Friday, June 14, 2024

Today: 1775 – The Continental Army was established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of the United States Army. 1777 – The Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States. 1800 – Napoleon Bonaparte’s French forces defeated the Austrians at the Battle of Marengo in Italy. 1846 […]

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Today: 1. 1381 – During the Peasants’ Revolt in England, rebels advance on London. 2. 1525 – Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, a former nun, defying the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church. 3. 1774 – Rhode Island becomes the first colony to ban the importation of slaves. 4. 1886 – A […]

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Today: 1. 1665 – England installs a municipal government in New York City (formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam). 2. 1776 – The Virginia Declaration of Rights is adopted. 3. 1817 – The earliest form of bicycle, the dandy horse, is driven by Karl Drais. 4. 1898 – The Philippines declares independence from Spain. […]

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Today: 1. 1184 BC: According to calculations by Eratosthenes, Troy was sacked and burned on this date. 2. 1509: Henry VIII of England married Catherine of Aragon, his first wife. 3. 1770: British explorer Captain James Cook ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef. 4. 1776: The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a […]

Monday, June 10, 2024

Today: 1. 1692 – Bridget Bishop became the first person to be hanged during the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts. 2. 1752 – Benjamin Franklin flew a kite during a thunderstorm to prove that lightning is electricity. 3. 1940 – During World War II, Italy declared war on France and Great Britain. 4. 1942 – […]

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Today: 1. 1534: Jacques Cartier, a French explorer, sails into the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River in Canada, opening up the interior of North America to future exploration and settlement by Europeans. 2. 1870: Charles Dickens, one of the greatest English novelists, dies at the age of 58. 3. 1934: Donald Duck makes his […]

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Today: 1. 452 – Attila the Hun invades Italy. 2. 793 – Vikings raid the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, marking the beginning of Viking invasions of England. 3. 1042 – Harthacnut, King of England and Denmark, dies and is succeeded by Edward the Confessor. 4. 1783 – The Laki volcano in Iceland begins an […]

Friday, June 7, 2024

Today: 1. 1494: Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the newly discovered lands outside Europe between them along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands. 2. 1654: Louis XIV was crowned King of France. 3. 1776: Richard Henry Lee presented the “Lee Resolution” to the Continental Congress, calling […]

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Today: 1. 1844 – YMCA Founded: The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in London by George Williams. It aimed to provide a healthy environment for young men and promote Christian values. 2. 1912 – Mount Novarupta Eruption: The largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century occurred at Mount Novarupta in Alaska, which resulted […]

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Today: 1. 1916: The Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire began. 2. 1947: U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall outlined the Marshall Plan for European recovery after World War II. 3. 1963: British Secretary of War John Profumo resigned over a scandal involving a call girl, Christine Keeler, in what became known as the Profumo […]