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On This Day in History

By Paulina Anness

  • February 27, 2017: In 1827, New Orleanians take to the streets to celebrate Mardi Gras
  • February 23, 2017: In 1963, the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It prohibited poll taxes in federal elections.
  • February 22, 2017: In 1885, the Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • February 21, 2017: In 1925, the first issue of “The New Yorker” was published.
  • February 17, 2017: In 1959, the United States launches its first weather station in space, Vangaurd II.
  • February 16, 2017: In 1923, an English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tut.
  • February 15, 2017: In 1965, Canada adopted the Maple Leaf flag
  • February 14, 2017: In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine’s Day.Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers.
  • February 13, 2017: In 1968, the United States sends 10,500 more combat troops to Vietnam.
  • February 10, 2017: In 1970, an avalanche crashes down on a ski resort in Val d’Isere, France, killing 42 people, mostly young skiers.
  • February 9, 2017: In 1825, John Quincy Adams was elected US President by Congress.
  • February 8, 2017: In 1973, U.S. Senate leaders named seven members of a select committee to investigate the Watergate scandal.
  • February 7, 2017: In 1964, the Beatles had their first visit to the United States, they landed in New York.
  • February 6, 2017: In 1911, the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, was born on this day in 1911, in Tampico, Illinois.
  • February 3, 2017: In 1962, President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba.
  • February 2, 2017: In 1887, Groundhogs Day is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
  • February 1, 2017: In 1790,  the Supreme Court meets for the first time.
  • January 27, 2017: In 1984, singer Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial. This was caused by a pyrotechnic malfunction that was ignited too close to his hair.
  • January 26, 2017: In 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip guides a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia.
  • January 25, 2017: In 1905, the worlds largest diamond was found weighing up to 1.33 pounds and was 3,106-carats.
  • January 24, 2017: In 2006, Walt Disney announces $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar
  • January 23, 2017: In 1973, President Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
  • January 20, 2017: In 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to three terms in office, is inaugurated to his fourth term.
  • January 19, 2017: In 1809, writer Edgar Allen Poe is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • January 18, 2017: In 1919 some of the most powerful people in the world meet to begin long, complicated negotiations that would mark the end of the First World War.
  • January 17, 2017: In 1994, an earthquake rocks Los Angeles, California, killing 54 people and causing billions of dollars in damages. The Northridge quake (named after the San Fernando Valley community near the epicenter) was one of the most damaging in U.S. history.

