Today in History in 1542 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain; in 1876 the Democratic Party elects Samuel Tilden as U.S. presidential candidate; and in 1973 "Live & Let Die", the 8th James Bond Film was first released in the U.S., first appearance of Roger Moore as James Bond.
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:
1542 - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain
1743 - War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field.
1857 - James Donnelly becomes engaged in a drunken brawl with Patrick Farrell, who suffers a fatal blow to the head. Farrell dies two days later, which makes James Donnelly a wanted man and draws the Donnelly family into the notorious feud
1876 - Democratic Party elects Samuel Tilden as US presidential candidate
1929 - 1st color TV demo (NYC)
1950 - North Koreans troop reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict
1964 - Jan & Dean release "Little Old Lady From Pasadena"
1967 - The world's first ATM is installed in Enfield, London.
1973 - "Live & Let Die", 8th James Bond Film, 1st to star Roger Moore, also starring Jane Seymour, 1st released in the US
2008 - Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.