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This Day In History.
« on: May 12, 2016, 12:24:35 pm »
This is a fun and informative thread I wanted to create to show and tell people about various historical people, places, and things that have happened each day of the year.
Every morning, I'll post here a selection of various historical dates and facts, etc. for people to read and enjoy. :)
The goal isn't necessarily to debate/discuss such historical events (Though discussion is still ok.), but rather to read, learn about, and enjoy historical people, places, and things that you might otherwise not have known about throughout history.
Whenever possible, I will include further links to more information about the historical events I've listed so people may learn about them more.

So, to get started.......


Today is Thursday, May 12, the 133rd day of 2016. There are 233 days left in the year.

May 12, 1949 - the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift.

1780 - During the Revolutionary War, the besieged city of Charleston, South Carolina, surrendered to British forces.

1870 - An act creating the Canadian province of Manitoba was given royal assent, to take effect in July.

1922 - A 20-ton meteor crashed near Blackstone, Virginia.

1932 - The body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was found in a wooded area near Hopewell, New Jersey.

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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2016, 11:04:27 am »
Interesting info Kobuk.. I look farward to reading your daily posts. :orbunny:


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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2016, 10:36:37 am »
Sorry I haven't been keeping up in this thread.  :(  :-[ The last several days have been busy with hospital and doctor appointments, plus finishing models for a model contest this weekend.
Here's a quick list for today. I will get back on track on Monday after getting back from the contest. ;)



Today is Friday, May 20, the 141st day of 2016. There are 225 days left in the year.

May 20, 1916 - the Saturday Evening Post published its first Norman Rockwell cover; the illustration shows a scowling boy dressed in his Sunday best, dutifully pushing a baby carriage past a couple of young baseball players, one of whom mockingly doffs his cap.

1712 - the original version of Alexander Pope's satirical mock-heroic poem "The Rape of the Lock" was published anonymously in Lintot's Miscellany.

1862 - President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which was intended to encourage settlements west of the Mississippi River by making federal land available for farming.

1902 - the United States ended a three-year military presence in Cuba as the Republic of Cuba was established under its first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma.

1925 - the newly built headquarters of the United States Chamber of Commerce was formally dedicated in Washington, D.C.
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2016, 09:26:19 am »
Today is Monday, May 23, the 144th day of 2016. There are 222 days left in the year.

May 23, 1934 - bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_and_Clyde

1430 - Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_of_Arc

1533 - the marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_VIII_of_England

1788 - South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1814 - a third version of Beethoven's only opera, "Fidelio," had its world premiere in Vienna.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidelio
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2016, 09:55:50 am »
Today is Wednesday, May 25, the 146th day of 2016. There are 220 days left in the year.

May 25, 1916 - the Chicago Tribune published an interview with Henry Ford in which the automobile industrialist was quoted as saying, "History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's dam is the history we make today."

1787 - the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitutional_Convention_%28United_States%29

1810 - Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primera_Junta

1935 - Babe Ruth hit his last three career home runs nos. 712, 713 and 714 for the Boston Braves in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (The Pirates won, 11-7.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Ruth

1946 - Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emirate_of_Transjordan
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2016, 11:43:20 pm »
A little late today. Sorry.  :-[


Today is Friday, May 27, the 148th day of 2016. There are 218 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

May 27, 1941 - the British Royal Navy sank the German battleship Bismarck off France with a loss of some 2,000 lives, three days after the Bismarck sank the HMS Hood with the loss of more than 1,400 lives. Amid rising world tensions, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed an "unlimited national emergency" during a radio address from the White House.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_battleship_Bismarck

1896 - 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1896_St._Louis%E2%80%93East_St._Louis_tornado

1929 - Charles A. Lindbergh Jr. married Anne Morrow in Englewood, New Jersey.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lindbergh

1933 - the Chicago World's Fair, celebrating "A Century of Progress," officially opened. Walt Disney's Academy Award-winning animated short "The Three Little Pigs" was first released.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_of_Progress

1935 - the U.S. Supreme Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, unanimously struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act, a key component of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" legislative program.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Industrial_Recovery_Act
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2016, 12:32:12 pm »
Today is Sunday, May 29, the 150th day of 2016. There are 216 days left in the year.