By Allie Valocchi

  • December 14, 2016: In 1900, Professor Max Planck of Berlin University revealed his revolutionary Quantum Theory.
  • December 13, 2016: In 1913, the U.S. Federal Reserve System was established.
  • December 12, 2016: In 2000, the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Bush v. Gore.
  • December 9, 2016: In 1803, the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. With the amendment, Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.
  • December 8, 2016: In 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
  • December 7, 2016: In 1941, Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II.
  • December 6, 2016: In 2006, NASA revealed photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor that suggested the presence of liquid water on Mars.
  • December 5, 2016: In 1978, the Soviet Union signed a “friendship treaty” with the Afghan government agreeing to provide economic and military assistance.
  • December 2, 2016: In 2010, NASA announced the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form.
  • December 1, 2016: In 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was arrested, marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S.
  • November 30, 2016: In 306, St Marcellus I began his reign as Catholic Pope.
  • November 29, 2016: In 1803, the U.S. made the Louisiana Purchase.
  • November 28, 2016: In 1520, a Portuguese navigator, Ferdinand Magellan, reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait, which now bears his name.
  • November 22, 2016: In 1942, during World War II, the Battle of Stalingrad began.
  • November 21, 2016: In 1620, the Mayflower Compact was signed by the Pilgrims at Cape Cod.
  • November 18, 2016: In 1883, the U.S. and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
  • November 17, 2016: In 1869, the Suez Canal, which linked the Mediterranean and the Red seas, was opened in Egypt.
  • November 16, 2016: In 1950, US president Harry Truman proclaimed an emergency crisis caused by communist threats.
  • November 15, 2016: In 1932, the Walt Disney Art School was created.
  • November 14, 2016: In 2002, Nancy Pelosi of California became the first woman to lead a party in Congress.
  • November 11, 2016: In November 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, which later was renamed Veterans Day.
  • November 10, 2016: In 1917, 41 suffragists were arrested in front of the White House.
  • November 9, 2016: In 1927, the Giant Panda was first discovered in China.
  • November 8, 2016: In 1993, five Picasso paintings and other artwork, which were valued at $52 million, were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • November 7, 2016: In 1637, Anne Hutchinson, the first female religious leader in the American colonies, was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for heresy.
  • November 4, 2016: In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
  • November 3, 2016: In 1507, Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her, and the painting is known as the Mona Lisa.
  • November 2, 2016: In 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • November 1, 2016: In 1512,  Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public.
  • October 31, 2016:  Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, first celebrated Halloween 2,000 years ago.
  • October 28, 2016: In 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.
  • October 27, 2016: In 1917, 20,000 women marched in a suffrage parade in New York.
  • October 26, 2016: In 1787, the “Federalist Papers” were published; they called for the ratification of the United States’s Constitution.
  • October 25, 2016: In 1884, the 1st World Series OK by AA, Providence (NL) sweeps NY Mets (AA) in 3.
  • October 24, 2016: In 1939, the Nazis require Jews to wear the Star of David.
  • October 21, 2016: In 1945, women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.
  • October 20, 2016: In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
  • October 19, 2016: In 1781, the Revolutionary War was effectively ended.
  • October 18, 2016: In 1898, the American flag was raised in Puerto Rico only one year after the Caribbean nation won its independence from Spain.
  • October 14, 2016: In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America. He was the youngest person to receive the award.
  • October 13, 2016: In 1920, the World Series celebration in Wade Park brings out 50,000+ Clevelanders.
  • October 12, 2016: In 1892, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Columbus landing, the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited in public schools.
  • October 11, 2016: In 1948, the Cleveland Indians beat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2 in the 45th World Series.
  • October 10, 2016: In 1845, the United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.
  • October 7, 2016: In 1765, 9 American colonies sent a total of 28 delegates to New York City for the Stamp Act Congress. The delegates adopted the “Declaration of Rights and Grievances.”
  • October 6, 2016: In 1961, U.S. president John F. Kennedy advised American families to build or buy bomb shelters to protect them in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.
  • October 5, 2016: In 1947, Harry Truman made the 1st Presidential address televised from the White House.
  • October 4, 2016: In 1957, The Soviet Union inaugurated the “Space Age” with its launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite.
  • October 3, 2016: In 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in a sensational trial that gripped the world.
  • September 30, 2016: In 1946, 22 Nazi leaders were found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg.
  • September 29, 2016: In 2015, the United States announced its first National Coffee Day.
  • September 28, 2016: In 1892, the first night football game was played in Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
  • September 27, 2016: In 1779, John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
  • September 26, 2016: In 1969, “The Brady Bunch” series premiered on ABC-TV.
  • September 22, 2016: In 1862, President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.
  • September 21, 2016: In 1999, an Earthquake killed 2,295 people in central Taiwan.
  • September 20, 2016: In 1814, the  “Star Spangled Banner” was published as a song, whose lyrics are by Francis Scott Key and the tune is by John Stafford Smith.
  • September 19, 2016: In 1777, the Battle of Saratoga was won by American soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
  • September 14, 2016: In 1866, George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.
  • September 13, 2016: In 1881, Lewis Latimer invented and patented an electric lamp with a carbon filament.
  • September 12, 2016: In 1910, United States’s 1st known female cop, Alice Stebbins Wells, was appointed by LAPD.
  • September 9, 2016: In 1957, the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction was signed into law by U.S. President Eisenhower.
  • September 8, 2016: In 1966, Star Trek makes its network television debut.
  • September 7, 2016: In 1998, Mark McGwire set a new major league baseball record for most home runs hit in a single season. The previous record was 61 set in 1961.
  • September 6, 2016: In 1620, the Pilgrims left on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World.
  • August 30, 2016: On Aug. 30, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast with devastating force, killing more than 1,700 people and flooding New Orleans after the city’s levees failed.

