The Saline Courier

Today in History___

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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.

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