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Today in history

Today in History: FDR’s Rural Electrification Administration formed

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 11, the 131st day of 2021. There are 234 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 11, 1935, the Rural Electrification Administration was created as one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. On ...

Today in History: Coca-Cola introduced for the first time

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, May 8, the 128th day of 2021. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1984, the Soviet Union announced it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. On this date: In 1541, ...

Germany ends role in WWII by surrendering in France

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 7, the 127th day of 2021. There are 238 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, ending its role in World War II. On this ...

John T. Scopes charged after teaching evolution in Tennessee

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, May 5, the 125th day of 2021. There are 240 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 5, 1925, schoolteacher John T. Scopes was charged in Tennessee with violating a state law that prohibited teaching the theory of ...

First school of medicine in American colonies founded

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2021. There are 242 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 3, 1948, the Supreme Court, in Shelley v. Kraemer, ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to Blacks or members of other ...

Today in History: Vietnam War comes to an end

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, April 30, the 120th day of 2021. There are 245 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War ended as the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces. On this date: In 1517, Londoners ...

Today in History: Chernobyl disaster leaves lasting complications

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, April 26, the 116th day of 2021. There are 249 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine caused radioactive fallout to begin spewing into the ...

Spain declares war on United States, which responds in kind

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, April 23, the 113th day of 2021. There are 252 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 23, 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was later reduced to ...

Congress authorizes use of ‘In God We Trust’ on US coins

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, April 22, the 112th day of 2021. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 2005, Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom outside Washington, D.C. to conspiring with the Sept. 11 ...

Sam Houston leads army of Texans to victory at San Jacinto

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 21, the 111th day of 2021. There are 254 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 21, 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence. On this date: In ...

Truck bomb destroys Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, April 19, the 109th day of 2021. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (Bomber Timothy McVeigh, ...

Apollo 13 crew splashes down safely in Pacific after accident

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, April 17, the 107th day of 2021. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after ...

Today in History: Virginia Tech shooting leaves 32 victims dead

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, April 16, the 106th day of 2021. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 16, 2007, in one of America’s worst school attacks, a college senior killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 14, the 104th day of 2021. There are 261 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 14, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time and began ...

Marian Anderson performs concert at Lincoln Memorial

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, April 9, the 99th day of 2021. There are 266 days left in the year. Today‘s Highlight in History: On April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson performed a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., after the Black singer was denied the use of ...