By Angela Kotara

  • May 20th, 2016, in 1873- San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: blue jeans.
  • May 19th, 2016, in 1935- T.E. Lawrence, known to the world as Lawrence of Arabia, dies as a retired Royal Air Force mechanic living under an assumed name.
  • May 18th, 2016, in 1920- Karol Jozef Wojtyla is born in the Polish town of Wadowice, 35 miles southwest of Krakow. Wojtyla went on to become Pope John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century.
  • May 17th, 2016, in 1954- In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down an unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.
  • May 16th, 2016, in 1929- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California.
  • May 13th, 2016, in 1846- The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votes in favor of President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas.
  • May 12th, in 2016, in 1957- Race car driver A.J. Foyt (1935- ) scores his first professional victory, in a U.S. Automobile Club (USAC) midget car race in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • May 11th, 2016, in 1934- A massive storm sends millions of tons of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains region of the United States as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta.
  • May 10th, 2016, in 1869- The presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads.
  • May 9th, 2016, in 1950- Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (1911-1986) publishes Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
  • May 6th, 2016, in 1994- In a ceremony presided over by England’s Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand, a rail tunnel under the English Channel was officially opened, connecting Britain and the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age.
  • May 5th, 2016, in 1961- From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space.
  • May 4th, 2016, in 1994- Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat reached agreement in Cairo on the first stage of Palestinian self-rule.
  • May 3rd, 2016, in 1469- The Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born.  He became one of the fathers of modern political theory.
  • May 2nd, 2016, in 1933- Although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news. The story of the “monster” became a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast.
  • April 29th, 2016, in 2004- The National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., to thousands of visitors, providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S.
  • April 28th, 2016, in 1945- Benito Mussolini, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland.
  • April 27th, 2016, in 4977 B.C.- The universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science.
  • April 26th, 2016, in 1954- The Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin at the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia.
  • April 25th, 2016, in 1983- The Soviet Union releases a letter that Russian leader Yuri Andropov wrote to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Manchester, Maine, inviting her to visit his country.
  • April 22nd, 2016, in 1970- Earth Day, which is an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, is celebrated in the United States for the first time.
  • April 21st, 2016, in 753 B.C.-Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants.
  • April 20th, 2016, in 1980- Castro announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift.
  • April 19th, 2016, in 1897- John J. McDermott of New York won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10
  • April 18th, 2016, in 1906- At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing hundreds of people as it topples numerous buildings.
  • April 15th, 2016, in 1947- Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • April 14th, 2016, in 1865- John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.
  • April 13th, 2016, in 1997- Twenty-one-year-old Tiger Woods wins the Masters Tournament by a record 12 strokes in Augusta, Georgia. It was Woods’ first victory in one of golf’s four major championships–the U.S. Open, the British Open, the PGA Championship, and the Masters.
  • April 12th, 2016, in 1861- The civil war, which was the bloodiest four years in American history, began today against the North and the South.
  • April 11th, 2016, in 1814- Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France and one of the greatest military leaders in history, abdicates the throne, and, in the Treaty of Fontainebleau, is banished to the Mediterranean island of Elba.
  • April 8th, 2016, in 1974- Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers.
  • April 7th, 2016, in 1994- Rwandan armed forces kill 10 Belgian peacekeeping officers in a successful effort to discourage international intervention in the genocide that had begun only hours earlier.
  • April 6th, 2016, in 1896- The Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
  • April 5th, 2016, in 1614- Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia.
  • April 4th, 2016- Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • April 1st, 2016, in 1700- English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other.
  • March 31st, 2016, in 1889- The Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower’s designer, and attended by French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers.
  • March 30th, 2016, in 1981- President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr.
  • March 29th, 2016, in 1973- Two months after the signing of the Vietnam peace agreement, the last U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam as Hanoi frees the remaining American prisoners of war held in North Vietnam.
  • March 18th, 2016, in 1852- In New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo join with several other investors to launch their namesake business.
  • March 17th, 2016, in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
  • March 16th, 2016, in 1802- The United States Military Academy is founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science.
  • March 15th, 2016, in 1965- President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all.
  • March 14th, 2016, in 1879- Albert Einstein is born, the son of a Jewish electrical engineer in Ulm, Germany.
  • March 11th, 2016, in 1997- Paul McCartney, a former member of the most successful rock band in history, The Beatles, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music.”
  • March 10th, 2016, in 1959- Tibetans band together in revolt, surrounding the summer palace of the Dalai Lama in defiance of Chinese occupation forces.
  • March 9th, 2016, in 1959- The first Barbie doll goes on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City.
  • March 8th, 2016, in 1917- Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar) began when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd.
  • March 7th, 2016, in 1876- Twenty-nine year-old Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his revolutionary new invention–the telephone.
  • March 4th, 2016, in 1933- At the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States.
  • March 3rd, 2016, in 1887- Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months.
  • March 2nd, 2016, in 1904- Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • March 1st, 2016, in 1932- In a crime that captured the attention of the entire nation, Charles Lindbergh III, the 20-month-old son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family’s new mansion in Hopewell, New Jersey.
  • February 26th, 2016- Two national parks were established in the United States 10 years apart–the Grand Canyon in 1919 and the Grand Tetons in 1929.
  • February 25th, 2016, in 1964- Twenty-two year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout.
  • February 24th, 2016, in 1836- In San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of the Texan troops defending the Alamo.
  • February 23rd, 2016, in 1945- The United States raises its flag on Iwo Jima, which is located on the top of Mount Suribachi.
  • February 22nd, 2016, in 1980- In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York.
  • February 19th, 2016, in 1847- The first rescuers reach surviving members of the Donner Party, a group of California-bound emigrants stranded by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
  • February 18th, 2016, in 1885- Mark Twain publishes his famous–and famously controversial–novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  • February 17th, 2016, in 1904- Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly premieres at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy.
  • February 12th, 2016 in 2002- Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic goes on trial at The Hague, Netherlands, on charges of genocide and war crimes in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo.
  • February 10th, 2016 in 1996- After three hours, world chess champion Garry Kasparov loses the first game of a six-game match against Deep Blue, an IBM computer capable of evaluating 200 million moves per second.
  • February 9th, 2016, in 1971- Pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • February 8th, 2016, in 1943- Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, leaving the island in Allied possession after a prolonged campaign. The American victory paved the way for other Allied wins in the Solomon Islands.
  • February 5th, 2016, in 1994- White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith is convicted in the murder of African-American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, over 30 years after the crime occurred.
  • February 4th, 2016, in 1974- Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by two African American men and a Caucasian woman, all three of whom were armed.
  • February 3rd, 2016, in 2005- Alberto Gonzales won Senate confirmation as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general despite protests over his record on torture.
  • February 2nd, 2016, in 1887- Groundhog Day is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring.
  • February 1st, 2016, in 1884- The first portion of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which is considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published.
  • January 29th, 2016, in 1936- The U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson.
  • January 28th, 2016, in 1986- At 11:38 a.m. EST, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe was on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space.
  • January 27th, 2016, in 1888- The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C., for “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”
  • January 26th, 2016, in 1788- Captain Arthur Phillip guided a fleet of 11 British ships that carried convicts to the colony of New South Wales, effectively founding Australia.
  • January 25th, 2016, in 1905- The largest diamond, a 3,106-carat diamond, was found during a routine inspection by the mine’s superintendent at the Premier Mine in Pretoria, South Africa weighing 1.33 pounds.
  • January 22nd, a plane returning Muslim pilgrims from Mecca crashes in Kano, Nigeria, killing 176 people.
  • January 12th, 1904, Henry Ford sets a land-speed record of 91.37 mph on the frozen surface of Michigan’s Lake St. Clair.
  • January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument.

