This Day in History


AMERICAN REVOLUTION

1776

Fort Washington becomes Fort Knyphausen »

AUTOMOTIVE

1996

Volkswagen’s “Dream Factory” opens in Resende, Brazil »

CIVIL WAR

1863

Lincoln travels to Gettysburg »

COLD WAR

1987

Congress issues final report on Iran-Contra scandal »

CRIME

1996

High-profile expert on exotic birds is sentenced for smuggling parrots »

DISASTER

1987

Commuters die in subway fire »

GENERAL INTEREST

1916

Haig ends Battle of Somme »

1978

Mass suicide at Jonestown »

HOLLYWOOD

2006

Tom Cruise weds, again »

LITERARY

1998

Alice McDermott wins the National Book Award »

MUSIC

1978

Billy Joel earns his first #1 album when 52nd Street tops the Billboard pop chart »

OLD WEST

1883

Railroads create the first time zones »

PRESIDENTIAL

1886

Chester Arthur dies in New York »

SPORTS

1966

Sandy Koufax retires »

VIETNAM WAR

1964

South Vietnamese conduct largest air assault to date »

1969

South Vietnamese fight first major battle after U.S. troops are withdrawn »

1970

Nixon appeals to Congress for funds for Cambodia »

WORLD WAR I

1916

Battle of the Somme ends »

WORLD WAR II

1940

Hitler furious over Italy’s debacle in Greece »

This Day in History


AMERICAN REVOLUTION

1776

Patriot executed for spying »

AUTOMOTIVE

1953

The famous “four-level” opens in Los Angeles »

CIVIL WAR

1862

Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation is announced »

COLD WAR

1961

President Kennedy signs Peace Corps legislation »

CRIME

1980

So-called Midtown Stabber kills his first victim »

DISASTER

1993

Train derails in Alabama swamp »

GENERAL INTEREST

1776

American Patriot executed for spying »

1828

Shaka Zulu assassinated »

1914

U-boat devastates British squadron »

1927

Dempsey loses on long count »

1980

Iran-Iraq War »

HOLLYWOOD

1994

Friends debuts »

LITERARY

1598

Playwright Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter »

MUSIC

1985

The first “Farm Aid” concert is held in Champaign, Illinois »

OLD WEST

1554

Coronado dies, without finding the fabled cities of gold »

PRESIDENTIAL

1975

President Ford survives second assassination attempt »

SPORTS

1927

Controversial long count mars Tunney- »

VIETNAM WAR

1964

Goldwater attacks Johnson’s Vietnam policy »

1971

Medina is acquitted of all charges »

WORLD WAR I

1914

German U-boat devastates British squadron »

WORLD WAR II

1945

Patton questions necessity of Germany’s “denazification” »

Fly Flags at half-staff Today in Honor of President Lincoln


The country is to fly flags at half-staff today in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. Our 16th President was shot 150 years ago yesterday and died as a result of is injuries on this day 150 years ago. Please take the time to remember and honor his memory and fly the Amercian flag at half-staff.

February 1st: National Freedom Day


National Freedom Day is observed every February 1st in recognition of freedom from slavery. This day also is in observance of America being a symbol of freedom to others here and in other countries.

This day was first established in 1948. The observance of this day marks the end of slavery and the 13th amendment being signed outlawing slavery.

This day was given recognition and enacted by Major Richard Robert Wright Sr. He was a slave and wanted the day to be observed nation-wide. President Lincoln signed the 13th amendment and President Truman signed the bill declaring National Freedom Day to be observed on Feb. 1st.

Please appreciate your freedoms, celebrate your good fortune as many people throughout the world do not enjoy the freedoms the the United States has.

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