Notable Historic Events
Empire State Building
1931...As part of the dedication of the
Empire State Building,
President Herbert Hoover flips a switch from the White House
and all the lights in the
building turn on. The
Empire State Building is a staggering 1,250 feet high. The construction, which only takes one year, is a boon to thousands
of men needing work during the depression. The
building brings a sense of pride to the state of
New York, and will go on to become one of its most iconic symbols. The building continues to be the largest building in the world until 1972,
when the World Trade Towers are built. Today the height
of the building is behind 23 other
buildings. The Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, which is 2,717 feet tall, is now the tallest building in the world.
1960...Gary Powers' U-2 spy
plane is shot down over the Soviet Union.
1963...James Whittaker becomes the first American to summit Mt. Everest. He is from
1939...Lou Gehrig ends his streak of consecutive
baseball games played over thirteen years. He has played 2,130 games.
1997...Tony Blair becomes prime minister
of Great Britain.
2011...Osama bin Laden is killed by
US Navy Seals.
1979...Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female
Prime Minister of Great Britain.
1951...Congressional hearings are held
to discuss the dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur.
President Truman and General MacArthur disagree on how to handle the Cold War. MacArthur thinks that
President Truman is weak on communism.
President Truman believes that following MacArthur's
ideas would lead to World War III with
Russia. MacArthur begins talking against the
President's policies and President Truman has no choice
but to relieve the general of his command in Korea.
This does not sit well with the public, as General MacArthur gained fame and prestige during
Congress investigates the dismissal, but in the end the
Congress lets it go, unable to make any conclusions. During MacArthur's long testimony the public comes to realize
that the general's views are indeed extreme.
Kent State University Riot
becomes the first American colony to renounce its allegiance to King George III.
1886...The Haymarket riot starts as a labor protest near Haymarket Square in
Working conditions are terrible in the late 1880s. There are many more
people who want and need to work than there are jobs. Employers are taking advantage of the situation with poor working
conditions and low wages. Unions are forming and workers are beginning to strike. The labor protest at Haymarket Square
was meant to be peaceful. On this occasion the workers were demanding an 8-hour work day. When someone threw a bomb at the
police gunfire broke out, and
seven policemen and several people in the crowd were killed.
Dozens were injured. The immediate result of this incident was a temporary setback for the labor unions, although
many people viewed the labor leaders as martyrs. Labor Unions will continue to rise, and many years later the site of this
incident will become a National
1821...Napoleon Bonaparte dies in exile on the Island of St. Helena in the
southern Atlantic Ocean.
1961...Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space.
1904...Cy Young, pitching for the Boston Red Sox, pitches a perfect game.
1937...The Hindenburg, a
bursts into flames while landing at Lakehurst,
New Jersey. Thirty-six passengers and crew members are killed while spectators on the ground watch in horror.
1954...Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile on a
track in Oxford,
1994...The tunnel under the
English Channel opens.
1915...The Lusitania is torpedoed by a
submarine off the coast of
Ireland. Almost 1,200 people drown, including
1969...Brezhnev becomes president of the USSR.
United States and
Britain celebrate V-E Day. The
Germans have surrendered unconditionally,
and the 6-year war in
Europe is over.
1970...The last album by the Beatles, Let It Be, is released shortly after
1887...Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show opens in London,
1914...President Woodrow Wilson issues a
proclamation to establish Mother's Day.
It is to be celebrated each year on the second Sunday of May.
1950...Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health is publish by L Ron Hubbard. This leads
to the birth of scientology.
1955...West Germany joins NATO.
1869...The Transcontinental Railroad
is completed. The Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines meet in Promontory,
becomes prime minister of
1994...Nelson Mandela is sworn in as President of South Africa.
Notable Historic Events...take a walk
through history. See what happened on your birthday. Fun and educational.
U.S. States Clipart
... travel around the United States of America viewing the clipart and images from the 50 States.
Coloring Pages...print PDF pages to color with fun facts for children.
Card Ideas...Ideas for text for special occasion greeting cards.
Icons...small sized clipart for mailing
labels and other projects.
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budget scrappy quilts.