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Today in History: Castro becomes prime minister of Cuba

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2021. There are 318 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista. On this date: In 1862, ...

World Health Organization gives official name of COVID

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2021. There are 323 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization gave the official name of COVID-19 to the disease caused by the coronavirus that had emerged ...

House elects John Quincy Adams as US president

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2021. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 9, 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes. On ...

US receives military support with Treaty of Alliance signing

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2021. There are 328 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, the United States won official recognition and military support from France with the ...

Today in History: Apollo 14 astronauts set foot on lunar surface

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2021. There are 329 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, bringing to a close the third presidential trial in American history, though a ...

Today in History: Civil rights activist Rosa Parks is born

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2021. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2021. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near ...

Carter welcomes Chinese vice premier to White House

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Jan. 29, the 29th day of 2021. There are 336 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 29, 1979, President Jimmy Carter formally welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping (dung shah-oh-ping) to the White House, following ...

Composer Mozart born in Salzburg, Austria

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2021. There are 338 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 27, 1756, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria. On this date: In 1880, inventor Thomas Edison received ...

Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days return to United States

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2021. There are 340 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 25, 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States. On this date: In 1533, England’s King ...

Today in History: Obama sworn in as first African-American U.S. President

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2021. There are 345 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 1986, the United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. On this ...

Air Florida 737 crashes into 14th Street Bridge

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2021. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge and fell into the Potomac River while trying to take ...