Today in history

Trump elected president one year ago today

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2017. There are 53 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 2016, Republican Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton in an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman ...

Bolshevik Revolution takes place in 1917 in Russia

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2017. There are 54 days left in the year. This is Election Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 7, 1917, Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional ...

Georgia dam burst, wall of water kills 39 at college

Today is Monday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2017. There are 55 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 6, 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College. In 1860, former Illinois ...

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By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2017. There are 58 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 3, 1900, the first major U.S. automobile show opened at New York’s Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of ...

Today in History: Hughes flies the ‘Spruce Goose’

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2017. There are 59 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 2, 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the “Spruce Goose” by ...

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Today is Monday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2017. There are 62 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 30, 1944, the Martha Graham ballet “Appalachian Spring,” with music by Aaron Copland, premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., with Graham in a ...

’Gulliver’s Travels’ first published in London

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2017. There are 64 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 28, 1726, the original edition of “Gulliver’s Travels,” a satirical novel by Jonathan Swift, was first published in London. On ...

‘You Bet Your Life’ premieres on ABC Radio in 1947

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2017. There are 65 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 27, 1947, “You Bet Your Life,” a comedy quiz show starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC Radio. It later became a television show on ...

US-led forces invade Grenada in 1983

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2017. There are 67 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 25, 1854, the “Charge of the Light Brigade” took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering ...

Today in History: Eisenhower promises end to conflict in Korea in 1952

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2017. There are 68 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 24, 1952, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in Detroit, “I shall go to Korea” as he promised to end the ...

Jury convicts 7 men in civil rights workers’ murders

Today is Friday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2017. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1967, a jury in Meridian, Mississippi, convicted seven men of violating the civil rights of slain civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael ...

Today in History: Baby Jessica freed from well in 1987

Today is Monday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2017. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1987, a 58-1/2-hour drama in Midland, Texas, ended happily as rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in a narrow, abandoned well. On this ...

Today in History: Columbus arrives in Bahamas

Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2017. There are 80 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 12, 1492 (according to the Old Style calendar), Christopher Columbus’ expedition arrived in the present-day Bahamas. On this date: In 1792, ...

Great Chicago Fire of 1871, other infernos break out

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2017. There are 84 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and in several communities in Michigan. On this ...

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2017. There are 89 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 3, 1967, folk singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie, the Dust Bowl Troubadour best known for “This Land Is Your Land,” died in New York of complications from ...