This Day In History: June 21st

1582: Famed Japanese warlord, Oda Nobunaga of the Sengoku-Jidai Era, dies during a coup d’etat

1854: The first Victoria Cross is awarded

1942 – World War II: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearby Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attacks by the Japanese against the United States Mainland

The front and back of Edward Holland's VC.

The front and back of the famed Victoria Cross(Photo credit: Wikipedia)


This Day In History: June 19th

1846: The first officially recorded, organized baseball match is played under Alexander Cartwright’s rules on Hoboken, New Jersey’s Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1

1961: Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom

1991: The Soviet occupation of Hungary ends as the Soviet Union collapses

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Early baseball game played at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Day In History: June 18th

1812 – War of 1812: The U.S. Congress declares war on the United Kingdom

1900: Empress Dowager Longyu of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats and their families

2009: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA robotic spacecraft is launched

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NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite rocket off the launch pad at Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Day In History: June 17

1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor from France

1910: Father’s Day is founded in Spokane, Washington

1992: A “joint understanding” agreement on arms reduction is signed by U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin


The START II Agreement being signed in 1992 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Day In History: June 12

1429: Hundred Years’ War: Joan of Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau

1942:  Holocaust: Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday

1990: Russia Day – the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declares its sovereignty


Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin on Russia Day in 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Day In History: June 11th

1805: A fire consumes large portions of Detroit in the Michigan Territory

1937: The Great Purge: The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin executes eight army leader

1944: USS Missouri (BB-63) the last battleship built by the United States Navy and future site of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is commissioned

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The USS Missouri in the 1980′s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)