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First speeding arrest documented in 1899

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Sunday, May 20, the 140th day of 2018. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1899, taxi driver Jacob German was pulled over and arrested by a police officer riding a bicycle for speeding down ...

Today in History: Files burned in protest of Vietnam War in 1968

Today is Thursday, May 17, the 137th day of 2018. There are 228 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 17, 1968, nine men and women, including brothers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, entered the Selective Service office in Catonsville, Maryland, seized several hundred ...

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Today is Tuesday, May 15, the 135th day of 2018. There are 230 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 15, 1968, two days of tornado outbreaks began in 10 Midwestern and Southern states; twisters were blamed for 72 deaths, including 45 in Arkansas and 18 in Iowa. On ...

Today in History: Independent state of Israel proclaimed

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, May 14, the 134th day of 2018. There are 231 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 14, 1948, according to the current-era calendar, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv by David Ben-Gurion, who ...

First U.S. airmail stamps issued to public in 1918

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Sunday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2018. There are 232 days left in the year. This is Mother’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 13, 1918, the first U.S. airmail stamp, costing 24 cents and featuring a picture of a Curtiss JN-4 ...

Axis forces in N. Africa surrender during World War II in 1943

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2018. There are 233 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 12, 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, headed by ...

Today in History: ‘Son of Sam’ pleads guilty in courtroom

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2018. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1978, David R. Berkowitz pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to murder, attempted murder and assault in connection with the “Son of ...

Mexican troops defeat France in the Battle of Pueblo in 1862

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, May 5, the 125th day of 2018. There are 240 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 5, 1862, Mexican troops defeated French occupying forces in the Battle of Puebla. On this date: In 1494, during his second voyage to the ...

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Today is Tuesday, May 1, the 121st day of 2018. There are 244 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 1, 1898, Commodore George Dewey gave the command, “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley,” as an American naval force destroyed a Spanish squadron in Manila Bay ...

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Today is Monday, April 30, the 120th day of 2018. There are 245 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 30, 1945, as Soviet troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun. On this date: In 1789, ...

Rock musical ‘Hair’ opens at Broadway’s Biltmore Theater

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, April 29, the 119th day of 2018. There are 246 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 29, 1968, the counterculture rock musical “Hair” heralding the “Age of Aquarius” opened at Broadway’s Biltmore Theater ...

Maryland becomes seventh state to ratify Constitution

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 28, the 118th day of 2018. There are 247 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 28, 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. On this date: In 1758, the fifth ...

Today in History: Student protesters occupy buildings at Columbia U in ’68

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, April 23, the 113th day of 2018. There are 252 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 23, 1968, student protesters began occupying buildings on the campus of Columbia University in New York; police put down the protests a ...

U.S. Congress authorizes creation of ‘Rough Riders’ in 1898

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, April 22, the 112th day of 2018. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 1898, with the United States and Spain on the verge of war, the U.S. Navy began blockading Cuban ports. Congress authorized creation ...

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Today is Friday, April 20, the 110th day of 2018. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 20, 1898, the United States moved closer to war with Spain as President William McKinley signed a congressional resolution passed the day before recognizing Cuban ...

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Today is Thursday, April 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 19, 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way ...

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Today is Wednesday, April 18, the 108th day of 2018. There are 257 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 18, 1938, Superman, AKA “The Man of Steel,” made his debut as the first issue of Action Comics (bearing a cover date of June) went on sale for 10 cents a ...

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Today is Tuesday, April 17, the 107th day of 2018. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the ...

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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 ...