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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Today in History

1751
The Theresian Military Academy is founded in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
1799
George Washington dies on his Mount Vernon estate.
1819
Alabama is admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free states.
1861
Prince Albert of England, one of the Union’s strongest advocates, dies.
1863
Confederate General James Longstreet attacks Union troops at Bean’s Station, Tenn.
1900
Max Planck presents the quantum theory at the Physics Society in Berlin.
1906
The first U1 submarine is brought into service in Germany.
1908
The first truly representative Turkish Parliament opens.
1909
The Labor Conference in Pittsburgh ends with a “declaration of war” on U.S. Steel.
1911
Roald Amundsen and four others discover the South Pole.
1920
The League of Nations creates a credit system to aid Europe.
1939
The League of Nations drops the Soviet Union from its membership.
1941
German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel orders the construction of defensive positions along the European coastline.
1946
The United Nations adopt a disarmament resolution prohibiting the A-Bomb.
1949
Bulgarian ex-Premier Traicho Kostov is sentenced to die for treason in Sofia.
1960
A U.S. Boeing B-52 bomber sets a 10,000-mile non-stop record without refueling.
1980
NATO warns the Soviets to stay out of the internal affairs of Poland, saying that intervention would effectively destroy the d├ętente between the East and the West.
1981
Israel’s Knesset passes the Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the Golan Heights area.
1994
Construction begins on China’s Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
1995
The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris establishing a general framework for ending the Bosnian War between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1999
Tens of thousands die as a result of flash floods caused by torrential rains in Vargas, Venezuela.
2003
Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
2004
The Millau Viaduct, the world’s tallest bridge, official opens near Millau, France.
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, Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six adults are shot to death by a 20-year-old gunman who then commits suicide.

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