Thursday, July 21, 2016

Today in History

Every day is interesting and has history, so for fun, lets look at this day in history On July 22, in

1099 First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem.

1376 - The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date. 
1456 Battle at Nandorfehervar (Belgrade): Hungarian army under Janos Hunyadi beats sultan Murad II

1515 First Congress of Vienna settles issues between Poland & Holy Roman Empire - rise of the Habsburgs influence

1587 - A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. The colony vanished under mysterious circumstances. 

1796 - Cleveland was founded by General Moses Cleaveland. 

1798 - The USS Constitution was underway and out to sea for the first time since being launched on October 21, 1797. 

1812 - English troops under the Duke of Wellington defeated the French at the Battle of Salamanca in Spain. 

1926 - Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York. The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet. 

1933 - Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. 

1937 - The U.S. Senate rejected President Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court. 

1943 - American forces led by General George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily. 

1941 - Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations. 


1942 Warsaw Ghetto Jews (300,000) are sent to Treblinka extermination Camp

1955 - U.S. Vice-President Richard M. Nixon chaired a cabinet meeting in Washington. It was the first time that a Vice-President had carried out the task. 


1963 Sarawak achieves independence from British colonial rule

1965 - "Till Death Us Do Part" debuted on England’s BBC-TV. 

1975 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee had his U.S. citizenship restored by the U.S. Congress. 

1987 - The U.S. began its policy of escorting re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers up and down the Persian Gulf to protect them from possible attack by Iran. 

1998 - Iran tested medium-range missile, capable of reaching Israel or Saudi Arabia. 

2000 - Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter. 

2003 - In northern Iraq, Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai died after a gunfight with U.S. forces. 

2003 - In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported. 

2004 - The September 11 commission's final report was released. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited "deep institutional failings within our government." The report was released to White House officials the day before. 

2009 - The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean. 

2011 - Space Shuttle Atlantis landed successfully at Kennedy Space Center after completing STS-135. It was the final flight of NASA's space shuttle program.


2011 Norway is the victim of twin terror attacks, the first being a bomb blast which targeted government buildings in central Oslo, the second being a massacre at a youth camp on the island of Ut√łya.

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