Today In History: First woman to graduate from a Pharmacy college, First liquid-fueled rocket and the Vietnamese My Lai Massacre

1190 - The Crusades begin the massacre of Jews in York, England.

1751 - James Madison, drafter of the Constitution, recorder of the Constitutional Convention, author of the Federalist Papers and fourth president of the United States, is born on a plantation in Virginia.

1802 - The United States Military Academy–the first military school in the United States–is founded by Congress for
the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science.

1833 - Susan Hayhurst becomes the first woman to graduate from a pharmacy college.

1916 - Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, the man largely responsible for the buildup of the German navy in the years before World War I and the aggressive naval strategy pursued by Germany during the first two years of the war, tenders his resignation to Kaiser Wilhelm II.

1926 - First liquid-fueled rocket: The first man to give hope to dreams of space travel is American Robert H. Goddard, who successfully launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts.

1939 - Germany occupies the rest of Czechoslovakia.

1968 - A platoon of American soldiers brutally slaughter more than 500 unarmed civilians at My Lai, one of a cluster of small villages located near the northern coast of South Vietnam.

1978 - One of the world’s worst supertanker disasters takes places when the Amoco Cadiz wrecks off the coast of Portsall.

1988 - As part of his continuing effort to put pressure on the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua, President Ronald Reagan orders over 3,000 U.S. troops to Honduras, claiming that Nicaraguan soldiers had crossed its borders. 

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