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Notable Historic Events
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1961...MTV aires for the first time on
1961...The first Six Flags
Amusement Park opens in Arlington, Texas.
1996...Michael Johnson wins the gold medal in the 200 meter
race at the
Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He now has two medals, as he also won
the 400 meter race. He becomes the only man to have ever won both events.
Declaration of Independence is signed by the delegates at the Second Continental
1934...Adolf Hitler becomes dictator of Germany.
1943...PT109, commanded by future president
Jack Kennedy, is attacked by the Japanese. Kennedy heroically rescues
several of his crew men who fall into the burning water.
1990...Iraq invades Kuwait, capture the city and take over their
1492...Columbus sets sail on his voyage to find the New World.
1914...Germany and then France declare war on the other.
Coolidge becomes the 30th President of the United States a few hours after
the death of
Warren G. Harding.
1949...The NBA (National
Basketball Association) is formed from the merger of the BAA (Basketball
Association of America) and the NBL (National Basketball League.)
1958...The Nautilus, an American nuclear
submarine, travels under the North Pole.
1892...The parents of Lizzie Borden are found dead in their home, and Lizzie is
suspected of the axe murder.
1914...The US declares neutrality at the beginning of WWI.
1936...Jesse Owens wins the
gold medal in the long jump at the Berlin Olympics while Hitler watches in
1944...Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who kept a
diary while hiding from the Nazis, is captured by the Gestapo.
Dick Clark and American Bandstand
telegraph cable, laid across the floor of the Atlantic
Ocean, is completed.
1914...The world's first electric traffic signal is installed in Cleveland, OH.
1957...A local television program in Philadelphia, hosted by Dick Clark and
teenagers, goes national and is renamed American Bandstand.
1962...Marilyn Monroe is found dead at her home in Los Angeles.
Reagan fires over 11,000 air-traffic controllers who are are not
honoring the no strike law for government employees.
Atom Bomb explodes over Hiroshima
1890...The first execution by electrocution takes place at Auburn
Prison, New York.
swims the English Channel.
1945...The United States drops an
atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan to bring the war to a close. The B-29
American bomber was called the Enola Gay.
Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, to guarantee African
Americans the right to vote.
1782...General George Washington, as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army,
creates the purple heart, to be given to those who perform exemplary acts of
bravery in military service. It is originally called the Badge for Military Effort."
1917...The Bull Moose Party
Teddy Roosevelt to be their candidate for the Presidency of the United
1947...Thor Heyerdahl completes a 4,300 mile journey from Peru to Raroia, (near
Tahiti) in a light raft to prove his theory that an early people living in South
America could have traveled to and populated the Polynesian Islands using
ocean currents. His boat was called the Kon-Tiki.
1959...Pictures of the earth are
taken from space by unmanned spacecraft Explorer 6.
1864...After the Battle of
Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee sends his resignation to the
Confederate President Jefferson Davis. It was refused.
1945...With the signature of
President Truman, the United States becomes the first member to join the
M. Nixon becomes the only president in American history to resign.
1936...Jesse Owens wins his 4th
gold medal at the
Olympics in Berlin.
1945...As part of the attempt to make Japan surrender, a second
atom bomb is dropped on Japan, over the city of Nagasaki. Japan
Ford becomes the 38th President of the United States when
Richard Nixon resigns as President.
Gerald Ford was appointed to become vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned
from his job eight months previously and now he advances to the presidency.
1793...The Louvre Museum is created from
what was previously a Royal Palace in France. The Louvre would become the
world's largest art museum.
1821...Mississippi becomes the 24th state
in the USA.
James Polk signs The Smithsonian Institution Act. The Smithsonian is
founded with money left to the United States for the purpose of an "the increase
of knowledge" in the will of an English scientist that had never even
Truman signs the National Security Bill which creates the Department of
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