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King Edward VIII
1936...Edward VIII becomes the first English
Monarch to abdicate the throne. He served less than one year as king before
resigning for "the woman I love."
1941...Adolf Hitler declares war on the United States. He makes another bad
decision... thinking Japan is stronger than it was.
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 he might be
running an investment scam.
1917...Father Edward Flanagan, a 31-year old Priest, opens doors for troubled
and neglected boys, establishing Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska.
1941...The US Navy seizes the world's largest luxury liner Normandie while
it is docked in NYC. The ship is seized in order to prevent it from
falling into the hands of the Germans in Occupied France.
2000...General Motors announces that it will drop the 103-year-old Oldsmobile.
It is the oldest auto brand in the US.
Sir Francis Drake
1577...English seaman Francis Drake sets out from Plymouth,
England on a mission to raid the Spanish on the Pacific Coast of America.
Three years later he returns as the first British explorer to sail around the
1622...Dutch navigator Abel Tasman becomes the first European
explorer to locate the island group that will be known New Zealand.
1983...The Detroit Pistons beat the Denver Nuggets 186-184 in
triple overtime in the highest scoring game in the NBA (National Basketball
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, formed after WWI, expels the Soviet Union. This
is their response to the Russian invasion of Finland the previous October.
1977...Saturday Night Fever premiers. John Travolta gives a
mesmerizing performance and is launched into stardom. The powerful Disco
and dancing make the film an instant success.
1791...Virginia ratified the Ten Amendments, (Bill of Rights) as
part of the
US Constitution. The is the last state needed and the Bill or Rights
1944...Legendary Band Leader Glen Miller goes missing as he travels over the English Channel to
France. He was 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 fortify it. The famous
leaning angle is preserved.
1773...A group of Boston Patriots, disguised as Indians, board
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.
1811...The greatest series of earthquakes in the US begins near
New Madrid, Missouri. The
earthquakes change the course of the Mississippi
River and create Real Foot Lake in Tennessee.
1960...In the only accident of its kind over a major US city,
two airliners collide over New York killing 128 on the planes and 6 on the
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 named The Flyer at Kitty hawk, North Carolina.
Their plane is self-propelled and heavier than air. It stays up in the air
for 12 seconds and goes 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, MA. 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 justified their vigilante
justice as protection for exploited Irish-America workers. Some
consider the group a forerunner of labor unions in America.
1941...Japanese soldiers 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.
General 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 11,000
soldiers camped at Valley Forge would 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, and goes on to become the highest grossing movie in history.
House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against
President Bill Clinton. One is or lying under oath and the other for
obstruction of justice.
Clinton becomes the second
US President to be impeached.
1803...The French hand New Orleans and South Louisiana over to the United
States. after the US purchases the territory from France.
1957...While spending his Christmas holidays at his newly purchased mansion,
rock 'n roll star Elvis Presley receives his draft notice. He won over
many of the older generation when he was willing 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 one day.
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