Today in history

Today in history

Today's historical events:

Here you will find an overview of stuff that happened.. in history. Every first week of January we add significant events that occurred in the previous year. Our database of historical events contains more than ten thousand entries! Yep, a lot happened in the last thousands years ;-) And if you want to know the future, look at the past. Shirley sang it (it's all a bit of history repeating) and it's true, history does repeats itself. So sit back, relax and enjoy these memories of things in the past..

List of things that happened today in history at

1534 : Jacques Cartier, lands in Canada, claims it for France

1704 : English & Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar

1793 : France passes first copyright law

1935 : First greeting telegram sent in Britain

1938 : Instant coffee invented

1965 : Bob Dylan releases 'Like a Rolling Stone'

1967 : Charles de Gaulle says 'Vive le Quebec libre! - Long live free Quebec!'

1969 : Apollo 11 returns to Earth

1972 : Bobby Ramirez, drummer for Edgar Winter's White Trash, is beaten to death in a Chicago bar fight, reportedly because his hair was too long

1987 : IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released

2001 : Tamil Tigers attack Bandaranaika International Airport in Sri Lanka, causing an estimated 500 million Dollars of damages

2016 : A 21-year old Syrian refugee in Germany attacks and kills a pregnant women using a machete. The refugee then turns on other civilians and the police, chasing a police car with the machete as well. At the same time a 27-year old Syrian refugee sets off a bomb in Ansbach, Germany outside a music festival after he is denied entry, injuring 15 and killing himself. The bomber had recently been denied asylum. He also leaves behind a video on his phone stating his allegiance to ISIS

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