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In 1964, Muhammad Ali became world heavyweight boxing champion

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2017. There are 309 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect ...

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By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2017. There are 310 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1942, the SS Struma, a charter ship attempting to carry nearly 800 Jewish refugees from Romania to British-mandated Palestine during ...

1792: Washington creates the U.S. Post Office

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2017. There are 314 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1942, Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare became the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace of World War II by shooting down ...

Kansas prohibits manufacture, sale of alcohol in 1881

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2017. There are 315 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the ...

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By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2017. There are 316 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1977, the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its debut “flight” above Edwards Air Force Base ...

Voice of America reaches Soviet Union in 1947

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2017. There are 317 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting in Russian to the Soviet Union. On this date: In 1815, the United States and Britain ...

Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ends

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2017. There are 318 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson in Tennessee ended as some 12,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered; Union Gen. Ulysses ...

Today in History: Aretha’s version of ‘Respect’ recorded in 1967

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2017. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 14, 1967, Aretha Franklin recorded her cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” at Atlantic Records in New York. ...

Abraham Lincoln born in Kentucky log cabin

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2017. There are 322 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in a log cabin in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Kentucky. On ...

With treaty, independence of Vatican City acknowledged

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2017. There are 323 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City. On this date: In 660 ...

25th Amendment ratified in 1967

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2017. There are 324 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1967, the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified as Minnesota and ...

Today in history: Japanese troops invade Singapore

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2017. There are 326 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces began invading Singapore, which fell a week later. On this date: In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at ...

1st gas street lamp shines in Baltimore back in 1817

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2017. There are 327 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 7, 1817, America’s first public gas street lamp was lighted in Baltimore at the corner of Market and Lemon streets, now East Baltimore and Holliday streets. On ...

1897: Indiana House attempts to redefine value of pi

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2017. There are 329 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 5, 1917, Mexico’s present-day constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Santiago de Queretaro. The U.S. Congress ...

1789: Electors choose George Washington to be first president

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2017. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. On this date: In 1783, Britain’s King ...

Today in History: US halts diplomatic relations with Germany in 1917

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2017. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1917, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare, the ...

US Coast Guard created in 1915 by President Woodrow Wilson

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2017. There are 337 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, ...