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Today in history

Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin resolution, gives LBJ broader powers in war

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug. 7, the 220th day of 2020. There are 146 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North ...

Enola Gay drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Aug. 6, the 219th day of 2020. There are 147 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 6, 1945, during World War II, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb code-named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, ...

Senate confirms Supreme Court nominee Ginsburg

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Aug. 3, the 216th day of 2020. There are 150 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 3, 1993, the Senate voted 96-to-three to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On this date: In 1807, former Vice ...

Today in History

Today is Friday, July 24, the 206th day of 2020. There are 160 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 24, 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special ...

William Austin Burt gets patent for ‘typographer’

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, July 23, the 205th day of 2020. There are 161 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 23, 1829, William Austin Burt received a patent for his “typographer,” a forerunner of the typewriter. On this date: In ...

Armstrong, Aldrin become first men to walk on moon

Today is Monday, July 20, the 202nd day of 2020. There are 164 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar ...

Today in History

Today is Friday, July 17, the 199th day of 2020. There are 167 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 17, 1944, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ships exploded at the Port Chicago Naval ...

Today in History: Battle of Britain begins as southern England attacked

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, July 10, the 192nd day of 2020. There are 174 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 10, 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as the Luftwaffe started attacking southern England. (The Royal Air Force was ...

Declaration of Independence read to Washington’s troops

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, July 9, the 191st day of 2020. There are 175 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York. On this date: In 1755, ...

Today in History: Four hanged for roles in Lincoln assassination

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, July 7, the 189th day of 2020. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: ...

Today in History: Anne Frank, family enter ‘secret annex’

Today is Monday, July 6, the 188th day of 2020. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 6, 1942, Anne Frank, her parents and sister entered a “secret annex” in an Amsterdam building where they were later joined by four other people; they hid from ...

Today in History: Pope Paul VI crowned in 1963

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, June 30, the 182nd day of 2020. There are 184 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 30, 1971, the Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that the government could not prevent The New York Times or The Washington Post from publishing ...

Today in history: Barbed wire patented, 1867

Today is Thursday, June 25, the 177th day of 2020. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana. ...

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, June 24, the 176th day of 2020. There are 190 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 24, 1497, the first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place as explorer John Cabot spotted land, probably in present-day Canada. On this ...