history fact – April 26, 2017

Today is Wednesday, April 26, the 116th day of 2017. There are 249 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On April 26, 1777, according to a widely accepted account from the American Revolutionary War, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the eldest child of Col. Henry Ludington, a militia commander in Dutchess County, New York, rode her horse into the night to alert her father’s men of the approach of British regular troops who were sacking Danbury, Connecticut. (Ludington, sometimes referred to as “the female Paul Revere,” was said to have covered 40 miles, more than twice the distance of the Boston silversmith’s ride.) ht http://www.ap.org

history fact – April 20, 2017

Today is Thursday, April 20, the 110th day of 2017. There are 255 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On April 20, 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Wooley v. Maynard, ruled 6-3 that car owners could refuse to display state mottoes on license plates, such as New Hampshire’s “Live Free or Die. The Woody Allen comedy “Annie Hall,” co-starring Diane Keaton in the title role, went into general release.

history fact – April 19, 2017

Today is Wednesday, April 19, the 109th day of 2017. There are 256 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On April 19, 1967, Kathrine (cq) Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (at that time, a men-only event) under an official number by registering without mentioning her gender; by her own estimate, she finished in 4 hours and 20 minutes. (Bobbi Gibb, running unofficially for the second time, finished in 3:27:17.) Former West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer died at age 91.

history fact – April 18, 2017

Today is Tuesday, April 18, the 108th day of 2017. There are 257 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On April 18, 1942, during World War II, an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The first World War II edition of The Stars and Stripes was published as a weekly newspaper.