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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
President Franklin R. Roosevelt
Continental Congress issues 2 million
dollars in bills of credit creating Continental Currency.
1937...Joe Lewis wins the World Heavyweight
Boxing title when he knocks out Jim Braddock in the 8th round.
1944...The GI Bill is signed by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, providing
financial aid to
returning from WWII. It is hoped that this will help avoid another Great Depression.
Mercedes is registered as a luxury
car brand name by
German auto maker Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG).
1992...The "Teflon Don," Mafia Boss John Gotti, is sentenced to
prison based on testimony of his colleague "Sammy the Bull" Gravano.
2013...Nik Walenda, a 34-year old
aerialist, becomes the first
person to walk a wire across a narrow section of the
Grand Canyon National Park.
Suspected UFO in
Roswell, New Mexico
1948...The Soviet Union blocks all
rail traffic to and from West
Berlin. It will become a diplomatic blunder.
U.S. Senate votes 76-0 for a National Motor Vehicle Safety Act
requiring seat belts on all
1997...The U.S. Air Force releases a 231-page report dismissing long
standing claims from 1947 of an Alien Space Craft crash in Roswell,
1876...U.S. Army Troops, led by Lieutenant Colonel George
Custer, lose a battle with
Native Americans, led by Crazy Horse and Sitting
Bull. at the Battle of Little Bighorn.
1942...Eisenhower takes charge of the
U.S. Troops in Europe.
1950...The Korean War begins when North Korean Communist forces
Korea cross into South Korea.
2009...The "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, dies at age 50 after
receiving a bad combination of
drugs from his
1541...The governor of Peru and conqueror of the Incas,
Francisco Pizzaro, is assassinated.
1948...Operation Berlin Airlift begins, as the U.S. begins
food and supplies to Berlin after the Soviet Union blockades the city.
Highway Act is approved.
dollars is allocated for the construction of
1959...The St. Lawrence Seaway opens. It makes possible
transportation from the Atlantic
Ocean to all of the Great Lakes.
The Prophet Joseph Smith
Prophet Joseph Smith, the leader and founder of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), and
his brother Hyrum are killed when a
mob breaks into a
jail where they are being
held in Carthage,
Truman sends U.S.Troops to Korea to help them fight the invasion of
Communist North Korea into their country.
1976...Ebola breaks out in Sudan. The Ebola virus begins
spreading throughout the region.
Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie
1519...Charles I of Spain is elected the Holy Roman Emperor.
1914...Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are
shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist while making an official visit to
the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.
1919...Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles. This officially
in England. It has been the site where many of Shakespeare's Plays
1958...Pele helps Brazil win its first
World Cup by defeating
host nation Sweden 5-2.
1995...The largest man-made satellite ever to orbit the earth is
created when the American
Atlantis docks with the Russian Space Station Mir.
Gone with the Wind
Gravelet, know as Blondin, becomes the first man to walk across
Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
novel Gone with the Wind is published. It
will become one of
the best selling
novels of all time and a blockbuster
1953...At the General Motors Plant in Flint,
Michigan, production begins on the