Today in history

Today in History: Althea Gibson makes history

Today is Thursday, July 6, the 187th day of 2017. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2. The Harry S. ...

Doby becomes 1st black player in American League

Today is Wednesday, July 5, the 186th day of 2017. There are 179 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League three months after Jackie Robinson broke ...

Today in History: Battle of Gettysburg ends in victory for the North

Today is Monday, July 3, the 184th day of 2017. There are 181 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions ...

Canada self-governing dominion as British North America Act takes effect

By The Associated Press. Today is Saturday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2017. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain as the British North America Act took effect. On ...

Today in History: Brits pass Townshend Act

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, June 29, the 180th day of 2017. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and tea shipped to ...

Archduke Ferdinand, wife, shot to death in 1914

Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2017. There are 186 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were shot to death in Sarajevo by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip — an act which sparked ...

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is enacted

By The Associated Press. Today is Sunday, June 25, the 176th day of 2017. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1967, the Beatles performed their new song “All You Need Is Love” during the closing segment of “Our World,” the first-ever ...

1497: 1st recorded European sighting of North America

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 24, the 175th day of 2017. There are 190 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 24, 1947, what’s regarded as the first modern UFO sighting took place as private pilot Kenneth Arnold, an Idaho businessman, reported ...

Today in History: Johnson, Kosygin meet

Today is Friday, June 23, the 174th day of 2017. There are 191 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 23, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin and their advisers opened a three-day summit at Glassboro State College in New Jersey. The U.S. ...

FDR signs ‘GI Bill of Rights’

Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2017. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the “GI Bill of Rights.” On this ...

German forces capture Tobruk during WWII

Today is Wednesday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2017. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 12:24 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 21, 1942, German forces led by Generaloberst (Colonel General) Erwin Rommel captured the Libyan city of Tobruk during ...

Today in History: Maximilian I executed in 1864

Today is Monday, June 19, the 170th day of 2017. There are 195 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 19, 1867, Maximilian I, emperor of Mexico since 1864, was executed by firing squad a month after being taken prisoner by the forces of President Benito Juarez. The ...

Today in History: Ford Motor Company incorporated in 1903

Today in History Today is Friday, June 16, the 167th day of 2017. There are 198 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 16, 1967, the three-day Monterey International Pop Music Festival, a major event of the “Summer of Love,” opened in northern California; ...

Washington voted head of Continental Army

Today is Thursday, June 15, the 166th day of 2017. There are 199 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 15, 1775, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army. On this date: In 1215, England’s ...

Government announces end of sugar rationing in 1947

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Sunday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2017. There are 203 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 11, 1947, the government announced the end of sugar rationing for households and “institutional users” (e.g., ...

34 US servicemen killed in Middle East war

Today is Thursday, June 8, the 159th day of 2017. There are 206 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 8, 1967, during the six-day Middle East war, 34 American servicemen were killed when Israel attacked the USS Liberty, a Navy intelligence-gathering ship in the ...

President Ronald Reagan dies in 2004 at age 93

Today is Monday, June 5, the 156th day of 2017. There are 209 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 5, 1967, war erupted in the Middle East as Israel, anticipating a possible attack by its Arab neighbors, launched a series of pre-emptive airfield strikes that ...

Inaugural Pulitzer Prizes awarded for excellence in American journalism

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, June 4, the 155th day of 2017. There are 210 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 4, 1917, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. Herbert Bayard Swope of the New York World was recognized for a series of articles, ...