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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
Lincoln and Douglas debates begin.
Lincoln loses the
Senate race but gains national attention for himself and the newly formed
1911...In perhaps the
most brazen art theft of all time Italian Vincenzo Peruggia walks in the Louvre,
takes the Mona Lisa and walks out with it under his clothing.
1959...Hawaii becomes the 50th state to enter the
United States of America.
Damage from Hurricane
States wins the first America's Cup. The
United States built schooner
America beats a fleet of Britain's finest ships in a race around
Isle of Wright.
International Red Cross is founded by twelve nations meeting in Geneva.
The Red Cross is to give nonpartisan care to
sick and wounded in times of war.
1989...Nolan Ryan becomes the first major league pitcher to get 5,000
He eventually gets 5,714, which is 1,500 more than his closest competitor.
Andrew hits the
United States with some of the highest wind speeds ever
1814...First Lady Dolly Madison saves the most famous portrait
George Washington from being burned and looted by the
Troops in the
War of 1812.
1902...Fanny Farmer opens Miss Farmer's School of
Cookery in Boston. She changes the way Americans prepare
food by the use
of standardized measurements in
baseball manager Pete Rose, who holds the
record for the most hits in
baseball history, is given a lifetime ban from all
baseball because of
his gambling on the
79...Mt. Vesuvius erupts. It devastates the Roman cities of Pompeii and
Herculaneum and kills thousands of people.
Webb, of Shropshire,
England, becomes the first person to
the English Channel.
2012...Anders Breivik is sentenced
to 21 years in
for killing 77 people in a bombing and shooting in Norway in the year 2011. This
is the maximum sentence allowed under Norwegian law.
1944...Paris is liberated by Allied Forces. The city has
not been destroyed. The
German Commander defied orders from Adolf Hitler to blow up
landmarks and burn the city to the ground.
1945...John Birch is a former Baptist
currently serving as a captain
United States Army in China.
He is shot and killed by Communist
troops. Many people consider John Birch the
first casualty of the Cold War.
1950...President Harry S. Truman issues an executive order
putting railroads under the control of the
in anticipation of a strike by
Mark I Mini
baseball game is held between the Cincinnati Reds and
the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field,
1959...The British Motor Corporation launches a small, affordable
The Mark 1 Mini. It will go on to become one of the best selling
Democratic National Convention in Chicago,
Illinois, is interrupted by anti-war
protestors. It is one of the most violent protests to occur in American
volcanic explosion takes place on Krakatau
Indonesia. The explosion results in the loss of around 36,000 people.
Most the the casualties are from the
tsunami that forms when a large part of the
Island falls into the
The largest wave from the
tsunami measures 120 feet tall. The
pyroclastic flow travels 40 miles over the
ocean, scorching everything in it's path.
vacationing off the coast of Ireland on a fishing
boat, Lord Mountbatten is killed by a bomb planted by Irish Terrorists (IRA).
His 14-year-old grandson is also killed.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana
1963...Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to 250,000 people attending the March on
Washington. His remarks on civil liberty become known as the I Have a Dream speech.
Charles and Lady Diana are finally divorced after four years of separation.
This brings to an end what many people thought was a storybook wedding.
1535...Pizarro and his conquistadors execute the last emperor of
the 300 year old Inca civilization.
1949...The Russians test the
at the Semipalatinsk test site in the
Katrina, the most costly
disaster ever in the
United States, hits the Gulf Coast with 145 mph winds.
Failing dykes in New Orleans,
Louisiana cause millions of
dollars in damage. People are stranded on roof tops until
rescue. Living conditions in temporary shelters are unsanitary and
people are in need of
1919...Vladimir Lenin is shoot twice in an assassination attempt by the Social
Revolutionary Party in Russia. The Bolsheviks respond and the country
heads closer to civil war.
1967...Thurgood Marshall is the first African American judge confirmed as a
Supreme Court Judge.
1983...Colonel Guion S. Bluford Jr. is the
American to enter space. He is part of the crew on the third mission of
1888...Jack the Ripper murders his first victim in London, England
1955...The first solar powered
car is demonstrated by William Cobb of General Motors.
1959...The Brooklyn Dodgers
pitcher Sandy Koufax
eighteen batters in one
This sets a new
National League record.
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