On this day in history…

  • 1657 – France and England formed an alliance against Spain.
  • 1775 – American revolutionary Patrick Henry declared, “give me liberty, or give me death!”
  • 1806 – Explorers Lewis and Clark, reached the Pacific coast, and began their return journey to the east.
  • 1808 – Napoleon’s brother Joseph took the throne of Spain.
  • 1848 – Hungary proclaimed its independence of Austria.
  • 1889 – U.S. President Harrison opened Oklahoma for white colonization. 
  • 1901 – Shots were fired at Privy Councilor Pobyedonostzev, who was considered to be Russia’s most hated man.
  • 1903 – U.S. troops were sent to Honduras to protect the American consulate during revolutionary activity. 
  • 1910 – In the Canary Islands, women offered candidates for legislative elections.
  • 1918 – Lithuania proclaimed independence.
  • 1919 – Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.
  • 1920 – Britain denounced the U.S. because of their delay in joining the League of Nations.
  • 1922 – The first airplane landed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
  • 1925 – The state of Tennessee enacted a law that made it a crime for a teacher in any state-supported public school to teach any theory that was in contradiction to the Bible’s account of man’s creation.
  • 1932 – In the U.S., the Norris-LaGuardia Act established workers’ right to strike.
  • 1951 – U.S. paratroopers descended from flying boxcars in a surprise attack in Korea.
  • 1956 – Pakistan became the first Islamic republic. It was still within the British Commonwealth.
  • 1967 – Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. called the Vietnam War the biggest obstacle to the civil rights movement.
  • 1972 – The U.S. called a halt to the peace talks on Vietnam being held in Paris.
  • 1980 – The deposed shah of Iran, Muhammad Riza Pahlavi, left Panama for Egypt.
  • 1983 – U.S. President Reagan first proposed development of technology to intercept enemy missiles. The proposal became known as the Strategic Defense Initiative and “Star Wars.”
  • 1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that term limits for state lawmakers were constitutional.
  • 1998 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired his Cabinet.
  • 1999 – Paraguay’s Vice President Luis Maria Argana was shot to death by two gunmen.
  • 1999 – NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana gave formal approval for air strikes against Serbian targets.

Resource: On-this-day.com

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