Today in History: January 4 - take 2

1847:  Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.Sputnik I

1865:  The New York Stock Exchange opens its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York, NY.

1958:  Sputnik I falls to Earth from orbit. 

1974:  U.S. President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over materials subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

2004:  Spirit, a NASA Mars rover, lands successfully on Mars. 

Today in History: January 2

Reagan sworn in as governor1777:  During the American Revolutionary War, American forces under the command of George Washington repulse a British attack at the Battle of the Assunpink Creek near Trenton, NJ

551860:  The discovery of the planet Vulcan is announced at a meeting of the French Academy of Sciences in Paris, France. 

1967:  Ronald Reagan sworn in as Governor of California.

1974:  United States President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order the conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.

2006:  An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 min. 

Today in History: January 3

1496:  Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.

1911:  A magnitude 7.7 earthquake destroys the city of Almaty in Russia Turkestan.

19Mussolini25:  Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy.

1956:  A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.

1959:  Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.

1977:  Apple Computers is incorporated. 

Today in history: December 28

John C. CalhounOn December 28 in:

1846, Iowa is admitted to the union and becomes the 28th U.S. state; 

 1832, John C. Calhoun becomes the only sitting U.S. Vice President to resign from office;

 1065, Westminster Abbey is consecrated; and in

1973, the Endangered Species Act is passed in the United States 

Today in history: December 27

On December 27 in:

 1825, the first public railway in England powered by steam locomotive opens, connecting Stockton and Darlington;

1945, the World Bank is created after an agreement is signed by 28 nations; and in

 1991, the last episode of the Carol Burnett show airs on CBS.

Today in history: December 24

On December 24 in:

1943, Dwight Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander;  

1914, the Christmas truce begins;

1851, the Library of Congress burns down;

1809, Kit Carson is born and in

2012, Jack Klugman dies. 

Today in history: December 13

On December 13

in 2003, Saddam Hussein is captured in Tikrit;

in 1989, Taylor Swift is born in Reading, Pennsylvania;

in 1972, the Apollo 17 astronauts begin their third Extra-Vehicular Activity, which makes them (as of this writing) the last humans to set foot on the moon;

and in 1981, authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity movement. Martial law was in effect for two years. Six years later, in a "semi-free" election, a Solidarity-led coalition government was formed and the following year, Lech Wałęsa was elected president.

Today in history: December 12

Today, December 12:

in 1963, Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom;

in 1991, Russia gains its independence from the USSR;

in 1787, Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution;

in 1924, Ed Koch is born in The Bronx, and in 2007, Ike Turner dies at his home in California.

Today in history: December 11

In 1941, Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, following the American declaration of war on Japan (prompted by the attack on Pearl Harbor).

In 1816, Indiana joins the union and becomes the 19th state.

In 1968, The Who, John Lennon, Jethro Tull and Taj Mahal join the Rolling Stones in London to film the Rock and Roll Circus.

In 630, Muhammed leads an army of 10,000 to conquer  Mecca. 

And in 2008, Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud.

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