Today in History in 1687 Isaac Newton’s work was published that outlines his laws of motion and universal gravitation; in 1919 Babe Ruth hits two homeruns in a game for his first of 72 times; and in 1927 Joe DiMaggio hit his first grand slammer.
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:
1687 - Isaac Newton's great work PRINCIPIA published by Royal Society in England. Outlines his laws of motion and universal gravitation.
1811 - Venezuela, 1st South American country to gain independence from Spain
1813 - War of 1812: Three weeks of British raids on Fort Schlosser, Black Rock and Plattsburgh, New York begin.
1852 - Frederick Douglass, fugitive slave, delivers his 'What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?' speech to the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester in which he condemns the celebration as a hypocritical sham in a land where slavery still exists
1865 - US Secret Service begins operating under the Treasury Department
1919 - Red Sox Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs in a game for his 1st of 72 times
1937 - Joe DiMaggio's 1st grand slammer
1985 - Nicholas Mark Sanders (England) begins circumnavigation of globe, covering 13,035 road miles in 78 days, 3 hr., 30 min
2009 - 116th Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams beats Venus Williams (7-6 6-2)
2012 - The Shard, the tallest building in Europe, is opened in London, at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft)
1801 - David Farragut, Campbell's Station, Tennessee, US Admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!")