May 29, 1953 - Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Hillary

1765 - Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamp_Act_1765

1790 - Rhode Island became the 13th original colony to ratify the United States Constitution.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhode_Island

1848 - Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisconsin

1912 - the ballet "L'Apres-midi d'un Faune" (The Afternoon of a Faun), with music by Claude Debussy, premiered in Paris with Vaslav Nijinsky dancing the title role.
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2016, 02:28:35 pm »
Today is Monday, May 30, the 151st day of 2016. There are 215 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance.

Today's Highlights in History:

May 30, 1966 - NASA launched Surveyor 1, a probe that made a soft landing on the moon three days later. The Beatles single "Paperback Writer" was released in the United States by Capitol Records.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surveyor_1
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperback_Writer

1431 - Joan of Arc, condemned as a heretic, was burned at the stake in Rouen (roo-AHN'), France.

1536 - England's King Henry VIII married his third wife, Jane Seymour, 11 days after the king's second wife, Anne Boleyn, was beheaded for treason and adultery.

1866 - the opera "The Bartered Bride" by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana premiered in Prague in a two-act version (it was later reworked into three acts).

1883 - 12 people were trampled to death in a stampede sparked by a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Bridge
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2016, 03:39:28 pm »
Today is Tuesday, May 31, the 152nd day of 2016. There are 214 days left in the year.

May 31, 1916 - during World War I, British and German fleets fought the naval Battle of Jutland off Denmark; there was no clear-cut victor, although the British suffered heavier losses.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jutland

1790 - President George Washington signed into law the first U.S. copyright act.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_Act_of_1790

1889 - some 2,200 people in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, perished when the South Fork Dam collapsed, sending 20 million tons of water rushing through the town.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnstown_Flood

1910 - the Union of South Africa was founded.

1935 - movie studio 20th Century Fox was created through a merger of the Fox Film Corp. and Twentieth Century Pictures.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_Century_Fox
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2016, 02:56:35 pm »
Today is Wednesday, June 1, the 153rd day of 2016. There are 213 days left in the year.

June 1, 1916 - Louis Brandeis took his seat as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the first Jewish American to serve on the nation's highest bench.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Brandeis

1792 - Kentucky became the 15th state of the union.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky

1796 - Tennessee became the 16th state.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee

1813 - the mortally wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, Capt. James Lawrence, gave the order, "Don't give up the ship" during a losing battle with the British frigate HMS Shannon in the War of 1812.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lawrence

1868 - James Buchanan, the 15th president of the United States, died near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at age 77.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Buchanan
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2016, 11:27:24 am »
Today is Sunday, June 5, the 157th day of 2016. There are 209 days left in the year.

June 5, 1916 - the Arab Revolt against Turkish Ottoman rule began during World War I.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Revolt

1794 - Congress passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from taking part in any military action against a country that was at peace with the United States.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutrality_Act_of_1794

1884 - Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tecumseh_Sherman

1933 - the United States went off the gold standard.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_6102

1947 - Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as The Marshall Plan.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Plan
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2016, 08:49:31 am »
72 years ago today D-Day happened. Marking the largest amphibious assault ever in history.
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2016, 11:01:22 am »
Today is Monday, June 6, the 158th day of 2016. There are 208 days left in the year.

June 6, 1944 - during World War II, Operation Overlord, aimed at liberating German-occupied western Europe, commenced as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on "D-Day."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

1799 - American politician and orator Patrick Henry died at Red Hill Plantation in Virginia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Henry

1816 - a snowstorm struck the northeastern U.S., heralding what would become known as the "Year Without a Summer."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Without_a_Summer

1844 - the Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YMCA

1925 - Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Chrysler


I was around for the 50th anniversary (1994) of D-day, and I hope to be able to make it to the 75th anniversary (2019) and eventually the 100th anniversary (2044). By the time the 100th anniversary happens, there will no longer be any D-day veterans left alive anywhere.  :o
If you want movies to watch about D-day, the two best ones are "The Longest Day" and "Saving Private Ryan". But be warned, the first 30 minutes of SPR has some of the most graphic and realistic special effects depicting bloody combat on the Normandy beaches. It's quite arguably as close to the real thing as it gets.  :o


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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2016, 11:06:00 pm »
Today is Wednesday, June 8, the 160th day of 2016. There are 206 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

June 8, 1966 - the strongest of a series of tornadoes struck the Topeka, Kansas, area, killing 17 people.
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_1966_tornado_outbreak_sequence
A merger was announced between the National and American Football Leagues, to take effect in 1970.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFL%E2%80%93NFL_merger

In A.D. 632, the prophet Muhammad died in Medina.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad

1845 - Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson

1864 - Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president during the National Union (Republican) Party's convention in Baltimore.

