Category Archives: Today in American History

Today in American History

1896 – Utah became the 45th U.S. state.

1935 – Bob Hope was heard for the first time on network radio as part of “The Intimate Revue.”

1962 – New York City introduced a train that operated without conductors and motormen.

1974 – U.S. President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

1999 – Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota’s 37th governor.

2006 – Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold the position.


Today in American History

1951 – NBC-TV debuted “Dragnet.”

1959 – Alaska became the 49th state.

1961 – The U.S. severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.

1967 – Jack Ruby died in a Dallas, TX, hospital.

2000 – Charles M. Schulz’s final original daily comic strip appeared in newspapers.

2004 – NASA’s Spirit rover landed on Mars. The craft was able to send back black and white images three hours after landing

Today in American History

1783 – George Washington returned home to Mount Vernon, after the disbanding of his army following the Revolutionary War.

1823 – The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore (” ‘Twas the night before Christmas…”) was published.

1913 – The Federal Reserve Bill was signed into law by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. The act established 12 Federal Reserve Banks.

1930 – Ruth Elizabeth Davis, an unknown actress, arrived in Hollywood, under contract to Universal Studios. Universal changed her name to Bette Davis for the movies.

1941 – During World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.

1997 – Terry Nichols was convicted by a Denver jury on charges of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. The bomb killed 168 people.

Today in American History

1877 – Thomas Edison patented the phonograph.

1890 – American Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, SD during an incident with Indian police working for the U.S. government.

1939 – “Gone With the Wind,” produced by David O. Selznick based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

1965 – Two U.S.  manned spacecraft, Gemini 6 and Gemini 7, maneuvered within 10 feet of each other while in orbit around the Earth.

1966 – Walter Elias “Walt” Disney died in Los Angeles at the age of 65.

Today in American History

1621 – This day marks the first time furs from America were exported to Europe. They were shipped on board the Fortune, which had arrived one month earlier to drop of colonists at Plymouth Colony.

1817- Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union.

1862: The Battle of Fredericksburg took place between General Burnside’s forces and Confederate General Lee’s troops.  After suffering huge losses on the Yankee side, a truce was called the next day.  12,650 Union and 4,200 Confederate men were killed and wounded.
1906- President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

1941- Romania and Hungary declared war on the United States at the beginning of World War II

1964- Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize.


Today in American History

1783 – Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.

1812 – Peter Gaillard patented the power mower.

1943 – Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis announced that any club was free to employ black players.

1945 – The U.S. Senate approved American participation in the United Nations.

1965 – The U.S. launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Comdr. James A. Lovell on board.

Today in American History

1913 – Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production.

1940- Richard Pryor was born

1956- Rosa Parks was arrested.

1969 – The U.S.  government held its first draft lottery since World War II.

1986 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan said he would welcome an investigation of the Iran-Contra affair if it were recommended by the Justice Department.

Today in American History

1775 – 2nd Continental Congress formally establishes US Navy

1925 – The forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry, called the WSM Barn Dance, opens in Nashville, Tennessee.

1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin met in Tehran to map out strategy concerning World War II.

1963 – The forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry, called the WSM Barn Dance, opens in Nashville, Tennessee.