The Saline Courier
Today in History___
Today is the 97th day of 2021 and the 19th day of spring.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1712, slaves in New York City launched a revolt, killing nine white slaveholders.
In 1862, Union forces under Ulysses S. Grant defeated Confederate troops in the Battle of Shiloh.
In 1948, the World Health Organization was established by the United Nations.
In 1994, civil war and ethnic genocide began in Rwanda, claiming an estimated 500,000 to 1 million lives over the next several months.
In 2003, U.S. troops took over Saddam Hussein’s presidential palace in Baghdad.
TODAY’S FACT: Educator Booker T. Washington was the first African American to be depicted on a U.S. postage stamp, issued on this day in 1940.