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On This Day in History

By Bella Benz 

  • December 13, 2018: On this day in 1989, Taylor Swift was born (28yrs).
  • December 12, 2018: On this day in 1915, Frank Sinatra was born.
  • December 11, 2018: In 1913,  “Mona Lisa” recovered 2 years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum
  • December 10, 2018: In 1964, Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo
  • December 7, 2018: In 1995, American rock band The Grateful Dead break up
  • December 6, 2018: On this day in 1877, Thomas Edison records himself reciting “Mary had a little lamb”
  • December 5, 2018: In 1717, English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop “Margaret” and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard‘s appearance, and the source for his name
  • December 4, 2018: On this day in 1969, Jay-Z was born (49 years old).
  • December 3, 2018: On this day in 1775, First official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred
  • November 29, 2018: On this day in 1898, C.S. Lewis was born.
  • November 28, 2018: In 1895, America’s 1st auto race organised by the “Chicago Times-Herald” Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner avg 7 MPH
  • November 27, 2018: In 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born on this day.
  • November 26, 2018: In 1983, World’s greatest robbery; 26 million pounds (sterling) worth of gold, diamonds and cash stolen from Brink’s-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England
  • November 20, 2018: Former Vice President, Joe Biden, was born on this day (76 years).
  • November 19, 2018: In 1990, Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after it is learned they did not sing on their award-winning “Girl You Know Its True” album
  • November 16, 2018: In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci‘s painting “Salvator Mundi” sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork
  • November 14, 2018: In 1908, Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light
  • November 13, 2018: In 2002, Eminem releases single ‘Lose Yourself’ from soundtrack of “8 Mile”, 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song
  • November 12, 2018: In 1982, Zaheer Abbas gets his 100th 100 in Test Cricket for Pakistan v India, goes to 215
  • November 9, 2018: In 1995, Gary Kasparov becomes the youngest ever world chess champion (22), with a 13-11 win over fellow Russian Anatoly Karpov
  • November 8, 2018: In 2016, Republican Donald Trump is elected President of the United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton, who received 2.9 million more votes
  • November 7, 2018: In 1991, Magic Johnson announces he has HIV virus & retires from LA Lakers
  • November 6, 2018: In 2006, 40th Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Keith Urban wins
  • November 5, 2018: In 1492, Christopher Columbus 1st learns about growing and harvesting maize (corn) from Cuba’s indigenous population
  • November 2, 2018: In 1983,  “Thriller” single released worldwide by Michael Jackson
  • November 1, 2018: In 1969, The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks
  • October 31, 2018: In 1541, Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting “The Last Judgement” in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
  • October 30, 2018: In 2003, “Wicked” premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth
  • October 29, 2018: In 2015, China announces the end of their one-child policy after 35 years
  • October 26, 2018: In 1861, Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months
  • October 25, 2018: In 1984, Katy Perry was born on this day (33 years).
  • October 24, 2018: In 2008, “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.
  • October 23, 2018: In 2015, Adele releases her single “Hello” – becomes 1st song with more than a million downloads in 1st week (1.1m)
  • October 22, 2018: In 1962, Cuban missile crisis: US President John F. Kennedy addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba and imposes a naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis
  • October 19, 2018: In 1776,Hopelessly trapped at Yorktown, Virginia, British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger Franco-American force, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution.
  • October 18, 2018: In 1931,  American gangster Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion
  • October 17, 2018: In 2006, The United States population reaches 300 million
  • October 16, 2018: In 1962, Cuban missile crisis begins as JFK is shown photos confirming the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba
  • October 15, 2018: In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile
  • October 11, 2018: In 1737, Earthquake kills 300,000 and destroys half of Calcutta, India
  • October 9, 2018: In 1941, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves an atomic program – beginning of the Manhattan project
  • October 8, 2018: In 1862,  Otto von Bismarck becomes Chancellor of the German Empire
  • October 5, 2018: In 1973,  “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” 7th studio album by Elton John is released
  • October 4, 2018: In 1953,  NY Yankees slugging center fielder Mickey Mantle hits a grand slam off Russ Meyer; Bronx Bombers hold on to win, 11-7 v Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of Baseball World Series; Yankees win series, 4-2
  • October 3, 2018: In 1995, O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, California
  • October 2, 2018: In 1995, British band Oasis release their second studio album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”, sells record 347,000 copies 1st week
  • October 1, 2018; In 1908, Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825)
  • September 28, 2018: In 1968, Beatles’ “Hey Jude” single goes #1 and stays #1 for 9 weeks
  • September 27, 2018: In 1822, French scholar Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta stone
  • September 26, 2018: In 1969, The Beatles release “Abbey Road” album.
  • September 25, 2018: In 1956, First transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation from Newfoundland to Oban
  • September 24. 2018:  Babe Ruth sets season homer mark at 28 off of Yankee Bob Shawkey
  • September 21, 2018: Monday Night Football on ABC premiers – Jets vs Browns
  • September 20, 2018: In 2001, In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W. Bush declares a “war on terror”.
  • September 19, 2018: In 1893, New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote.
  • September 18, 2018: In 1809, the Royal Opera House in London opens.
  • September 17, 2018: In 1683, Dutch scientist, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, is the first to report the existence of bacteria.
  • September 14, 2018: In 1939, the world’s 1st practical helicopter, the VS-300, designed by Igor Sikorsky takes (tethered) flight in Stratford, Connecticut
  • September 13, 2018: In 1847, American-Mexican war: US General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
  • September 12, 2018: In 1940, four teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France, discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings
  • September 11, 2018: In 2001, two passenger planes were hijacked by terrorists and crashed into New York’s World Trade Towers, causing the collapse of both and deaths of 2,752 people.
  • September 10, 2018: In 1991, Rock band Nirvana release their single “Smells like Teen Spirit”
  • September 7, 2018: In 1822, Pedro I, son of King Joao VI declares Brazil’s independence from Portugal.
  • September 6, 2018: In 1916,1st true supermarket, the “Piggly Wiggly” is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee
  • September 5, 2018: In 1666, the Great Fire of London ends, leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead.
  • September 4, 2018: In 1998 Google was founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Serge.

