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Today in history

First transcontinental telephone call made in 1915

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2020. There are 341 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 25, 1915, America’s first official transcontinental telephone call took place as Alexander Graham Bell, who was in New York, spoke to ...

Today in History: FDR, Churchill conclude conference

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2020. There are 342 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 24, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, ...

Today in History: 24th Amendment ratified in 1964

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2020. There are 343 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 1964, the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified as South ...

Today in History: Kaczynski — the Unabomber — pleads guilty

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2020. There are 344 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1998, Theodore Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, California, to being the Unabomber responsible for three deaths and 29 ...

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2020. There are 345 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 21, 1861, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and four other Southerners whose states had seceded from the Union resigned from the U.S. Senate. On this date: In 1793, ...

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday first observed,1993

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2020. There are 348 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 18, 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time. On this date: In 1778, English navigator ...

Today in History: More than 6,000 killed in quake

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2020. There are 349 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Jan. 17, 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan. On this ...

Today in History: Operation Desert Storm launched in 1991

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2020. There are 350 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. (Allied forces prevailed on ...

Today in History: Clinton, Yeltsin sign accord in 1994

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2020. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 14, 1994, President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed an accord to stop aiming missiles at any nation; the leaders ...

Today in history: Eisenhower terminates relationship with Cuba

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2020. There are 363 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 3, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the United States was formally terminating diplomatic and consular relations with ...

Today in History: Nearly 100 killed in Puerto Rico hotel fire, 1986

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2019. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1986, 97 people were killed when fire broke out in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty in connection with the blaze.) On this ...

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2019. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 24, 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve ...

Today in History: Boston Tea Party takes place

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2019. There are 15 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston ...

Sandy Hook remembered

By The Associated Press Today in Saturday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2019. There are 17 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, ...

Today in History: Poland cracks down on labor movement in 1981

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2019. There are 18 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 13, 1981, authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement. Martial law formally ended in ...