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

1626 : Peter Minuet buys Manhattan from Indians for trinkets valued at 24 Dollars

1862 : Beardslee field telegraph used for first time

1862 : Westminster Bridge across Thames opens

1883 : Brooklyn Bridge opened by Pres Arthur & Gov Cleveland

1915 : Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations

1930 : First woman to fly from England to Australia solo, lands (Amy Johnson)

1956 : First-ever Eurovision Song Contest from the Kursaal Theatre, Lugano, Switzerland. Seven countries participate, each with two songs. Switzerland is declared the winner, with Lys Assia singing 'Refrain'

1958 : Pres Batista opens offensive against Fidel Castro's rebellion

1959 : First house with built-in bomb shelter exhibited (Pleasant Hills Pa)

1964 : Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan

1968 : Pres De Gaulle proposes referendum & students set fire to Paris bourse

1969 : Beatles 'Get Back' single goes #1 & stays #1 for weeks

1993 : Kim Basinger files for bankruptcy to avoid paying 7.4 million Dollars settlement

2000 : 50 Cent is shot nine times in Queens. After spending time in hospital he returns to recording and performing

2002 : In Moscow, United States President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin sign the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty to replace the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty of 1972 and the START II Treaty of 1993

2004 : North Korea bans mobile phones

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