Today in history

Today in History

Today is Friday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2018. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 13, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. on the 200th anniversary of the third American president’s ...

John Wilkes Booth assassinates President Lincoln at Ford’s Theater

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 14, the 104th day of 2018. There are 261 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our American ...

Hank Aaron hits 715th career home run in 1974

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, April 8, the 98th day of 2018. There are 267 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe ...

41 killed in Indiana gas explosions in ’68

Today is Friday, April 6, the 96th day of 2018. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1968, 41 people were killed by two consecutive natural gas explosions at a sporting goods store in downtown Richmond, Indiana. On this date: In 1830, the ...

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, April 4, the 94th day of 2018. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee; his slaying ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Good Friday, March 30, the 89th day of 2018. There are 276 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, ...

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 29, the 88th day of 2018. There are 277 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 29, 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began, limiting consumers to store purchases of an average of about two pounds a week for beef, pork, ...

Today in History: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin dies in 1968

Today is Tuesday, March 27, the 86th day of 2018. There are 279 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 27, 1968, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin , the first man to orbit the Earth in 1961, died when his MiG-15 jet crashed during a routine training flight near Moscow; ...

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads march in 1965

By: The Associated Press Today is Palm Sunday, March 25, the 84th day of 2018. There are 281 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 25, 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery after a five-day march from ...

Rocker Elvis Presley drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2018. There are 282 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army at the draft board in Memphis, Tennessee, before boarding a bus for Fort Chaffee, ...

Today in History

Today is Thursday, March 22, the 81st day of 2018. There are 284 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 22, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that Gen. William C. Westmoreland, the commander of American forces in Vietnam, would leave that post to become the ...

Today in History: Daylight Saving Time adopted for the first time in 1918

Today is Monday, March 19, the 78th day of 2018. There are 287 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 19, 1918, Congress passed the first law establishing daylight saving time in the United States, with clocks to be moved forward one hour from the last Sunday in ...

Gideon v. Wainwright ruling is issued

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, March 18, the 77th day of 2018. There are 288 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Gideon v. Wainwright, ruled unanimously that state courts were required to provide legal counsel to ...

Peaceful anti-Vietnam War rally in London turns violent, 80 hurt

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, March 17, the 76th day of 2018. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 17, 1968, a peaceful anti-Vietnam War protest in London was followed by a riot outside the U.S. Embassy; ...

Today in History

Today is Friday, March 16, the 75th day of 2018. There are 290 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On March 16, 1968, the My Lai massacre took place during the Vietnam War as U.S. Army soldiers hunting for Viet Cong fighters and sympathizers killed unarmed villagers in two ...