Today in History in 1820 nurse Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy; in 1875 was the first recorded shutout in pro baseball; and in 1907 actress Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut.
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:
1789 - William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in UK House of Commons, reasons the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice
1875 - 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
1940 - Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
1943 - Axis forces in North Africa surrender
2002 - Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
2008 - 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people