Today in History in 1684 King Charles II revoked the Massachusetts Bay Colony charter; in 1788 the U.S. Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire was the 9th state to ratify it; and in 1968 Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren resigned.
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:
1633 - Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to "abjure, curse, & detest" his Copernican heliocentric views
1684 - King Charles II revokes Massachusetts Bay Colony charter
1788 - US Constitution goes into effect as New Hampshire is 9th to ratify
1834 - American inventor and businessman Cyrus Hall McCormick patents the reaping machine
1904 - The US Republican Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for President, but not without opposition from those whom he calls 'malefactors of great wealth'
1939 - NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement after doctors reveal he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
1948 - Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India, formerly the last Viceroy
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