By Victoria Jepson

  • May 22, 2018: In 1843, Great emigration departs for Oregon
  • May 21, 2018: In 1901, Connecticut enacts the first speed-limit law
  • May 17, 2018: In 1954, Brown v. Board of Ed called racial segregation unconstitutional
  • May 16, 2018: In 1975, A nurse tries to steal a woman’s unborn baby
  • May 15, 2018: In 1756, The seven years war begins.
  • May 14, 2018: In 1948, the State of Israel was born.
  • May 11, 2018: In 1934,  Dust storm sweeps from Great Plains across Eastern states
  • May 10, 2018: In 1970,  Bobby Orr leads Bruins to Stanley Cup title
  • May 8, 2018: In 1970, The Beatles release their album Let It Be
  • May 7, 2018: In 1945, Germany’s Nazi regime surrenders unconditionally.
  • May 4, 2018: In 1776, Rhode Island declares independence.
  • May 3, 2018: In 1952, the first aircraft lands on the North Pole.
  • May 2, 2018: In 1933, the Loch Ness Monster is sighted.
  • May 1, 2018: In 1963, James Whittaker is the first American to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
  • April 30, 2018: In 1803, the United States doubles in size from the Louisiana Purchase, which was sold by France for $15 million.
  • April 27, 2018: In 1956, Rocky Marciano retires as world heavyweight champion.
  • April 26, 2018: In 1989, actress Lucille Ball, a comedy star of American television, best remembered for her series I Love Lucy, died in Los Angeles.
  • April 25, 2018: In 1792, the guillotine is first officially used.
  • April 23, 2018: In 1564, William Shakespeare is born.
  • April 20, 2018: In 1777, New York adopts a state constitution.
  • April 19, 2018: In 1897, the first Boston Marathon is held.
  • April 18, 2018: In 1949, Ireland becomes an independent republic.
  • April 17, 2018: In 1790, Benjamin Franklin dies.
  • April 16, 2018: In 1972, Apollo 16 departs for the moon.
  • April 13, 2018: In 1743, Thomas Jefferson is born.
  • April 12, 2018: In 1861, the Civil War begins.
  • April 11, 2018: In 1970, Apollo 13 is launched to the moon.
  • April 10, 2018: In 2005, Tiger Woods wins his fourth Masters.
  • April 9, 2018: In 2005, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowels get married.
  • April 6, 2018: In 1896, the first modern Olympics was held in Olympia.
  • April 5, 2018: In 1614, Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.
  • April 4, 2018: In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated.
  • April 3, 2018: In 1948, President Truman signs the Marshall plan.
  • March 23, 2018: In 1839, O.K. was first published in the Boston Morning Post, meaning “oll correct” which is slang for “all correct”.
  • March 22, 2018: In 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress.
  • March 21, 2018: In 1963, Alcatraz Prison closes down.
  • March 20, 2018: In 1854, the Republican party is founded.
  • March 19, 2018: In 1953, the first Academy Awards telecast on NBC.
  • March 16, 2018: In 1802, U.S. Military Academy is established.
  • March 15, 2018: In 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson calls for equal voting rights.
  • March 14, 2018: In 1879, Albert Einstein is born.
  • March 13, 2018: In 1781, William Hershel discovers Uranus.
  • March 8, 2018: In 2014, the Malaysia airlines flight disappears with over 200 passengers.
  • March 7, 2018: In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone.
  • March 6, 2018: In 1475, Renaissance artist Michelangelo is born.
  • March 5, 2018: In 1770, the Boston Massacre takes place.
  • March 1, 2018: In 1692, the Salem Witch Hunt begins in Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • February 28, 2018: In 1953, James Watson and Francis Hick discover the double-helix structure of DNA.
  • February 27, 2018: In 1827, citizens of New Orleans take the streets for the first ever Mardi Gras celebrations.
  • February 26, 2018: In 1929, Grand Teton National Park is established.
  • February 23, 2018: In 1954, children receive the first polio vaccine.
  • February 22, 2018: In 1980, the U.S. men’s hockey team won gold at the Winter Olympics.
  • February 21, 2018: In 1948, NASCAR is founded.
  • February 20, 2018: In 1962, John Hershel Glenn Jr. is launched into space on the Friendship 7 to orbit the Earth.
  • February 15, 2018: In 1965, Canada adopts the maple leaf flag.
  • February 14, 2018: In 1929, the St. Valentine’s Day massacre takes place in Chicago.
  • February 13, 2018: In 1920, the League of Nations recognizes the neutrality of Switzerland in World War I.
  • February 12, 2018: In 1789, Ethan Allen dies at the age of 52.
  • February 9, 2018: In 1971, Leroy “Satchel” Paige is nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • February 8, 2018: In 1862, the Battle of Roanoke Island takes place in North Carolina.
  • February 7, 2018: In 1992, the European Union treaty is signed.
  • February 6, 2018: In 1937, Of Mice and Men is published by John Steinbeck.
  • February 5, 2018: In 1783, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Italy.
  • February 2, 2018: In 1887, the first Groundhog Day took place.
  • February 1, 2018: In 1884, the first portion of the Oxford Dictionary is published.
  • January 31, 2018: In 1865, the House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment that abolishes slavery in America.
  • January 30, 2018: In 1882, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, New York.
  • January 29, 2018: In 1936, the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson, and Walter Johnson as its first members.
  • January 26, 2018: In 1986, the Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX.
  • January 25, 2018: In 1905, the world’s largest diamond was found in South Africa measuring at 3,106 carats.
  • January 24, 2018: In 1939, Chile suffered from an 8.3-magnitude earthquake.
  • January 23, 2018: In 1957, the toy company Wham-o produces the first Frisbee.
  • January 22, 2018: In 1901, Queen Victoria died.

