December 6, 2010

December Dates & Facts

Graham, EloiseBy Eloise GrahamSome important and interesting facts from December history:

1814 – (December 24) Treaty of Ghent ends the War of 1812.

1878 – (December 1) The first White House telephone installed

1881 – Sherlock Holmes first appears in print “A Study In Scarlet”

1903 – (December 17) The Wright brothers made the first heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, as their biplane Wright Flyer remained in the air for 12 seconds covering 120 feet.

1913 – The Ford Motor Company introduced the continuous moving assembly line on December 1. Ford’s new assembly line could produce a complete car every two-and-a-half minutes.

1913 – The first drive-up gasoline station opens (Pittsburgh) [Ed. Note: Wonder what the price was!]

1917- Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town.

1918 – (December 4) President Woodrow Wilson sails in USS George Washington for Paris Peace Conference.

1921 – The Detroit Steam Motors Corporation announced the Trask steam car, a favorite project of automobile distributor O.C. Trask.

1921- (December 1) The first US helium-filled dirigible makes first flight.

1929 – BINGO invented by Edwin S Lowe on this day in history.

1930 – (December1) Ruth Nichols becomes first woman pilot to cross the continent.

1935- (December 1) Woody Allen (Allen Konigsberg) was born.

1941 – (December 8th) US declares war on Japan.

1965 – Launch of Gemini 7 piloted by CDR James A. Lovell, USN. This flight consisted of 206 orbits at an altitude of 327 km and lasted 13 days and 18 hours. Recovery by HS-11 helicopters from USS Wasp

1971- John and Yoko release “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”

1986 – Paul McCartney releases “Only Love Remains”

1987 – Digging begins to link England and France under the English Channel

1990 – The engineers digging a rail tunnel [see 1987] under the English Channel link up between England and France and the island of Britain is connected with the European mainland for the first time since the Ice Age.

1990 – Iraq accepts Bush’s offer for talks.

1991 – (December 1) Ukranian people vote for independence.

1991- (December 25) The hammer & sickle red flag that symbolized 75 years of Soviet communism was lowered for the last time and replaced by 15 flags of 15 newly independent republics.