United States Historical Events in December

United States Historical Events is a daily guide to the important events that shaped America to what it is today. This is a compilation of significant events for the month of December including the birth and death of famous Americans as well as laws promulgated by authorities. The list is constantly updated to incorporate the most recent events.

United States Historical Events in December

Day Year Event
1 1955 Modern American civil rights movement is born with the arrest of Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white man.
2 1942 Enrico Fermi leads a team of physicists that carried out the world’s first successful nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago.
3 1818 Illinois became the 21st State to be admitted to the Union.
5 1782 Birthday: Martin Van Buren, the 8th US president, was born in New York, USA.
7 1787 Delaware became the first State to be admitted to the Union.
7 1941 Japan attacks Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
8 1941 The United States formally enters World War Two following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
10 1817 Mississippi became the 20th State to be admitted to the Union.
10 1898 The Treaty of Paris was signed between the United States and Spain providing, among others, that Spain relinquishes all claim of sovereignty over and title to Cuba and also cedes Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the United States.
11 1816 Indiana became the 19th State to be admitted to the Union.
12 1787 Pennsylvania was admitted to the Union.
14 1799 Death: George Washington dies in Virginia, United States.
14 1819 Alabama became the 22nd State to be admitted to the Union.
18 1787 New Jersey was admitted to the Union.
26 1972 Death: Harry Truman, the 33rd US president, died in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 88.
26 2006 Death: Gerard Ford, the 38th US president, died in California at the age of 93.
28 1846 Iowa became the 29th State to be admitted to the Union.
28 1856 Birthday: Woodrow Wilson, the 28th US president, was born in Staunton, Virginia.
29 1809 Birthday: Andrew Johnson, the 17th US president, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.
29 1845 Texas became the 28th State to be admitted to the Union.

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