HISTORY TODAY

History today

-2020 – The Thai Ministry of Public Health confirms the first case of COVID-19 outside China.
– 1793 – Nicolas Jean Hugon de Bassville, representative of Revolutionary France, is lynched by a mob in Rome.
– 1815 – War of 1812: British troops capture Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia, the only battle of the war to take place in the state.
– 1822 – The design of the Greek flag is adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus.
– 1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
– 1893 – The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting.
– 1908 – The Rhoads Opera House fire in Boyertown, Pennsylvania kills 171 people.
– 1935 – A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.
– 1988 – Lee Teng-hui becomes the first native Taiwanese President of the Republic of China.
– 1990 – Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American governor as he takes office as Governor of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.