Today in History in 1735 future silversmith and U.S. patriot Paul Revere, and in 1752 Betsy Ross (Elizabeth Griscom) the seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag were born.
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:
45 BC - The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time.
630 - The Prophet Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that captures it bloodlessly.
1651 - Charles II Stuart crowned king of Scotland
1758 - The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature establish the "starting point" for standardized species names across the animal kingdom. This naming system is based on the binomial nomenclature laid out in Carolus Linnaeus 10th edition of Systema Naturae.
1776 - Gen George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag
1788 - Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves
1818 - Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is published anonymously by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones
1863 - Emancipation Proclamation issued by Lincoln to free slaves in confederate states
1896 - Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays
1907 - President Theodore Roosevelt shakes a record 8,513 hands in 1 day
1942 - Rose Bowl football match played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat - Oregon State 20, Duke University 16
1958 - European Economic Community (Common Market) starts operation
1959 - Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees Cuba for the Dominican Republic
1960 - Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars
1965 - American actor George Murphy begins his term as Senator of California
1996 - After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin
1449 - Lorenzo de 'Medici (The Magnificent), Florentine statesman (d. 1492)
1735 - Paul Revere, silversmith/US patriot (British are coming)
1752 - Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag
1895 - J. Edgar Hoover, Washington, D.C., first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72)
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