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Today in history

Today in History: San Francisco gets first female mayor, 1978

Today is Friday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2020. There are 27 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 4, 1783, Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York. On this date: In 1875, William Marcy Tweed, the ...

Darwin publishes ‘On the Origin of Species’ about his evolution theory

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, the 329th day of 2020. There are 37 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published “On the Origin of Species,”î which explained his theory of evolution by means ...

LBJ proclaims Nov. 25 day of mourning

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 328th day of 2020. There are 38 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 23, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of President John F. ...

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By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Nov. 19, the 324th day of 2020. There are 42 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg in ...

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By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Nov. 16, the 321st day of 2020. There are 45 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. On this date: In 1776, British troops captured ...

US Marine organized under Continental Congress authority

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Nov. 10, the 315th day of 2020. There are 51 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 10, 1775, the U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress. On this date: In 1766, Rutgers, the State ...

Republican Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States in 1860

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Nov. 6, the 311th day of 2020. There are 55 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln of the Republican Party was elected President of the United States as he defeated John ...

Civil rights icon Rosa Parks lies in honor in Rotunda

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Oct. 30, the 304th day of 2020. There are 62 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 30, 2005, the body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights icon became the first woman to lie in honor in the ...

First rapid transit subway inaugurated in New York

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Oct. 27, the 301st day of 2020. There are 65 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 27, 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City. On this date: In 1787, the first of the ...

The First Continental Congress adjourns in 1774

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Oct. 26, the 300th day of 2020. There are 66 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On October 26th, 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia. On this date: In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New ...

US sprinters Smith and Carlos give Black power salute at 1968 Olympics

By The Associated Press Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1968, American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos sparked controversy at the Mexico City Olympics by giving “Black power” salutes during a victory ceremony after they’d won gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter ...

Dole, Mondale face off in vice-presidential debate in Houston

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Oct. 15, the 289th day of 2020. There are 77 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 15, 1976, in the first debate of its kind between vice-presidential nominees, Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole faced ...

John Lennon born in Liverpool, 1940

By the Associated Press Today is Thursday, Oct. 8, the 282nd day of 2020. There are 84 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and in several communities in Michigan. On this ...

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“McCain Amendment” prohibiting cruel, inhuman treatment passes U.S. Senate 90-1 in 2005 By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Oct. 5, the 279th day of 2020. There are 87 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 5, 2005, defying the White House, senators ...

German troops crush Warsaw uprising in WWII

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Oct. 2, the 276th day of 2020. There are 90 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 2, 1944, German troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people had been killed. On this date: ...