TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON – NOV 8
0392 Theodosius of Rome passes legislation prohibiting all pagan worship in the empire.
1519 1st meeting of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II and Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico
1789 Bourbon Whiskey, 1st distilled from corn (by Elijah Craig, Bourbon KY)
1793 The Louvre Museum, in Paris, opened to the public for the first time.
1805 The “Corps of Discovery” reached the Pacific Ocean. The expedition was led by William Clark and Meriwether Lewis. The journey had begun on May 14, 1804, with the goal of exploring the Louisiana Purchase territory.
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.
1895 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays
1917 Lenin makes his first appearance before the Congress of Soviets, in which the Bolsheviks hold a 60% majority. announcing “We shall now proceed to the construction of the socialist order,”.
1923 Adolf Hitler attempted, and failed, to seize control of the German government in the Beer Hall Putsch.
1933 The Civil Works Administration was created by executive order by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The organization was designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed people in the U.S.
1938 Crystla Bird Fauset of Pennsylvania, becomes the first African-American woman to be elected to a state legislature.
1944 25,000 Hungarian Jews are loaned to the Nazis for forced labor
1965 The Higher Education Act of 1965 signed into law as part of President Johnson’s Great Society domestic agenda.
1966 Movie actor Ronald Reagan elected governor of California
1966 President Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger
1979 ABC broadcasts “Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage” with Frank Reynolds (the forerunner to “Nightline”)
1985 A letter signed by four American hostages in Lebanon was delivered to The Associated Press in Beirut. The letter, contained pleas from Terry Anderson, Rev. Lawrence Jenco, David Jacobsen and Thomas Sutherland to President Reagan to negotiate a release.
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.
2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face “serious consequences”
2004 Following the attack and murder by Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah on a convoy containing four American private military contractors from Blackwater USA, US forces launch Operation Phantom Fury to recapture control of the city of Fallujah
2006 U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld resigns and President George W. Bush announced that he will nominate Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, as a replacement for Rumsfeld.
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