Today in History

30 – Scholars’ estimate for Jesus’ crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem

1712 – Slave revolt in New York killed 6 white men; 21 African Americans were executed

1798 – Mississippi Territory was organized

1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition left Fort Maden which began their journey to the Pacific Ocean

1818 – General Andrew Jackson conquered St Marks, Florida from Seminole Indians

1827 – English chemist John Walker invented wooden matches

1891 – Nebraska introduced the 8 hour work day

1902 – Texas Oil Company (Texaco) formed

1922 – Warren G. Harding’s Interior Secretary, Albert B. Fall, leased the Teapot Dome oil reserves to Harry Sinclair, setting in motion the Teapot Dome scandals

1940 – US Post Office issued first postage stamp of African American educator Booker T. Washington

1948 – World Health Organization was formed by the United Nations

1957 – Last of NY’s electric trolleys completed its final run

1959 – Oklahoma ended prohibition after 51 years

1966 – US recovered a lost hydrogen bomb from the Mediterranean sea floor

1968 – Riots continued in over 100 US cities following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

1969 – Supreme Court struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material

1978 – Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in New York City

1979 – Diver Henri La Mothe dove 28′ into 12 3/8″ of water

1983 – Oldest human skeleton, aged 80,000 years, discovered in Egypt

2003 – U.S. troops captured Baghdad; Saddam Hussein’s regime fell two days later.

2017 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Pearl Jam


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