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Today in history

Today in History: American Airlines Flight 587 crashes, killing 265 people

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2019. There are 49 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 12, 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 headed to the Dominican Republic, crashed after takeoff from New York’s John F. ...

Today in History: Reagan elected president in 1980

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2019. There are 57 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 1980, Republican Ronald Reagan won the White House as he defeated President Jimmy Carter by a strong margin. On this date: In 1862, ...

Superstorm Sandy slams New Jersey communities in 2012

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2019. There are 63 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy slammed ashore in New Jersey and slowly marched inland, devastating coastal communities and causing widespread power outages; the storm ...

Today in history: Statue of Liberty dedicated in 1886

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2019. There are 64 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. On this ...

Today in History: 40-hour work week goes into effect

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2019. There are 68 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 24, 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. On this date: In 1861, the first ...

Today in History: Clarence Thomas confirmed to Supreme Court

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2019. There are 77 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 15, 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the ...

PM Thatcher escapes attempt on her life in bomb explosion

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2019. There are 80 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 12, 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped an attempt on her life when an Irish Republican Army bomb exploded at a hotel ...

Today in History: War in Afghanistan starts in 2001

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2019. There are 85 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 2001, the war in Afghanistan started as the United States and Britain launched air attacks against military targets and Osama bin ...

First televised White House address delivered, 1947

Today is Saturday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2019. There are 87 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 5, 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis. On this date: In 1829, the 21st ...

Today in History: Thurgood Marshall sworn in to U.S. Supreme Court in 1967

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2019. There are 90 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as the court opened its new term. On this ...

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2019. There are 96 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 26, 1789, Thomas Jefferson was confirmed by the Senate to be the first United States secretary of state; John Jay, the first chief justice; Edmund Randolph, the ...

North and South Korea open borders to reunite long-separated families

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2019. There are 101 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 21, 1985, In North Korea and South Korea, family members who had been separated for decades were allowed to visit each other as both ...

Today in History: Bush bails out businesses in 2008

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2019. There are 103 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 2008, struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration laid out a radical bailout plan calling for a ...

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2019. There are 104 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. On this date: In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created ...

Today in History

Today is Friday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2019. There are 109 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 13, 2001, two days after the 9/11 terror attacks, the first few jetliners returned to the nation’s skies, but several major airports remained closed and others ...

Today in History: Term ‘United States’ officially coined in 1776

Today is Monday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2019. There are 113 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 9, 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 ...