Today in history

‘Bonnie and Clyde’ premieres in 1967

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2017. There are 140 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 13, 1967, the crime caper biopic “Bonnie and Clyde,” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, had its U.S. premiere; the movie, ...

US, other Allied Forces land at Guadalcanal in 1942

Today is Monday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2017. There are 146 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 7, 1942, U.S. and other allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II. Japanese forces ...

1957: Teenage dance show ‘American Bandstand’ debuts

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2017. There are 148 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On August 5, 1957, the teenage dance show “American Bandstand,” hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut on ABC-TV. The British cartoon ...

Lafayette made major-general

Today is Monday, July 31, the 212th day of 2017. There are 153 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 31, 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army. On ...

Today in History: Benjamin Franklin declared Postmaster-General in 1775

Today is Wednesday, July 26, the 207th day of 2017. There are 158 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 26, 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party at the Democratic National Convention in ...

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, July 25, the 206th day of 2017. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 25, 1967, a full-page ad in The Times (of London) called for the legalization of marijuana, saying the law against the drug was “immoral in principle and ...

Five days of Detroit riots begin after police raid

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, July 23, the 204th day of 2017. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 23, 1967, five days of deadly rioting erupted in Detroit as an early morning police raid on a “blind pig” (an unlicensed bar) at the ...

Today in History: ‘Monkey Trial’ ends in guilty verdict

Today is Friday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2017. There are 163 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 21, 1925, the so-called “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, Tennessee, with John T. Scopes found guilty of violating state law for teaching Darwin’s Theory of ...

Today in History: Hendrix quits as opening act for The Monkees in 1967

Today is Monday, July 17, the 198th day of 2017. There are 167 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 17, 1967, after seven dates, Jimi Hendrix quit as the opening act for the Monkees following a concert at Forest Hills Stadium in New York. Although greatly ...

US explodes first experimental atomic bomb in 1945

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Sunday, July 16, the 197th day of 2017. There are 168 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 16, 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo, New Mexico; the ...

Rosetta Stone is discovered in 1799

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, July 15, the 196th day of 2017. There are 169 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 15, 1997, fashion designer Gianni Versace, 50, was shot dead outside his Miami Beach home; suspected gunman Andrew Phillip Cunanan, 27, ...

Today in History: 1977 blackout in NYC lasts for 25 hours

Today is Thursday, July 13, the 194th day of 2017. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1977, a blackout hit New York City in the mid-evening as lightning strikes on electrical equipment caused power to fail; widespread looting broke out. The ...

Today in History: In 1967, rioting erupts in Newark, New Jersey

Today is Wednesday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2017. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, 1967, rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey, over the police beating of a black taxi driver; 26 people were killed in the five days of violence that ...

Gentry records ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ in 1967

Today is Monday, July 10, the 191st day of 2017. There are 174 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 10, 1967, country singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry recorded her hit single “Ode to Billie Joe” at Capitol Records in Hollywood. On this date: In A.D. 138, ...

1776: Declaration of Independence read aloud to troops in NY

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, July 9, the 190th day of 2017. There are 175 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York. On this date: In 1540, ...

Today in History: Althea Gibson makes history

Today is Thursday, July 6, the 187th day of 2017. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2. The Harry S. ...