Today in history

California becomes the 31st state of the union

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2018. There are 113 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 9, 1850, California became the 31st state of the union. On this date: In 1543, Mary Stuart was crowned Queen of Scots at Stirling ...

Statue of David unveiled in Italy

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2018. There are 114 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 8, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a "full, free, and absolute pardon" to former President Richard Nixon covering his entire term ...

Today in History: Nazi Germany begins first air attack on London in 1940

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2018. There are 115 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 7, 1940, Nazi Germany began its eight-month blitz of Britain during World War II with the first air attack on ...

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2018. There are 116 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 6, 1997, a public funeral was held for Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in London, six days after her death in a car crash in Paris. On this date: In 1901, ...

Today in History: Attack on Olympic delegation at the 1972 Munich Games

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2018. There are 117 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Sept. 5, 1972, the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli Olympic delegation at the Munich Games; 11 Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer were ...

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2018. There are 118 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 4, 1951, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television ...

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

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2018. There are 119 days left in the year. This is Labor Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 3, 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of ...

Japan formally surrenders, ending WWII, 1945

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Sept. 2, the 245th day of 2018. There are 120 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. On this date: In 1789, the ...

US receives word of Japan’s WWII surrender

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2018. There are 121 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 1, 1945, Americans received word of Japan's formal surrender that ended World War II. (Because of the time difference, it was Sept. 2 ...

Reporter and cameraman shot to death during live broadcast

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2018. There are 127 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 26, 1957, the Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. On this date: In 55 B.C., Roman ...

Today in History: North Atlantic Treaty in force

Today is Friday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2018. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 24, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty came into force. On this date: In A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and ...

Singer, songwriter Aaliyah and 8 others die in plane crash in 2001

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2018. There are 128 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 25, 1944, during World War II, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation. On this date: In 1718, hundreds ...

Today in History: King George III says American colonies in ‘rebellion’

Today is Thursday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2018. There are 130 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 23, 1775, Britain’s King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of “open and avowed rebellion.” On this date: In 1754, France’s ...

Google begins trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market in 2004

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2018. There are 134 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 19, 2004, Google began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, ending the day up $15.34 at $100.34. On this date: In A.D. 14, Caesar ...

Today in history: Allied conquest complete

Today is Friday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2018. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 17, 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily during World War II was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina. On this date: In 1807, Robert ...

Today in history: East Germany seals off border

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2018. There are 140 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 13, 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors before building a wall that would divide the ...

IBM introduces its first personal computer in NY

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2018. There are 141 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 12, 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150, at a press conference in New York. On this date: In 1859, poet ...

Rioting, looting claim 34 lives in LA’s Watts section

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2018. There are 142 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 11, 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles. On this ...

Today in history: In 1792, mobs attack the Tuileries during French Revolution

Today is Friday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2018. There are 143 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 10, 1792, during the French Revolution, mobs in Paris attacked the Tuileries Palace, where King Louis XVI resided. The king was later arrested, put on trial for ...