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Notable Historic Events
for the Month of
King Louis XVI
1780...Benedict Arnold plots to hand West Point
over to the
money and a position in the British army. He is now branded a traitor.
1792...The monarchy in France is abolished and France becomes a
Republic. The last king, Louis XVI, is executed for secretly plotting to maintain
hurricane hits Long Island and travels up the New England coast. About
700 people are killed. There is massive property damage and the coastline
is altered in Long Island.
President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. More than three
million slaves are now free.
1975...A second assassination attempt is made on the life of
President Gerald Ford.
An attempt to shoot
President Ford when he is in San
California is stopped by a bystander.
1776...American hero Nathan Hale is executed by the
British for spying. It
is said that his last words were "I regret that I only have but one life to give
for my country."
Kennedy makes the Peace Corps a government agency.
John Paul Jones
1779...John Paul Jones, the Commander of the
British ships off the eastern coast of
England and wins. It is a
difficult battle, and at one point the
British signaled asking if he wished to
surrender. It was then that he replies "I have not yet begun to fight."
eighth planet from the sun, Neptune, is discovered at the Berlin
Observatory by Johann Gottfried Galle.
Supreme Court is established with six judges that are to serve until their
John Jay is to be the presiding judge.
1948...Honda Motor Company incorporates in Japan. It becomes known for affordable,
reliable, and fuel-efficient
1988...Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson wins a Gold Medal
running the 100-meter Dash at the
Olympics in South Korea. Three days later day steroids are found in
his blood and the medal is taken away from him.
Army Captain Ethan Allen is captured by the British while fighting in
Montreal. He is sent to
England for execution, but after two years sent
back to America as part of a
1957...Racial Integration is accomplished at Central High School
in Little Rock,
Arkansas with the help of
President Eisenhower and a federalized National Guard.
Airlines jet and a small Cessna crash midair in the sky over
California. There are 137 people on the two airplanes and they all
perish. On the ground below seven people are killed in their homes,
including 2 two children. The damage is extensive on the ground, and
1580...Sir Francis Drake drops anchor in Plymouth,
the Golden Hind. He is the first British man to
sail around the earth.
Vice President Nixon face off at the first Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debate. It is
the first time a presidential debate is
televised. Polls after the debate show that the content
of the debate was overshadowed by the way the men looked on
star legend Paul Newman dies at his home in
His career spanned five decades. He starred in
1869...Wild Bill Hickok restores order as sheriff in Hayes,
In the process he shoots and kills two men. He is not reelected for
sheriff three months later.
1930...Bobby Jones wins his 4th major tournament of the year
making him the first person to win the Grand Slam of
1940...Germany, Italy and Japan join together with the signing
Tripartite pact in Berlin. These countries will be referred to as the Axis
powers or the Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis. They fight the Allies in
although they often act independently and do not coordinate their activities.
1066...William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, claims his
right to the
English throne and invades the
King Harold II in the Battle of Hastings.
1918...Private Henry Tandey, a British
WWI, encounters a retreating
soldier but he spares his life.
The retreating soldier is Lance
Corporal Adolf Hitler.
1941...Ted Williams, of the Boston Red Sox, gets six hits in
trips to the plate in the season ending double header. This boosts his
batting average to 406. He becomes the last
bat 400 or better.
1953...The NY Times publishes an article stating that the
Russian wants the American Dream. If a
a small plot of
land, one of the first things he does is to build a big fence around
1982...The last of six people are killed by cyanide-laced Tylenol
The person who put the poison in the Tylenol is never caught, but this leads to new
1988...Stacy Allison, from Portland,
Oregon, becomes the first
American women to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
1949...The Berlin airlift comes to an end after 15 months and more than 250,000
flights. The Berlin
crisis was a disaster for the
Soviet Union, as world saw the
Soviets in a bad
light for trying to
starve innocent citizens.
1954...The world's first nuclear
submarine, The USS Nautilus, is commissioned.
Captain Hyman Rickover,
engineer, is in charge of the project.
1955...James Dean, a 24 year-old American
movie star, dies in a
car crash. He crashes while speeding in his
Porsche to a
car race in Salinas,