Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

June 20

1943:  Ten US Navy personnel are drowned in a training exercise off the Kapiti Coast during poor weather. Because of wartime censorship, the event wasn’t reported and was surrounded in mystery for decades. A memorial was unveiled during a Memorial Day ceremony in 2012.

1979:  President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn, climb to the roof of the White House to celebrate the installation of solar-energy panels there.

2002:   111 mine workers in a coal mine are China are killed in a gas explosion. In the first five years of the 21st Century, there were 5 disasters that killed more than 100 people. In 2004 approximately 6300 people lost their lives in Chinese mines.

1819:  The paddle-wheel steamer “Savannah” arrives in Liverpool. After 27 days and 11 hours, it becomes the first steamship to successfully cross the Atlantic.

1837: 18-year-old Victoria is crowned Queen of England.