On This Day in:
1618 – Johann Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion.
1702 – England's Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III.
1782 – The Gnadenhutten massacre took place. About 90 Indians were killed by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.
1853 – The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, DC.
1855 – A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY.
1862 – The Confederate ironclad 'Merrimack' was launched.
1880 – U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes declared that the United States would have jurisdiction over any canal built across the isthmus of Panama.
1887 – The telescopic fishing rod was patented by Everett Horton.
1894 – A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S.
1904 – The Bundestag in Germany lifted the ban on the Jesuit order of priests.
1905 – In Russia, it was reported that the peasant revolt was spreading to Georgia.
1907 – The British House of Commons turned down a women's suffrage bill.
1909 – Pope Pius X lifted the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary.
1910 – In France, Baroness de Laroche became the first woman to obtain a pilot's license.
1910 – The King of Spain authorized women to attend universities.
1911 – In Europe, International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time.
1911 – British Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Gray declared that Britain would not support France in the event of a military conflict.
1917 – Russia's 'February Revolution' began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg. The revolution was called the 'February Revolution' due to Russia's use of the Old Style calendar.
1917 – The U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
1921 – Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato was assassinated while leaving the Parliament in Madrid.
1921 – French troops occupied Dusseldorf.
1933 – Self-liquidating scrip money was issued for the first time at Franklin, IN.
1941 – Martial law was proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.
1942 – During World War II, Japanese forces captured Rangoon, Burma.
1943 – Japanese forces attacked American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle lasted five days.
1945 – Phyllis Mae Daley received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She later became the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.
1946 – In New York City, the 'Journal American' became the first commercial business to receive a helicopter license.
1946 – The French naval fleet arrived at Haiphong, Vietnam.
1948 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional.
1953 – A census bureau report indicated that 239,000 farmers had quit farming over the last 2 years.
1954 – France and Vietnam opened talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina.
1954 – Herb McKenley set a world record for the quarter mile when he ran the distance in 46.8 seconds.
1957 – The International Boxing Club was ruled a monopoly putting it in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Law.
“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
— Luke 12:33-34 (ESV)