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Here are the top ten articles for the Today in History Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. University of Texas Massacre
It was this day in history; August 1, 1966 when ex arine and former Eagle Scout Charles Whitman climbed up to the observation deck of a tower at the University of Texas and began shooting people down below him.
2. First Test Tube Baby Born
The very first test tube baby was born on this day in history, July 25, 1978. Louise Joy Brown had been the first successful birth conceived by in vitro fertilization.
3. Nine Russian Hikers Found Dead (February 26, 1959)
Nine experienced Russian hikers found dead in the Urals...with some unnatural injuries.
4. Presidential Impeachments
Only two U.S. Presidents were ever successfully impeached. What is impeachment and who where the Presidents? Clinton and Nixon? You'll be in for a nice surprise.
5. Angel of Death--Dr. Mengele (March 16, 1911)
Dr. Josef Mengele, Auschwitz' Angel of Death.
6. Alley Oop Hits Number One
Alley Oop, a song based on a comic strip about a time traveling caveman, hits number one on the Billboard music charts in 1960. It was the first novelty song to do so that year.
7. Wacky August Holidays
Ever wonder just what to celebrate on August 1st? What about August 14th? This article highlights some of the more...creative holidays, as well as some of the historic ones for the month of August.
8. Angel of the Battlefield
It was this day in history, May 21, 1881 that Clara Barton founded the American National Red Cross a few years after she helped Union and Confederate soldiers receive needed medical attention during the Civil War.
9. Colin Farrell born May 31, 1976
Colin Farrell is proud of his Irish heritage but he rarely gets roles speaking with his natural Irish accent. And, while many of his movies were not blockbuster hits, he is still a highly desirable commodity in Hollywood who never seems at a loss for getting new roles.
10. The 15th-1/2 President (February 18, 1861)
In 1860, one event crossed the line for South Carolina and they finally seceded from the Union. That event was the election of President Lincoln--but before he was inaugurated, another man was elected and inaugurated in the South...
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