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This Day in History

February 23

Flag raised over Iwo Jima in 1945.




February 22

George Washington born in 1732.


February 21

Malcolm X assassinated in 1965.


February 20

Ireland allows sale of contraceptives in 1985.


February 16

King Tut’s tomb opened in 1923.

“Most daring act in history” in 1804.

Bland-Allison Act takes effect in 1878.


February 15

Canada adopts maple-leaf flag in 1965.

Disney’s Cinderella opens in 1950.



February 14

Saint Valentine beheaded in 278.

Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929.

Penicillin discovered in 1929.



February 13

Galileo brought in for Inquisition in 1633.



February 12

Abraham Lincoln born in 1809.

Judy Blume born in 1938.

Bill Russel born in 1934.


February 9

McCarthy accuses state department of commie infiltration in 1950.


February 8

John Grisham born in 1955.



February 7

Beatles land in the U.S. in 1964,


February 6

Ronald Reagan born in 1911.

France and America sign the “Treaty of Amity and Commerce” and the “Treaty of Alliance”

Of Mice and Men published in 1937.


February 5

Andrew Greeley born in 1928



February 2

First Groundhog Day in 1887.

First Donner Party member dies in 1847.

Battle of Stalingrad ends in 1943.

Gene Kelly dies in 1996.


February 1

Oxford dictionary debuts.


January 31

Hydrogen bomb announced by President Truman in 1950.

First McDonald’s opens in Soviet Union in 1990.

Apollo 14 leaves for moon trip in 1971.

Guy Fawkes dies in 1606.


January 30

Gandhi assassinated in 1948.

FDR is born in 1882.

Bloody Sunday takes place in 1972.

Hitler becomes chancellor of Deutschland in 1933.


January 29

William McKinley born in 1843.

‘The Raven’ published in 1845.


January 26

“The Dukes of Hazzard” premiers in 1979.

Australia Day!


January 25

Largest diamond ever found in 1905.

Burnside relieved of command in 1863.

First Winter Olympics in 1924.

Birth of Robert Burns in 1759.

Manson and followers convicted in 1978.


January 24

First canned beer sold in 1935.

Boy Scouts formed in 1908.

Sir Winston Churchill passes away in 1965.


January 23

First Frisbees produced in 1957.

Hulk Hogan beats The Iron Sheik for first WWF title.


January 22

Unabomber pleads guilty in 1998.

Supreme Court passes legalization of abortion in 1973.


January 19

Edgar Allan Poe is born in 1809.

General Robert Edward Lee born in 1807.


January 18

Hawaii is discovered by Captain Cook in 1778.

Peace Conference begins in Paris in 1919.


January 17

The Brinks Armored Car robbery takes place in 1950.

Soviet forces capture Warsaw in 1945.


January 16

Prohibition begins in 1919.


January 12

Jack London born in 1876.


January 11

Theodore  roosevelt makes Grand Canyon a national monument  

Battle of Arkansas post

Reagan gives his farewell address


January 8

League of Nations formed in 1920.

U.N. meets for first time in 1946.


January 7

First Iphone debuts in 2007.

Sylvester Stallone begins filming Rocky in 1976.


January 6

Crazy Horse’s Last Stand in 1827.

Elvis Presley gets his first guitar in 1940.

The Battle of New Orleans in 1815.


January 5

Construction begins on the Golden Gate Bridge in 1933.

First legal divorce in the colonies in 1643.


January 4

Jacob Grimm born in 1785.

T.S. Elliot dies in 1965.

Samuel Colt sells his first shipment of revolvers to the U.S. Government in 1847.


January 3

J.R.R. Tolkien born in South Africa in 1892.

Alaska admitted into the Union in 1959.


December 18

Mayflower docks in Plymouth Harbor

Nixon announces start of Christmas bombing of North Vietnam

Japan invades Hong Kong

Battle of Verdun ends


December 17 

Wright airplane flies at Kitty Hawk in 1903.

Internment of Japanese Americans in 1944.

Kim Jong Il dies in 2011.


December 16 

Boston Tea Party in 1773.

The Battle of The Bulge takes place in 1944.


December 15

The Bill of Rights becomes law in 1791.

Sitting Bull dies to Indian Police in 1890.


December 14

Anderson reaches South Pole in 1911.


December 13

1577 Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England on a circumnavigation of the world.


December 12

The Rape of Nanking, China transpires in 1937.

Dick Van Dyke born in 1925.


December 11

Mona Lisa recovered in Florence, Italy in 1913.


