Today in History in 1567 explorer Samuel de Champlain was born and in 1608 Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec on his birthday; in 1863 the largest battle ever fought on the American continent – Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. ended.
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:
324 - Battle of Adrianople Roman Emperor Constantine I defeats Co-Emperor Licinius, who flees to Byzantium.
1187 - Battle of Horns of Hattin; Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, destroys Jerusalem's crusader army.
1608 - Samuel de Champlain founds city of Quebec
1754 - George Washington surrenders to French, Fort Necessity (7 Years' War)
1863 - Battle of Gettysburg, Pa, the largest battle ever fought on the American continent, ends in a major victory for the Union.
1884 - Dow Jones published its 1st stock average
1911 - Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game. Does not get a hit next day
1938 - President Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.
1986 - President Reagan presided over relighting of renovated Statue of Liberty
1996 - British House of Commons announces Stone of Scone, used in the coronation of Scottish and British monarchs, will be returned to Scotland after 600 years
2014 - "Guardians of the Galaxy", directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, premieres in Hollywood, Los Angeles
1567 - Samuel de Champlain, explorer (Lake Champlain)
1878 - George M Cohan, Providence Rhode Island, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway)