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Today in history

USS Scorpion sinks in Atlantic Ocean, killing 99 men in 1968

Today is Friday, May 22, the 143rd day of 2020. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1968, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 ...

Today in History: Lindbergh lands Spirit of St. Louis

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 21, the 142nd day of 2020. There are 224 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the ...

Today in History: White mob attacks busload of Freedom Riders in 1961

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, May 20, the 141st day of 2020. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting the federal government to send in U.S. ...

Today in History: Winston Churchill addresses US Congress in 1943

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 19, the 140th day of 2020. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1943, in his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country’s full support ...

Today in History: 2 students shot dead at Jackson State College in 1970

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 15, the 136th day of 2020. There are 230 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 15, 1948, hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. On ...

Today in History: Netherlands surrenders to invading German forces in 1940

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 14, the 135th day of 2020. There are 231 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 14, 1940, the Netherlands surrendered to invading German forces during World War II. On this date: In 1643, Louis XIV became King of ...

Today in History: Jimmy Carter visits Cuba in 2002

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 12, the 133rd day of 2020. There are 233 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 12, 2002, Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba, becoming the first U.S. president in or out of office to visit since the 1959 revolution that put ...

Today in History: Truman announces Nazi surrender

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 8, the 129th day of 2020. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered, and that “the flags of freedom fly all ...

Today in History: 1st inaugural ball held in NY in 1789

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 7, the 128th day of 2020. There are 238 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 7, 1789, America’s first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President George Washington, who had taken the oath of office a ...

Today in History: Babe Ruth hits 1st MLB homer

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, May 6, the 127th day of 2020. There are 239 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 6, 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first major-league home run as a player for the Boston Red Sox. On this date: In 1863, the Civil War Battle ...

Today in History: 4 killed at Kent State

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, May 4, the 125th day of 2020. There are 241 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire during an anti-war protest at Kent State University, killing four young people and wounding nine ...

Today in History: Rodney King makes plea

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 1, the 122nd day of 2020. There are 244 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 1, 1992, on the third day of the Los Angeles riots, a visibly shaken Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, pleading, “Can we ...

Dachau liberated by Americans in 1945

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 29, the 120th day of 2020. There are 246 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 29, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp. Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun inside his ...

USSR informs world of Chernobyl nuclear disaster, 1986

Today is Tuesday, April 28, the 119th day of 2020. There are 247 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after he refused to be inducted into the armed forces. On this date: In 1788, ...

Today in History: Twisters kill 316 in US on this date in 2011

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, April 27, the 118th day of 2020. There are 248 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 27, 2011, powerful tornadoes raked the South and Midwest; according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than 120 ...

Today in History: William Shakespeare dies in 1564

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, April 23, the 114th day of 2020. There are 252 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 23, 1616 (Old Style calendar), English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon on what has traditionally ...

Today in History: Deadly chemicals used in warfare for 1st time

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 22, the 113th day of 2020. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 1915, the first full-scale use of deadly chemicals in warfare took place as German forces unleashed chlorine gas against Allied ...

Today in History: In 1836, Congress votes to establish Wisconsin Territory

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, April 20, the 111th day of 2020. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 20, 1971, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. On this date: In 1836, ...