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Today in history

Today in History: Term ‘United States’ officially coined in 1776

Today is Monday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2019. There are 113 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 9, 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 ...

Today in History: President McKinley shot, mortally wounded, 1901

Today is Friday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2019. There are 116 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 6, 2006, President George W. Bush acknowledged for the first time that the CIA was running secret prisons overseas and said tough interrogation had forced terrorist ...

82 die in collision between jetliner and private plane

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2019. There are 122 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 31, 1986, 82 people were killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos, California. The Soviet ...

Today in History: Marshall confirmed to Supreme Court in 1967

­By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2019. There are 123 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 30, 1967, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. On this ...

Today in History: Obama nominated for president in 2008

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2019. There are 126 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 27, 2008, Barack Obama was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver. On this date: In 1776, the ...

Today in History: In 1920, US women’s right to vote certified

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2019. There are 127 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, was certified in effect by ...

Act establishing National Park Service signed in 1916

Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2019. There are 128 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 25, 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans. On this date: In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson ...

British forces invade, set fire to Capitol, White House, in 1814

Today is Saturday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2019. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, ...

Today in History: Sacco and Vanzetti executed in 1927

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2019. There are 130 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 23, 1927, amid worldwide protests, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders ...

Today in History: Schooner America beats Brits in 1851

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2019. There are 131 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 22, 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known ...

Today in History: Russian nuclear submarine sinks, 118 sailors die

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2019. There are 132 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 21, 2000, rescue efforts to reach the sunken Russian nuclear submarine Kursk ended with divers announcing none of ...

Today in History: Postal employee kills 14 coworkers in 1986

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2019. There are 133 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 20, 1986, postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill went on a deadly rampage at a post office in Edmond, Okla., shooting 14 fellow ...

Today in History: Sole executive power vested in Hitler in 1934

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2019. There are 134 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 19, 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler. On this date: In 1812, the USS ...

WWII Nazi leader Rudolf Hess, member of Hitler’s inner circle dies in 1987

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2019. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 17, 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93, an apparent suicide. On this ...

Today in History: Elvis dies at Graceland in 1977 at age 42

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2019. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this date: In 1812, Detroit fell to British ...

Today in History: In 1971, Nixon freezes wages, prices, rents 90 days

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2019. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents. On this date: In 1483, the Sistine Chapel ...

Today in History: East Germany seals off Berlin’s border

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2019. There are 140 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 13, 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors before building a wall that would divide the ...