Today in history

1992: Rodney King riots leave 55 dead

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 29, the 119th day of 2017. There are 246 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped ...

Cosmonaut killed when parachutes fail in 1965

Today is Monday, April 24, the 114th day of 2017. There are 251 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 24, 1967, Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his Soyuz 1 spacecraft smashed into the Earth after his parachutes failed to deploy properly during ...

1970: concerned Americans observed first “Earth Day” 

Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 22, the 112th day of 2017. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 1864, Congress authorized the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins. On this date: In 1889, ...

Daffy Duck makes his debut in 1937

Today is Monday, April 17, the 107th day of 2017. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1937, cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated short “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” directed by Tex Avery. On this date: In ...

Aviator Wilbur Wright born in Indiana in 1867

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Easter Sunday, April 16, the 106th day of 2017. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 16, 1947, the cargo ship Grandcamp, carrying a load of ammonium nitrate, blew up in the harbor in Texas City, ...

Today in History: FDR passes away in 1945; succeeded by Harry Truman

Today is Wednesday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2017. There are 263 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; he was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. ...

April 9, 1942: Thousands of Filipinos, Americans die in Bataan Death March

By The Associated Press Today is Palm Sunday, April 9, the 99th day of 2017. There are 266 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 9, 1942, during World War II, some 75,000 Philippine and American defenders on Bataan surrendered to Japanese troops, who forced the ...

Today in History: Cohan pens ‘Over There’ in 1917

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, April 7, the 97th day of 2017. There are 268 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 7, 1917, American entertainer and songwriter George M. Cohan, galvanized by America’s entry into World War I the day before, wrote his ...

Today in History: United States enters WWI

Today is Thursday, April 6, the 96th day of 2017. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I as the House joined the Senate in approving a declaration of war against Germany that was then signed by President ...

Today in History: King assassinated in 1968

Today is Tuesday, April 4, the 94th day of 2017. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. On this date: In 1818, ...

Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2017. There are 273 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.” ...

Ragtime king Scott Joplin dies at New York hospital

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 1, the 91st day of 2017. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 1, 1917, Scott Joplin, “The King of Ragtime Writers,” died at a New York City hospital. Joplin, the ...

Today in History: USA takes possession of Virgin Islands in 1917

Today is Friday, March 31, the 90th day of 2017. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1917, the United States took formal possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark. On this date: In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain ...

In 1958, U.S. Army launched Explore 3 satellite

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, March 26, the 85th day of 2017. There are 280 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 26, 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of ...

MacArthur states: ‘… I shall return’ in 1942

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, March 20, the 79th day of 2017. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 6:28 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1942, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, having evacuated the Philippines at the order of ...

Today in History: Grand Ole Opry House opened in Nashville in 1974

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, March 16, the 75th day of 2017. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New ...

Today in History

Today is Monday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2017. There are 293 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 13, 1947, the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical “Brigadoon,” about a Scottish village which magically reappears once every hundred years, opened on ...

1912: Girl Scouts has its beginnings with Girl Guides

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, March 12, the 71st day of 2017. There are 294 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 12, 1947, President Harry S. Truman announced what became known as the “Truman Doctrine” to help Greece and Turkey resist ...