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Today in history

Today in History: In 1836, Congress votes to establish Wisconsin Territory

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, April 20, the 111th day of 2020. There are 255 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 20, 1971, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. On this date: In 1836, ...

Bay of Pigs invasion launched, 1961

Today is Friday, April 17, the 108th day of 2020. There are 258 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 17, 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the ...

MLK Jr. writes ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail,’ 1963

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, April 16, the 107th day of 2020. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in which the civil rights activist responded to a group of ...

Boston Marathon bombing kills 3, 2013

Today is Wednesday, April 15, the 106th day of 2020. There are 260 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 15, 2013, two bombs made from pressure cookers exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing two women and an 8-year-old boy and injuring more than 260. ...

Lincoln shot, killed, 1865

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, April 14, the 105th day of 2020. There are 261 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our American ...

Today in History

Today is Friday, April 10, the 101st day of 2020. There are 265 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 10, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage. On this date: In 1815, the Mount Tambora volcano on ...

EEOC prohibits sexual harassment, 1980

Today is Saturday, April 11, the 102nd day of 2020. There are 264 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 11, 1980, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors. On this ...

NASA presents its first seven astronauts in 1959

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, April 9, the 100th day of 2020. There are 266 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 9, 1942, during World War II, some 75,000 Philippine and American defenders on Bataan surrendered to Japanese troops, who forced the ...

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, April 8, the 99th day of 2020. There are 267 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 8, 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in January ...

Mississippi Territory created by Congress, 1798

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, April 7, the 98th day of 2020. There are 268 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 7, 1862, Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. On this date: In ...

Pony Express begins, 1860

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, April 3, the 94th day of 2020. There are 272 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 3, 1996, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his remote Montana cabin. On this date: In 1860, the legendary Pony Express began ...

Pope John Paul II dies at age 84, 2005

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, April 2, the 93rd day of 2020. There are 273 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, because of ...

Apple Computer founded by Jobs, Wozniak and Wayne, 1976

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 92nd day of 2020. There are 274 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 1, 1976, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. On this date: In 1789, the U.S. House of ...

Today in History: Reagan shot, injured outside Washington hotel, 1981

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, March 30, the 90th day of 2020. There are 276 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John W. Hinckley, Jr.; also wounded ...

American-led forces in Iraq bomb guard units in 2003

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, March 28, the 88th day of 2020. There are 278 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 28, 2003, American-led forces in Iraq dropped thousand-pound bombs on Republican Guard units guarding the gates to Baghdad and battled ...

Today in History: Scottsboro Boys taken off train in Alabama in 1931

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 25, the 85th day of 2020. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1931, in the so-called “Scottsboro Boys” case, nine young black men were taken off a train in Alabama, accused of raping two ...

Today in History: Exxon Valdez runs aground

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, March 24, the 84th day of 2020. There are 282 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and began leaking an estimated 11 million ...