Category Archive: U.S. History

Dec 30

December 30, 1977: Ted Bundy Escapes From Jail

On this day in 1977, serial killer Ted Bundy escaped from the Glenwood Springs Jail in Colorado. It was his second escape from jail and led to more murders.

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Dec 23

December 23, 1923: James Stockdale Born

On this day in 1923, James Stockdale was born in Abingdon, Illinois. He became one of the most decorated naval officers in U.S. history, but is sadly remembered for his time as Ross Perot’s vice-presidential running mate in 1992.

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Dec 20

December 20, 1803: The Louisiana Purchase is Completed

On this day in 1803, France turned control of New Orleans over to the United States. The transfer of power completed the Louisiana Purchase.

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Dec 17

December 17, 1862: General Grant Issues Order No. 11

On this day in 1862, Union Major General Ulysses Grant issued General Order No. 11. The document expelled all Jews from his military district, which consisted of parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

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Dec 16

December 16, 1985: Paul Castellano Murdered

On this day in 1985, Gambino Crime Family boss Costantino Paul Castellano and underboss Thomas Bilotti were gunned down outside of Sparks Steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan. Castellano’s murder is the most high-profile mob hit of the last 30 years.

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Dec 11

December 11, 1934: Bill Wilson Takes Last Drink

On this day in 1934, Bill Wilson took his last drink. The next year he cofounded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

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Dec 10

December 10, 1864: Sherman Reaches Savannah

On this day in 1864, Union Major General William Tecumseh Sherman’s army reached the outskirts of Savannah. Thanks to certain circumstances, Savannah is one of the few cities along the “March to the Sea” that was not irrevocably damaged.

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Dec 09

December 9, 1994: Joycelyn Elders Fired as U.S. Surgeon General

On this day in 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton fired U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders for controversial comments she made regarding human sexuality. Her tenure was the shortest of any Surgeon General, other than those serving in an acting capacity.

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Dec 08

December 8, 1927: The Brookings Institution Formed

On this day in 1927, The Brookings Institution was formed in Washington, DC. It is one of the nation’s capitol’s oldest think tanks and arguably the most influential in the world.

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Dec 06

December 6, 1947: Everglades National Park Dedicated

On this day in 1947, U.S. President Harry Truman dedicated Everglades National Park in south Florida. The park preserves the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

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