Thursday, August 20, 2009

Today in History

I like to browse websites in search of things that happened throughout history on certain days. BBC does an okay job of it, as do many other sites. Instead of thinking about some celebrity's birthday or what have you, I have a pretty interesting list of things that happened today in history from a neat website. The complete list can be found here.

  • 1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska.
  • 1866 - It was formally declared by U.S. President Andrew Johnson that the American Civil War was over. The fighting had stopped months earlier.
  • 1939 - The National Bowling Association was founded in Detroit, MI. It was the first bowling association in the U.S. for African-Americans.
  • 1953 - It was announced by the Soviet Union that they had detonated a hydrogen bomb.
  • 1977 - Voyager 2 was launched by the United States. The spacecraft was carrying a 12 inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
  • 1986 - Patrick Henry Sherril, postal employee, killed 14 co-workers in a shooting spree at the post office in Edmond, OK.
  • 1997 - Britain began voluntary evacuation of its Caribbean island of Montserrat due to the volcanic activity of the Soufriere Hills.
  • 1998 - Canada's Supreme Court announced that Quebec could not secede without the federal government's consent.
Is there anything you would like to add to the list?
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