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Today in history

Pony Express begins, 1860

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, April 3, the 94th day of 2020. There are 272 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 3, 1996, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his remote Montana cabin. On this date: In 1860, the legendary Pony Express began ...

Pope John Paul II dies at age 84, 2005

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, April 2, the 93rd day of 2020. There are 273 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, because of ...

Apple Computer founded by Jobs, Wozniak and Wayne, 1976

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 92nd day of 2020. There are 274 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 1, 1976, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. On this date: In 1789, the U.S. House of ...

Today in History: Reagan shot, injured outside Washington hotel, 1981

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, March 30, the 90th day of 2020. There are 276 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley, Jr.; also wounded ...

American-led forces in Iraq bomb guard units in 2003

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, March 28, the 88th day of 2020. There are 278 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 28, 2003, American-led forces in Iraq dropped thousand-pound bombs on Republican Guard units guarding the gates to Baghdad and battled ...

Today in History: Scottsboro Boys taken off train in Alabama in 1931

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 25, the 85th day of 2020. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1931, in the so-called “Scottsboro Boys” case, nine young black men were taken off a train in Alabama, accused of raping two ...

Today in History: Exxon Valdez runs aground

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, March 24, the 84th day of 2020. There are 282 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and began leaking an estimated 11 million ...

U.S. Republican Party founded in 1854

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, March 20, the 80th day of 2020. There are 286 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1854, the Republican Party of the United States was founded by slavery opponents at a schoolhouse in Ripon , Wisconsin. On this ...

Italy agrees to join Germany’s war against France, Britain, 1940

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 18, the 78th day of 2020. There are 288 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 18, 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass, where the Italian dictator agreed to join Germany’s war against ...

Today in History: Plane crash in Colombia kills all 143 people on board

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, March 17, the 77th day of 2020. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 17, 1988, Avianca Flight 410, a Boeing 727, crashed after takeoff into a mountain in Colombia, killing all ...

Today in History: Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina elected pope in 2013

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, March 13, the 73rd day of 2020. There are 293 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 13, 2013, Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope, choosing the name Francis; he was the first pontiff from the Americas and the ...

Today in History: Earthquake, tsunami kill 20,000 in Japan in 2011

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 11, the 71st day of 2020. There are 295 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan’s northeastern coast, killing nearly 20,000 people and ...

Today in History: Chernenko dies at age 73

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, March 10, the 70th day of 2020. There are 296 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 10, 1985, Konstantin U. Chernenko, who was the Soviet Union’s leader for 13 months, died at age 73; he was succeeded by Mikhail ...

Today in History: US bombers stage raid on Berlin

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, March 6, the 66th day of 2020. There are 300 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 6, 1944, U.S. heavy bombers staged the first full-scale American raid on Berlin during World War II. On this date: In 1475, Italian ...

Today in History: Pacelli elected Pope Pius XII in 1939

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, March 2, the 62nd day of 2020. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still ...