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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
1961...MTV airs for the first time on
1961...The first Six Flags
Amusement Park opens in Arlington,
1996...Michael Johnson wins the gold medal in the 200 meter
race at the
Olympics in Atlanta,
Georgia. He now has two medals.
He also won the 400 meter race. He becomes the only man to win both events.
Declaration of Independence is signed by the delegates at the Second
1934...Adolf Hitler becomes dictator of
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 from the
1990...Iraq invades Kuwait. They capture the city and take over their
sail on his voyage to find a shortcut to the Spice Islands.
Instead he discovers the New World.
1914...Germany and then France declare war on each other.
Coolidge becomes the 30th
President of the United States a few hours after
the death of
Warren G. Harding.
Basketball Association (NBA) is formed from the merger of the Basketball
Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball League (NBL).
1958...The Nautilus, an American nuclear
submarine, travels under the North Pole.
1892...The parents of Lizzie Borden are found dead in their home. They
have been killed with an axe. Their daughter Lizzie is
suspected of crime.
1914...The United States declares neutrality at the beginning of WWI.
1936...Jesse Owens wins one of his four
medals in the long jump at the Berlin Olympics. Hitler watches in
1944...Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who keeps a
diary while hiding from the Nazis, is captured by the Gestapo and sent to a
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,
television program in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, 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 essential government employees.
Atom Bomb explodes over Hiroshima
1890...The first execution by electrocution takes place at Auburn
becomes the first women to
United States drops an
atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, to bring the war to a close. The B-29
American bomber that drops the
bomb is named the Enola Gay.
Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act. It guarantees African
Americans the right to
1782...General George Washington,
as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, creates the purple heart, or Badge for Military Effort.
The badge is to be given to those who perform exemplary acts of
military service. Later it will be given to
soldiers who are
wounded in combat.
1917...The Bull Moose Party
Teddy Roosevelt to be their candidate for the
Presidency of the
1947...Thor Heyerdahl completes a 4,300 mile journey from Peru to Raroia.
Raroia is near Tahiti. He makes the trip 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
is called the Kon-Tiki.
1959...Pictures of the earth are
taken from space by the 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 is 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
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 is
brought to its knees and it surrenders unconditionally.
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
1793...The Louvre Museum is created from
what was previously a Royal Palace in France. The Louvre will become the
world's largest art museum.
1821...Mississippi becomes the 24th state
United States of America.
James Polk signs The Smithsonian Institution Act. The Smithsonian is
founded with money left to the United States for the purpose of "the increase
of knowledge." The bequest was from an English scientist that had never even
Truman signs the National Security Bill. The Bill creates the Department of