On This Day In History. What Happened Today 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
325 The Ecumenical council is inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea. 1303 A peace treaty is signed between England and France. 1347 Cola di Rienzo takes the title of tribune in Rome. 1520 Hernando Cortes defeats Spanish troops sent against him in Mexico. 1690 England passes the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II. 1674 John Sobieski becomes Poland's first king. 1774 Parliament passes the Coercive Acts to punish the colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. The acts close the port of Boston. 1775 North Carolina becomes the first colony to declare its independence. 1784 The Peace of Versailles ends a war between France, England, and Holland. 1799 Napoleon Bonaparte orders a withdrawal from his siege of St. Jean d'Acre in Egypt. 1859 A force of Austrians collide with Piedmontese cavalry at the village of Montebello, in northern Italy. 1861 North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union. 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West. 1874 Levi Strauss begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets. 1902 The U.S. military occupation of Cuba ends. 1927 Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York for Paris. 1930 The first airplane is catapulted from a dirigible. 1932 Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman fly solo across the Atlantic. 1939 Pan American Airways starts the first regular passenger service across the Atlantic. 1941 Germany invades Crete by air. 1942 Japan completes the conquest of Burma. 1951 During the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara becomes the first jet air ace in history. 1961 A white mob attacks civil rights activists in Montgomery, Alabama. 1969 In South Vietnam, troops of the 101st Airborne Division reach the top of Hill 937 after nine days of fighting entrenched North Vietnamese forces. 1970 100,000 people march in New York, supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam. Born on May 20 1663 William Bradford, printer. 1750 Stephen Girard, American financier and philanthropist. 1768 Dolley Madison, first lady of President James Madison. 1799 Honore de Balzac, French novelist (The Human Comedy, Lost Illusions). 1806 John Stuart Mill, British philosopher and economist. 1818 William George Fargo, one of the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co. 1882 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter). 1908 Jimmy Stewart, actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes to Washington).