Today in History
1189 After the death of Henry II, Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England.
1260 Mamelukes under Sultan Qutuz defeat Mongols and Crusaders at Ain Jalut.
1346 Edward III of England begins the siege of Calais, along the coast of France.
1650 The English under Cromwell defeat a superior Scottish army under David Leslie at the Battle of Dunbar.
1777 The American flag (stars & stripes), approved by Congress on June 14th, is carried into battle for the first time by a force under General William Maxwell.
1783 The Treaty of Paris is signed by Great Britain and the new United States, formally bringing the American Revolution to an end.
1838 Frederick Douglass escapes slavery disguised as a sailor. He would later write The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, his memoirs about slave life.
1855 General William Harney defeats Little Thunder’s Brule Sioux at the Battle of Blue Water in Nebraska.
1895 The first professional American football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania between the Latrobe Young Men’s Christian Association and the Jeannette Athletic Club. Latrobe wins 12-0.
1914 The French capital is moved from Paris to Bordeaux as the Battle of the Marne begins.
1916 The German Somme front is broken by an Allied offensive.
1918 The United States recognizes the nation of Czechoslovakia.
1939 After Germany ignores Great Britain’s ultimatum to stop the invasion of Poland, Great Britain declares war on Germany, marking the beginning of World War II in Europe.
1939 The British passenger ship Athenia is sunk by a German submarine in the Atlantic, with 30 Americans among those killed. American Secretary of State Cordell Hull warns Americans to avoid travel to Europe unless absolutely necessary.
1943 British troops invade Italy, landing at Calabria.
1944 The U.S. Seventh Army captures Lyons, France.
1945 General Tomoyuki Yamashita, the Japanese commander of the Philippines, surrenders to Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright at Baguio.
1967 Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Thieu is elected president of South Vietnam.
1969 Ho Chi Minh, the leader of North Vietnam, dies.
1976 The unmanned US spacecraft Viking 2 lands on Mars, taking the first close-up, color photos of the planet’s surface.
1981 Egypt arrests some 1,500 opponents of the government.
1989 The US begins shipping military aircraft and weapons to Colombia for use against that country’s drug lords.
1994 Russia and China sign a demarcation agreement to end a dispute over a stretch of their border and agree they will no longer target each other with nuclear weapons.
2001 Protestant loyalists in Belfast, Ireland, begin an 11week picket of the Holy Cross Catholic school for girls, sparking rioting.
1849 Sarah Orne Jewett, author (Tales of New England, The Country of the Pointed Firs).
1856 Louis H. Sullivan, architect who gained fame for his design of the Chicago Auditorium Theater.
1875 Ferdinand Porsche, automotive engineer, designer of the Volkswagen in 1934 and the Porsche sports car in
1894 Richard Niebuhr, theologian.
1907 Carl Anderson, physicist and 1936 Nobel prize winner for his discovery of the positron.
1914 Dixie Lee Ray, Chair of the Atomic Energy Commission who received the U.N. Peace Prize in 1977.
1927 Hugh Sidey, news correspondent and author of John F. Kennedy, President.
1931 Albert Henry DeSalvo, a serial killer and rapist known as the “Boston Strangler”; though he confessed to
13 murders, debate continues over which crimes he actually committed.
1932 Eileen Brennan, actress; won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role in the TV adaptation of Private Benjamin.
1942 Alan Charles “Al” Jardine, musician, composer, vocalist, member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; founding member of the band The Beach Boys.
1949 Petros VII (Petros Papapetrou), Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa
1964 Adam Curry, co-founder of Mevio, Inc., Internet entertainment company.
1965Charlie Sheen (Carlos Irwin Estevez), actor (Platoon, Two and a Half Men TV series).
1976 Ashley Jones, actress (True Blood and The Young and the Restless TV series).