Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)
TODAY IN HISTORY
Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, along with Col. Benedict Arnold, captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y.
American patriot Paul Revere, 83, died in Boston.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union forces in Irwinville, Ga.
A golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in
the United States.
J. Edgar Hoover was named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation.
The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
During World War II, German forces began invading the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. The same day, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government.