Today in History

June 27, 1898 - The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.

1990: on 26 July 1990 the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

July 31, 1806: George H. Thomas, an Army officer and a Virginian who remained loyal to the United States at the outbreak of the Civil War and went on to become one of its greatest generals, was born:

July 31, 1703: Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.

August 4, 2010: Idle Thoughts began the Baker’s Dozen thread here on the Dope.

August 6, 1926 : American gold-medalist swimmer Gertrude “Trudy” Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel from Cap Griz-Nez, France to Dover, England. Her time of 14 hours and 39 minutes broke the previous record of 21 hours and 45 minutes, set by British Navy Captain Matthew Webb in 1875. Due to the extreme cold water she had covered her body in lard and petroleum jelly to insulate her from the cold waters of the Channel.


August 28, 1880: Oldest known photograph of a tornado is taken.

August 30, 1956: A white mob prevents school integration in Mansfield, Texas.

Aug. 31, 1740: J.F. Oberlin, namesake of Oberlin College, was born.

Almost missed it!

Seventy-five years ago, on Sept 2, 1945, representatives of Japan came onboard the USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay and signed the surrender instruments that effectively ended the Second World War. General Douglas MacArthur, US Army, accepted the surrender on behalf of the Allied forces.


September 3, 1878: The passenger ship Princess Alice collides with another ship on the Thames. 700+ die

Bad enough to have your pleasure liner rammed by another ship, but then to be plunged into a sewage-laden river… blecccchh.

John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry (also spelled Harper’s Ferry) was an effort by abolitionist John Brown, from October 16 to 18, 1859, to initiate a slave revolt in Southern states by taking over the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

On this day in 1781, Lord Cornwallis’s besieged British army at Yorktown surrendered to a combined American and French force led by Gen. George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau. It was the last major land battle of the American Revolution.