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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
The Sistine Chapel
1512...The Sistine Chapel in Rome is now open to the public. The ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, the greatest of the Italian
hits Lisbon, Portugal killing
50,000 people. The entire city is destroyed and needs to be rebuilt.
1930...A nearly mile long tunnel is opened between Detroit,
Canadian city of Windsor.
The Spruce Goose
1917...British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour sends a letter to
most famous Jewish citizen, Baron Rothschild. He conveys
Jewish homeland in Palestine.
1947...The largest aircraft ever built, the Spruce Goose, is flown by
owner Howard Hughes on its first and only flight.
military convoy crashes in the Salang Tunnel in Afghanistan. The
resulting explosion and fire kills an estimated 3,000
1903...With the support of the
States government and the French-Panama Canal
Company, Panama declares its independence from Columbia.
1957...A dog named Laika is launched into orbit by the
Soviet Union aboard the
Sputnik 2 Spacecraft. Laika becomes the first mammal in space.
23rd Amendment gives the residents of the District of Columbia
the right to
vote. They cast ballots for the first time.
1956...Hungary's attempt for a more democratic government is stopped
troops. Thousands are killed and 200,000 refuges flee to the
1979...Iranian students, supported by Islam radicals, storm the
United States Embassy in
Tehran. They take more than 60 American hostages.
prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, is fatally
shot after attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv, Israel.
1895...Attorney George Selden, of Rochester,
York, is granted the first US Patent for an internal combustion engine. He
gets the idea from an engine he saw at the 1872 Exposition in Philadelphia.
1930...Sinclair Lewis, born in Sauk Centre,
Minnesota, becomes the first
American to win the Nobel Prize in literature.
1994...George Forman, age 45, becomes the oldest
boxer to win the heavyweight championship when he beats the undefeated
26-year-old Michael Moorer.
John Philip Sousa
1854...John Philip Sousa, one of the most popular
American composers of all time, is born. He will become famous for
music. His pieces will become classics and be played over and
over at community events.
Lincoln is elected the 16th
President of the United States. He becomes
the first president from the newly organized
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge
mountains of British Columbia, the last spike is driven and
railway is completed.
1940...Only four months after the completion of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in
State, Galloping Gertie collapses during a wind storm.
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, when built, is the 3rd longest
suspension bridge in the world.
1980...Actor Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood's leading men of the
60's and 70's, dies of asbestos cancer in
Mexico at the age of 50.
1887...Doc Holliday, friend of
and one of the men involved in the shooting at OK Corral, dies of tuberculosis at 36 years of age.
1896...Physicist Wilhelm Rontgen becomes the first person to observe x-rays in
1994...Salvatore Sunny Bono, of Sunny and Cher fame, is elected to the
House of Representatives representing
California's 44th District as a
The Berlin Wall
1938...The Nazis begin their persecution of the Jewish people in
Germany and Austria. On the Night of Broken Glass or
Kristallnacht, 1,500 businesses are destroyed,
and damage is done to homes, synagogues, and
schools. One hundred people are killed, and 30,000 people are arrested.
Many of the people are sent to concentration camps.
1965...The biggest power failure in
States occurs when the
Northeast suffers a blackout during Rush Hour. People are stranded on
elevators. The blackout is caused by the tripping of a
transmission line in
Canada. Power is restored by morning.
Germany opens the Berlin Wall. Passage is now allowed between East
Germany. The following day the people in
begin tearing down the wall.
1775...The Marine Corps is founded when the
approves a resolution for two battalions of
Marines to serve as landing forces
for the Continental Navy.
1928...Hirohito is crowned Emperor in Japan. Hirohito
reigning monarch in Japan during the two World Wars. His power is taken from
him during the postwar reconstruction.
1969...Sesame Street airs on
television and quickly becomes one of the most popular
children's shows in the
world. Puppets and learning segments teach
read and count, preparing them for kindergarten.