Today in history

1789: President George Washington created America’s federal court system

Today is Sunday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2017. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 24, 1717, English author Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, was born in London. On this date: In 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act ...

Today in History

Today’s Highlight in History: On September 23, 1952, Sen. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing on television from Los Angeles to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising in what became known as the “Checkers” speech. On this ...

The Doors appear on Sullivan show for first, and last, time

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2017. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 17, 1967, The Doors appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS-TV for the first — and last — time. The group was banned from ...

Roosevelt signs Selective Training and Service Act

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2017. There are 106 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On September 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected ...

U-boat torpedoes Laconia, more than 1,600 people die

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2017. There are 110 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 12, 1942, during World War II, a German U-boat off West Africa torpedoed the RMS Laconia, which was carrying Italian prisoners of war, British soldiers and ...

Today in History: Nearly 3,000 killed in terrorist attacks

Today is Monday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2017. There are 111 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida hijackers seized control of four jetliners, sending two of the planes into New York’s World Trade ...

1957: Eisenhower signs civil rights bill

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2017. There are 113 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 9, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction, a measure ...

Queen Elizabeth speaks of Diana

By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2017. There are 117 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On September 5, 1997, breaking the royal reticence over the death of Princess Diana, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II delivered a televised ...

American Expeditionary Forces suffer first World War I fatalities in 1917

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2017. There are 118 days left in the year. This is Labor Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 4, 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces in France suffered their first fatalities during World War I when a ...

Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand declare war on Germany in 1939

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2017. There are 119 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 3, 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland; in a radio ...

World War II ends with surrender of Japan in 1945

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Sept. 2, the 245th day of 2017. There are 120 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. On this date: In ...

WWII begins as Nazi Germany begins invading Poland in 1939

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2017. There are 121 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland. On this date: In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not ...

Today in History: Prince Charles escorts body of Diana home in 1997

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2017. There are 122 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 31, 1997, Prince Charles brought Princess Diana home for the last time, escorting the body of his former wife to a ...

Suffragists arrested for picketing in 1917

Today is Monday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2017. There are 125 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 28, 1917, ten suffragists demanding that President Woodrow Wilson support a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote were arrested as they ...

Krakatoa volcano erupts in 1883, killing 36,000

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2017. There are 126 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 27, 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, was found dead in his London flat from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills; he was ...

Secretary of State ratifies US women’s right to vote

By The Associated Press Today is Saturday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2017. There are 127 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to vote, was certified in effect by ...

Today in History: Hurricane Andrew causes big damage

Today is Thursday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2017. There are 129 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing $30 billion in damage; 43 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm. On this date: In A.D. 79, long-dormant ...

Sacco, Vanzetti executed in Boston in 1927

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2017. There are 130 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 23, 1927, amid worldwide protests, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a ...

The schooner America beats British to win trophy in 1851

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2017. There are 131 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 22, 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America’s Cup. On ...