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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
1836...Narcissa Whitman arrives in Walla Walla,
Washington and becomes the first
white woman to settle west of the Rocky
1983...Soviet fighters shoot down a Korean
killing 269 people. The plane accidently strays into
Soviet airspace but is shot down
even when recognized by the
as a passenger airliner.
1998...A law comes into effect requiring all
cars and light
trucks sold in the
United States to have airbags on both sides of the front seat.
1959...Henry Ford II introduces his company's 90-Horsepower, 30 mpg Ford
Falcon. It is an overnight success.
1969...The first automatic teller machine (ATM) is open for use at the
Chemical Bank in Rockville Center,
2013...Diana Nyad, at 64 year of age, becomes the first person to
swim the 110
miles from Cuba to
Florida without the use of a shark cage.
1783...Britain signs the Treaty of Paris. The American Revolutionary War
now recognizes the thirteen former colonies as the
United States of America.
Campbell breaks the 300 mph
auto land speed record
on the Bonneville Salt Flats of
1939...Hitler invades Poland, and
Britain and France declare war on
1886...Geronimo becomes the last American
Warrior to formally surrender to the
United States. Geronimo will convert
Christianity and become a successful
Internet Search Engine, is co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
The two are students at Stanford University in
1836...The Republic of
Texas is created. Sam Houston is elected President.
1958...Boris Pasternak's novel Dr. Zhivago is published in the
United States. The book is hailed an instant classic and awarded the Nobel Prize.
1975...A secret service agent takes a 45 caliber gun from Squeaky Fromme.
She is is trying to shoot
President Gerald Ford.
1781...Benedict Arnold, now fighting for the
British, orders the burning of New London,
He will become one of the infamous traitors in American history.
1901...A 28-yearold anarchist shoots
President William McKinley at
the Pan-American exhibition in Buffalo,
pilot lands the new Soviet MIG-25 in Japan and requests asylum
United States. The
plane proves much less advanced than expected.
1896...The first electric car race is held in
The Riker Electric Motor Company wins it.
1953...Maureen Connolly, from
California, wins the
Tennis US Open and
becomes the first woman to win the Grand Slam.
1977...President Jimmy Carter signs a treaty
that will give control of the Panama Canal
to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
Galveston Hurricane Damage
1664...New Amsterdam, the capital of New Netherland, is surrendered to the
British and renamed
in honor of the Duke of York.
1810...The Pacific Fur Company Ship leaves
months later establishes the town Astoria,
United States history strikes Galveston,
Over 6,000 people, and perhaps as many as 12,000 are estimated to have been
killed. This is the deadliest natural disaster in
United States history.
Captain Oliver Perry
1813...US Captain Oliver Perry and the
American Fleet win the Battle of Lake Erie. This is the first
American victory against a
British Naval Squadron during the War of 1812.
1962...Ron Laver wins the US Open.
He is the first man to win the
tennis Grand Slam since 1938.
1977...Hamida Djondoubi, an emigrant convicted of murder,
is executed in France. He will be
last person executed
by guillotine in France.