Today in History in 1775 George Washington took command of the U.S. troops; in 1918 lightning killed 504 sheep in Utah’s Wasatch National Park; and in 1975 the U.S. House of Representatives voted to restore citizenship to General Robert E. Lee.
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:
1099 - First Crusade: Godfrey of Bouillon is elected the first Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem.
1686 - City of Albany, NY chartered
1775 - George Washington takes command of US troops
1793 - Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean becoming the first Euro-American to complete a transcontinental crossing of Canada.
1918 - Lightning kills 504 sheep in Utah's Wasatch National Park
1937 - Senate rejects FDR proposal to enlarge Supreme Court
1943 - US forces led by Gen George Patton liberate Palermo Sicily
1963 - Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1967 - Jimi Hendrix quits as opening act of the Monkees' tour
1975 - US House of Rep. votes to restore citizenship to General Robert E. Lee
1994 - OJ Simpson pleads "Absolutely 100% Not Guilty" of murder
1995 - Susan Smith found guilty of drowning her two children in South Carolina
1849 - Emma Lazarus, New York NY, poet ("New Colossus" - on the base of Statue of Liberty)
1890 - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mom of JFK, RFK & Ted, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)