By Nick Balcer

  • December 20, 2017: In 1957, Elvis Presley is drafted.
  • December 18, 2017: In 1620, Mayflower docks at Plymouth Harbor.
  • December 15, 2017: In 2001, Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens.
  • December 13, 2017: In 2000, Al Gore concedes presidential election.
  • December 12, 2017: In 1980, Da Vinci notebook sells for over 5 million.
  • December 11, 2017: In 1936, Edward VIII abdicates.
  • December 8, 2017: In 1980, John Lennon shot.
  • December 7, 2017: In 1941, Pearl Harbor bombed.
  • December 6, 2017: In 1884, Washington Monument completed.
  • December 5, 2017: In 1945, Aircraft squadron lost in the Bermuda Triangle.
  • December 4, 2017: In 1991, Hostage Terry Anderson freed in Lebanon.
  • December 1, 2017: In 1990, Chunnel makes breakthrough.
  • November 30, 2017: In 1886, Folies Bergere stage first revue.
  • November 29, 2017: is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years)
  • November 28, 2017: In 1520, Magellan reaches the Pacific.
  • November 27, 2017: In 1095, Pope Urban 2 orders first Crusade.
  • November 21, 2017: In 1980, Millions tune in to find out who shot J.R.
  • November 20, 2017: In 1945, Nuremberg trials begin.
  • November 16, 2017: In 1532, Pizarro traps Incan emperor Atahualpa.
  • November 15, 2017: In 1867, First stock ticker debuts.
  • November 14, 2017: In 1851, Moby-Dick published.
  • November 13, 2017: In 1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated.
  • November 10, 2017: In 1969, Sesame Street debuts.
  • November 9, 2017: In 1938, Nazis launch Kristallnacht.
  • November 8, 2017: In 1895, German scientist discovers X-rays.
  • November 7, 2017: In 1991, Magic Johnson announces he is HIV-positive.
  • November 3, 2017: In 1964, D.C. residents cast first presidential votes.
  • November 2, 2017: In 1947, Spruce Goose flies.
  • November 1, 2017: In 1512, Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public.
  • October 31, 2017: In 1517, Martin Luther posts 95 theses.
  • October 30, 2017: In 1938, Welles scares nation.
  • October 27, 2017: In 1904, New York City subway opens.
  • October 26, 2017: In 1881, Shootout at the OK Corral.
  • October 25, 2017: In 1881, Pablo Picasso born.
  • October 24, 2017: In 1901, First barrel ride down Niagara Falls.
  • October 23, 2017: In 2002, Hostage crisis in Moscow theater.
  • October 20, 2017: In 1947, Congress investigates Reds in Hollywood.
  • October 19, 2017: In 1781, Victory at Yorktown.
  • October 18, 2017: In 1867, U.S. takes possession of Alaska.
  • October 17, 2017: In 1931, Capone goes to prison.
  • October 13, 2017: In 1792, White House cornerstone laid.
  • October 12, 2017: In 1492, Columbus reaches the New World.
  • October 10, 2017: In 1985, Achille Lauro hijacking ends.
  • October 9, 2017: In 1967, Che Guevara is executed.
  • October 6, 2017: In 1866, First U.S. train robbery.
  • October 5, 2017: In 1947, First presidential speech on TV.
  • October 4, 2017: In 1957, Sputnik launched.
  • October 3, 2017: In 1995, O.J. Simpson acquitted.
  • October 2, 2017: In 1985, Hollywood icon Rock Hudson dies of AIDS.
  • September 27, 2017: In 1776, John Adams appointed to negotiate peace terms with British.
  • September 26, 2017: In 1960, First Kennedy-Nixon debate.
  • September 25, 2017: In 1957, Central High School intergrated.
  • September 22, 2017: In 1862, Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation.
  • September 21, 2017: In 1780, Benedict Arnold commits treason.
  • September 20, 2017: In 1973, King triumphs in Battle of the Sexes.
  • September 19, 2017: In 1957, Nevada is site of first-ever underground nuclear explosion.
  • September 18, 2017: In 1793, Capitol cornerstone is laid.
  • September 15, 2017: In 1978, Ali defeats Spinks to win world heavyweight championship.
  • September 14, 2017: In 1904, McKinley dies of infection from gunshot wounds.
  • September 13, 2017: In 1814, Key pens Star-Spangled Banner.
  • September 12, 2017: In 1940, Lascaux cave paintings discovered.
  • September 11, 2017: In 2001, Attack on America.
  • September 7, 2017: In 1251 BC, A solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Hercules at Thebes, Greece.
  • September 6, 2017: In 1620, The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the new world.
  • September 5, 2017: In 1666, Great fire of London ends, Leaving 13,200 house’s destroyed and 8 dead.

