TODAY IN HISTORY

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

1170

Thomas Becket, the arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, was slain in Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral by knights loyal to King Henry II.

1812

Dur­ing the War of 1812, the Amer­i­can frigate USS Con­sti­tu­tion en­gaged and se­verely dam­aged the Bri­tish frigate HMS Java off Brazil.

1890

The Wounded Knee mas­sacre took place in South Dakota as an es­ti­mated 300 Sioux In­di­ans were killed by U.S. troops sent to dis­arm them.

1939

“The Hunch­back of Notre Dame,” star­ring Charles Laughton and Mau­reen O’Hara, was re­leased by RKO Ra­dio Pic­tures.

1975

A bomb ex­ploded in the main ter­mi­nal of New York’s LaGuardia Air­port, killing 11 peo­ple.

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