What do Rosa Parks, Pearl Harbor, and The Boston Tea Party all have in common? All are significant parts of December’s history. Brush up on your history trivia ahead of holiday game playing!
December 1, 1955 – The modern American civil rights movement started when Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus.
December 2, 1859 – Abolitionist leader John Brown was executed for treason at Charles Town, West Virginia for his raid on the U.S. Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry.
December 6, 1865 – The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, abolishing slavery.
December 7, 1941 – The U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese aircraft in a raid that lasted just over one hour and left over 2,400 Americans dead.
December 15, 1791 – Following ratification by Virginia, The Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments in the U.S. Constitution) became effective.
December 16, 1773 – The Boston Tea Party occurred as colonial activists boarded 3 British ships anchored in Boston and dumped 342 containers of tea into the Harbor.
December 19, 1998 – The House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton, approving two out of four Articles of Impeachment, charging Clinton with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice.
December 25th – Christmas Day, commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, it has been celebrated on December 25th since 336 A.D.
Enjoy our December History and have a very happy holiday season.