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

1848 : Marx & Engels publish Communist Manifesto

1870 : First NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)

1895 : Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine

1930 : First red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)

1955 : For the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45 rpm discs begin to outsell standard 78s

1977 : First flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)

1979 : B.B. King becomes the first blues artist to tour the Soviet Union, kicking off a one-month tour there

1991 : Tim Berners-Lee introduces WorldWideWeb, the first web browser, and a WYSIWYG HTML editor

1993 : New York World Trade Center bombed: 7 die 10,000 wounded

2003 : An American businessman is admitted to the Vietnam France Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, with the first identified case of SARS. WHO doctor Carlo Urbani reports the unusual, highly contagious disease to WHO. Both the businessman and doctor later die of the disease

2004 : Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2014 : The pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine leads to the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and an insurgency in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts

2015 : An independent report finds that Jimmy Saville sexually abused 63 people connected to Stoke Mandeville Hospital between 1968 and 1992 but the one formal complaint made was ignored