Today in history

Denmark cedes Virgin Islands to US in 1917

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2017. There are 348 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 17, 1917, Denmark ceded the Virgin Islands to the United States for $25 million. On this date: In 1893, the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. ...

Today in History: ‘Ivan the Terrible’ crowned Czar in 1547

Today is Monday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2017. There are 349 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 1942, actress Carole Lombard, 33, her mother, Elizabeth, and 20 other people were killed when their plane crashed near ...

Green Bay defeats Kansas City in first Super Bowl in ‘67

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2017. There are 350 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the ...

Today in History: Rolling Stones release double-A sided single

Today is Friday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2017. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 1967, the Rolling Stones’ double-A sided single “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca ...

Smoking Baroness causes a stir at White House

Today is Thursday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2017. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 1910, at a White House dinner hosted by President William Howard Taft, Baroness Rosen, wife of the Russian ambassador, caused a stir by requesting and ...

Black men given right to vote in nation’s capital in 1867

Today is Sunday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2017. There are 357 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 8, 1867, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in overriding President Andrew Johnson’s veto of the District of Columbia Suffrage Bill, giving black ...

Japanese forces besiege American, Filipino troops in Bataan in 1942

Today is Saturday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2017. There are 358 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 1942, Japanese forces began besieging American and Filipino troops in Bataan during World War II. (The fall of Bataan three months later was followed by the ...

Manila captured by Japanese in 1942

Today is Monday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2017. There are 363 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 2, 1942, the Philippine capital of Manila was captured by Japanese forces during World War II. On this date: In 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify ...

1946: Truman proclaims end of WWII

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Dec. 31, the 366th and final day of 2016. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II. On this date: In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the ...

Today in History: Saddam Hussein was hanged 10 years ago

Today is Friday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2016. There is one day left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1916, Grigory Rasputin, the so-called “Mad Monk” who wielded considerable influence with Czar Nicholas II, was killed by a group of Russian noblemen in St. ...

Today in History: Churchill goes to D.C. to meet with Roosevelt

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Dec. 22, the 357th day of 2016. There are nine days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 22, 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington for a wartime conference with President Franklin D. ...

Battle of Verdun ends with French turning back major German offensive

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Dec. 18, the 353rd day of 2016. There are 13 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 18, 1916, during World War I, the 10-month Battle of Verdun ended with French troops succeeding in repulsing a major German offensive. On ...

Wright brothers make first successful manned plane flight near Kitty Hawk

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Dec. 17, the 352nd day of 2016. There are 14 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, North ...

Today in History: UN General Assembly rescinds motion about Zionism

Today is Friday, Dec. 16, the 351st day of 2016. There are 15 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 16, 1991, the U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism by a vote of 111-25. On this date: In 1653, Oliver Cromwell ...

Today in History

Today is Monday, Dec. 12, the 347th day of 2016. There are 19 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 12, 1946, a United Nations committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to be the site of the ...