By Tyran Smith

  • September 8, 2017: In 1974, Ford pardons Nixon.
  • August 31, 2017: In 1955, William Cobb demonstrates the first solar-powered car.

By Maximus Czech

Good luck future web students don’t play games and always remember to “show some love to the website.” ~Mr.C

  • May 24, 2017: In 1883, after 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history.
  • May 23, 2017: In 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana.
  • May 22, 2017: In 1843 a massive wagon train, made up of 1,000 settlers and 1,000 head of cattle, sets off down the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri Known as the “Great Emigration.”
  • May 19, 2017: In 1795, Josiah Bartlett, a New Hampshire Patriot and signatory of the Declaration of Independence who also served as the state’s governor and Supreme Court chief justice, dies.
  • May 18, 2017: In 1783, the first United Empire Loyalists, known to American Patriots as Tories, arrive in Canada to take refuge under the British crown in Parrtown, Saint John, Nova Scotia (now New Brunswick), Canada.
  • May 17, 2017: In 1769, George Washington launches a legislative salvo at Great Britain’s fiscal and judicial attempts to maintain its control over the American colonies.
  • May 16, 2017: in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards.
  • May 15, 2017: in 1937, Madeleine Albright, America’s first female secretary of state, is born Maria Jana Korbelova in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic).
  • May 12, 2017: In 1957, race car driver A.J. Foyt (1935- ) scores his first professional victory.
  • May 11, 2017: In 1934, a massive storm sends millions of tons of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains region of the United States as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta.
  • May 10, 2017: In 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history.
  • May 9, 2017: In 1950, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (1911-1986) publishes Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
  • May 8, 2017: In 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.
  • May 5, 2017: In 1961 The first American went to space.
  • May 4, 2017: In 1952 the National Day of Prayer was enacted, although earlier days of fasting and prayer had been established by the Second Continental Congress from 1775 until 1783, and by President John Adams in 1798 and 1799.
  • May 3, 2017: In 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born.
  • May 2, 2017:The Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933.
  • May 1, 2017: In 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building.
  • April 28, 2017: In 2017, the class of 2017 at Kenston High School’s last day!
  • April 27, 2017: In 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science.
  • April 26, 2017: In 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurs at the Chernobyl power plant in the Soviet Union.
  • April 25, 2017: In 1962, A U.S. Ranger spacecraft crash lands on the Moon.
  • April 24, 2017: In 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope is launched into Earth orbit.
  • April 21, 2017: In 753 BC, According to tradition, Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome.
  • April 20, 2017: In 2010, The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes, causing the rig to sink, causing a massive oil discharge into the Gulf of Mexico and an environmental disaster.
  • April 19, 2017: In 1897, the first Boston Marathon was held.
  • April 18, 2017: In 1775, Paul Revere made his famous ride.
  • April 7, 2017: In 1994, Hutu extremists in Rwanda began massacring ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. In 100 days of killing, an estimated 800,000 are murdered.
  • April 6, 2017: In 1896, the first modern Olympic games are reborn in Athens.
  • April 5, 2017: In 1993, Construction begins on Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  • April 4, 2017: In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • April 3, 2017: In 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
  • March 31, 2017: In 1889, the Eiffel Tower opened and was dedicated in Paris in a ceremony.
  • March 30, 2017: In 1870, the 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • March 29, 2017: In 1973, U.S. withdraws from Vietnam two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement.
  • March 28, 2017: In 1969, former President Eisenhower died
  • March 27, 2017: In 1775, Jefferson elected to the Continental Congress
  • March 24, 2017: In 1947, Congress proposes limiting the United States presidency to two terms.
  • March 23, 2017: In 1998, The movie “Titanic” won 11 Oscars at the Academy Awards.
  • March 22, 2017: In 1765, the Stamp Act was imposed on the colonists
  • March 17, 2017: In 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
  • March 16. 2017: In 1802, the first military school in the United States is founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science.
  • March 10, 2017: In 1971, The U.S. Senate approved an amendment to lower the voting age to 18.
  • March 8, 2017: In 1979, the compact disc is presented to the public. The CD was developed by Philips and Sony.
  • March 7, 2017: In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his new invention–the telephone.
  • March 6, 2017: In 1983, the United States Football League began its first season of pro football competition.
  • March 3, 2017: In 1923, the first issue of Time Magazine was published
  • March 2, 2017: In 1904, Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of a beloved book called “The Cat in the Hat” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • March 1, 2017: In 1872, President Grant signs the bill creating the nation’s first national park at Yellowstone.
  • February 28, 2017: In 1953, Watson and Crick discover chemical structure of DNA
  • February 27, 2017: In 1827, New Orleanians take to the streets to celebrate Mardi Gras
  • February 23, 2017: In 1963, the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It prohibited poll taxes in federal elections.
  • February 22, 2017: In 1885, the Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • February 21, 2017: In 1925, the first issue of “The New Yorker” was published.
  • February 17, 2017: In 1959, the United States launches its first weather station in space, Vangaurd II.
  • February 16, 2017: In 1923, an English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tut.
  • February 15, 2017: In 1965, Canada adopted the Maple Leaf flag
  • February 14, 2017: In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day.Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers.
  • February 13, 2017: In 1968, the United States sends 10,500 more combat troops to Vietnam.
  • February 10, 2017: In 1970, an avalanche crashes down on a ski resort in Val d’Isere, France, killing 42 people, mostly young skiers.
  • February 9, 2017: In 1825, John Quincy Adams was elected US President by Congress.
  • February 8, 2017: In 1973, U.S. Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal.
  • February 7, 2017: In 1964, the Beatles had their first visit to the United States, they landed in New York.
  • February 6, 2017: In 1911, the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, was born on this day in 1911, in Tampico, Illinois.
  • February 3, 2017: In 1962, President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba.
  • February 2, 2017: In 1887, Groundhogs Day is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
  • February 1, 2017: In 1790,  the Supreme Court meets for the first time.
  • January 27, 2017: In 1984, singer Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial. This was caused by a pyrotechnic malfunction that was ignited too close to his hair.
  • January 26, 2017: In 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia.
  • January 25, 2017: In 1905, the worlds largest diamond was found weighing up to 1.33 pounds and was 3,106-carats.
  • January 24, 2017: In 2006, Walt Disney announces $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar
  • January 23, 2017: In 1973, President Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
  • January 20, 2017: In 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to three terms in office, is inaugurated to his fourth term.
  • January 19, 2017: In 1809, writer Edgar Allen Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • January 18, 2017: In 1919 some of the most powerful people in the world meet to begin long, complicated negotiations that would mark the end of the First World War.
  • January 17, 2017: In 1994, an earthquake rocks Los Angeles, California, killing 54 people and causing billions of dollars in damages. The Northridge quake (named after the San Fernando Valley community near the epicenter) was one of the most damaging in U.S. history.

