This Week In History

Monday, December 14, 2009

December 14

* 1782 – The Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon lifts on its first test flight.
* 1819 – Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.
* 1962 – NASA's Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.

December 15

* 1891 – James Naismith introduces the first version of basketball, with thirteen rules, a peach basket nailed to either end of his school's gymnasium, and two teams of nine players.

December 16

* 1773 – American Revolution: Boston Tea Party – Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

December 17

* 1770 – The Baptism of Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer, is recorded. This is the closest record of his birth.

December 18

* 1620 – The Mayflower lands in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts with 102 Pilgrims on board.
* 1888 – Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Mesa Verde.
* 1966 – Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by Richard L. Walker.

December 19

* 1776 – Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in the Pennsylvania Journal titled The American Crisis.

December 20

* 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.

* All facts in this section are taken from under the article name corresponding with the date. For example:

More history fun: Stacy at Stacy's Random Thoughts wrote an interesting post about St. Lucia's Day, December 13th.


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