July 24, 2014

Today in History: The Battles of Saratoga

Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga

Today in History–September 19–the Library of Congress features the first battle of Saratoga. On this day in 1777, Continental soldiers under American General Horatio Gates defeated the British in Saratoga, New York. A month later, British General John Burgoyne surrendered his British troops at the same place. The American victories at Saratoga turned the tide of the war in favor of the colonists favor and helped persuade the French to recognize and support American independence. Learn more by … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Call for Independence

North Carolina flag.

Today in History–April 12–the Library of Congress features the first call for American independence, made by North Carolina on this day in 1776. Referred to as the "Halifax Resolves", the document listed grievance against Great Britain and encouraged the Continental Congress to push for sovereignty. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related resources. Declaration of Independence texts Declaration of Independence from the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Burma/Myanmar

View of fort and western town, Mandalay [Burma]

Today in History–January 4–the Library of Congress features Burma (Myanmar), which gained independence on this date in 1948. Learn some more about this Asian country by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources. Burma (Myanmar) maps Burma (Myanmar) legislation Burma (Myanmar) books Burma (Myanmar) historical images Myanmar primary source set from the World Digital Library When the mission bells were ringing down in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Surrender at Yorktown

The surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown A.D. 1781

Today in History–October 19–the Library of Congress features the surrender at Yorktown of British General Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington on this day in 1781. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about Cornwallis and the American Revolution. General Cornwallis primary source set Learning from the Source: American Revolution Primary Source Set The Revolutionary Period: stories from … [Read more...]

Today in History: El Grito de Dolores – Mexican Independence Day

Viva la república! Viva el Cura Hidalgo! Una página de gloria

Today in History–September 16–the Library of Congress features El Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores), first heard on this day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla urged the largely Indian and mestizo congregation of his small Dolores parish church to fight for Mexico's independence from Spain. Today, September 16, is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources relating to Mexican … [Read more...]