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Today in history

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 ...

Today in History: Car plows into crowd in Charlottesville

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2019. There are 141 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 12, 2017, a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia college town of ...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg sworn in as second US Supreme Court justice

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2019. There are 143 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 10, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. On this date: In 1861, ...

Nuclear device dropped over Nagasaki in 1945

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2019. There are 144 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 Superfortress code-named Bockscar dropped a nuclear device ...

Today in History

Today is Monday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2019. There are 148 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from “acute barbiturate poisoning.” On ...

Carter establishes Department of Energy, 1977

Today is Sunday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2019. There are 149 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 4, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy. On this date: In 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard had its beginnings as ...

Columbus sets sail, 1492

Today is Saturday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2019. There are 150 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 3, 1972, the U.S. Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. (The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the ...

Today in History: Uprising in Warsaw starts, continues for 2 months

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2019. There are 152 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before collapsing. On this ...

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, July 31, the 212th day of 2019. There are 153 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 31, 1954, Pakistan’s K2 was conquered as two members of an Italian expedition, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, reached the summit. On this date: In ...