On December 17, 1777, France formally recognized the United States of America. The 17th of December, 1819, was the day Simon Bolivar declared the independence of the Republic of Gran Colombia in Angostura.
On December 16, 1689, the Convention Parliament began, not only transferring power from one king to another, but establishing procedures and rights into the British Constitution, both of which were copied in the United States of America a century later, with the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
On December 15, 1791, the United States Bill of Rights became federal law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly. On December 15 in 1933, the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution officially became effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment (which had enabled the Volstead Act) that had prohibited the
On December 14, 1819, Alabama became the 22nd state of these United States. On the same December date in 1918, Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounced the Finnish throne. In 1939, the Soviet Union was expelled from
On December 13, 1920, American economist, statesman, and 60th United States Secretary of State George Shultz was born.
On December 12, 1939, Finnish forces defeated those of the Soviet Union in the first major victory of what became known as the Winter War, the Battle of Tolvajärvi. December 12th birthdays include: * Erasmus Darwin (1731) – English physician, slave trade abolitionist, inventor and poet * John Jay (1745)
On December 11, 1957, American cartoonist and Reason magazine contributor Peter Bagge was born.
On December 10, 1884, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was first published. This novel, narrated in the first person by the title character, is a dark comedy of the antebellum South and slavery, and has been considered by many American critics and writers to qualify as the “Great American
On December 9, 1958, the John Birch Society was founded in the United States. December 9 marks the birthdays of poet and anti-censorship advocate John Milton, author of “Paradise Lost” (1608) and “Areopagitica” (1644) Russian prince and anarchist theoretician Peter Kropotkin (1842), author of “Mutual Aid” John Malkovitch (1953), who
On December 8, 1927, one of the United States’ oldest think tanks was founded through the merger of three organizations that had been created by philanthropist Robert S. Brookings. Called the Brookings Institution, it would provide a blueprint for future work by research and advocacy organizations in the modern era.
On December 7, 1776, the Marquis de Lafayette arranged to enter the American military as a major general. On the same date in 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. The 1941 date marks, of course, “the day that will live in infamy,” when Japan
On December 6, 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, banning slavery in all states and territories. On 1917 on this date, Finland declared independence from Russia. Vladimir Nabokov completed his controversial novel “Lolita” on the Sixth of December in 1953, and would soon find himself