Category Archives: On This Day in History

March 27 – On This Day In History

27 March What happened today in history? 1625 – Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland. 1854 – England declares war on Russia (Crimean War) 1886 – Geronimo (an Apache leader) surrenders to the U.S. Army Who was born today? 1963 – Randall Cunningham – American football player. 1963 – Quentin Tarantino – American director and… Continue Reading

January 12 – On This Day In History

12 January   What happened today in history? 1895 – The National Trust is founded in the UK. 1932 – Hattie Caraway becomes the first women elected to the Senate of the United States. 2010 – An earthquake in Haiti kills more than 300,000 people. Who was born today? 1729 – Edmund Burke – Irish philosopher and politician.… Continue Reading

January 11 – On This Day In History

11 January What happened today in history? 1693 – Mount Etna erupts (Sicily, Itlay). 1935 – Amelia Earhart flies solo from Hawaii to California. 1949 – First recorded snowfall in Los Angeles. Who was born today? 1957 – Bryan Robson – English footballer and manager. 1971 – Mary J. Blige – American singer-songwriter.   Who died today? 2008… Continue Reading

January 10 – On This Day In History

10 January   What happened today in history? 1776 – Common Sense published by Thomas Paine. 1863 – London Underground opens (between Paddington and Farringdon) 1920 – World War 1 officially ended by the Treaty of Versailles taking effect. 1929 – The Adventures of Tintin is published for the first time (in Belgium). Who was born… Continue Reading

January 9 – On This Day In History

9 January   What happened today in history? 1806 – Admiral Horatio Nelson is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral following a state funeral. 1909 – Ernest Shackleton plants a British flag 97 nautical miles from the South Pole. At the time, this was the closest anyone had ever been to the South Pole. 2007 – First iPhone… Continue Reading

January 1 – On This Day In History

1 January Today is New Year’s day – the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar. What happened today in history? 1772 – The world’s first traveller’s cheques went on sale in London. 1778 – The Times (UK) newspaper is published for the first time. 1877 – Queen Victoria becomes Empress of India. 1880 –… Continue Reading

December 4 – On This Day In History

4 December What happened today in history? 1791 – The Observer is published for the first time. It is the first newspaper to be published on a Sunday. 1872 – The Mary Celeste ship is discovered crewless and hardly damaged. 1937 – The Dandy comic is published for the first time. 1954 – The first Burger… Continue Reading

August 3 – On This Day In History

3 August What happened today in history? 1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera in Spain. 1914 – Germany declares war against France (World War 1). 1936 – Jesse Owens wins the 100 metre sprint event at the Berlin Olympics.   Who was born today? 1803 – Joseph Paxton – British gardener, architect and… Continue Reading

August 2 – On This Day In History

2 August What happened today in history? 1776 – The United States Declaration of Independence was signed. 1923 – Calvin Coolidge becomes the 20th President of the United States. 1934 – Adolf Hitler is named Fuhrer of Germany.   Who was born today? 1820 – John Tyndall – British scientist. 1932 – Peter O’Toole – Irish actor. 1970… Continue Reading

August 1 – On This Day In History

1 August Today is Yorkshire Day, celebrated since 1975 to promote the historic English county. It is also World Scout Scarf Day. On August 1 every year scouts (both old and new) are encouraged to wear their neckerchiefs to promote the spirit of scouting. This event has taken place since 2007. What happened today in… Continue Reading