Thursday, December 14th 2017

Today is the 348th day of 2017.  There are 17 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1819 Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state. At that point, there were 11 slave states and 11 free states.
1900 German physicist Max Planck published his groundbreaking study of the effect of radiation on a "blackbody" substance, and the quantum theory of modern physics was born.
1911 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, beating an expedition led by Robert F. Scott.
1939 The Soviet Union was dropped from the League of Nations.
1946 The United Nations General Assembly voted to establish the U.N. headquarters in New York City.
1959 Archbishop Makarios is elected the first president of the future Cyprus Republic.
1962 The unmanned spacecraft, Mariner 2, makes the first ever fly-by of the planet Venus and sends back radio signals over tens of millions of miles of space.
1972 Apollo 17, the last manned space mission to the Moon, returns to Earth, bringing an end to America's program of lunar exploration.
1981 Israel annexed the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967.
1985 Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
1993 A Colorado judge struck down as unconstitutional the state's voter-approved ban on gay rights laws.
1995 Leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia sign the Dayton Accord in Paris to end more than three years of bitter conflict.
1997 Iran's new president, Mohammad Khatami, called for a dialogue with the people of the United States - a nation reviled by his predecessors as ''The Great Satan.''
1997 Cuban President Fidel Castro declared Christmas 1997 an official holiday to ensure the success of Pope John Paul II's upcoming visit to the communist country.
1998 President Clinton stood witness as hundreds of Palestinian leaders renounced a call for the destruction of Israel.
1999 U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for Nazi-era slaves and forced laborers.
1999 Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the "Peanuts'' comic strip.
2000 The Federal Trade Commission unanimously approved the $111 billion mergerof America Online and Time Warner.
2003 The ousted President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, is under arrest after being found by US soldiers hiding in a cellar.

Born on this day

1503 Nostradamus (Michael de Notredame), French physician and astrologer.
1546 Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer and mathematician.
1585 Henry IV, the first Bourbon king of France.
1895 George VI, King of Great Britain.
1897 Margaret Chase Smith, American politician.
1946 Patty Duke, American Academy Award-winning actress.

Died on this day

1799 George Washington, the first president of the United States, died at age 67 of acute laryngitis at his Mount Vernon, Virginia home.
1799 George Washington, American general and first president of U.S.
1861 Prince Albert, husband of Britain's Queen Victoria, died in London.
1989 Nobel Peace laureate Andrei D. Sakharov died in Moscow at age 68.
1993 Myrna Loy, American film actress.

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