Notable Historic Events
45 B.C...The Julian
January 1st is now celebrated as
New Year's Day.
1863...As a result of the
Homestead Act, a
farmer files the first
homestead claim. The
Homestead Act lets
settlers claim 160
acres of government land. The
is deeded to the homesteader after 5 years
with proof they have improved the land
with a shelter and
Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves in
the Confederate States.
Slavery is now over in the
Island opens. It will operate for 50 years, and admit more than
12 million immigrants into the
Franklin Roosevelt and
Winston Churchill announce the
formation of the United Nations.
The declaration of the United Nations states
that it is to be an
international peacekeeping organization. Twenty-six
nations sign the declaration to build and
support this new organization.
becomes the 4th state in the United
States of America.
1923...The Secretary of the U.S. Dept of the Interior, Albert Fall,
resigns his office. In what
becomes known as the Teapot
Dome Scandal. Albert Fall is accused of using his position and power to made secret deals with developers for
personal gain. He sets aside an oil reserve in
Wyoming for emergency government
use, and then makes secret deals with oilmen to take the oil. The scandal gets its name from the oil reserve, which
is called the Teapot Dome.
Nixon signs the Emergency Highway Energy
Conservation Act. It lowers the speed limit to 55mph on all
national highways. The
States have been setting their own
limits, which range from 40 to 80 mph. The
speed limit is lowered as a means to try and lower gas
consumption and reduce America's dependency on
foreign oil. This unpopular law doesn't work, and
Congress reverses this law in 1995.
is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church
by Pope Leo X. Martin Luther is a Catholic
Priest who becomes disillusioned with some of the practices of the
Catholic Church, including the selling of
indulgences. When Pope Leo X starts selling indulgences to fund
St. Peter's Basilica,
Luther puts his concerns on paper. He then nails the paper,
the95 Thesis, to the door of the Wittenberg Castle
Church. His words spread, and the
Protestant Reformation begins.
Roosevelt founds the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. It is later named the March of Dimes.
becomes the 49th state in the United States of America.
Utah becomes the 45th State
becomes the 45th state in the
United States of America.
Republicans take control of
both houses of Congress.
It is the first time in 40 years. Newt Gingrich introduces the Contract with
America during the 1994
Congressional campaign. The contract lists detailed actions the
Republicans promise to take
if elected with a majority in
Congress. All 300 Republican Conservative
candidates sign this document, and Gingrich is credited for the
1999...Europe unites their currency with the
Nine countries, including the
United Kingdom and
Denmark, are members of the
European Union (EU) but do not use the
1920...The New York Yankees purchase
Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox.
1933...Construction begins on the
Golden Gate Bridge in
Truman labels his administration the Fair Deal during his State of
the Union Address. The Fair Deal is basically the domestic agenda of the
Truman wants all
Americans to have health
insurance, a higher minimum
George W. Bush
1838...Samuel Morse demonstrates the
telegraph in Morristown,
Jersey. He uses what becomes known as
Morse code. Although
Samuel Morse is
given credit for the invention of
Morse code, it is his friend Alfred Vail who
makes the code easier to use. He assigns shorter codes to commonly used
letters, and makes
the code instantly readable when received.
becomes the 47th state in the
United States of America.
W. Bush is finally officially declared the winner of the
election after one of the closest
United States history,
and a recount in the state of
1785...The English Channel is crossed in a
1789...The first election for the
President of the United States
takes place after the ratification of the
Constitution. George Washington
is so popular he runs unopposed. He receives 69 electoral votes on the first
ballot. On the 2nd ballot
John Adams becomes Vice President with 34
electoral votes. Of note, John Jay had 9
1999...The impeachment trial for
President Bill Clinton begins in the
President Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson defeats the
Army at the Battle of
New Orleans in
1918...With the war not yet over,
President Wilson delivers his Fourteen Points speech to
Congress. In it he presents his vision for long-lasting
peace in the world after
WWI. He calls for the
United States to be unselfish in its peace terms, and to allow each country to determine its own government.
Wilson also calls for a postwar establishment to resolve future conflicts. The speech is distributed in
Germany and is one of the reasons
Germany agrees to an armistice to end the war.
1776...Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense is published.
2007...Steve Jobs, of Apple Inc, introduces the iPhone at the Macworld Convention in
California. He calls it a ôrevolutionary and magical product that is literally five years
ahead of any other mobile phone.
The iPhone has a touch screen,
camera and the ability to connect to the
Internet and browse the web. The
phone becomes the Invention of the Year and similar
phones become part of the everyday life.
Lincoln names William Seward as Secretary of State. While Seward is serving under
Andrew Johnson he becomes famous for purchasing
Alaska, which at the time was thought to be foolish
and the purchase labeled Seward's Folly.
1901...Oil is discovered in America. An
oil derrick on Spindletop Hill, near Beaumont,
Texas, discovers oil at 100 feet. The resulting geyser takes nine days to cap. This
discovery, though not the first discovery of oil in America, fueled the start of the American oil industry. Oil
will take over as the primary source of fuel for power.
2008...What is touted as the world's "cheapest
car" rolls out of
India. It is 5 feet wide and 10 feet long.
It is called the Nano, but it is dubbed the People's
The affordability of this car, a little over $2,000, will enable more people to be able to own a
car. At this time the Nano is only sold in
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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All Things Clipart... A fun learning site with lots of free clipart
Fort Frugal...frugal living help to make life easier and more secure
Frugal Quilting...how to make quilting a frugal
and fun hobby.
Scrappy Quilting...how to make beautiful,
budget scrappy quilts.