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Roosevelt creates WACs in 1942

Today is Monday, May 15, the 135th day of 2017. There are 230 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 15, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, whose members came to be known as WACs. Wartime gasoline ...

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English colonists arrive at Jamestown in 1607 Today is Saturday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2017. There are 232 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 13, 1917, three shepherd children, Lucia de Jesus dos Santos and two of her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, ...

Today in History: Truman announces Germany’s surrender

Today is Monday, May 8, the 128th day of 2017. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered, and that “the flags of freedom fly all over Europe.” On this ...

Allied Forces announce surrender of Philippines to Japan in WWII

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, May 7, the 127th day of 2017. There are 238 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 7, 1942, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright went on a Manila radio station to announce the Allies’ surrender of the Philippines to ...

German dirigible Hindenburg crashes in Lakehurst, NJ

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, May 6, the 126th day of 2017. There are 239 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 6, 1937, the hydrogen-filled German airship Hindenburg burned and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 of the 97 people on board and ...

Today in History: Mexican forces win Battle of Puebla

Today is Friday, May 5, the 125th day of 2017. 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 Western Hemisphere, ...

Today in History: First Grammy Awards ceremony held in 1959

Today is Thursday, May 4, the 124th day of 2017. There are 241 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 4, 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began in the Pacific during World War II. (The outcome was considered ...

Kentucky Derby televised in 1952

Today is Wednesday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2017. There are 242 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 3, 1952, the Kentucky Derby was televised nationally for the first time on CBS; the winner was Hill Gail, ridden by Eddie Arcaro. On this date: In 1515, Pope ...

Today in History: Oklahoma Territory organized in 1890

Today is Tuesday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2017. There are 243 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 2, 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Buck v. Bell, upheld 8-1 a Virginia law allowing the forced sterilization of people to promote the “health of the patient and the ...

1992: Rodney King riots leave 55 dead

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 29, the 119th day of 2017. There are 246 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped ...

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Today is Friday, April 28, the 118th day of 2017. There are 247 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after he refused to be inducted into the armed forces. U.S. Army Gen. William C. ...

Cosmonaut killed when parachutes fail in 1965

Today is Monday, April 24, the 114th day of 2017. There are 251 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 24, 1967, Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was killed when his Soyuz 1 spacecraft smashed into the Earth after his parachutes failed to deploy properly during ...

1970: concerned Americans observed first “Earth Day” 

Today in History By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 22, the 112th day of 2017. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 1864, Congress authorized the use of the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins. On this date: In 1889, ...

Daffy Duck makes his debut in 1937

Today is Monday, April 17, the 107th day of 2017. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1937, cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated short “Porky’s Duck Hunt,” directed by Tex Avery. On this date: In ...

Aviator Wilbur Wright born in Indiana in 1867

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Easter Sunday, April 16, the 106th day of 2017. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 16, 1947, the cargo ship Grandcamp, carrying a load of ammonium nitrate, blew up in the harbor in Texas City, ...

Today in History: FDR passes away in 1945; succeeded by Harry Truman

Today is Wednesday, April 12, the 102nd day of 2017. There are 263 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 12, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; he was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. ...

April 9, 1942: Thousands of Filipinos, Americans die in Bataan Death March

By The Associated Press Today is Palm Sunday, April 9, the 99th day of 2017. There are 266 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 9, 1942, during World War II, some 75,000 Philippine and American defenders on Bataan surrendered to Japanese troops, who forced the ...

Today in History: Cohan pens ‘Over There’ in 1917

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, April 7, the 97th day of 2017. There are 268 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 7, 1917, American entertainer and songwriter George M. Cohan, galvanized by America’s entry into World War I the day before, wrote his ...

Today in History: United States enters WWI

Today is Thursday, April 6, the 96th day of 2017. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I as the House joined the Senate in approving a declaration of war against Germany that was then signed by President ...