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Today in history

Today in History: Pope Francis begins tenure as 266th pope

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, March 19, the 78th day of 2021. There are 287 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 19, 2013, Pope Francis officially began his ministry as the 266th pope, receiving the ring symbolizing the papacy and a wool stole ...

Today in History: Supreme Court rules state courts must provide counsel

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 18, the 77th day of 2021. There are 288 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Gideon v. Wainwright, ruled unanimously that state courts were required to ...

Today in History: NYC holds first St. Patrick’s Day parade

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 17, the 76th day of 2021. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 17, 1762, New York held its first St. Patrick’s Day parade. On this date: In 1776, the ...

Today in History: LBJ calls for every American’s right to vote

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, March 15, the 74th day of 2021. There are 291 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson, addressing a joint session of Congress, called for new legislation to guarantee every ...

Today in History: Sir William Herschel discovers seventh planet

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2021. There are 293 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 13, 1933, banks in the U.S. began to reopen after a “holiday” declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On this date: In ...

Stock market has biggest drop since Black Monday ‘87

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, March 12, the 71st day of 2021. There are 294 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 12, 2020, the stock market had its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987 as fears of economic fallout from the coronavirus ...

Malaysia Boeing flight vanishes

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, March 8, the 67th day of 2021. There are 298 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people on board, vanished during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, ...

Today in History: British soldiers kill five in Boston Massacre

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, March 5, the 64th day of 2021. There are 301 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 5, 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power. On this date: In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2021. There are 302 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt took office as America’s 32nd president. On this date: In 1789, the Constitution of the United ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2021. There are 303 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 3, 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signed a ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, March 2, the 61st day of 2021. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 2, 1932, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which moved the date of the presidential inauguration from March 4 to January 20, was ...

Today in History: JFK establishes Peace Corps

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, March 1, the 60th day of 2021. There are 305 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists opened fire from the spectators’ gallery of the U.S. House of Representatives, wounding five ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2021. There are 307 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany’s parliament building, the Reichstag, was gutted by fire; Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the ...

Truck bomb explodes in parking garage of New York’s World Trade Center

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2021. There are 308 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 26, 1993, a truck bomb built by Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center, ...

Marcos flees Philippines after two decades of rule

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2021. There are 309 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino ...

President Andrew Jackson impeached by US House, 1868

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2021. There are 310 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson by a vote of 126-47 following his attempted dismissal of ...

U.S. Olympic hockey team tops Soviets, 4-3, in ‘Miracle on Ice’

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2021. There are 312 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1980, the “Miracle on Ice” took place in Lake Placid, New York, as the United States Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets, 4-3. ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2021. There are 314 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, upheld, 7-2, compulsory vaccination laws intended to protect the ...