Today in History


AMERICAN REVOLUTION

1777

Articles of Confederation adopted »

AUTOMOTIVE

1965

Craig Breedlove sets new land-speed record »

CIVIL WAR

1864

The March to the Sea begins »

COLD WAR

1957

Nikita Khrushchev challenges United States to a missile “shooting match” »

CRIME

1923

Accused of rape, James Montgomery’s struggle for justice begins »

DISASTER

1978

Plane crashes into Sri Lankan plantation »

GENERAL INTEREST

1889

Brazil’s last emperor deposed »

1891

Erwin Rommel is born »

1984

Baby Fae dies »

HOLLYWOOD

1956

Elvis makes movie debut in Love Me Tender »

LITERARY

1859

Final installment of A Tale of Two Cities is published »

MUSIC

1943

Leonard Bernstein’s Philharmonic debut makes front-page news »

OLD WEST

1806

Zebulon Pike spots an imposing mountain »

PRESIDENTIAL

1977

President Carter hosts shah of Iran »

SPORTS

1965

Craig Breedlove sets new land-speed record »

VIETNAM WAR

1966

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs heckled at university »

1969

Second moratorium against the war held »

WORLD WAR I

1917

Georges Clemenceau named French prime minister »

WORLD WAR II

1943

Himmler orders Gypsies to concentration camps »

Today in History


AMERICAN REVOLUTION

1781

French and Americans cut off British supplies at Gloucester »

AUTOMOTIVE

1961

UAW walks out on Ford »

CIVIL WAR

1862

Battle of Corinth »

COLD WAR

1990

East and West Germany reunite after 45 years »

CRIME

2011

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned in Italy »

DISASTER

2005

Hurricane Stan bears down on Mexico »

GENERAL INTEREST

1932

Iraq wins independence »

1952

Britain successfully tests A-bomb »

1981

Maze hunger strike called off »

HOLLYWOOD

1964

Clive Owen born »

LITERARY

1895

The Red Badge of Courage is published »

MUSIC

1967

Writer, singer and folk icon Woody Guthrie dies »

OLD WEST

1873

U.S. Army hangs four Modoc Indians for the murder of a Civil War hero »

PRESIDENTIAL

1863

Lincoln proclaims official Thanksgiving holiday »

SPORTS

1951

The shot heard round the world »

VIETNAM WAR

1967

Operation Wallowa commences »

1968

Twenty-four die in Army helicopter accident »

WORLD WAR I

1917

War Revenue Act passed in U.S. »

WORLD WAR II

1942

Germany conducts first successful V-2 rocket test »

This Day in History


AMERICAN REVOLUTION

1779

Spaniards capture Baton Rouge »

AUTOMOTIVE

2002

Nils Bohlin, inventor of the three-point seatbelt, dies at 82 »

CIVIL WAR

1820

Union General John Reynolds is Born »

COLD WAR

1949

Mao Zedong outlines the new Chinese government »

CRIME

1983

A 13-year-old’s dead body turns up »

DISASTER

1999

Earthquake kills thousands in Taiwan »

GENERAL INTEREST

1792

Monarchy abolished in France »

1938

The Great New England Hurricane »

1989

Powell becomes Joint Chiefs’ chairman »

HOLLYWOOD

1985

Clooney makes Facts of Life debut »

LITERARY

1866

H.G. Wells is born »

MUSIC

1968

Jeannie C. Riley is the first woman to top the Country and Pop charts simultaneously »

OLD WEST

1904

The great Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph dies in Washington »

PRESIDENTIAL

1939

FDR urges repeal of Neutrality Act embargo provisions »

SPORTS

1981

Carlton gets 3,118th strikeout »

VIETNAM WAR

1961

5th Special Forces Group is activated at Fort Bragg »

1967

Thai troops arrive in Saigon »

WORLD WAR I

1917

Central Powers respond to Papal Peace Note »

WORLD WAR II

1942

The Superfortress takes flight »

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