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

1492 : Columbus' discovers America (Oct 12, 1492 Julian calender)

1879 : Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

1945 : Women in France allowed to vote for first time

2000 : Fifteen Arab leaders convene in Cairo, Egypt, for their first summit in 4 years

2004 : The Ministry of Defence approves the deployment of the Black Watch regiment of the British Army to Baghdad, Iraq, after a request for assistance by the U.S. government

2016 : Hackers launch a massive cyberattack against the internet routing company Dyn. Dyn is a company in New Hampshire that translates domain names into IP addresses and basically it allows you to surf the Web. The company is under attack for 11 hours, during which time, users across the country and into Europe are intermittently blocked from accessing many popular websites including Netflix, Spotify, Tumblr and more. Dyn labels the attack as DDoS, distributed denial of service attack, in which servers are flooded with fake requests, causing real sites to stop working. Dyn says that this is not the first time this has happened but that they learn from each attack.