Today in history

Today in History: 49 dead, 53 wounded at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2019. There are 202 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 12, 2016, an American-born Muslim opened fire at the Pulse nightclub, a gay establishment in Orlando, Florida, leaving 49 people dead ...

Special counsel chastises McCarthy during hearings

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, June 9, the 160th day of 2019. There are 205 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 9, 1954, during the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., asking: ...

Suspected MLK assassin James Earl Ray captured

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, June 8, the 159th day of 2019. There are 206 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 8, 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther ...

Today in History: Battle of Midway begins in 1942

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, June 4, the 155th day of 2019. There are 210 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 4, 1942, the World War II Battle of Midway began, resulting in a decisive American victory against Japan and marking the turning point of ...

Today in History: Chinese troops crush student demonstrations

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, June 3, the 154th day of 2019. There are 211 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 3, 1989, Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died. On the same day, Chinese army troops began their sweep of Beijing to ...

Today in History

Today is Saturday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2019. There are 213 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 1, 1813, the mortally wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, gave the order, “Don’t give up the ship” during a losing battle with the ...

Nixon, Brezhnev sign treaty in ’72

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, May 26, the 146th day of 2019. There are 219 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 26, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow. The U.S. ...

Babe Ruth ends baseball career with 3 home runs for Boston Braves in 1945

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, May 25, the 145th day of 2019. There are 220 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 25, 1935, Babe Ruth hit his last three career home runs — Nos. 712, 713 and 714 — for the Boston Braves in a game against the ...

Today in History: World Trade Center bombers convicted in 1994

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2019. There are 221 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 24, 1994, four Islamic fundamentalists convicted of bombing New York’s World Trade Center in 1993 were each sentenced to 240 years in ...

Today in History: Amelia Earhart flies solo across Atlantic in 1932

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2019. There are 224 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours ...

England declared a republic after King Charles I  executed in 1649

Today is Sunday, May 19, the 139th day of 2019. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1649, England was declared a republic by Parliament following the execution of King Charles I. (The monarchy was restored in 1660.) On this date: In 1536, Anne ...

Today in history: China launches Cultural Revolution in 1966

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 16, the 136th day of 2019. There are 229 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 16, 1966, China launched the Cultural Revolution, a radical as well as deadly reform movement aimed at purging the country of ...

Today in History: Pope John Paul II shot in 1981

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2019. There are 232 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter’s Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca. On this ...

Napoleon Bonaparte dies in 1821

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, May 5, the 125th day of 2019. There are 240 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 5, 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, 51, died in exile on the island of St. Helena. On this date: In 1494, during his second voyage to the Western ...

Infamous mobster Al Capone convicted of income-tax invasion

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, May 4, the 124th day of 2019. There are 241 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 4, 1961, the first group of "Freedom Riders" left Washington, D.C. to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus ...

Today in History: Osama bin Laden killed by elite forces in 2011

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2019. There are 243 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea after a decade on the ...

Today in History: Elian Gonzalez, center of custody dispute, seized by agents

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, April 22, the 112th day of 2019. There are 253 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 22, 2000, in a dramatic pre-dawn raid, armed immigration agents seized Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy at the center of a custody dispute, ...