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Today 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.
GEN. WILLIAM T. SHERMAN DECREES LAND TO FORMER SLAVESJANUARY 16, 1865 : Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman orders 400,000 acres of land in the South to be divided into 40-acre lots and given to former...
Sadiq Khan is elected Mayor of LondonSadiq Khan is elected Mayor of London and becomes London's first ethnic minority mayor. Khan is the first Muslim to be the mayor of a major... [ read more ]
Vladimir Putin becomes Prime MinisterVladimir Putin is appointed as Russia's Prime Minister. [ read more ]
First female cadet to graduate from The CitadelAlthough she wasn't the first woman to be admitted, on this day Nancy Mace (C), the author of 'In the Company of Men: A Woman at the... [ read more ]
South Africa’s new democracy is approvedSouth Africa takes another step from apartheid to democracy by adopting a constitution that guaranteed equal rights for blacks and whites. [ read more ]
Soviets announce boycott of OlympicsThe Soviet Union announces it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. [ read more ]
Smallpox is eradicatedAt a special session in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Health Organization 'WHO' announces the global eradication of smallpox. The formal... [ read more ]
Muhammad Ali Conscientious Objector CaseMuhammad Ali is arraigned after pleading not guilty, on a charge of refusing to be drafted into the American army to serve in Vietnam, upon grounds... [ read more ]
Victory in Europe dayCities across the U.S. and Great Britain celebrate the effective end of World War II in Europe; a formal and unconditional surrender of all German... [ read more ]
Gandhi begins hunger strikeIconic Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi begins a self-purification fast of 21 days on this day. The fast launched a year-long campaign to protest the... [ read more ]
Sir David Attenborough is bornRegarded as Britain's national treasure and named among the 100 Greatest Britons, veteran broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Frederick... [ read more ]
Mount Pelée eruptsIn one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, Mount Pelée erupts on the Caribbean island of Martinique, killing about 30,000... [ read more ]
Coca-Cola is introducedAmerican pharmacist Dr. John S. Pemberton sells the first bottle of Coca-Cola, at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. The distinctive... [ read more ]
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