What are the stories that history tells us? I decided to look back at just one date at various websites and see what came up.
According to 440 International Those Were The Days, “Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born (prematurely) on this day in 1874. He became a British statesman, soldier, and author — and the first man to be made an honorary citizen of the United States (by an act of Congress on April 9, 1963).” It is Mark Twain’s birthday too.
You can watch a video or peruse the list of things that happened on this day at History.com. I found it unnerving that the categories are mostly about war. That was one of the problems that I had with history in high school. And why is the TV show Pawn Stars on the History Channel?
On This Day seems to have a broader scope with categories such as Today’s Famous Birthdays, Today in Music History, President Ronald Reagan History, and oh, yah, war.
You can go a bit upscale at On This Day at the New York Times. For instance the entry for today, November 30, is “In 1995, President Clinton because the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.
Remarkably, Scopes Systems Worldwide Industrial Electronics Repair & Services has one of the most comprehensive listings on their Anyday page, boasting more than 11 million hits. I was visitor number 14188881.
Historyorb.com seems pretty serious about Today in History. They say that their archives are “comprised of over 200,000 important events, famous and celebrity birthdays and famous deaths from the past six thousand years. The archive is fully searchable, both by date and by keyword” After searching around I now know that Roman Catholics were banned from the English parliament in 1678.
Go surf the web, learn some history and come up with some interesting stories.