Today In History. What Happened This Day 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.
Today in History
|1460||The Duke of York is defeated and killed by Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield.|
|1803||The United States takes possession of the Louisiana area from France at New Orleans with a simple ceremony, the simultaneous lowering and raising of the national flags.|
|1861||Banks in the United States suspend the practice of redeeming paper money for metal currency, a practice that would continue until 1879.|
|1862||The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is finished and circulated among President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet for comment.|
|1905||Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho is killed by an assassin’s bomb.|
|1922||Soviet Russia is renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.|
|1932||The Soviet Union bars food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat.|
|1947||Romania’s King Michael is forced to abdicate by Soviet-backed Communists. Communists now control all of Eastern Europe.|
|1965||Ferdinand E. Marcos is sworn in as the Philippine Republic’s sixth president.|
|1972||After two weeks of heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, President Nixon halts the air offensive and agrees to resume peace negotiations with Hanoi representative Le Duc Tho.|
|1976||Governor Carey of New York pardons seven inmates, closing the book on the Attica uprising.|
|2006||Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.|
|Born on December 30|
|1865||Rudyard Kipling, British author (Jungle Book, Soldiers Three).|
|1867||Simon Guggenheim, philanthropist and U.S. senator for Colorado.|
|1884||Tojo Hideki, Japanese Prime Minister during World War II.|
|1928||Bo Diddley, blues composer and singer.|
|1935||Sandy Koufax, Hall of Fame left-handed pitcher with the L.A. Dodgers.|
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