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.