This Week in History 12/5 – 12/11

HistoryThis Week in History

December 5:

  • Antibaptist Hans Schlaffer martyred for standing for the Gospel (1527)
  • US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California (1848)
  • German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America (1932)
  • Prohibition in US ends when 21st Amendment ratified and 18th Amendment repealed (1933)
  • US President Truman creates Committee of Civil Rights by Executive Order (1946)
  • 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacred during Black Death riots (1349)
  • Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman (771 AD)
  • Televangelist Jim Bakker was charged by a federal grand jury with mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the public (1988)
  • The French Franc is created (1360)
  • Earthquake strikes Naples killing 35,000 (1856)

December 6:

  • St. Nicholas died (341 AD)
  • US Civil War: 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery (1865)
  • First recording made of the human voice – Thomas Edison reciting “Mary had a little lamb” (1877)
  • Washington Monument completed (1884)
  • NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars (2006)
  • Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland for the second and and final time (1849)
  • Thomas Aquinas had a vision of Christ (1273)
  • Joseph H Rainey becomes first black in US House of Representatives (1870)
  • First edition of Encyclopedia Britannica published (1768)
  • Coal mine explosions in Monongah, West Virginia kill 361 (1907)
  • Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated (1947)
  • U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1790)
  • China votes for universal human rights (1912)
  • Several villagers are shot dead during protests in Dongzhou, China (2005)
  • First US Presidential address broadcast on radio by President Calvin Coolidge (1923)
  • Hugo Chávez is elected President of Venezuela (1998)
  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer first airs on TV (1964)
  • NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars (2006)
  • Cokesbury College, the first Methodist college in America, was founded (1787)

December 7:

  • WW2: Imperial Japanese Navy with 353 planes attack US fleet at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii killing 2,403 people and starting American involvement in World War 2 (1941)
  • Delaware becomes first state to ratify the US constitution (1787)
  • WW1: US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria (1917)
  • Naturalist Alexander von Humboldt reports his discovery of the decrease in intensity of Earth’s magnetic field from the poles to the equator (1804)
  • Apollo 17, final manned lunar landing mission, launched (1972)
  • Microwave oven patented (1945)
  • The American Colony of Massachusetts suspended the Corporal Punishment Act of 1656 which had imposed harsh penalties on Quakers and other religious Nonconformists (1661)
  • At the Synod of Rome, Cyril of Alexandria formally condemned the doctrine which claimed there were two separate Persons in the Incarnate Christ – one Divine, the other Human (430 AD)
  • Emperor Lo-Yang in China sees supernova (185 AD)

December 8:

  • WW2: US declares war on Japan and enters war (1941)
  • WW2: Great Britain declares war on Japan (1941)
  • WW2: FDR makes famous date in infamy speech about Pearl Harbor attack (1941)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of student organizations holding religious services at public colleges and universities (1981)
  • George Washington’s retreating army crosses Delaware River from New Jersey possible only because an unusual fog covered the area (1776)
  • WW2: Dutch government-in-exile in London declares war on Japan (1941)
  • Ludwig Von Beethoven’s 7th Symphony in A premieres (1813)
  • US President Reagan & Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev sign a treaty eliminating medium range nuclear missiles (1987)
  • 114-day newspaper strike begins in New York City (1962)
  • US Civil War: Abraham Lincoln’s Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of South (1863)
  • Christmas seals were sold for the first time to fight tuberculous (1907)
  • US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space (1966)
  • Pope Pius IX declared the Immaculate Conception of Mary an article of faith for the Catholic Church (1854)
  • Sister Anthony, known as the Angel of the Battlefield for her service to the wounded during the Civil War, passed away (1897)
  • Japanese military police launch violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto for worshiping figures other than the emperor (1935)
  • US President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his “Atoms for Peace” speech at the UN in New York (1966)

December 9:

  • WW2: Hitler orders US ships are to be torpedoed (1941)
  • WW2: China declares war on Japan, Germany & Italy (1941)
  • Robert Cushman preached first recorded and printed sermon on US soil (1621)
  • UN General Assembly unanimously approves Convention on Genocide (1948)
  • Scottish missionary explorer David Livingstone set sail on his first journey to Africa (1840)
  • WW2: First US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines (1941)
  • US Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress (1861)
  • First Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in North America (1851)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas premieres (1965)
  • Alfred Tennyson’s poem Charge of the Light Brigade published (1854)
  • NLS, a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed, is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco (1968)
  • Nicolae Ceaușescu becomes Communist President of Romania overthrown 1989 (1967)
  • Noah Webster establishes New York’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva (1793)

December 10:

  • The Gift of the Magi, a short story by William Sydney Porter known as O. Henry, was first published (1905)
  • Wyoming becomes first US territory to grant women right to vote (1869)
  • Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam (1898)
  • Martin Luther publicly burned papal edict demanding he recant (1520)
  • Isaac Newton’s derivation of Kepler’s laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley (1684)
  • Kaspar Schwenkfeld, German theologian and reformer who influenced Anabaptist, Pietism, and Puritans, died (1561)
  • Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to borrow money (1690)
  • Italian archaeologist Antonio Bosio, known as Columbus of the Catacombs, first descended into the subterranean Christian burial chambers located under the streets of Rome (1593)
  • Nobel Peace Prize presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in Oslo (1964)
  • US Civil War: General Sherman’s armies reach Savannah & 12 day siege begins (1864)
  • First Nobel Peace Prizes awarded to Jean Henri Dunant, Frederic Passy (1901)
  • Poet Emily Dickinson is born  (1830)
  • Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Pierre and Marie Curie (1903)
  • Albert Schweitzer receives Nobel Peace Prize (1954)
  • Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication, giving up the British throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson (1936)
  • President Theodore Roosevelt becomes first American awarded Nobel Peace Prize (1906)
  • Ruyard Kipling receives Nobel prize for literature (1907)
  • First traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London (1868)
  • WW2: 2nd part of Hitler’s Mein Kampf published (1926)
  • 6-year old Donny Osmond’s singing debut on Andy Williams Show (1963)

December 11:

  • 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (1620)
  • WW2: Germany & Italy declare war on USA (1941)
  • Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the “First Encounter” (1620)
  • Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne after the Church of England condemns his decision to marry to Wallace Simpson, an American divorcee (1936)
  • WW2: Dutch government in London declares war on Italy (1941)
  • WW2: Japanese occupy Guam (1941)
  • WW2: Japanese attack Wake Island (1941)
  • WW2: New anti-Jewish measures proclaimed in Poland (1939)
  • English Puritans introduced the “Root and Branch” petition to Parliament demanding the English episcopacy, “with all its dependencies, roots and branches”, be abolished (1640)
  • First recorded display of Aurora Borealis in north American colonies (1790)
  • 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot (1917)
  • Indiana becomes 19th US state (1816)
  • Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden (1909)
  • Magnum P.I. premieres on CBS (1980)
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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

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