Today in History in 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II; in 1492 Columbus signed contract with Spain to find Indies; and in 1790 U.S. founding father, inventor and writer Benjamin Franklin died at age 84.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury starts.
1492 - Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
1864 - Battle of Plymouth, NC
1864 - Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
1895 - Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
1947 - Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
1961 - Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend
1982 - Canada adopts its constitution
1983 - Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter
1986 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"
1987 - Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points
2012 - The St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds
1620 - Marguerite Bourgeoys, Troyes France, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint)
1816 - Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder (d. 1876)
1837 - J. P. Morgan, Hartford, Connecticut, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation)
1923 - Harry Reasoner, Dakota City Iowa, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)
1934 - Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
1937 - Daffy Duck, animated character
1972 - Jennifer Garner [Affleck], American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias), born in Houston, Texas
1974 - Victoria Beckham [Adams], Harlow, Essex, English singer (Posh Spice-Spice Girls)
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