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Gen. Washington resigns commission

On Dec. 23, 1783, General George Washington resigned his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army, following the signing of the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War, and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Many people at the time wanted Washington to become the

Walesa sworn in

On Dec. 22, 1990, Polish labor leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa was sworn in as the first non-communist president of Poland since the end of World War II, a decade after he took over the leadership of a 1980 strike of shipyard workers in Gdansk. A year

Roger Williams born

On Dec. 21, 1603, Roger Williams was born in London. Williams became an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In 1636, he began the colony of Providence Plantation (Rhode Island), which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the first Baptist church in

It’s a Wonderful Life

On Dec. 20, 1946, the film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, was first released in New York City. In its initial run, the film did not make a profit. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, though it did not win one. Today, the film

Paine Publishes, Washington to Valley Forge

On Dec. 19, 1776, Thomas Paine published the first in a series of pamphlets in the Pennsylvania Journal titled “The American Crisis.” Paine’s popular pamphlet, “Common Sense,” released in January of ’76, called for the separation from Britain accomplished that July through the Declaration of Independence. On Dec. 19, 1777,

Arab Spring

One year ago, on Dec. 18, 2010, protests broke out in Tunisia following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation death in protest of police corruption and ill treatment. This began what came to be known as the Arab Spring, protests throughout the Arab world and the toppling of regimes in Egypt, Libya and

France recognizes independent USA

On Dec 17, 1777, France officially recognized the United States of America as an independent nation. News of the Continental Army’s victory against the British at Saratoga in October reached France in early December, giving Benjamin Franklin new leverage in rallying French support for the American rebels. On Dec. 17,

Boston Tea Party

On Dec. 16, 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians boarded three British ships moored in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 chests of tea into the water. Now known as the “Boston Tea Party,” the midnight raid was a protest against the Tea Act of 1773, a

The Bill of Rights becomes law

On Dec. 15, 1791, Virginia’s ratification made the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the law of the land. Anti-Federalists, such as Patrick Henry, had pushed for the Bill of Rights to protect from encroachment on the rights of the people and the states from

First Wright brothers flight attempt

On Dec. 14, 1903, the Wright brothers made their first attempt to fly at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. On Dec. 14, 1825, Russian liberals rise up against Tsar Nicholas I in the Decembrist Revolt in St. Petersburg and are put down. On Dec. 14, 1799, George Washington, the first president

Rape of Nanking

On Dec. 13, 1937, Japanese armed forces entered Nanking, the capital of China, and General Matsui Iwane ordered that the city of Nanking be destroyed. Much of the city was burned, and Japanese troops launched a campaign of atrocities against civilians in what became known as the “Rape of Nanking.”

Jay born; PA ratifies US Constitution

On Dec. 12, 1745, John Jay was born. He later became the first Chief Justice of the United States. On Dec. 12, 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.

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