HISTORY TODAY

History today

-1884 – The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
– 1897 – Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opens in Seoul.
– 1942 – Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the United States government, begins broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.
– 1950 – The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight.
– 1964 – The Beatles have their first number one hit in the United States with “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.
– 1992 – The Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal court declares Warren Anderson, ex-CEO of Union Carbide, a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in the Bhopal disaster case.
-1998 – Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.
– 2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during the reentry of mission STS-107 into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.
– 2004 – Hajj pilgrimage stampede: In a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, 251 people are trampled to death and 244 injured.
– 2021 – A coup d’état in Myanmar removes Aung San Suu Kyi from power and restores military rule.