1859

Famous Weddings

  • 1918 Abbott and Costello's Bud Abbott (22) weds Betty Smith
  • 1937 Economist John Kenneth Galbraith (29) weds author Catherine Atwater (24) at the Reformed Church of North Hempstead in New York
  • 1942 Ice hockey player Maurice Richard (20) weds Lucille Norchet (17)

Famous Divorces

  • 1994 Princess Christina separates
Today's Weddings & Divorces