Notable Historic Events
King Edward VIII
1936...Edward VIII becomes the first
English Monarch to abdicate the throne. He serves
less than one year as king before resigning for
"the woman I love."
1941...Adolf Hitler declares war on the
It is four days after the Japanese attack at
Pearl Harbor and the responding declaration of war by the
Adolf Hitler appears to consult with no one. Apparently he has confidence that the Japanese will prevail.
2008...Financier Bernard Madoff is arrested for his decades long $65 billion dollar
Ponzi scheme. Public outrage only increases when the it was learned that financial fraud investigator, Harry Markopolos,
repeatedly warned the Securities and Exchange Commission that Madoff might be running an investment scam.
1917...Father Edward Flanagan, a 31-year old
Boys Town in Omaha,
Nebraska. The facility is for troubled
boys. It will become America's most famous orphanage.
US Navy seizes the world's largest and fastest
ocean liner, the SS Normandie.
It is taken while it is docked in New York City.
The ship is seized in order to prevent it from falling into the hands of the
Germans living in Occupied France.
2000...General Motors announces that it will stop production of the 103-year-old
Oldsmobile brand. It is the oldest auto brand in the
seaman Francis Drake sets out from Plymouth, England
to raid Spanish colonies on the Pacific Coast of America. Three years later Drake returns as the first
British explorer to sail around the world.
1622...Abel Tasman, a Dutch navigator, becomes the first European
explorer to locate the island group that will
become known as New Zealand.
1983...The Detroit Pistons beat the
Denver Nuggets 186-184 in triple overtime. The game is the highest scoring game in the National
Basketball Association. (NBA).
1911...Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first explorer to reach the
South Pole. He beat his British Rival, Robert Scott, by a full month.
1939...The League of Nations expels the
because of their invasion of Finland. The invasion of Finland is considered an act of
aggression against Finland. The League of Nations is an international
peace keeping organization formed after
WWI to prevent another World War. Unfortunately, it is unable to do this.
1977...Saturday Night Fever premiers. John Travolta gives a mesmerizing performance and is launched into
disco music and dancing in the movie makes the
film an instant success.
Virginia ratifies the Ten Amendments (Bill of Rights) as part of the US Constitution. The is the last state needed and the Ten Amendments becomes law.
1944...Legendary Band Leader
Glen Miller goes missing as he travels over the English Channel to France. He is on his way to conduct a
celebratory performance for the Allied Troops
who participated in the liberation of Paris.
2001...The Leaning Tower
of Pisa is again open to the public. It has taken $27 million
dollars and 11 years to strengthen it. All
repairs were done while still maintaining the famous leaning angle.
1773...A group of Boston Patriots, disguised as
three British ships and dump 342 chests of
tea into the harbor to protest the
Tea Act. The colonists view the Tea Act as more taxation without
representation. The dumping of the tea in the harbor becomes known as
The Boston Tea Party.
1811...The greatest series of earthquakes in the
States begins with an earthquake near New Madrid,
changes the course of the Mississippi River
and creates Reel Foot Lake in Tennessee.
2010...After 25 years Larry King says goodbye. Larry King Live goes off the air.
"The Flyer" at Kitty Hawk
1903...Orville and Wilbur Wright make their historic first
flight with a plane
they name The Flyer at Kitty hawk,
North Carolina. The plane is self-propelled and heavier than air. It stays up in the air for 12 seconds and it
travels 120 feet.
1941...Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel is relieved of his command
of the US Pacific Fleet after
Pearl Harbor. Many felt he should have done more to prepare for the possibility of an attack by the Japanese.
2000...Wide receiver Terrell Owens, of the
San Francisco 49ers,
sets a new NFL record of twenty catches in a single game.
Replica of the Mayflower
1620...The Mayflower docks at
modern day Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The Puritans have come from the old world, seeking religious liberty.
1878...The Molly Maguire secret society comes to an end when John Kehoe is executed. This nefarious
society justifies their vigilante justice as protection for exploited Irish-America workers. Some consider the group
a forerunner of labor unions in America.
land in Hong Kong with orders to take no prisoners. The Japanese invaders rope together captured
soldiers and bayonet
them to death in order to save on ammunition.
Washington at Valley Forge
1777...The Continental Army,
under General George Washington,
enter into Winter Camp at Valley Forge. The
winter is severe, and conditions
challenging. Many of the 11,000soldiers camped at
Valley Forge do not make it through the winter.
However the Patriots
hold together and emerge from Valley Forge stronger than
1997...The epic drama Titanic, by director James Cameron, opens in
theaters. It will become highest grossing
movie in history.
House of Representatives approves two articles of
impeachment againstPresident Bill Clinton.
He is accused of lying under oath and obstruction of justice.
Clinton becomes the secondUS President to be
New Orleans and Southern
Louisiana over to the
United States purchases the territory from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
1957...While spending his
Christmas holidays at his newly purchased mansion,
rock 'n roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice.
Elvis impresses many of the older generation for his
willingness to serve his country.
1963...Two years after the Berlin
Wall is erected East Germany issues passes to
4,000 people in West Berlin. With this pass they are allowed to cross over into East Berlin, and return...but only for
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Icons...small sized clipart for mailing
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