Today in History in 1836 the Battle of the Alamo: after 13 days of fighting during Texas Revolution between 1,500 and 3,000 Mexicans overwhelmed the Texans at the Alamo. Between 182 and 257 Texans died, including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett.
Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:
1479 - Treaty of Alcaçovas - Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa.
1521 - Magellan discovers Guam
1808 - 1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard
1831 - Edgar Allen Poe removed from West Point military academy
1836 - Battle of the Alamo: after 13 days of fighting during Texas Revolution between 1,500 and 3,000 Mexicans overwhelmed the Texans at the Alamo. Between 182 and 257 Texians died, including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett.
1853 - Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice
1857 - Dred Scott Decision: US Supreme Court rules Africans cannot be US citizens
1869 - Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.
1899 - "Aspirin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer
1950 - Silly Putty invented
1981 - Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"
1997 - Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.
1475 - Michelangelo, Italian painter (David) (d. 1564)
1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Coxhoe Hall England, poet ("Sonnets from the Portuguese")
1906 - Bob Wills, TX, actor (Lone Prairie, Tornado in the Saddle)