Today in history

Jonestown killings occur, 1978

Today is Sunday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2018. There are 43 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1978, U.S. Rep. Leo J. Ryan, D-Calif., and four others were killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by members of the Peoples Temple; the killings were followed by a night ...

Nixon tells Associated Press he’s ‘not a crook’ in 1973

Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2018. There are 44 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. ...

Today in History: Sherman begins ‘March to the Sea’

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2018. There are 46 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 15, 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman began their “March to the Sea” from Atlanta; the ...

Today in History

Today is Monday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2018. There are 49 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 12, 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party. On this date: In 1866, Chinese ...

Remains of unidentified service member interred in Tomb of Unknown Soldier

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2018. There are 50 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 11, 1921, the remains of an unidentified American service member were interred in a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National ...

U.S. Marines organized under the authority of Continental Congress

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Nov. 10, the 314th day of 2018. There are 51 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Nov. 10, 1775, the U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress. On this date: In 1871, journalist-explorer ...

Today in History

Today is Friday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2018. There are 52 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom or deliberate persecution that became known as ...

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2018. There are 54 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 7, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Republican Thomas E. Dewey. On this date: In 1862, during the ...

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Today is Monday, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2018. There are 56 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 5, 1968, Republican Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Democratic Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and American Independent candidate George C. ...

Ronald Reagan defeats Jimmy Carter, wins the White House

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2018. There are 57 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 1979, the Iran hostage crisis began as militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran, seizing its occupants; for some of them, it ...

Today in History: Carter wins presidency over Ford

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2018. There are 59 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 2, 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be elected president as he ...

Bill Clinton elected president of the U.S. in 1992

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2018. There are 58 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 3, 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush. In Illinois, ...

‘Ivy Mike’ — 1st hydrogen bomb — exploded in 1952

Today is Thursday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2018. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 1, 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, code-named “Ivy Mike,” at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. On this ...

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Today is Monday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2018. There are 63 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 29, 1929, “Black Tuesday” descended upon the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as America’s ...

Nikita Khrushchev orders dismantling of Russian missiles in Cuba in 1962

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2018. There are 64 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 28, 1962, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba; in ...

Nixon nominates Powell, Rehnquist to US Supreme Court in 1971

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2018. There are 71 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 21, 1971, President Richard Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Both nominees were ...

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, the 291st day of 2018. There are 74 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 18, 1892, the first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago was opened. On this date: In 1648, Boston shoemakers were authorized to form a ...

Today in History: Einstein arrives in US as refugee

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2018. There are 75 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 17, 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. On this date: In 1610, French King Louis XIII, ...

Today in History: Senate confirms Clarence Thomas

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2018. There are 77 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 15, 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. ...