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Today in history

Fleming discovers penicillin, the first effective antibiotic

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Sept. 28, the 272nd day of 2020. There are 94 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 28, 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective antibiotic. On this date: In ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Sept. 24, the 268th day of 2020. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 24, 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing America’s federal court system and creating the post of ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Sept. 22, the 266th day of 2020. There are 100 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be ...

Sandra Day O’Connor confirmed as first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Sept. 21, the 265th day of 2020. There are 101 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the Supreme ...

Delegates sign US Constitution

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Sept. 17, the 261st day of 2020. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional ...

Bombing in Alabama kills 4 girls in 1963

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Sept. 15, the 259th day of 2020. There are 107 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 15, 1963, four Black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in ...

McKinley dies of gunshot wounds in Buffalo, NY

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2020. There are 108 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin; Vice President Theodore ...

Los Angeles founded by Spanish settlers in 1781

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Sept. 4, the 248th day of 2020. There are 118 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 4, 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Governor Felipe de Neve. On this date: In 1888, ...

Bush orders active duty forces to Gulf Coast in wake of Katrina

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Sept. 3, the 247th day of 2020. There are 119 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 3, 2005, President George W. Bush ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast as his administration intensified ...

Wallace blocks integration of Tuskegee High School

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Sept. 2, the 246th day of 2020. There are 120 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 2, 1963, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state ...

Princess Diana brought home for final time

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Aug. 31, the 244th day of 2020. There are 122 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 31, 1997, Prince Charles brought Princess Diana home for the last time, escorting the body of his former wife to a Britain that was ...

Today in History: King delivers ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in 1963

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug. 28, the 241st day of 2020. There are 125 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people listened as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the ...

Nat Turner launches violent slave rebellion in Virginia

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug. 21, the 234th day of 2020. There are 132 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 21, 1831, Nat Turner launched a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 whites. (Turner was later ...

British forces land at Benedict, MD to capture Washington, D.C.

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Aug. 19, the 232nd day of 2020. There are 134 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 19, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces landed at Benedict, Maryland, with the objective of capturing Washington D.C. On ...

19th Amendment ratified, giving women voting rights

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Aug. 18, the 231st day of 2020. There are 135 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became ...

Van plows through crowded promenade in Barcelona

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Aug. 17, the 230th day of 2020. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 17, 2017, a van plowed through pedestrians along a packed promenade in the Spanish city of Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring ...

East Germany seals off border between east and west Berlin, 1961

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Aug. 13, the 226th day of 2020. There are 140 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 13, 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors before building a wall that would divide ...

Today in history

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Aug. 12, the 225th day of 2020. There are 141 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 12, 2017, a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia college town of ...