By Allie Valocchi

  • December 14, 2016: In 1900, Professor Max Planck of Berlin University revealed his revolutionary Quantum Theory.
  • December 13, 2016: In 1913, the U.S. Federal Reserve System was established.
  • December 12, 2016: In 2000, the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Bush v. Gore.
  • December 9, 2016: In 1803, the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. With the amendment, Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
  • December 8, 2016: In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
  • December 7, 2016: In 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II.
  • December 6, 2016: In 2006, NASA revealed photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor that suggested the presence of liquid water on Mars.
  • December 5, 2016: In 1978, the Soviet Union signed a “friendship treaty” with the Afghan government agreeing to provide economic and military assistance.
  • December 2, 2016: In 2010, NASA announced the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form.
  • December 1, 2016: In 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was arrested, marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S.
  • November 30, 2016: In 306, St Marcellus I began his reign as Catholic Pope.
  • November 29, 2016: In 1803, the U.S. made the Louisiana Purchase.
  • November 28, 2016: In 1520, a Portuguese navigator, Ferdinand Magellan, reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait, which now bears his name.
  • November 22, 2016: In 1942, during World War II, the Battle of Stalingrad began.
  • November 21, 2016: In 1620, the Mayflower Compact was signed by the Pilgrims at Cape Cod.
  • November 18, 2016: In 1883, the U.S. and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
  • November 17, 2016: In 1869, the Suez Canal, which linked the Mediterranean and the Red seas, was opened in Egypt.
  • November 16, 2016: In 1950, US president Harry Truman proclaimed an emergency crisis caused by communist threats.
  • November 15, 2016: In 1932, the Walt Disney Art School was created.
  • November 14, 2016: In 2002, Nancy Pelosi of California became the first woman to lead a party in Congress.
  • November 11, 2016: In November 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, which later was renamed Veterans Day.
  • November 10, 2016: In 1917, 41 suffragists were arrested in front of the White House.
  • November 9, 2016: In 1927, the Giant Panda was first discovered in China.
  • November 8, 2016: In 1993, five Picasso paintings and other artwork, which were valued at $52 million, were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • November 7, 2016: In 1637, Anne Hutchinson, the first female religious leader in the American colonies, was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for heresy.
  • November 4, 2016: In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
  • November 3, 2016: In 1507, Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her, and the painting is known as the Mona Lisa.
  • November 2, 2016: In 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • November 1, 2016: In 1512,  Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public.
  • October 31, 2016:  Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, first celebrated Halloween 2,000 years ago.
  • October 28, 2016: In 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.
  • October 27, 2016: In 1917, 20,000 women marched in a suffrage parade in New York.
  • October 26, 2016: In 1787, the “Federalist Papers” were published; they called for the ratification of the United States’s Constitution.
  • October 25, 2016: In 1884, the 1st World Series OK by AA, Providence (NL) sweeps NY Mets (AA) in 3.
  • October 24, 2016: In 1939, the Nazis require Jews to wear the Star of David.
  • October 21, 2016: In 1945, women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
  • October 20, 2016: In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
  • October 19, 2016: In 1781, the Revolutionary War was effectively ended.
  • October 18, 2016: In 1898, the American flag was raised in Puerto Rico only one year after the Caribbean nation won its independence from Spain.
  • October 14, 2016: In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America. He was the youngest person to receive the award.
  • October 13, 2016: In 1920, the World Series celebration in Wade Park brings out 50,000+ Clevelanders.
  • October 12, 2016: In 1892, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing, the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.
  • October 11, 2016: In 1948, the Cleveland Indians beat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2 in the 45th World Series.
  • October 10, 2016: In 1845, the United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.
  • October 7, 2016: In 1765, 9 American colonies sent a total of 28 delegates to New York City for the Stamp Act Congress. The delegates adopted the “Declaration of Rights and Grievances.”
  • October 6, 2016: In 1961, U.S. president John F. Kennedy advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.
  • October 5, 2016: In 1947, Harry Truman made the 1st Presidential address televised from the White House.
  • October 4, 2016: In 1957, The Soviet Union inaugurated the “Space Age” with its launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite.
  • October 3, 2016: In 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in a sensational trial that gripped the world.
  • September 30, 2016: In 1946, 22 Nazi leaders were found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg.
  • September 29, 2016: In 2015, the United States announced its first National Coffee Day.
  • September 28, 2016: In 1892, the first night football game was played in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
  • September 27, 2016: In 1779, John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
  • September 26, 2016: In 1969, “The Brady Bunch” series premiered on ABC-TV.
  • September 22, 2016: In 1862, President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.
  • September 21, 2016: In 1999, an Earthquake killed 2,295 people in central Taiwan.
  • September 20, 2016: In 1814, the  “Star Spangled Banner” was published as a song, whose lyrics are by Francis Scott Key and the tune is by John Stafford Smith.
  • September 19, 2016: In 1777, the Battle of Saratoga was won by American soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
  • September 14, 2016: In 1866, George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.
  • September 13, 2016: In 1881, Lewis Latimer invented and patented an electric lamp with a carbon filament.
  • September 12, 2016: In 1910, United States’s 1st known female cop, Alice Stebbins Wells, was appointed by LAPD.
  • September 9, 2016: In 1957, the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction was signed into law by U.S. President Eisenhower.
  • September 8, 2016: In 1966, Star Trek makes its network television debut.
  • September 7, 2016: In 1998, Mark McGwire set a new major league baseball record for most home runs hit in a single season. The previous record was 61 set in 1961.
  • September 6, 2016: In 1620, the Pilgrims left on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World.
  • August 30, 2016: On Aug. 30, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast with devastating force, killing more than 1,700 people and flooding New Orleans after the city’s levees failed.