December 10

Edward VIII abdicates throne in 1936.

UNICEF founded in 1946.


December 9

First Nobel Prizes awarded in 1901.

Ford builds its 1 millionth car in 1915.

Wilbur D. Mills involved in Arkansas sex scandal in 1974.


December 8

U.S. Marines storm Mogadishu in 1992.


December 7

John Lennon shot in 1980.

Mary, Queen of Scots, is born in 1542.


December 6

Washington monument completed

13th amendment was ratified

Protest against soviet treatment of jews take place in washington and moscow


December 5

First mysterious aircraft disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945.

Prohibition ends in 1933.

President Van Buren born in 1782.


December 4

Mary Celeste found abandoned in 1817.

First text message sent in 1992.



December 3

A Streetcar Named Desire opens in 1947.

First human heart transplant in 1967.

Illinois becomes 21st state in 1818.

Ozzy Osbourne born in 1948.


December 2

The Enron Corporation declares bankruptcy in 2001.

Napoleon crowned Emperor of France in 1804.

Monroe Doctrine declared in 1823.

Terrorist John Brown hung in 1859.


December 1

Chunnel workers breakthrough in 1990.

Richard Pryor born in 1940.

Rosa Parks starts bus boycott in 1955.


November 30

Winston Churchill born in 1874.

Mark Twain born in 1835.


November 29

Palestine partition vote at the U.N. in 1947.


November 28

Famed explorer Ferdinand Magellan reaches Pacific Ocean in 1520.
William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway in 1582.
Infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murdered in prison in 1994.
Battle of Cane Hill in 1895.


November 27

Pope Urban II orders beginning of the First Crusade in 1095.


November 26

FDR establishes Thanksgiving as a holiday in 1941.

Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon enter the tomb of King Tutankhamen in 1922.

Casablanca premieres in NYC in 1942.

T.E. Lawrence sends letter on Arab affairs in 1916.  


November 25

Mousetrap opens in 1952.


November 24

Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection published in 1859.

Zachary Taylor born in 1784.

Wilt Chamberlain sets record for rebounds.


November 23

First issue of Life published in 1936.

Author Roald Dahl passes away in 1990.

Robert Johnson makes first blues recording in 1936.


November 22

President John F. Kennedy assassinated in 1963.

Infamous pirate Blackbeard finally slain in 1718.

First female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigns in 1990.


November 21

People tune in to Dallas to find out “Who shot J.R.?” in 1980.

Austrian Emperor Franz Josef dies in 1916, severely weakening the Central Powers.    


November 20

Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals begins in 1945.

Three-position traffic signal patented in 1923.  


November 19

Abraham Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address.

James A. Garfield born in 1831.

Defense of Stalingrad in 1942.

Reagan and Gorbachev meet for the first time in 1985.


November 18

Hostage Terry Waite freed in 1991.

Jonestown suicides in 1979.


November 17

Elizabethan Age begins in 1558.

Articles of Confederation submitted in 1777.

Nixon quoted as saying “I am not a crook.” in 1973.


November 16

Fort Washington captured in 1776.

Riker Torpedo Racer sets the world record for speed for electric cars.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opens 2001.

The Sound of Music opens in 1959.


November 15

First stock ticker is unveiled in New York City in 1867.

Articles of Confederation adopted in 1777.

Craig Breedlove sets a new record for land speed record in 1965.


November 14

Moby Dick published in 1851.

Ben Franklin takes sides in 1776.

Apollo 12 takes of in 1969.


November 13

Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial dedicated in 1982.


November 12

Ellis Island closes in 1954.

Founder of Reader’s Digest, DeWitt Wallace, born in 1889.

Seymour Hersh breaks My Li story in 1969.


November 11

World War I ends at the 11th hour on the 11th day on the 11th month in 1918.

General George Patton born on 1885.

Louisa May Alcott published first novel 1852.


November 10

Brezhnev dies in 1982.

Sesame Street debuts in 1969.

All Quiet on The Western Front published in 1928.


November 9

Roosevelt goes to Panama in 1906.

Kristallnacht begins in 1938.

East Germany opens Berlin wall in 1989.


November 8

Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen discovers X-rays in 1895.

Beer Hall Putsch begins in 1923.

John F. Kennedy elected in 1960.


November 7

Magic Johnson announces he is HIV-positive in 1991.

Steve McQueen dies in 1980.

FDR wins 4th term in 1944.


November 6

Bolshevik Revolt in 1917.

Jefferson Davis elected in 1861.

U.N. condemns apartheid in 1962.


