This Day in History

This Day in History: Nov. 16

On this day, Nov. 16 … 2006: Democrats embrace Nancy Pelosi as the first woman House speaker in history, but then select Rep. Steny Hoyer as majority leader against her wishes. Also on this day: 1776: British troops capture Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution. 1914: The newly created Federal Reserve Banks open in 12 cities…. read more »

This Day in History: Nov. 10

On this day, Nov. 10 … 1969: “Sesame Street” makes its debut on National Educational Television (later PBS). Also on this day:  1775: The U.S. Marines are organized under authority of the Continental Congress. 1871: Journalist-explorer Henry M. Stanley finds Scottish missionary David Livingstone, who had not been heard from in years, near Lake Tanganyika in central… read more »

This Day in History: Nov. 9

On this day, Nov. 9 … 1938: Nazis loot and burn synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom, or deliberate persecution that became known as “Kristallnacht.” Also on this day 1620: The passengers and crew of the Mayflower sight Cape Cod. 1961: U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert M. White becomes the… read more »

This Day in History: Oct. 6

On this day, Oct. 6 … 2018: In the narrowest Senate confirmation of a Supreme Court justice in nearly a century and a half, Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed by a 50-48 vote; he is sworn in hours later. Also on this day: 1536: English theologian and scholar William Tyndale, who was the first to translate the… read more »

This Day in History: Oct. 5

On this day, Oct. 5 … 1988: Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasts Republican Dan Quayle during their vice presidential debate, saying, “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.” Also on this day: 1921: The World Series is carried on radio for the… read more »

This Day in History: August 19

On this day, Aug. 19 … 2004: Google begins trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, ending the day up $15.34 at $100.34. Also on this day: 1812: The USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812, earning the nickname “Old Ironsides.” 1848: The New York Herald reports… read more »

This Day in History: August 18

On this day, Aug. 18 … 1963: James Meredith becomes the first Black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi. Also on this day: 1587: Virginia Dare becomes the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. 1862: Dakota Indians begin an uprising in… read more »

This Day in History: August 17

On this day, Aug. 17 … 1998: President Bill Clinton gives grand jury testimony via closed-circuit television from the White House concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky; he then delivers a TV address in which he denies previously committing perjury, admits his relationship with Lewinsky was “wrong,” and criticizes Kenneth Starr’s investigation. Also on this day: 1863: Federal batteries and… read more »

This Day in History: Aug. 16

On this day, Aug. 16 … 1948: Babe Ruth dies of cancer at age 53. Also on this day: 1777: The Revolutionary War battle of Bennington, Vt., is won by Continental Army forces. 1858: A telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan is transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable. 1962: The… read more »

This Day in History: Aug. 15

On this day, Aug, 15 … 1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in Bethel, N.Y. Also on this day: 1483: The Sistine Chapel is consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV. 1945: In a pre-recorded radio address, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announces that his country has accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II. 1947: The Indian Independence… read more »