September 18, 2007
By Elisabeth Grant
Across the web the question “What day is it?” has taken on new meaning. A variety of sites (from entertainment to news, personal to professional) have compiled events from past dates to be posted each day under the heading of “Today in History” (or some version of that). While many sites just present a simple list of events, others provide a much broader picture, with resources like speeches, articles, audio, video, and images. Follow the links below to find a more comprehensive view of what went on today in history.
BBC News – On This Day
Drawing from their news archive covering WWII and 1950-2005, the BBC News “On This Day” site presents video, audio, and articles for events of each day. Users can also search through the site by year, theme, or witness accounts. And there’s even an RSS feed to more easily keep you updated on what happened today in the past.
This History Channel – This Day in History
The History Channel’s “This Day in History” site takes a unique approach to the day’s events with a focus on videos. For instance, one of today’s (September 18) videos features the Capitol’s cornerstone being laid in 1793 (using historical documents and reenactors). Unfortunately, the abundance of videos do make connecting to the web site run a little slowly.
The Library of Congress American Memory – Today in History
“Today in History” at the Library of Congress American Memory site provides descriptions of characters and events of the day with links to dozens of sources from the library’s digital archives.
The New York Times Learning Network – On This Day
The main page of the New York Times “On This Day” site offers just a simple list of the day’s events. But, look to the links on the left of the page and you’ll find other useful dailies, like the Daily News Quiz, Test Prep Question of the Day, and the Daily Lesson Plan.