Today in history

American Expeditionary Forces suffer first World War I fatalities in 1917

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2017. There are 118 days left in the year. This is Labor Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 4, 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces in France suffered their first fatalities during World War I when a ...

Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand declare war on Germany in 1939

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2017. There are 119 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 3, 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland; in a radio ...

World War II ends with surrender of Japan in 1945

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 2, the 245th day of 2017. There are 120 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. On this date: In ...

WWII begins as Nazi Germany begins invading Poland in 1939

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2017. There are 121 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On this date: In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not ...

Today in History: Prince Charles escorts body of Diana home in 1997

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2017. There are 122 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 31, 1997, Prince Charles brought Princess Diana home for the last time, escorting the body of his former wife to a ...

Suffragists arrested for picketing in 1917

Today is Monday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2017. There are 125 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 28, 1917, ten suffragists demanding that President Woodrow Wilson support a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote were arrested as they ...

Krakatoa volcano erupts in 1883, killing 36,000

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2017. There are 126 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 27, 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, was found dead in his London flat from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills; he was ...

Secretary of State ratifies US women’s right to vote

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2017. There are 127 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, was certified in effect by ...

Today in History: Hurricane Andrew causes big damage

Today is Thursday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2017. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing $30 billion in damage; 43 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm. On this date: In A.D. 79, long-dormant ...

Sacco, Vanzetti executed in Boston in 1927

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2017. There are 130 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 23, 1927, amid worldwide protests, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a ...

The schooner America beats British to win trophy in 1851

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2017. There are 131 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 22, 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America’s Cup. On ...

U.S. launches Voyager 2 space probe in 1977

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2017. There are 133 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 20, 1977, the United States launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch, gold-plated copper phonograph record containing ...

‘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 ...