November 5

Richard Nixon elected president in 1968.


November 4

Soviets put down Hungarian Revolution in 1956.

Entrance to King Tut’s tomb is found in 1922.

Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in 1842.


November 3

D.C. residents vote for president for the first time in 1964, due to the passing of the 23rd amendment in 1961.

Panama declares independence in 1903.

Soviet space dog Laika goes to space in 1957.

The order to bomb Pearl Harbor is given in 1941.


November 2

Spruce Goose flies in 1947.

John Paul Jones sets sail in 1777.

MLK day declared federal holiday in 1983.

Warren G. Harding born in 1865.


November 1

Attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in 1950.

Sistine Chapel ceiling revealed in 1512.


October 31

Martin Luther posts 95 Theses in 1517.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes published in 1892.

Also spoopy day.


October 30

Orson Welles frightens United States with radio play of War of The Worlds in 1938.

John Adams is born in 1735.

Muhammad Ali wins the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974.


October 29

John Glenn returns to space in 1998.


October 28

Statue of Liberty dedicated in 1886.


October 27

New York City opens subway in 1904.

Infamous mafioso John Gotti is born in 1940.

King George III speaks to American parliament in 1775.


October 26

George Bush signs Patriot Act in 2001.
Infant receives baboon heart transplant in 1984.


October 25

Artist Pablo Picasso born in 1881.

AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” becomes a hit in 1980.


October 24

63-year-old Annie Edison Taylor goes over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

30-Years-War ends in 1648


October 23

Brutus, friend to and killer of Julius Caesar, kills himself in 42 B.C.

Musician “Weird Al” Yankovic born in 1959.


October 19

“Rocket” Richard kicks 500 goals in 1957.

“Take on Me” reaches top of U.S. charts.


October 18

The U.S. takes possession of Alaska in 1867.

Reggie Jackson hits 3 home runs in 3 consecutive pitches in 1977.


October 17

Infamous mafioso Al Capone goes to prison for tax fraud in 1931.

Historical Voigt robbery takes place in 1906.

Musician Selena Quintanilla killed in 1989.


October 16

Oscar Wilde is born in 1854.

Marie Antoinette is born in 1793.


October 13

The first cornerstone of the White House is laid in 1792.

Chilean Miners are rescued after 69 days underground in 2010.


October 12

Death of General Robert Edward Lee in 1870.

Columbus reaches land in 1492.


October 11

Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Prize in 2002.

Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen’s “Born to Run” is a hit 1975.

Saturday Night Live debuts in 1975.

The Clintons marry in 1975.

Death of Meriwether Lewis in 1809.


October 10

andrewJohn Lennon is born in 1940.

Darwin publishes work on mold and worms in 1881.


October 9

Communist revolutionary Che Guevara is executed in 1967. (and nothing of value was lost.)

St. Paul’s Cathedral bombed in 1947.


October 6

In 1847, Jane Eyre is published.

Babe Ruth sets World Series record in 1926.


October 5

Steve Jobs passes away in 2011.

First Presidential speech on T.V. in 1947.

Dalai Lama wins Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch drop “Good Vibrations” 1996.


October 4

The first Sputnik was launched in 1957.

Beverly Hills, 90210 debuts in 1990.


October 2

Rock Hudson, Hollywood star, dies of AIDS in 1985.

American poet Wallace Stevens is born today in 1871.

The first black Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall is sworn in today in 1967.


September 28

Ted Williams was the last player to hit .400 in 1941.

The Battle of Yorktown begins in 1781.

British soldier allegedly spares life of wounded Adolf Hitler in 1918 during WW1.


September 26

Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe in 1580.

The Brady Brunch airs in 1969.

In 1888 T.S. Elliot was born.

Daniel Boone dies in Missouri in 1820.


September 25

The Little Rock 9 attended Central High in 1954.

The Bill of Rights passed through Congress in 1770.


September 22

In 1862, President Lincoln signed into effect the Emancipation Proclamation.

President Ford survived the second assassination attempt on his life in 1975.

President Kennedy signed Peace Corps legislation in 1961.


September 21

In 1939, the first Cannes Film Festival was scheduled to open but was canceled due to WW2 breaking out. It was rescheduled in 1946.

In 1777, Redcoats slaughtered 200 sleeping American troops in an event known as the Paoli Massacre.


September 19

President James  Garfield succumbed to shooting wounds in 1881.

Gram Parsons, a country-rock legend, died today in 1973.

Goodfellas opened to 46.8 million dollars in 1990.

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