Today in History

Today in History

Today in History Today is Thursday, April 8, the 98th day of 2021. There are 267 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 8, 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in January 1865; the amendment was ratified and adopted in December 1865.) On this date: In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition began exploring the Florida coastline. In 1820, the Venus de Milo statue was discovered by a farmer on the Greek island of Milos.In 1911, an explosion at the Banner Coal Mine in Littleton, Alabama, claimed the lives of 128 men, most of them convicts loaned out from prisons. In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of U.S. senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), was ratified. President Woodrow Wilson became the first chief executive since John Adams to address Congress in person…