Today's Events in History

  • 473 The future Zeno I is named associate emperor by Emperor Leo I.
  • 1183 Battle of Mizushima: Japanese Taira clan defeat the Minamoto
  • 1278 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins
  • 1292 (O.S.) John Balliol becomes King of Scots.
  • 1511 England, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire sign anti-French covenant The Treaty of Westminster
  • 1555 William of Orange becomes member of Council of State

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1558 Elizabeth I aged 25 ascends English throne upon death of her half sister Queen "Bloody" Mary

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1558 The Church of England is re-established

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1603 English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh
  • 1636 Henrique Dias, Brazilian general, wins a decisive battle against the Dutch in Brazil
  • 1659 Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain
  • 1734 John Zenger, arrested for libel against NY colonial governor; later acquitted
  • 1774 First City Troop Philadelphia City Cavarly formed at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia - oldest US military unit still in service
  • 1785 Church of England organizes in New England

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1796 Battle of Arcole-Napoleon I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1798 -21) Snow storms in New England, hundreds die

  • 1800 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building
  • 1812 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
  • 1827 The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York
  • 1831 Ecuador and Venezuela separated from Greater Colombia
  • 1842 Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
  • 1853 Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections

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1855 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1856 On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.
  • 1858 Origin of Modified Julian Period
  • 1862 Confederate Secretary of War George B Randolph resigns

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1862 Union General Ambrose Burnside marches north out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Fredericksburg campaign

Union General, Politician and Industrialist Ambrose Burnside
Union General, Politician and Industrialist
Ambrose Burnside
  • 1863 -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, Tennessee

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1863 Abraham Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1869 Suez Canal in Egypt opens, linking Mediterranean and Red seas
  • 1874 Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ
  • 1875 Amer Theosophical Society founded by Mme Blavatsky & Col Olcott
  • 1877 Gilbert and Sullivan's operette "Sorcerer" premieres in London
  • 1877 Russia launches a surprise night attack that overruns Turkish forces at Kars, Armenia
  • 1878 First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy
  • 1885 The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invades Bulgaria
  • 1889 Union Pacific begins daily through service, Chicago-Portland & San Francisco
  • 1894 Daily Racing Form founded

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1894 Serial killer H. H. Holmes is arrested in Boston after being tracked there from Philadelphia by the Pinkertons

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1903 Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate.
  • 1903 In the Treaty of Petropolis, Bolivia cedes the territory of Arce to Brazil; Bolivia gains rail and water outlets in the east

  • 1905 The Eulsa Treaty is signed between Japan and Korea.
  • 1913 1st US dental hygienists course forms, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1913 The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans
  • 1914 US declares Panama Canal Zone neutral

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1917 Lenin defends "temporary" removal of freedom of the press

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1918 Social Democratic Party becomes Communistc Party Holland: CPH
  • 1918 German troops evacuate Brussels

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1922 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI is expelled to Malta on British warship
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  • 1927 Tornado hits Washington, D.C.
  • 1928 Boston Garden officially opens
  • 1928 Notre Dame finally loses a football game at home after 23 years
  • 1929 Pascual Ortiz Rubio elected president of Mexico

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1929 Joseph Stalin throws Nicolai Bucharin out of Politburo

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

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1931 Charles Lindbergh inaugurates Pan Am service from Cuba to South America in the Sikorsky flying boat "American Clipper"

  • 1932 German government of von Papen resigns
  • 1933 United States recognizes Soviet Union, opens trade
  • 1936 Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio
  • 1937 Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement
  • 1938 Italy passes its own version of anti-Jewish Nuremberg laws
  • 1939 German U-boat torpedoes passenger ship
  • 1939 Jerome Kern/Hammerstein II's "Very Warm for May" premieres in NYC
  • 1939 The Rome-Rio de Janeiro air connection is created.
  • 1944 -Nov 19] Nazi raids in Dutch NE Polder
  • 1945 New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF
  • 1948 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
  • 1951 Britain reports development of the world's first nuclear-powered heating system
  • 1953 The remaining human inhabitants of the Blasket Islands, Kerry, Ireland are evacuated to the mainland
  • 1953 United States joins the United Nations in condemning Israel's raid on Jordan on October 4, 1953
  • 1956 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • 1959 De Beers firm of South Africa announces synthetic diamond
  • 1959 Giants slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1959 William Shea shows proposed NYC stadium with transparent roof

