Today In History. What Happened This Day In History.
What Happened This Day In History.
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.
- 2016 Today in History
1350 While besieging Gibraltar, Alfonso XI of Castile dies of the black death. 1512 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sights Florida. 1802 The Treaty of Amiens is signed, ending the French Revolutionary War. 1814 U.S. troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson inflict a crushing defeat on the Creek Indians at Horshoe Bend in Northern Alabama. 1836 The Mexican army massacres Texan rebels at Goliad. 1866 President Andrew Johnson vetoes the civil rights bill, which later becomes the 14th amendment. 1884 The first long-distance telephone call is made from Boston to New York. 1899 The Italian inventor G. Marconi achieves the first international radio transmission between England and France. 1900 The London Parliament passes the War Loan Act, which gives 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause. 1912 The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, are planted in Washington, D.C. 1933 Some 55,000 people stage a protest against Hitler in New York. 1941 Takeo Yoshikawa arrives in Oahu, Hawaii, to begin spying for Japan on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor. 1942 The British raid the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France. 1944 One thousand Jews leave Drancy, France for the Auschwitz concentration camp. 1944 Thousands of Jews are murdered in Kaunas, Lithuania. The Gestapo shoots forty Jewish policemen in the Riga, Latvia ghetto. 1945 General Dwight Eisenhower declares that the German defenses on the Western Front have been broken. 1952 Elements of the U.S. Eighth Army reach the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas. 1958 The United States announces a plan to explore space near the moon. 1976 Washington, D.C. opens its subway system. 1977 In aviation's worst disaster yet, 582 die when a KLM Pan Am 747 crashes. Born on March 27 1785 Louis XVII, pretender to the throne during the French Revolution. 1809 Georges-Eugene Haussmann, French town planner, designed modern-day Paris. 1813 Nathaniel Currier, lithographer for Currier and Ives. 1845 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, German physicist, accidentally discovered X-rays. 1863 Sir Henry Royce, cofounder of the Rolls-Royce automotive company. 1879 Edward Steichen, pioneer of American photography. 1906 Pee Wee Russell, jazz clarinetist. 1910 John Robinson Pierce, the father of communications satellites. 1914 Budd Schulberg, journalist, novelist and screenwriter (What Makes Sammy Run). 1923 Louis Simpson, Pultizer Prize-winning poet. 1924 Sarah Vaughan, jazz singer.