Today in History, January 14th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 14th!

1526 Francis of France, held captive by Charles V for a year, signs the Treaty of Madrid, giving up most of his claims in France and Italy.
1639 Connecticut’s first constitution, the Fundamental Orders, was adopted.
1784 The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.
1797 Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy.
1858 Emperor Napoleon and Empress Eugenie escape unhurt after an Italian assassin throws a bomb at their carriage as they travel to the Paris Opera.


Emperor Napoleon and Empress Eugenie

1864 Confederate President Jefferson Davis writes to General Joseph E. Johnson, observing that troops may need to be sent to Alabama or Mississippi.
1898 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” under the pen name Lewis Carroll, died in Guildford, England, at age 65.
1911 The USS Arkansas, the largest U.S. battleship, is launched from the yards of the New York Shipbuilding Company.
1915 The French abandon five miles of trenches to the Germans near Soissons.
1916 British authorities seize German attaché Franz von Papen’s financial records confirming espionage activities in the U.S.
1917 A Provisional Parliament is established in Poland.
1920 Berlin is placed under martial law as 40,000 radicals rush the Reichstag; 42 are dead and 105 are wounded.
1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders all aliens in the U.S. to register with the government.
1943 Henri Giraud, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Charles DeGaulle meet at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war.

Giraud-Franklin-de Gaulle-Churchill

Gen. Henri Giraud, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gen. Charles de Gaulle, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill

1943 Italian occupation authorities refuse to deport Jews living in their territories in France.
1952 NBC’s “Today” show premiered.
1953 Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country’s Parliament.
1954 Baseball player Joe Dimaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe were married at San Francisco City Hall.
1963 George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of “segregation forever.”


Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace

1969 A blast on the U.S. carrier Enterprise in the Pacific results in 24 dead and 85 injured.
1970 Diana Ross and the Supremes performed their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas.
1980 The United Nations votes 104-18 to deplore the Soviet aggression in Afghanistan.
1993 Late-night TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.
1994 President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed accords in Moscow to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.
2004 Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleaded guilty to conspiracy as he accepted a 10-year prison sentence.
2004 J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. struck a deal to buy Bank One Corp. for $58 billion.
2004 President George W. Bush unveiled a plan to send astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond.
2005 Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, of abusing Iraqi detainees. (He was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.)

Army Specialist Charles Graner, Jr

Army Specialist Charles Graner, Jr

2005 A European space probe sent back the first detailed pictures of the frozen surface of Saturn’s moon, Titan.
2008 Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the United States, took office in Louisiana.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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