History December 19th

Discussion in 'History' started by seekerof, Dec 19, 2004.

  1. seekerof

    seekerof New Member

    On this day,

    1733 Benjamin Franklin (under the name Richard Saunders) begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack"
    1776 Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls"
    1777 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge PA for the winter
    1795 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky
    1823 Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law
    1828 South Carolina declares the right of states to nullify federal laws
    1842 US recognizes independence of Hawaii
    1918 Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column (New York Globe)
    1941 US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WWII
    1950 General Eisenhower named NATO commander
    1972 Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth
    1974 Nelson A Rockefeller sworn-in as the 41st Vice-President
    1975 John Paul Stevens becomes a Supreme Court Justice
    1988 NASA unveils plans for lunar colony & manned missions to Mars


    1753 John Taylor Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)
    1926 Jeanne Kirkpatrick US ambassador to UN


    1959 Walter Williams claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
    On This Day In History

    Oh, btw, December 19th is the day that Mr. Clinton, ex-President of the U.S., was impeached. ;)