On This Day: Ford Model T Unveiled - October 01, 2014 05:00 AM
On Oct. 1, 1908, the Ford Model T was introduced to the public. The Model T, called the “car for the great multitude” by Henry Ford, made cars available to the average person, revolutionizing the automobile industry.
On This Day: Richard Nixon Delivers “Checkers Speech” - September 23, 2014 06:00 AM
On Sept. 23, 1952, vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon gave a speech defending the existence of a controversial campaign fund. His discussion of his family life, including a mention of the family dog named Checkers, drew sympathy from the public, helping him maintain his position on the presidential ticket.
On This Day: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Die - July 04, 2014 06:00 AM
On July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence first asserted American sovereignty, former Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both passed away.
9 Historical Events That Occurred on Christmas Day - December 20, 2013 09:00 AM
Many significant events have taken place on Dec. 25, including the rise of famous leaders, the fall of others, and the end of war for a single day.
On This Day: US Forces Invade Panama - December 20, 2013 06:00 AM
On Dec. 20, 1989, the U.S. launched an invasion of Panama to remove Gen. Manuel Noriega from power.
On This Day: Nelson Mandela Elected President - May 09, 2012 06:00 AM
On May 9, 1994, South Africa's newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the first president of the post-apartheid era.
On This Day: V-E Day Ends World War II in Europe - May 08, 2012 06:00 AM
On May 8, 1945, Germany officially ceased military operations, ending the European conflict of World War II and prompting massive celebrations in Allied countries.
On This Day: Wounded Knee Standoff Ends - May 08, 2012 05:00 AM
On May 8, 1973, members of the militant American Indian Movement who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee surrendered to federal agents after a 10-week standoff.
On This Day: Book Reveals That Nancy Reagan Contacted Astrologers for Advice - May 03, 2012 06:00 AM
On May 3, 1988, former Reagan cabinet member Donald Regan claimed in his memoir that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule President Reagan's activities.
On This Day: Mayday Tribe Anti-War Protesters Clash With Police in Washington - May 03, 2012 05:00 AM
On May 3, 1971, authorities in Washington quelled an anti-war protest organized by the Mayday Tribe, which had hoped to shut down the city. About 12,000 protesters were arrested over the course of several days, the largest mass arrest in U.S. history.
On This Day: Supreme Court Upholds Desegregation School Busing - April 20, 2012 05:00 AM
On April 20, 1971, in the case of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
On This Day: Timothy McVeigh Commits Oklahoma City Bombing - April 19, 2012 05:00 AM
On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 500.
On This Day: Robert Peary Possibly Reaches North Pole - April 06, 2012 05:00 AM
On April 6, 1909, an expedition led by Robert Peary may have reached the North Pole. A second explorer, Frederick Cook, claimed to have reached the pole a year earlier, though there are many doubts over each man’s claim and it is likely that neither actually reached the pole.
On This Day: Helen Keller Comprehends the Word “Water” - April 05, 2012 06:00 AM
On April 5, 1887, teacher Anne Sullivan taught her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the manual alphabet.
On This Day: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Sentenced to Death for Espionage - April 05, 2012 05:00 AM
On April 5, 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union. They were executed by electric chair in 1953, becoming the only two American civilians to be executed for Cold War espionage.
On This Day: 23rd Amendment Ratified, Granting District of Columbia Vote in Presidential Election - March 29, 2012 05:00 AM
On March 29, 1961, the 23rd Amendment was ratified, granting residents of the District of Columbia to vote for electors in presidential elections for the first time.
On This Day: South African Police Open Fire on Crowd in Sharpeville Massacre - March 21, 2012 06:00 AM
On March 21, 1960, South African police fired into a crowd of black protesters who had surrounded a police station in Sharpeville, killing 69 and injuring an estimated 180 people. The massacre received international condemnation and changed the tone of the anti-apartheid movement.
On This Day: Aldo Moro Kidnapped by the Italian Red Brigades - March 16, 2012 06:00 AM
On March 16, 1978, former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was kidnapped by a left-wing extremist group; he was killed 55 days later when the terrorists’ demands were not met. Many in Italy believe that domestic or international government forces were complicit in the murder of Moro, who was due to sign a controversial agreement with the Communist Party on the day of his kidnapping.
On This Day: American Soldiers Massacre Civilians at My Lai - March 16, 2012 05:00 AM
On March 16, 1968, U.S, troops carried out a massacre of around 500 men, women and children in the Vietnamese village of My Lai.
On This Day: US Officially Adopts Gold Standard - March 14, 2012 06:00 AM
On March 14, 1900, Congress ratified the Gold Standard Act, which ended the use of silver as a standard of United Stares currency and established gold as the only standard.
On This Day: “Birmingham Six” Freed After 16 Years in Prison - March 14, 2012 06:00 AM
On March 14, 1991, six men wrongfully accused of carrying out IRA bombing attacks on two Birmingham pubs were released after the evidence against them was discredited.
On This Day: President Truman Establishes Truman Doctrine - March 12, 2012 05:00 AM
On March 12, 1947, in a speech asking for aid to Greece and Turkey, President Harry Truman proposed the U.S. “support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures,” a policy that became known as the Truman Doctrine.
On This Day: The Monitor and Merrimack Clash at Hampton Roads - March 09, 2012 06:00 AM
On March 9, 1862, the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, better known as the Merrimack, fought in the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first battle between two ironclad warships.
On This Day: Rutherford B. Hayes Named Winner Over Samuel Tilden in 1876 Presidential Election - March 02, 2012 05:00 AM
On March 2, 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden in one of the most disputed elections in American history.
On This Day: Kerner Commission Says America Moving Toward “Separate and Unequal” Society - February 29, 2012 06:00 AM
On Feb. 29, 1968, the Kerner Commission released a report on racism in America, declaring that the country was in danger of moving “toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”
On This Day: Dueling Outlawed in DC - February 20, 2012 06:00 AM
On Feb. 20, 1839, Congress passed legislation barring the practice of dueling in the District of Columbia.
On This Day: USS Maine Explodes in Havana Harbor - February 15, 2012 05:00 AM
On Feb. 15, 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, escalating tensions with Spain and contributing to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War two months later.
On This Day: Russian Dissident Writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn Charged With Treason - February 14, 2012 06:00 AM
On Feb. 14, 1974, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer who revealed the horrors of the Soviet gulag, was charged with treason a day after being deported to West Germany.
On This Day: Capone Has Rival Gangsters Killed in St. Valentine’s Day Massacre - February 14, 2012 05:00 AM
On Feb. 14, 1929, Al Capone's gang gunned down seven members of rival Bugs Moran’s gang in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, which gave Capone control of the Chicago underworld.
On This Day: House Elects John Quincy Adams President - February 09, 2012 06:00 AM
On Feb. 9, 1825, the House of Representatives voted John Quincy Adams president of the United States. He had lost both the popular vote and the electoral college vote to Andrew Jackson.