Today in History – July 21, 1955 – Eisenhower Proposes “Open Skies” at Geneva Summit

On this day in 1955, at a four-power summit in Geneva, President Dwight D. Eisenhower called on the United States and the Soviet Union to exchange maps showing the location of every military installation in their respective nations. The presidential initiative became known as ...
Posted On Jul 21 2017

Today in History – April 30, 1789, The First Presidential Inauguration

On this day in 1789, George Washington took the oath as the first president of the United States. The oath was administered by Robert R. Livingston, the Chancellor of New York, on a second floor balcony of Federal Hall, above a crowd assembled in the streets to witness this...
Posted On Apr 30 2017

Today in History – March 25, 1777 George Clinton Commissioned as Brigadier General in the Continental Army

On March 25, 1777, George Clinton, of Little Britain, New York (Orange County) was commissioned as Brigadier General in the Continental Army.  In June 1777, he was elected at the same time Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York. He formally resigned the Lieutenant...
Posted On Mar 26 2017

Today In History – February 17, 1801 Thomas Jefferson Is Elected 3rd President Of The U.S.

On February 17 1801, the House broke an Electoral College stalemate to elect Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as the nation’s third president. Jefferson’s hard-won victory served as the climax to one of the most rancorous presidential campaigns in U.S. history and resolved a...
Posted On Feb 17 2017

Today in History – October 28, 1886, The Statue of Liberty is Dedicated in New York Harbor

On October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, is dedicated in New York Harbor. Originally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the statue was proposed by the French historian...
Posted On Oct 28 2016

Today In History – September 7, 1813 – The U.S. Gets Its Nickname, Uncle Sam

  On September 7, 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam.  The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812. Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels with...
Posted On Sep 23 2016

Today in History – British Troops Burn Down the White House in 1814

On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812 between the United States and England, British troops enter Washington, D.C. and burn the White House in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada, in June 1812. When the British arrived at the White...
Posted On Aug 24 2016

Today In History – Congress Establishes the Rank of “General of the Army of the United States” for General Ulysses S. Grant

On July 25, 1866, the U.S. Congress established the rank of “General of the Army of the United States” for General Ulysses S. Grant, making him the first four star General in U. S. history.  His pay was “four hundred dollars per month, and his allowance for fuel...
Posted On Jul 25 2016

Today In History – The War of 1812

The War of 1812 began on June 18. At the beginning of the 19th century, the United States was a developing nation. Although twenty years had passed since the end of the American Revolution, the country had not yet achieved economic independence. The French Empire, ruled by...
Posted On Jun 21 2016

Today in History – Major Edward H. White II

On June 3, 1965, one hundred and 20 miles above the earth, Major Edward H. White II opens the hatch of the Gemini 4 and steps out of the capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to walk in space.   Attached to the craft by a 25-foot tether and controlling his movements with...
Posted On Jun 03 2016
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