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John Quincy Adams
1824...As no candidate received a majority of the votes in the
Presidential Election of 1824, it was turned over to the
House of Representatives. The House gives the Presidency to
John Quincy Adams, even though
Andrew Jackson had more electoral
votes. This is the first time an election is decided by the
dictated by the 18th Amendment of the
1913...Henry Ford installs the first
auto assembly line, reducing time to build a car from 12 hours to 2 hours
to 30 minutes.
1990...England is finally connected to Europe. The final hole is
drilled connecting them through a tunnel 132 feet below the English
1804...Napoleon is crowned Emperor of France. Napoleon, 35 years old, and
considered one of the greatest military strategists in history, is the first
French man to hold the title of Emperor in over 1,000 years.
James Monroe delivers an address to
Congress creating what would become known as The Monroe Doctrine.
President Monroe states that America is not to be colonized by European powers.
1869...John Brown, the militant abolitionist, is executed by hanging.
Brown led the fight against slavery in Kansas and is often considered the first
casualty of the Civil War that ended slavery.
1961...After years of denial, Cuban leader Fidel Castro openly declares he is
a Marxist-Leninist, and establishes diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union.
Dr. Christiaan Bernard
1967...Surgeon Christiaan Bernard, trained in the US and South Africa, performs
the first human
heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa.
1984...An explosion at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, leads
to the worse industrial accident in history. Two hundred die and another
200,000 are injured when toxic gas covers the city.
1989...At a meeting in the Island city of Malta, President Bush and Soviet
leader Gorbachev issue statements suggesting the Cold War will be coming to an end.
The Mary Celeste
1872...American sailing vessel, the Mary Celeste, is boarded by the crew
of a British brig near the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was
seaworthy, under sails, and full of cargo and supplies, but not a soul was found
1945...In an overwhelming vote of 65-7, the United States
Senate approves full US participation in the
1952...A heavy smog begins to hover over London. The problem is
exacerbated by cold temperatures, causing residents to burn extra
coal. It last for five days and kills somewhere between four and ten
1933...With the signing of the 25th Amendment, the 18th Amendment is repealed and
Prohibition is over. Some states choose to be "dry states" and they pass
1945...Five Naval bombers leave Florida on training flight. They report
that their compasses are not working. They never return. A rescue
plane is sent to find them. It never returns. Thus begins the
Legend of the Bermuda Triangle.
Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt breaks all ties with Syria, Libya, Algeria and South
Yemen. These countries signed the Declaration of Tripoli, in which they
pledge to freeze their relationship with the Egypt because President Sadat
recognizes the State of Israel.
The Washington Monument
Washington Monument is completed when worker places a pyramid on top
of the granite and marble blocks. The monument stands 555 feet high and is now
the tallest structure in the world.
1917...A horrific explosion occurs in the Harbor of Halifax after the Mont-
Blanc, a French munitions ship collides with another vessel. The explosion kills
1,800 people, injures 9,000, blinds 200 and destroys part of Halifax.
football record is set by Jerry Rice, of the San Francisco 49ers, as he
catches his 101st career touchdown reception. The record was previously held by
The USS Arizona - Pearl Harbor
1787...Delaware becomes the first state in the USA.
1805...The Louis and Clark expedition builds a small fortress on the Pacific
Coast (Oregon) to spend the winter. They call it Fort Clatsop, after the
Native American Tribe. The men did not appreciate the weather, as they could not
stay dry. With the exception of twelve days, it
rained continually for three months.
planes attack Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack occurs at 7:55,
catching Americans unprepared. The planes bomb the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor
and the airfields on the Island of Oahu, which forces Americans into WWII.
earthquake devastates Armenia, killing
close to 60,000 people and
leaving 500,000 homeless.
1940...The Chicago Bears play against the Washington Redskins for the NFL
Championship and beat them 73-0, the largest defeat in NFL history. The
Bears were motivated to beat them after a prior loss when the Redskin coach,
George Marshall, called the team "quitters" and "cry babies."
1941...Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to
Congress, casts the sole vote
against the US declaration of war against Japan.
1980...A former member of the rock group The Beatles, John Lennon, is shot and
killed by an obsessed fan in New York City.
1993...NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) is signed into law by
President Bill Clinton. The trade pact, between the US, Canada and
Mexico, eliminated all tariffs and trade restrictions between the three
Alfred Lord Teenyson
1854...The Charge of the Light Brigade, a poem by Alfred
Lord Tennyson, is published. The poem commemorates the brave charge of 600
British Calvary into Russian artillery during the Crimean War.
1958...Retired candy entrepreneur Robert Welch, founds the John Birch Society.
The Society is dedicated to fighting Communism in America.
1990...Lech Walesa, founder of the Polish Solidarity Union, becomes the first
elected Polish President in a landslide election.
Jay is elected President of the Continental Congress.
John Jay was the former chief justice of the New York Supreme Court.
He was later appointed as the first chief
Justice of the United States.
1869...The Wyoming territorial legislators pass a bill granting
women the right to vote.
1901...The first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden.
The traditional gold medal is still awarded today, but the money has increased.
Today it is1.4 million dollars.
1963...Nineteen year old Frank Sinatra, Jr. is kidnapped from his
hotel room in Lake Tahoe, CA. He was freed after the demands of a $240,000 ransom
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