By Angela Kotara

  • May 20th, 2016, in 1873- San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: blue jeans.
  • May 19th, 2016, in 1935- T.E. Lawrence, known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia, dies as a retired Royal Air Force mechanic living under an assumed name.
  • May 18th, 2016, in 1920- Karol Jozef Wojtyla is born in the Polish town of Wadowice, 35 miles southwest of Krakow. Wojtyla went on to become Pope John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century.
  • May 17th, 2016, in 1954- In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.
  • May 16th, 2016, in 1929- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.
  • May 13th, 2016, in 1846- The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votes in favor of President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas.
  • May 12th, in 2016, in 1957- Race car driver A.J. Foyt (1935- ) scores his first professional victory, in a U.S. Automobile Club (USAC) midget car race in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • May 11th, 2016, in 1934- A massive storm sends millions of tons of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains region of the United States as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta.
  • May 10th, 2016, in 1869- The presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads.
  • May 9th, 2016, in 1950- Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (1911-1986) publishes Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
  • May 6th, 2016, in 1994- In a ceremony presided over by England’s Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand, a rail tunnel under the English Channel was officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age.
  • May 5th, 2016, in 1961- From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space.
  • May 4th, 2016, in 1994- Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat reached agreement in Cairo on the first stage of Palestinian self-rule.
  • May 3rd, 2016, in 1469- The Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born.  He became one of the fathers of modern political theory.
  • May 2nd, 2016, in 1933- Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news. The story of the “monster” became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast.
  • April 29th, 2016, in 2004- The National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S.
  • April 28th, 2016, in 1945- Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland.
  • April 27th, 2016, in 4977 B.C.- The universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science.
  • April 26th, 2016, in 1954- The Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia.
  • April 25th, 2016, in 1983- The Soviet Union releases a letter that Russian leader Yuri Andropov wrote to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Manchester, Maine, inviting her to visit his country.
  • April 22nd, 2016, in 1970- Earth Day, which is an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, is celebrated in the United States for the first time.
  • April 21st, 2016, in 753 B.C.-Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants.
  • April 20th, 2016, in 1980- Castro announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift.
  • April 19th, 2016, in 1897- John J. McDermott of New York won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10
  • April 18th, 2016, in 1906- At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing hundreds of people as it topples numerous buildings.
  • April 15th, 2016, in 1947- Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • April 14th, 2016, in 1865- John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
  • April 13th, 2016, in 1997- Twenty-one-year-old Tiger Woods wins the Masters Tournament by a record 12 strokes in Augusta, Georgia. It was Woods’ first victory in one of golf’s four major championships–the U.S. Open, the British Open, the PGA Championship, and the Masters.
  • April 12th, 2016, in 1861- The civil war, which was the bloodiest four years in American history, began today against the North and the South.
  • April 11th, 2016, in 1814- Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France and one of the greatest military leaders in history, abdicates the throne, and, in the Treaty of Fontainebleau, is banished to the Mediterranean island of Elba.
  • April 8th, 2016, in 1974- Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers.
  • April 7th, 2016, in 1994- Rwandan armed forces kill 10 Belgian peacekeeping officers in a successful effort to discourage international intervention in the genocide that had begun only hours earlier.
  • April 6th, 2016, in 1896- The Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
  • April 5th, 2016, in 1614- Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia.
  • April 4th, 2016- Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • April 1st, 2016, in 1700- English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other.
  • March 31st, 2016, in 1889- The Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, and attended by French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers.
  • March 30th, 2016, in 1981- President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr.
  • March 29th, 2016, in 1973- Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam as Hanoi frees the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam.
