TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON – JULY 12
1290 Jews are expelled from England by order of King Edward I
1543 England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
1679 Britain’s King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoners right to be imprisoned to be examined by a court
1690 Battle of Boyne: in Ireland, Protestant King William III defeats English Catholic King James II
1691 William III defeats the allied Irish and French armies at the Battle of Aughrim, Ireland.
1790 French Revolution: The Civil Constitution of the Clergy is adopted, putting the Catholic Church in France under the control of the state
1812 US forces led by Gen Hull invade Canada (War of 1812)
1862 Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.
1909 16th Amendment approved (power to tax incomes)
1913 150,000 Ulstermen gather and resolve to resist Irish Home Rule by force of arms; since the British Liberals have promised the Irish nationalists Home Rule, civil war appears imminent
1941 Moscow is bombed by the German Luftwaffe for the first time.
1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposes a highway modernization program, with costs to be shared by federal and state governments.
1957 US Surgeon General Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer
1960 The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale.
1967 Race riots break out in Newark, New Jersey, killing 26 people and injuring several others
1974 G. Gordon Liddy, John Ehrlichman and two others are convicted of conspiracy and perjury in connection with the Watergate scandal.
1979 “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park, causes fans to go wild & causes White Sox to forfeit 2nd game of a doubleheader to the Tigers
1982 FEMA promises survivors of a nuclear war will get their mail
2006 Nearly 30,000 protesters rioted in Seoul as the United States and South Korea held the third day of talks with the purpose of reducing trade barriers between the two countries.
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