Today in history

Today in History: Hendrix quits as opening act for The Monkees in 1967

Today is Monday, July 17, the 198th day of 2017. There are 167 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 17, 1967, after seven dates, Jimi Hendrix quit as the opening act for the Monkees following a concert at Forest Hills Stadium in New York. Although greatly ...

US explodes first experimental atomic bomb in 1945

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Sunday, July 16, the 197th day of 2017. There are 168 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 16, 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo, New Mexico; the ...

Rosetta Stone is discovered in 1799

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, July 15, the 196th day of 2017. There are 169 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 15, 1997, fashion designer Gianni Versace, 50, was shot dead outside his Miami Beach home; suspected gunman Andrew Phillip Cunanan, 27, ...

Today in History: 1977 blackout in NYC lasts for 25 hours

Today is Thursday, July 13, the 194th day of 2017. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1977, a blackout hit New York City in the mid-evening as lightning strikes on electrical equipment caused power to fail; widespread looting broke out. The ...

Today in History: In 1967, rioting erupts in Newark, New Jersey

Today is Wednesday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2017. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, 1967, rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey, over the police beating of a black taxi driver; 26 people were killed in the five days of violence that ...

Gentry records ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ in 1967

Today is Monday, July 10, the 191st day of 2017. There are 174 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 10, 1967, country singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry recorded her hit single “Ode to Billie Joe” at Capitol Records in Hollywood. On this date: In A.D. 138, ...

1776: Declaration of Independence read aloud to troops in NY

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, July 9, the 190th day of 2017. 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 1540, ...

Today in History: Althea Gibson makes history

Today is Thursday, July 6, the 187th day of 2017. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2. The Harry S. ...

Doby becomes 1st black player in American League

Today is Wednesday, July 5, the 186th day of 2017. There are 179 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League three months after Jackie Robinson broke ...

Today in History: Battle of Gettysburg ends in victory for the North

Today is Monday, July 3, the 184th day of 2017. There are 181 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions ...

Canada self-governing dominion as British North America Act takes effect

By The Associated Press. Today is Saturday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2017. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain as the British North America Act took effect. On ...

Today in History: Brits pass Townshend Act

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, June 29, the 180th day of 2017. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 1767, Britain approved the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed import duties on glass, paint, oil, lead, paper and tea shipped to ...

Archduke Ferdinand, wife, shot to death in 1914

Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2017. There are 186 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were shot to death in Sarajevo by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip — an act which sparked ...

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is enacted

By The Associated Press. Today is Sunday, June 25, the 176th day of 2017. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1967, the Beatles performed their new song “All You Need Is Love” during the closing segment of “Our World,” the first-ever ...

1497: 1st recorded European sighting of North America

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 24, the 175th day of 2017. There are 190 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 24, 1947, what’s regarded as the first modern UFO sighting took place as private pilot Kenneth Arnold, an Idaho businessman, reported ...

Today in History: Johnson, Kosygin meet

Today is Friday, June 23, the 174th day of 2017. There are 191 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 23, 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin and their advisers opened a three-day summit at Glassboro State College in New Jersey. The U.S. ...

FDR signs ‘GI Bill of Rights’

Today is Thursday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2017. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more popularly known as the “GI Bill of Rights.” On this ...

German forces capture Tobruk during WWII

Today is Wednesday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2017. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 12:24 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 21, 1942, German forces led by Generaloberst (Colonel General) Erwin Rommel captured the Libyan city of Tobruk during ...

Today in History: Maximilian I executed in 1864

Today is Monday, June 19, the 170th day of 2017. There are 195 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 19, 1867, Maximilian I, emperor of Mexico since 1864, was executed by firing squad a month after being taken prisoner by the forces of President Benito Juarez. The ...