Mongols Destroy Kiev, Slavery Abolished in the US and the Anglo-Irish Treaty

What Happened Today in History

Historical Events

  • 1240 Mongols led by Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kyiv after an 8 day siege; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive
  • 1865 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery (except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,) [1]

Today in Film & TV

Today in Music

  • 1969 300,000 attend Altamont free concert in California, featuring The Rolling Stones. Marred by violence and four deaths.

Today in Sport

  • 1992 San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park
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Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Washington, D.C., making it the tallest human-built structure in the world (overtaking Cologne Cathedral)

Today in History in 1884

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Thomas Edison records himself reciting "Mary had a little lamb"

Today in History in 1877

Famous Weddings

  • 1491 King Charles VIII of France (21) marries Anna Duchess of Brittany (14) giving France control over Brittany
  • 1630 Painter Peter Paul Rubens (53) marries his second wife Helena (16) Fourment and the inspiration for his voluptuous female figures, in Antwerp
  • 1930 Pablo Neruda marries Marie A Hagenaar Vogelzang in Batavia

Famous Divorces

  • 1938 Actress Bette Davis (30) divorces musician Harmon Nelson (31) due to cruel and inhuman manner after more than 6 years of marriage
  • 1982 US Senator Ted & Joan Kennedy divorce
  • 1988 Actor and comedian Robin Williams (37) divorces Valerie Velardi after 10 years of marriage
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