Today in history

Jury convicts 7 men in civil rights workers’ murders

Today is Friday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2017. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1967, a jury in Meridian, Mississippi, convicted seven men of violating the civil rights of slain civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael ...

Today in History: Baby Jessica freed from well in 1987

Today is Monday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2017. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1987, a 58-1/2-hour drama in Midland, Texas, ended happily as rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in a narrow, abandoned well. On this ...

Today in History: Columbus arrives in Bahamas

Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2017. There are 80 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 12, 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus’ expedition arrived in the present-day Bahamas. On this date: In 1792, ...

Great Chicago Fire of 1871, other infernos break out

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2017. There are 84 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and in several communities in Michigan. On this ...

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2017. There are 89 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 3, 1967, folk singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie, the Dust Bowl Troubadour best known for “This Land Is Your Land,” died in New York of complications from ...

1982: Unsolved cyanide murder case claims 1st victim in Chicago

Today is Friday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2017. There are 93 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 29, 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with deadly cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the Chicago area. (To date, the case remains ...

Today in History: Glenn Miller, orchestra, perform for last time

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2017. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 27, 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic, New Jersey, prior to Miller’s entry into the ...

Sousa and his newly formed band perform publicly in 1892

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2017. There are 96 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 26, 1892, John Philip Sousa and his newly formed band performed publicly for the first time at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, New Jersey. On this ...

1957: 9 black students escorted to class by U.S. Army

Today is Monday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2017. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 25, 1957, nine black students who’d been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, because of unruly white crowds were escorted to ...

1789: President George Washington created America’s federal court system

Today is Sunday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2017. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 24, 1717, English author Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, was born in London. On this date: In 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act ...

Today in History

Today’s Highlight in History: On September 23, 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing on television from Los Angeles to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising in what became known as the “Checkers” speech. On this ...

The Doors appear on Sullivan show for first, and last, time

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2017. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 17, 1967, The Doors appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS-TV for the first — and last — time. The group was banned from ...

Roosevelt signs Selective Training and Service Act

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2017. There are 106 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On September 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected ...

U-boat torpedoes Laconia, more than 1,600 people die

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2017. There are 110 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 12, 1942, during World War II, a German U-boat off West Africa torpedoed the RMS Laconia, which was carrying Italian prisoners of war, British soldiers and ...

Today in History: Nearly 3,000 killed in terrorist attacks

Today is Monday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2017. There are 111 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida hijackers seized control of four jetliners, sending two of the planes into New York’s World Trade ...

1957: Eisenhower signs civil rights bill

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2017. There are 113 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 9, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction, a measure ...

Queen Elizabeth speaks of Diana

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2017. There are 117 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On September 5, 1997, breaking the royal reticence over the death of Princess Diana, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II delivered a televised ...