1912 - the ballet "Daphnis et Chloe" was premiered by the Ballets Russes in Paris.

1915 - U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned over what he viewed as President Woodrow Wilson's overly bellicose attitude toward Germany following the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_RMS_Lusitania
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2016, 03:13:36 am »
My sister graduated high school  :D

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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2016, 03:45:39 pm »
My sister graduated high school  :D

That's nice.......and congrats too, but........this is a thread for "historical" facts. ;)
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2016, 04:00:44 pm »
Today is Thursday, June 9, the 161st day of 2016. There are 205 days left in the year.

June 9, 1986 - the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Challenger_disaster

In A.D. 68, Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, ending a 13-year reign.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nero

1870 - author Charles Dickens died in Gad's Hill Place, England.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Dickens

1911 - Carrie (sometimes spelled "Carry") A. Nation, the hatchet-wielding temperance crusader, died in Leavenworth, Kansas, at age 64.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Nation

1934 - the first Walt Disney animated cartoon featuring Donald Duck, "The Wise Little Hen," was released.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wise_Little_Hen

1943 - the federal government began withholding income tax from paychecks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_tax
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2016, 02:25:48 pm »
Today is Friday, June 10, the 162nd day of 2016. There are 204 days left in the year.

June 10, 1692 - the first execution resulting from the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts took place as Bridget Bishop was hanged.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_witch_trials

1864 - the Confederate Congress authorized military service for men between the ages of 17 and 70.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress_of_the_Confederate_States

1921 - President Warren G. Harding signed into law the Budget and Accounting Act, which created the Bureau of the Budget and the General Accounting Office.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budget_and_Accounting_Act

1935 - Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio, by Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith and William Griffith Wilson.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholics_Anonymous

1940 - Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy. Jamaican-born Pan-African nationalist Marcus Garvey died in London at 52.
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2016, 10:38:33 am »
Today is Monday, June 13, the 165th day of 2016. There are 201 days left in the year.

June 13, 1966 - the Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miranda_warning

1525 - German theologian Martin Luther married former nun Katharina von Bora.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther

1842 - Queen Victoria became the first British monarch to ride on a train, traveling from Slough Railway Station to Paddington in 25 minutes.

1865 - Nobel Prize-winning poet-playwright William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._B._Yeats

1886 - King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Starnberg.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_II_of_Bavaria
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2016, 06:09:07 am »
june 19th

in 1864, the first organized baseball game is played
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2016, 10:13:11 am »
Today is Sunday, June 19, the 171st day of 2016. There are 195 days left in the year. This is Father's Day.

June 19, 1910 - the first-ever Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington. (The idea for the observance is credited to Sonora Louise Smart Dodd.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day

1764 - Jose Gervasio Artigas, considered the father of Uruguayan independence, was born in Montevideo.

1865 - Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over, and that all remaining slaves in Texas were free an event celebrated to this day as "Juneteenth."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

1934 - the Federal Communications Commission was created; it replaced the Federal Radio Commission.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Communications_Commission

1944 - during World War II, the two-day Battle of the Philippine Sea began, resulting in a decisive victory for the Americans over the Japanese.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Philippine_Sea
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Re: This Day In History.
« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2016, 02:19:27 pm »
Today is Tuesday, June 21, the 173rd day of 2016. There are 193 days left in the year.

June 21, 1964 - civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney were slain in Philadelphia, Mississippi; their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later. (Forty-one years on this date in 2005, Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter; he was sentenced to 60 years in prison.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Ray_Killen

1788 - the United States Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it.

1834 - Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaper

1913 - Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick became the first woman to parachute from an airplane as she jumped over Los Angeles.

1932 - heavyweight Max Schmeling lost a title fight rematch in New York by decision to Jack Sharkey, prompting Schmeling's manager, Joe Jacobs, to exclaim: "We was robbed!"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Schmeling
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