Today in History
1609 – The Catholic states in Germany set up a league under the leadership of Maximillian of Bavaria.
1679 – The British crown claimed New Hampshire as a royal colony.
1776 – The statue of King George III was pulled down in New York City.
1778 – In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declared war on England.
1821 – U.S. troops took possession of Florida. The territory was sold by Spain.
1832 – U.S. President Andrew Jackson vetoed legislation to re-charter the Second Bank of the United States.
1866 – Edison P. Clark patented his indelible pencil.
1890 – Wyoming became the 44th state to join the United States.
Today in Wyoming History
1900 – ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCAVictor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
1910 – W.R. Brookins became the first to fly an airplane at an altitude of one mile.
1913 – The highest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was 134 degrees in Death Valley, CA.
1919 – The Treaty of Versailles was hand delivered to the U.S. Senate by President Wilson.
1925 – The official news agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, was established.
1928 – George Eastman first demonstrated color motion pictures.
1929 – The U.S. government began issuing paper money in the small size.
1938 – Howard Hughes completed a 91 hour flight around the world.
1940 – The 114-day Battle of Britain began during World War II.
1943 – Arthur Ashe, the first African-American inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, was born. He had won 33 career titles.
1947 – Saab introduced the Model 92 prototype as its first automobile.
1949 – The first practical rectangular television was presented. The picture tube measured 12 by 16 and sold for
1951 – Armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean conflict began at Kaesong.
1951 – Sugar Ray Robinson was defeated for only the second time in 133 fights as Randy Turpin took the middleweight crown.
1953 – American forces withdraw from Pork Chop Hill in Korea after heavy fighting.
1962 – The Telstar Communications satellite was launched. The satellite relayed TV and telephone signals between Europe and the U.S.
1962 – Fred Baldasare swam the English Channel underwater. It was a 42 miles and took 18 hours.
1969 – The National League was divided up into two baseball divisions.
1973 – Britain granted the Bahamas their independence after three centuries of British colonial rule.
1984 – Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden, of the New York Mets, became the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game as a pitcher. He was 19 years, 7 months, and 24 days old.
1985 – Coca-Cola resumed selling the old formula of Coke, it was renamed 'Coca-Cola Classic.' It was also announced that they would continue to sell 'New' Coke.
1990 – Mikhail Gorbachev won re-election as the leader of the Soviet Communist Party.
1991 – Boris Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.
1993 – Kenyan runner Yobes Ondieki became the first man to run 10,000 meters in less than 27 minutes.
1997 – Scientists in London said DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supported a theory that all humanity descended from an 'African Eve' 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.