  • March 18th, 2016, in 1852- In New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo join with several other investors to launch their namesake business.
  • March 17th, 2016, in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
  • March 16th, 2016, in 1802- The United States Military Academy is founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science.
  • March 15th, 2016, in 1965- President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all.
  • March 14th, 2016, in 1879- Albert Einstein is born, the son of a Jewish electrical engineer in Ulm, Germany.
  • March 11th, 2016, in 1997- Paul McCartney, a former member of the most successful rock band in history, The Beatles, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music.”
  • March 10th, 2016, in 1959- Tibetans band together in revolt, surrounding the summer palace of the Dalai Lama in defiance of Chinese occupation forces.
  • March 9th, 2016, in 1959- The first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City.
  • March 8th, 2016, in 1917- Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar) began when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd.
  • March 7th, 2016, in 1876- Twenty-nine year-old Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention–the telephone.
  • March 4th, 2016, in 1933- At the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States.
  • March 3rd, 2016, in 1887- Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months.
  • March 2nd, 2016, in 1904- Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • March 1st, 2016, in 1932- In a crime that captured the attention of the entire nation, Charles Lindbergh III, the 20-month-old son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family’s new mansion in Hopewell, New Jersey.
  • February 26th, 2016- Two national parks were established in the United States 10 years apart–the Grand Canyon in 1919 and the Grand Tetons in 1929.
  • February 25th, 2016, in 1964- Twenty-two year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout.
  • February 24th, 2016, in 1836- In San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo.
  • February 23rd, 2016, in 1945- The United States raises its flag on Iwo Jima, which is located on the top of Mount Suribachi.
  • February 22nd, 2016, in 1980- In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York.
  • February 19th, 2016, in 1847- The first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  • February 18th, 2016, in 1885- Mark Twain publishes his famous–and famously controversial–novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  • February 17th, 2016, in 1904- Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly premieres at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy.
  • February 12th, 2016 in 2002- Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic goes on trial at The Hague, Netherlands, on charges of genocide and war crimes in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo.
  • February 10th, 2016 in 1996- After three hours, world chess champion Garry Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer capable of evaluating 200 million moves per second.
  • February 9th, 2016, in 1971- Pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • February 8th, 2016, in 1943- Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, leaving the island in Allied possession after a prolonged campaign. The American victory paved the way for other Allied wins in the Solomon Islands.
  • February 5th, 2016, in 1994- White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith is convicted in the murder of African-American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, over 30 years after the crime occurred.
  • February 4th, 2016, in 1974- Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by two African American men and a Caucasian woman, all three of whom were armed.
  • February 3rd, 2016, in 2005- Alberto Gonzales won Senate confirmation as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general despite protests over his record on torture.
  • February 2nd, 2016, in 1887- Groundhog Day is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.
  • February 1st, 2016, in 1884- The first portion of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which is considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published.
  • January 29th, 2016, in 1936- The U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson.
  • January 28th, 2016, in 1986- At 11:38 a.m. EST, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe was on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space.
  • January 27th, 2016, in 1888- The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C., for “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”
  • January 26th, 2016, in 1788- Captain Arthur Phillip guided a fleet of 11 British ships that carried convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia.
  • January 25th, 2016, in 1905- The largest diamond, a 3,106-carat diamond, was found during a routine inspection by the mine’s superintendent at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa weighing 1.33 pounds.
  • January 22nd, a plane returning Muslim pilgrims from Mecca crashes in Kano, Nigeria, killing 176 people.
  • January 12th, 1904, Henry Ford sets a land-speed record of 91.37 mph on the frozen surface of Michigan’s Lake St. Clair.
  • January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument.

