This Day in History

The Ku Klux Klan Act Passed by Congress

In an effort to combat the rising tide of violence and intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan in the Reconstruction South, Congress passed the Ku Klux Klan Act on April 20, 1871. This significant piece of legislation empowered the president to use federal forces to suppress organizations that infringed upon the rights of African Americans, […]

Henry Morton Stanley Locates Dr. David Livingstone in Africa

The famous line “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” was uttered on this day when journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley located the missing Scottish missionary and explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, in Africa. Their meeting became an iconic moment in the history of exploration.

The Great Chicago Fire

The Great Chicago Fire begins in southwest Chicago, possibly in a barn owned by Patrick and Katherine O’Leary. Fanned by strong southwesterly winds, the flames raged for more than 24 hours, eventually leveling three and a half square miles and wiping out one-third of the city. Approximately 250 people were killed in the fire; 98,500 […]