Today in History July 13

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1793 – Journalist and French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat is assassinated in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday, a member of the opposing political faction. 1814 – The Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy, is established. 1863 – New York City draft riots: In New York City, opponents of conscription begin three days of rioting which will […]

Today in History July 10

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*1212 – The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground. *1499 – The Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returns to Lisbon after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama. *1553 – Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England. *1850 – […]

Today in History July 9

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1540 – King Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. 1776 – George Washington orders the Declaration of Independence to be read out to members of the Continental Army in Manhattan, while thousands of British troops on Staten Island prepare for the Battle of Long Island. 1790 – […]

Today in History July 3

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*987 – Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France until the French Revolution in 1792. *1754 – French and Indian War: George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to French forces. *1775 – American Revolutionary War: George Washington takes commandof the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts. *1844
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Today in History June 29

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1194 – Sverre is crowned King of Norway. 1534 – Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island. 1613 – The Globe Theatre in London burns to the ground. 1776 – First privateer battle of the American Revolutionary War fought at Turtle Gut Inlet near Cape May, New Jersey 1874 – Greek […]

Today in History June 27

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1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain 1743 – War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field. 1833 – Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy […]

Today in History June 25

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Custer by Mathew Brady 1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop. It was about tine. 1638 – Lunar eclipse is first astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies 1667 – Dr Jean-Baptiste Denys, French doctor, performs first blood transfusion 1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens 1868 […]

Today in History June 22

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Today in History June 22   Galileo   1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his viewthat the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe in the form he presented it in, after heated controversy. 1783 – A poisonous cloud caused by the eruption of the Laki […]

Today in History June 20

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451 – Germans and  Romans beat Attila the Hun at Catalarinische Fields 1837 – Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of uncle King William IV. She ruled for 63 years ending in 1901 1840 – Samuel Morse patents his telegraph 1867 –  President Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska      The […]

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1464 – French King Louis XI forms postal service 1862 – Slavery outlawed in US territories 1864 – CSS “Alabama” sunk by USS “Kearsarge” off Cherbourg, France 1917 – King George V ordered members of British royal family to dispense with German titles & surnames, they take the name Windsor. George V was King of the […]