By Michael Colombi

  • December 14, 2015, in 1962 – Mariner 2 makes 1st US fly-by of another planet (Venus)
  • December 10, 2015, in 1958 – The first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the U.S. when 111 passengers flew from New York to Miami on a National Airlines Boeing 707.
  • December 9, 2015, in 1995 61st Heisman Trophy Award: Eddie George, Ohio State (RB)
  • December 8, 2015, in 1982 Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)
  • December 7, 2015, in 1941 – Pearl Harbor was bombed
  • December 4, 2015, in 1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida
  • December 3, 2015, in 1828 – Andrew Jackson elected 7th US President
  • December 2, 2015, in 1971 – Soviet Mars 3 is first to soft land on Mars
  • December 1, 2015, in 1969 – US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
  • November 30, 2015, in 1958 – 1st guided missile destroyer launched.
  • November 24, 2015, in 1963 Jack Ruby fatally shoots the accused assassin of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, in the garage of the Dallas Police Department.
  • November 23. 2015, in, 1979 – Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks
  • November 18, 2015, in 1961, US Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed
  • November 17, 2015, in 1945, New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • November 16, 2015, in 1945, Two new elements discovered by Glenn Seaborg, James, Morgan and Albert Ghiorso were are announced: americium (atomic number 95) and curium (atomic number 96)
  • November 12, 2015: in 1892, Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes 1st pro football player
  • November 11, 2015: in 1992, The Church of England approves the ordination of female priests
  • November 10, 2015: In 1969, Sesame Street debuts.
  • November 9, 2015: In 1989, East Germany opens the Berlin Wall.
  • November 6, 2015: In 1995, Art Modell announces the Cleveland Browns are moving to Baltimore.
  • November 5, 2015: in 1872, Ulysses S. Grant re-elected US President
  • November 4, 2015: in 1939, – First air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Illinois
  • November 2, 2015: in 1772, – Boston: anti-English Committee of Correspondence forms
  • October 28, 2015: in 1982, – NASA launches RCA-E
  • October 27, 2015: in 1954, Walt Disney’s 1st TV show, “Disneyland”, premieres on ABC
  • October 26, 2015: In 1949, US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents
  • October 23, 2015  In 1970, Gary Gabelich sets a land speed record in a rocket-powered automobile called the Blue Flame, fueled with natural gas.
  • October 22, 2015: In 2012, Cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles
  • October 21, 2015: In 1879, Thomas Edison invented a commercially practical incandescent light at his industrial research lab in Menlo Park, N.J.