Today in History

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August 17th

  • In 1585 a group of colonists lands on Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina.
  • In 1807 a steamboat goes on the Hudson River, inaugurating the 1st commercial steamboat service.
  • In 1883 there is the first public performance of the Dominican Republic's national anthem.

August 18th

  • In 1587 Virginia Dare becomes the first English child born in the Americas.
  • In 1783 a huge fireball meteor is seen across Great Britain as it passes over the east coast.
  • In 1868 French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.

August 19th

  • In 1768 Saint Isaac's Cathedral is founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  • In 1848 the a newspaper breaks the news to the East Coast of the US of the gold rush in California.
  • In 1861 there was the first ascent of Weisshorn, fifth highest summit in the Alps.

August 20th

  • In 1775, the Spanish establish the Presidio San Augustin del Tucson in Tucson, Arizona.
  • In 1858 Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection.
  • In 1866 President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.

August 21st

  • In 1770 James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.
  • In 1821 Jarvis Island is discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.
  • In 1888 the first successful adding machine in the US is patented by William Seward Burroughs.

August 22nd

  • In 565 Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, Scotland.
  • In 1654 Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam. He is the 1st known Jewish immigrant to America.
  • In 1848 the United States annexes New Mexico.

August 23rd

  • In 1541 French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada.
  • In 1784 Western North Carolina declares itself a state; it is not accepted, and lasts 4 years.
  • In 1923 Smith and Richter did the 1st mid-air refueling, making a record of 37 hrs flight.

August 24th

  • In 1215 Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
  • In 1682 William Penn receives the area of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
  • In 1875 Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim the English Channel.

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