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George Washington elected first American President in 1789

By: The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2018. There are 358 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 1789, America held its first presidential election as voters chose electors who, a month later, selected George Washington to be the ...

Impromptu Christmas Truces take place During World War I in 1914

By: The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2017. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 24, 1914, during World War I, impromptu Christmas truces began to take hold along parts of the Western Front ...

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By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2017. There are 10 days left in the year. Winter arrives at 11:28 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 21, 1937, Walt Disney’s first animated feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” had ...

Gunman kills 26 at Sandy Hook

Today is Thursday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2017. There are 17 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, then committed ...

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2017. There are 24 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 7, 1941, during a series of raids in the Pacific, Imperial Japan’s navy launched a pre-emptive attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing ...

Bombers strike Naples in 1942

Today is Monday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2017. There are 27 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 4, 1942, during World War II, U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time with a raid on Naples. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the ...

First heart transplant performed in 1967

By The Associated Press— Today is Sunday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2017. There are 28 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 3, 1967, a surgical team in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis ...

First ever artificially created nuclear reaction demonstrated in 1942

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2017. There are 29 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 2, 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of ...

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Thornton Wilder play opens on Broadway By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2017. There are 43 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 18, 1942, “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer ...

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Today is Friday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2017. There are 44 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1917, French sculptor Auguste Rodin died in Meudon at age 77. On this date: In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the death of her ...

Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dead at 87

MILAN— Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Salvatore ‘Toto’ Riina, who was serving 26 life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate both rivals and Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down Cosa Nostra, died early today. Riina died the day after his 87th ...

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2017. There are 45 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union. On this date: In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington in New York during the American ...

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2017. There are 46 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 15, 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese forces. On this date: In 1777, the Second ...

Nellie Bly sets out to go around the world

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2017. There are 47 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 14, 1889, inspired by the Jules Verne novel “Around the World in Eighty Days,” New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to make the trip ...

‘Li’l Abner’ appears in newspapers for the last time in 1977

Today is Monday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2017. There are 48 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 13, 1977, the satirical comic strip “Li’l Abner” by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time. On this date: In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a ...

WWII naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins in 1942

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2017. There are 49 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 12, 1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Allies ended up winning a major victory over Japanese forces.) On this ...

Allies, Germany sign armistice ending World War I in 1918

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2017. There are 50 days left in the year. This is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I ended as the Allies and Germany signed ...

Vietnam Veterans Memorial opens to first visitors in Washington D.C. in 1982

Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 10, the 314th day of 2017. There are 51 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Nov. 10, 1982, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, D.C., three days before its dedication. ...