Today in History
- 1381 Peasants’ Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath
- 1830 Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers land 27 kilometers west of Algiers, at Sidi Ferruch
- 1864 The Battle of Trevilian Station, the bloodiest and largest all-cavalry battle of the American Civil War in Louisa County ends with Confederate tactical victory and Union successful retreat
- 1931 Al Capone is indicted on 5,000 counts of prohibition and perjury
- 1942 Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam
- 1964 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison in South Africa
- 2018 Singapore Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump
- 2016 Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida Kills 49 PeopleIn what is now thought to be one of the deadliest incidents of violence against LGBTQ people in history, the shooting committed by 29-year old Omar Mateen is also the second deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
- 1994 The world’s largest twinjet takes off on its maiden flightThe Boeing 777, or Triple Seven, typically transports up to 451 passengers. It is one of Boeing’s commercially most successful planes.
- 1991 Boris Yeltsin becomes Russia’s first PresidentAfter the end of the Soviet Union, Yeltsin launched radical economic reforms that aimed at dismantling socialism and restore capitalism.
- 1987 Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”The U.S. President held his famous speech near the Berlin Wall, one of the most important symbols for the division between East and West during the Cold War. The wall was dismantled in 1989, but many observers doubt that Reagan’s famous catchphrase had any impact on this decision.
- 1981 “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the first Indiana Jones film directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford premieres
- 1880 John Lee Richmond pitches 1st major league perfect game, Worcester 1, Cleveland’s Forest City 0
Do You Know What Happened Today In History?
David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam” killer in New York City, is sentenced to 365 years in prison for six killings.
American student Otto Warmbier returns home in a coma after spending 17 months in a North Korean prison and dies a week later.
Did You Know?
- George H. W. Bush
1924 – Former US President
- Anne Frank
(1929 – 1945)
- Pete Farndon
(1952 – 1983)
- 1971 Mark Henry
- American weightlifter, wrestler
- 1941 Roy Harper
- English singer-songwriter, guitarist, poet, actor
- 1897 Anthony Eden
- British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Would You Believe?
Zimbabwe discards its own currency, offering an exchange of $1 for 35 quadrillion Zimbabwean dollars On this day in 2015
- 1733 King of Prussia Frederick the Great (21) weds duchess Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (18) at Schloss Salzdahlum in Wolfenbüttel, Germany
- 1927 Inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi (53) weds Maria Cristina Bezzi-Scali
- 1949 Religious leader Jim Jones (18) weds nurse Marceline Baldwin
2010 Al Williamson
2006 György Ligeti
1994 Menachem Mendel Schneerson
1980 Billy Butlin
South African/English businessman, founded Butlins
1963 Medgar Evers
American civil rights activist