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1962 US President JFK dedicates Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1964 British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1965 General Meeting of UN refuses admittance of People's Republic of China
  • 1965 The NVA ambushes American troops of the 7th Cavalry at Landing Zone Albany in the la Drang Valley, almost wiping them out
  • 1966 Leonids meteor shower peaks (150,000+ per hour)
  • 1967 French author Régis Debray sentenced to 30 years in Bolivia
  • 1967 Surveyor 6 becomes 1st man-made object to lift off Moon
  • 1967 Davey Jones of the Monkees opens a boutique, Zilch I, in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1968 Alexandros Panagoulis is condemned to death for attempting to assassinate Greek dictator George Papadopoulos
  • 1969 SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
  • 1970 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
  • 1970 Russia lands Lunokhod 1 unmanned remote-controlled vehicle on Moon

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1970 Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse

Computer Scientist Douglas Engelbart
Computer Scientist
Douglas Engelbart
  • 1973 Greek regime attacks students with tanks, 100s killed
  • 1973 Teri Garr plays role of a stripper on "The Nurse"

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1973 US President Richard Nixon tells AP "...people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook"

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1974 Union of Banana Exporting Countries (UPEB) forms
  • 1974 Aliança Operário-Camponesa (Worker-Peasant Alliance) founded in Portugal as a front of PCP(m-l).
  • 1976 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1977 Bernard Pomerance's "Elephant Man" premieres in London

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1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat

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1979 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 1979 NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC
  • 1982 Dale Murphy wins NL MVP
  • 1983 Harm Wiersma retains checkers world championship
  • 1985 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on 92.3 WXRK FM New York, N.Y.

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1988 Neil Simon's "Rumors" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1989 Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29
  • 1990 David Crosby breaks his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angles, CA
  • 1991 1st TV condom ad aired (FOX- TV)
  • 1992 Erling Kagge begins successful exploration at South pole
  • 1993 Antonov AN-124 flies in South Iran against mountain: 17 killed
  • 1993 US House of Representatives approve Nafta

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1993 Gen. Sani Abacha leads a military coup in Nigeria that overthrows the government of Ernest Shonekan

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • 1993 General Sani Abacha leads a coup against Ernest Shonekan's transitional administration and returns the Nigerian government to military control
  • 1994 3rd Germany government of Kohl forms
  • 1994 Irish government of Reynolds resigns
  • 1996 Sam's Town Bowling Invitational
  • 1996 Time White and T. Assebework discover the first fossils of 2.5 million year old Australopithecus garhi, an ancestor on the human family tree, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
  • 1997 In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre (The police then kill the assailants).
  • 2000 A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills 7, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.

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2000 Alberto Fujimori is removed from office as President of Peru

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • 2004 Kmart Corp. announces it is buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion USD and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
  • 2005 Italy's choice of national anthem, Il Canto degli Italiani, becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.
  • 2006 Official naming of element 111, Roentgenium (Rg).
  • 2008 Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years
  • 2012 50 schoolchildren and a bus driver are killed after a train collides with a school bus in Manfalut, Egypt
  • 2013 50 people are killed after a Boeing 737 aircraft crashes in Kazan, Russia
  • 2013 Abdulla Yameen becomes the President of the Maldives
  • 2013 Giorgi Margvelashvili becomes the President of Georgia
  • 2014 The Church of England adopts legislation enabling the appointment of female bishops
  • 2015 Ireland's 1st same-sex wedding takes place - Cormac Gollogly and Richard Dowling marry in Clonmel, County Tipperary
  • 2015 Suicide bomber kills more than 30 in a market in Yola, north-eastern Nigeria, with Boko Haram blamed
  • 2016 Smaller pyramid find within 2 known Kukulkan "nesting" pyramids announced at Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico, dating to 550-80 AD