NASCAR Inc 1948
National Monument, is dedicated in
1948...NASCAR, the National Association for Stock
Car Racing, is
officially incorporated. It will become one of
America's most watched
and eventually have 100 tracks across
North America. Billions of
will be made on everything from
contracts to children's
1972...President Nixon travels to the
People's Republic of China.
This is the first time a US
President has visited China. It is the first time a
US President has
visited a country not recognized by the
China became a
communist nation in 1949. Prior to this time the
States did not recognize China.
One of the goals of this meeting is to lessen the risk of war by expanding the contact between the two nations.
Purchase gives the rest of
Florida to the
After numerous boundary disputes,
John Quincy Adams, serving as the Secretary of State under
President James Monroe, signs a Treaty with Spain in which it
acquires the rest of Florida.
General Andrew Jackson, the hero of the War of 1812,
is appointed the military governor.
1980...The US Hockey Team,
made up of amateur players, performs a "Miracle on Ice" at the Lake Placid
Winter Olympics. They beat the highly favored
Soviet team, which is made up of professional players.
1942...President Franklin D. Roosevelt
orders MacArthur to get out of the
Japanese are coming and the president wants him to evacuate to
continue his command from there.
US Flag raised on Iwo Jima
1945...The US Flag
is raised on Iwo Jima.
Iwo Jima is a small island 750 miles south
of Japan. Iwo Jima has two air fields. The
United States needs
Iwo Jima to protect its bombers and to provide
a base for its fighter planes near Japan. Japanese and American forces engage in a bloody 36-day
battle. The battle takes
6,000 American lives, and injures 17,000. When the
Marines scale Mount Suribachi and raise the American flag
the battle is not yet over. The iconic picture of the American flag
being raised over Iwo Jima symbolizes the bravery and
sacrifice of American soldiers during
1455 ...Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible.
Johannes Gutenberg is running a printing business in Mainz,
Germany. Between 1440 and 1445 he invents the world's first movable printing press. By 1855 he prints a Latin version of the
Bible. Between 150 and 200 copies are printed. Gutenberg's
printed Bible becomes known as the Gutenberg Bible, the 42-line-Bible
and the Mazarin Bible. The printing of the
Bible will go on to change
Christianity as it makes the
Bible available for reading and interpretation to more than
just the clergy. Previous to the printing press copies were handmade, usually by
monks. It took years to make just one copy. You can find a copy from the original printing of the
Bible in the Library of Congress in the
United States of America.
President Andrew Johnson
1836...Realizing they were being overpowered, the defenders of
the Alamo call for help.
Andrew Johnson becomes the first
President to be
1991...The Gulf War continues as ground forces enter
1862...In order to raise money for the Civil War,
Congress passes the Legal Tender Act. This enables
the government to print money that is not backed by
1870...Hiram Revels becomes the first African American to be sworn into the
Senate and to sit in
The Grand Tetons
1919...After repeated attempts to make the
Grand Canyon a National Park
it is finally achieved in 1919. President Woodrow Wilson signs the Act to establish the
Grand Canyon Park in the state of
Grand Canyon covers one million acres. It is 277 miles in length, and at one
point is 18 miles across. The Colorado
River cuts through the bottom of the
Native Americans once had the park to themselves. Now several tribes, including the Hopi and Navajo, share the
Grand Canyon each year with 5 million
visitors that come to view this amazing natural wonder.
1929...The Grand Tetons are
made a National Park.
Grand Teton National Park
is located in the state of
Wyoming. The park covers 310,000 acres. It is 45 miles long and 26 miles
wide. The Park is only 10 miles south of
National Park, which was made a National Park in 1872.
Grand Teton National Park
is famous for spectacular
mountain scenery and trails, river rafting and wildlife.
1935...Hitler organizes the Luftwaffe.
1993...The World Trade Center is bombed.
Suffragettes and Voting Rights
Mardi Gras is held in New Orleans,
1864...Prisonersfrom the civil war
begin arriving at the Confederate prison
1922...The 19th Amendment passes, giving women the right to
1784...John Wesley charters the first Methodist
Church in America. John Wesley is a member of the Anglican
He is banned from the Anglican
for some of his practices, which are deemed unorthodox. He begins
in the open air. He and his followers feel the need for more structure, which leads to the formation of the Methodist
creates the Territory of Colorado.
1993...Federal Agents raid a cult compound in Waco,
1939...Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American actress to win an Oscar, for her role as a
housemaid in the movie Gone with the Wind.