By Michael Colombi

  • December 14, 2015, in 1962 – Mariner 2 makes 1st US fly-by of another planet (Venus)
  • December 10, 2015, in 1958 – The first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the U.S. when 111 passengers flew from New York to Miami on a National Airlines Boeing 707.
  • December 9, 2015, in 1995 61st Heisman Trophy Award: Eddie George, Ohio State (RB)
  • December 8, 2015, in 1982 Norman Mayer holds Washington Monument hostage, demanding an end to nuclear weapons. Is killed by police after 10 hrs (he had no explosives)
  • December 7, 2015, in 1941 – Pearl Harbor was bombed
  • December 4, 2015, in 1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida
  • December 3, 2015, in 1828 – Andrew Jackson elected 7th US President
  • December 2, 2015, in 1971 – Soviet Mars 3 is first to soft land on Mars
  • December 1, 2015, in 1969 – US government holds its 1st draft lottery since WW II
  • November 30, 2015, in 1958 – 1st guided missile destroyer launched.
  • November 24, 2015, in 1963 Jack Ruby fatally shoots the accused assassin of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, in the garage of the Dallas Police Department.
  • November 23. 2015, in, 1979 – Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks
  • November 18, 2015, in 1961, US Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed
  • November 17, 2015, in 1945, New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • November 16, 2015, in 1945, Two new elements discovered by Glenn Seaborg, James, Morgan and Albert Ghiorso were are announced: americium (atomic number 95) and curium (atomic number 96)
  • November 12, 2015: in 1892, Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes 1st pro football player
  • November 11, 2015: in 1992, The Church of England approves the ordination of female priests
  • November 10, 2015: In 1969, Sesame Street debuts.
  • November 9, 2015: In 1989, East Germany opens the Berlin Wall.
  • November 6, 2015: In 1995, Art Modell announces the Cleveland Browns are moving to Baltimore.
  • November 5, 2015: in 1872, Ulysses S. Grant re-elected US President
  • November 4, 2015: in 1939, – First air conditioned automobile (Packard) exhibited, Chicago, Illinois
  • November 2, 2015: in 1772, – Boston: anti-English Committee of Correspondence forms
  • October 28, 2015: in 1982, – NASA launches RCA-E
  • October 27, 2015: in 1954, Walt Disney’s 1st TV show, “Disneyland”, premieres on ABC
  • October 26, 2015: In 1949, US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents
  • October 23, 2015  In 1970, Gary Gabelich sets a land speed record in a rocket-powered automobile called the Blue Flame, fueled with natural gas.
  • October 22, 2015: In 2012, Cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles
  • October 21, 2015: In 1879, Thomas Edison invented a commercially practical incandescent light at his industrial research lab in Menlo Park, N.J.