Today in History in 1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate; in 1897 Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker was published; and in 1952 country singer George Strait was born in Pearsall, Texas.
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:
1291 - Sultan of Egypt & his son take last Christian stronghold of Acre
1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed Emperor of France by the French Senate
1896 - Khodynka Tragedy: A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people.
1897 - Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.
2009 - Sri Lankan Civil War: The LTTE are defeated by the Sri Lankan government, ending almost 26 years of fighting between the two sides.
1048 - Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher (d. 1131)
1868 - Nicholas II Alexandrovich, last tsar of Russia (1894-1917)
1897 - Frank Capra, Ital, director (It’s a Wonderful Life, Arsenic & Old Lace)
1920 - John Paul II, [Karol Wojtyla], Wadowice, Poland, 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005)