Thursday, December 14, 2017

Day 348 - This day in legal and military history

December 14


NATIONAL Roast Chestnuts Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1819 Alabama is admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free states

1911 Roald Amundsen and four others discover the South Pole

1903 The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

1999 In Panama, former US President Jimmy Carter symbolically turned over the Panama Canal, with formal ownership transfer date of December 31

2008 Iraqi broadcast journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad

2012 At Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, 20 children and six adults are shot to death by a 20-year-old gunman who then commits suicide

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