Today is my Mother’s birthday! So, Happy Birthday Mom!
Today’s Events in History
1740 – Maria Theresa (pictured) assumed the throne of the Habsburg Monarchy in Austria, following the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713.
1818 – The United Kingdom and the United States signed the Treaty of 1818, which settled the Canada-United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.
1827 – An allied British, French, and Russian naval force destroyed a combined Turkish and Egyptian fleet at the Battle of Navarino, a decisive moment in the Greek War of Independence.
1941 – World War II: German soldiers began a massacre of thousands of civilians in Kragujevac in Nazi-occupied Serbia.
1960: In Providence, Rhode Island, the first fully automated post office system goes into service, electronically sorting and canceling 18,000 pieces of mail per hour.
1973 – Queen Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of Australia, formally opened the Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour.
1973: President Richard Nixon orders Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox over access to Watergate tapes; Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resign.