Today in History in 1805 author of 150 fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark, in 1872 Samuel Morse developer of the electric telegraph, died at age 80; and in 1917 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany.
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:
1453 - Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which would fall on May 29.
1792 - The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime
1801 - Napoleonic Wars: naval Battle of Copenhagen - The British led by Horatio Nelson destroy the Danish fleet.
1917 - Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Mont) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps
1917 - US President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
1921 - Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new "Theory of Relativity"
1982 - Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
742 - Charlemagne, 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14)
1725 - Giacomo Casanova, Venice, Italian writer, adventurer and famous lover
1805 - Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, author of 150 fairy tales
1914 - Alec Guinness, British actor (Bridge on River Kwai), born in London, England