November 23, 2017

Today in History: Spanish Civil War

Today in History–July 17–the Library of Congress features the Spanish Civil War, which began on this date in 1936. Often considered a precursor to World War II, the military contest between left-wing forces and fascists attracted international involvement on both sides. The war lasted nearly three years and ended when  Nationalist troops led by Francisco Franco overcame Republic forces and entered Madrid. Franco's military dictatorship ruled Spain for nearly 40 years. Find out more  by … [Read more...]

Today in History: John André & Benedict Arnold

Today in History–October 2–the Library of Congress features Revolutionary War officers Major John André and Brigadier General Benedict Arnold. On this day in 1780 André, a British intelligence officer, was hanged as a spy after being caught with papers concerning Arnold's treasonous dealings. Only a short time before, the Continental army general had agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 20,000 pounds. Although he avoided Major André's ignoble fate and served in the … [Read more...]