Today in history

Washington sworn in for 2nd term as US president

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2018. There are 302 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 4, 1793, George Washington was sworn in for a second term as president of the United States during a ceremony in Philadelphia. On this ...

Today in History

Today is Friday, March 2, the 61st day of 2018. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 2, 1943, the three-day Battle of the Bismarck Sea began in the southwest Pacific during World War II; U.S. and Australian warplanes were able to inflict heavy ...

‘Star-Spangled Banner’ becomes national anthem

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2018. There are 303 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 3, 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signed a ...

TODAY IN HISTORY/President Washington authorizes 1st census in 1790

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, March 1, the 60th day of 2018. There are 305 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 1, 1790, President George Washington signed a measure authorizing the first United States Census. Census Day was Aug. 2, 1790. On ...

First U.S. Cabinet meets in 1793

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2018. There are 309 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1793, President George Washington held the first Cabinet meeting on record at his Mount Vernon home; attending were Secretary of State ...

U.S. House Impeaches President Andrew Johnson in 1868

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2018. There are 310 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson by a vote of 126-47 following his attempted dismissal of ...

US Marines capture Mount Suribachi in 1945

Today is Friday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2018. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1945, during World War II, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi, where they raised two American flags. The second flag-raising was captured in the ...

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2018. There are 314 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project Mercury’s Friendship 7 spacecraft, which circled the globe three times in a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds before splashing down safely in the Atlantic Ocean 800 miles southeast of Bermuda. On this date: In 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the United States Post Office Department. In 1816, the opera buffa “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini premiered in Rome under its original title, “Almaviva, or the Useless Precaution.” In 1862, William Wallace Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, died at the White House, apparently of typhoid fever. In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded “idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons” from being admitted to the United States. In 1915, the Panama Pacific International Exposition opened in San Francisco —the fair lasted until December. In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. In 1942, Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare became the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace of World War II by shooting down five Japanese bombers while defending the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in the South Pacific. In 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Rabinowitz, ruled 5-3 that authorities making a lawful arrest did not need a warrant to search and seize evidence in an area that was in the “immediate and complete control” of the suspect. In 1971, the National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered U.S. radio and TV stations off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes. In 1987, a bomb left by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring store owner Gary Wright. Soviet authorities released Jewish activist Josef Begun. In 1998, Tara Lipinski of the U.S. won the ladies’ figure skating gold medal at the Nagano Olympics while fellow American Michelle Kwan won the silver; Chen Lu of China won the bronze. In 2003, a fire sparked by pyrotechnics broke out during a concert by the group Great White at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others. Ten years ago: A U.S. Navy cruiser blasted a disabled spy satellite with a pinpoint missile strike that achieved the main mission of exploding a tank of toxic fuel 130 miles above the Pacific Ocean. Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew returned to Earth after delivering a new European lab to the international space station. Five years ago: The Obama administration announced a broad new effort to fight the growing theft of American trade secrets following fresh evidence linking cyberstealing to China’s military.

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2018. There are 314 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project Mercury’s Friendship 7 spacecraft, which circled the globe ...

‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ first shown on NET in 1968

Today is Monday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2018. There are 315 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 19, 1968, the children’s program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” created by and starring Fred Rogers, made its network debut on ...

First 911 system inaugurated in 1968

Today is Friday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2018. There are 318 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Dog. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1968, the nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Alabama, as the speaker of ...

‘Putin’s chef’ among Russians indicted by U.S. government

MOSCOW (AP) — He’s known as “Putin’s chef” — a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach. On Friday, Yevgeny Prigozhin — along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations — was charged by the U.S. ...

1798 feud boils over in US House of Representatives

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2018. There are 319 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1798, a feud between two members of the U.S. House of Representatives meeting in Philadelphia boiled over as Roger Griswold of ...

Abraham Lincoln born on this day in 1809

Today is Monday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2018. There are 322 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in a log cabin in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Kentucky. On this date: In 1554, Lady ...

Figure skater Peggy Fleming wins Olympic gold in 1968

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2018. There are 324 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1968, U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming, 19, won America’s only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, in the ...

Battle of Guadalcanal ends in Allied victory over Japanese

Today is Friday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2018. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 9, 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces. On this date: In 1773, the ninth ...

In 1918, SS Tuscania torpedoed, 200 lives lost

Today is Monday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2018. There are 329 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 1918, during World War I, the Cunard liner SS Tuscania, which was transporting about 2,000 American troops to Europe, was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Irish ...

King proclaims formal cessation of hostilities in Revolutionary War

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2018. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War. On this date: In ...

German torpedo sinks SS Dorchester

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2018. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship SS Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a ...

Russians record major victory

Today is Friday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2018. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II. On this ...