Wednesday, December 14, 2016

History for December 14

History for December 14 -
Nostradamus 1503 - Physician, astrologer and clairvoyant, James Doolittle 1896 - Aviater, World War II hero, Margaret Chase Smith 1897 - Politician, first woman to serve in both houses of the United States Congress

Morey Amsterdam 1908 - Actor, Lee Remick 1935 - Actress, Patty Duke 1946 - Actress

1799 - The first president of the United States, George Washington, died at the age 67.

1900 - Professor Max Planck of Berlin University revealed his revolutionary Quantum Theory.

1911 - Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole. He reached the destination 35 days ahead of Captain Robert F. Scott.

1945 - Josef Kramer, known as "the beast of Belsen," and 10 others were executed in Hamelin for the crimes they committed at the Belsen and Auschwitz Nazi concentration camps.

1962 - The U.S. space probe Mariner II approached Venus. It transmitted information about the planet's atmosphere and surface temperature.

1986 - The experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world. The trip took nine days to complete.

1988 - The first transatlantic underwater fiber-optic cable went into service.

1993 - A judge in Colorado struck down the state's voter-approved Amendment Two prohibiting gay rights laws, calling it unconstitutional.

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