King Edward VIII
Monarch to abdicate the throne. He serves less than one year as
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.
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
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
Sir Francis Drake
seaman Francis Drake sets out from Plymouth,
to raid Spanish colonies on the Pacific Coast of America. Three
years later Drake returns as the first
explorer to sail around the
1622...Abel Tasman, a Dutch navigator, becomes the first European
explorer to locate the
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
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.
1791...Virginia ratifies the Ten Amendments (Bill of Rights) as
part of the
US Constitution. The is the last state needed and the Ten Amendments
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
who participated in the
Leaning Tower of Pisa
is again open to the public.
It has taken $27 million
and 11 years to strengthen it. All repairs were done while still
maintaining the famous leaning
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
changes the course of the Mississippi
River and creates Reel Foot Lake in
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
they name The Flyer at Kitty hawk,
he 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
Replica of the Mayflower
Mayflower docks at modern day Plymouth,
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
them to death in order to save on ammunition.
Washington at Valley Forge
General George Washington,
enter into Winter
Camp at Valley Forge. The
winter is severe, and conditions
challenging. Many of the 11,000
soldiers camped at Valley Forge
do not make it through the
hold together and emerge from Valley Forge stronger than
1997...The epic drama Titanic, by director James Cameron,
It will become highest grossing
movie in history.
House of Representatives approves two articles of
President Bill Clinton. He is accused of lying under oath and
obstruction of justice.
Clinton becomes the second
US President to be
New Orleans and Southern
Louisiana over to the
United States purchases the territory from France as part of the
1957...While spending his
holidays at his newly purchased mansion,
rock 'n roll star
receives his draft notice.
many of the older generation for his willingness to serve his country.
1963...Two years after the
Berlin Wall is erected East
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 one day.