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Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 5, the 186th day of 2018. 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 the ...

Declaration of Independence adopted in 1776

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, July 4, the 185th day of 2018. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today's Highlight in History: On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in ...

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

Today is Tuesday, July 3, the 184th day of 2018. 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 ...

Today in History: Earhart, Noonan disappear over Pacific Ocean

Today is Monday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2018. There are 182 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 2, 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the ...

Today in History: First trans-Pacific airplane flight completed

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, June 29, the 180th day of 2018. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 1927, the first trans-Pacific airplane flight was completed as U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Lester J. Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger ...

GM builds first Corvette in 1953 Flint

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 30, the 181st day of 2018. There are 184 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 30, 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette, with its innovative fiberglass body, was built at a General Motors assembly facility in Flint, ...

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, June 27, the 178th day of 2018. There are 187 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 27, 1846, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires. On this date: In 1787, English historian Edward Gibbon completed work on his six-volume work, ...

Today in History: Berlin Airlift begins

Today is Tuesday, June 26, the 177th day of 2018. There are 188 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 26, 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western sector of Berlin. On this date: In ...

The Civil Aeronautics Authority established in 1938

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 23, the 174th day of 2018. There are 191 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for his “Type-Writer,” featuring a QWERTY keyboard; it was the first commercially ...

Today in History: Sally Ride becomes America’s first woman in space in 1983

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, June 18, the 169th day of 2018. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America’s first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, June 15, the 166th day of 2018. There are 199 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 15, 1215, England's King John put his seal to Magna Carta ("the Great Charter") at Runnymede. On this date: In 1520, Pope Leo X issued a ...

First female space traveler launched into orbit in 1963

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 16, the 167th day of 2018. There are 198 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 16, 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok ...

Today in History: Movie musical ‘Grease’ premieres 40 years ago

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, June 13, the 164th day of 2018. There are 201 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 13, 1978, the movie musical “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, had its world premiere in New York. On ...

Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, ending 13-year reign

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 9, the 160th day of 2018. There are 205 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 9, A.D. 68, Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign. On this date: In 1588, construction began on the present-day ...

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, June 6, the 157th day of 2018. There are 208 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 6, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, 25 1/2 hours after he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. On this date: In 1523, ...

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, June 5, the 156th day of 2018. There are 209 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded after claiming victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los ...

Today in History

Today is Monday, June 4, the 155th day of 2018. There are 210 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 4, 1940, during World War II, the Allied military evacuation of some 338,000 troops from Dunkirk, France, ended. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared: ...

Andy Warhol shot, critically injured in 1968

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, June 3, the 154th day of 2018. There are 211 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 3, 1968, pop artist Andy Warhol was shot and critically wounded at his New York film studio, known as “The Factory,” by Valerie Solanas, ...

Queen Elizabeth II coronated in Westminister Abbey in 1953

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2018. There are 212 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 2, 1953, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London’s Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King ...