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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
1919...A new constitution
is signed in
Germany and the Weimar Republic is created. It is
arrive at Alcatraz
Alcatraz is a federal penitentiary. It is located on a small
Island in the San Francisco Bay. Among the first prisoners are
Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly.
1984...While testing a microphone for a
President Ronald Reagan
makes a joke about bombing
The Berlin Wall
Germany starts building the Berlin Wall to stem the tide
of refuges fleeing to free West Berlin.
1964...Ian Fleming, the British
Author and Journalist, dies of a heart attack at
age 56 in Kent,
England. Ian Fleming is the creator of the fictional spy
of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is discovered near Faith,
South Dakota. The
skeleton has a 2,000 pound skull and is 42 feet in
Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire. He is helped with both
Spanish forces and rival
1902...Felix Wankel, the inventor of the rotary engine, is born.
had the idea for a rotary combustion engine when he only seventeen-years-old.
star Mickey Mantle, known as
The Mick, dies of
liver cancer at age sixy-three. During his time on the team the Yankees won 12
Pennants and 7 World Series.
1784...Russians settle Kodiak
Alaska, after a Russian expedition,
led by Danish navigator Vitus Bering, sights the
1935...The Social Security Act is signed into law. It
guarantees an income for the unemployed and
2003...A large blackout knocks out power in the Eastern
and parts of
Canada. Damages due to loss of electricity is 500 million
New York City alone.
The Panama Canal
resigns his position as chief
engineer at the
Edison Company main plant in Detroit,
He moves on to start the Ford Motor Company.
1914...The Panama Canal opens. The canal connects the
Atlantic and Pacific
Ocean. The first ship through the Panama Canal is the SS Ancon,
an American passenger and
Gold Rush in the American West
begins. It starts after George Carmack spots
near the Klondike
River in the Canadian Yukon.
1920...Shortstop Ray Chapman, of the Cleveland
Indians, is hit
in the temple by a pitch from Carl Mays of the
New York Yankees. This is the
first and only death by a pitched
ball in major league history.
Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll, dies in Memphis,
Tennessee at 42 years of age. The cause of death is a heart attack caused by
The Double Eagle II Balloon
1915...The hand cranked combustion engine is replace by electric
starters, invented by Charles Kettering of Dayton,
1943...The US Seventh Army, led by General George S. Patton,
arrives in Messina, Sicily several hours before
British Field Marshall Bernard
1978...The first transatlantic
is made from
Maine to Paris by the Double Eagle II.
1227...Genghis Khan, a Mongol leader who created an empire from
China to Eastern Europe, dies while at his camp.
1910...The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to
is ratified by
The 2/3 majority of
states ratification is met, and women now have
the right to vote. Susan Anthony is credited for her role in bringing the
to American women.
1931...In perhaps the worst natural disaster of the 20th
century, the Yangtze River in China
It causes the death of 3.7 million
1812...The US Frigate The USS Constitution (Old
defeats the British ship
Guerrière. Witnesses claim
British shot harmlessly bounced off The Constitution
as if it were made of iron.
1909..., The Indianapolis 500
is held for the first time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It will go on to become the most famous
competition in the
baseball's biggest publicity stunt, Ed Gaedel, a
little person just 3 feet and 7 inches tall, makes an appearance at the plate
in a major league
game for the St. Louis Browns. He is walked with 4 straight
Corps of Discovery
is a special unit in the
Army that travels with Lewis and Clark on their two year trip to explore the
Northwest part of the
United States. Three months into the expedition Sergeant Charles Floyd
dies. He is the only member of the Corps of Discovery to perish.
telegram is sent around the world using 16
different operators. The
takes 166.5 minutes to arrive back in
Football League (NFL) is organized in Canton,
Ohio by 7 men.
Included among the men is the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe.