392 Theodosius of Rome passes legislation prohibiting all pagan worship in the empire.

    1226 Louis IX succeeds Louis VIII as king of France.

    1620 The King of Bohemia is defeated at the Battle of Prague.

    1789 Bourbon Whiskey, 1st distilled from corn (by Elijah Craig, Bourbon KY)

    1793 The Louvre opens in Paris. But wasn’t it already a Palace and it merely opens to the people?

    1864 President Abraham Lincoln is re-elected in the first wartime election in the United States.

    1887 Doc Holliday, who fought on the side of the Earp brothers during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 6 years earlier, dies of tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

    1889 Montana becomes the 41st state of the Union.

    1892 Former president Grover Cleveland beat incumbent Benjamin Harrison and became the only president to win nonconsecutive terms in the White House.

    1895 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays

    1904 President Theodore Roosevelt is elected president of the United States. He had been vice president until the shooting death of President William McKinley.

    1910 The Democrats prevail in congressional elections for the first time since 1894.

    1923 Adolf Hitler attempts a coup in Munich, the “Beer Hall Putsch,” and proclaims himself chancellor and Ludendorff dictator. .

    1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected 32nd president of the United States.

    1938 Crystla Bird Fauset of Pennsylvania, becomes the first African-American woman to be elected to a state legislature.

    1939 Assassination attempt on Hitler Johann Georg Elser, a German woodworker, attempted to kill Adolf Hilter and other high ranking members of the Nazi party during the 16th anniversary observances of the Beer Hall Putsch

    1944 25,000 Hungarian Jews are loaned to the Nazis for forced labor

    1960 John F. Kennedy is elected 35th president, defeating Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the closest election, by popular vote, since 1880.

    1966 Republican Edward Brooke of Massachusetts becomes the first African American elected to the Senate in 85 years.

    1966 Movie actor Ronald Reagan elected governor of California

    1972 Home Box Office launched The premium TV channel, informally known as HBO, is the oldest paid TV channel in the United States.

    1987 A dozen people are killed and over 60 wounded when the IRA detonates a bomb during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, honoring those who had died in wars involving British forces.

    1994 After a 40-year Democrat domination, the Republican Party gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as a Senate majority.

    2000 Dispute begins over US presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore; Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 12 results in a 271-266 electoral victory for Bush.

    2004 More than 10,000 US troops and a few Iraqi army units besiege an insurgent stronghold at Fallujah.

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