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Today In History

Sometimes, history seems like a different world, and it can be quite surprising how much things have changed over the years.
On that note, here are things that happened on this day.

1461 – Edward IV secured his claim to the English throne by defeating Henry VI’s Lancastrians at the battle of Towson.

1638 – First permanent European settlement in Delaware was established.

1847 – United States army under General Winfield Scott took possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.

1882 – The Knights of Columbus organization was granted a charter by the State of Connecticut.

1901 – The first federal elections were held in Australia.

1903 – A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi’s wireless.

1906 – In the United States, 500,000 coal miners walked off the job seeking higher wages.

1913 – The Reichstag announced a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget.

1916 –
The Italians call off the fifth attack on Isonzo.

1932 – Jack Benny made his radio debut.

1936 – Italy firebombed the Ethiopian city of Harar.

1941 – The British sank five Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in the Mediterranean.

1943 – In the U.S. rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II.

1951 – The Chinese reject MacArthur’s offer for a truce in Korea.

1975 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.

1986 – A court in Rome acquitted six men in a plot to kill the Pope.

1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana.

1993 – Clint Eastwood won his first Oscars. He won them for best film and best director for the film Unforgiven.

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