Today in History in 1887 earmuffs were patented by Chester Greenwood of Maine; in 1901 Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States (1889-93), died in Indianapolis at 67; and in 1991 Exxon paid $1-billion dollars in fines and cleanup of the Valdez oil spill.
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:
624 - Battle of Badr, Muhammad's Muslim forces win significant victory over Meccan forces
1519 - Hernán Cortés lands in Mexico
1591 - Battle at Tondibi: Moroccans army under Judar beats sultan Askia Ishaq II of Songhai
1884 - Siege of Khartoum Sudan begins
1887 - Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs
1949 - US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
1961 - Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
1982 - TV drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres on ABC network starring William Shatner
1987 - John Gotti is acquitted of racketeering
1991 - Exxon pays $1-billion dollars in fines & cleanup of Valdez oil spill
2003 - Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy.
2008 - Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 an ounce for the first time.
2013 - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected as the new pope, taking the papal name Pope Francis
1855 - Percival "Percy" Lowell, US astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto)