Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Historifly Presents This Month in History: December 2016


Wreckage of USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

December 2, 1942
Atomic Age Begins
Enrico Fermi, engineered a nuclear fission chain reaction.

December 3, 1818
Illinois Statehood
Illinois entered the Union as the 21st state.

December 6, 1884
Washington Monument Completed
Workers placed the 3,300 pound marble capstone on the Washington Monument, completing construction of the 555-foot Egyptian obelisk.

December 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor Attacked
Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory killing more than 2,300 Americans.

December 14, 1799
George Washington Passes Away
George Washington died at his Mt. Vernon home

December 17, 1903
Wright Brothers Flight
Wilbur and Orville Wright completed the first flight of their flying machine in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

December 17, 1932
Radio City Music Hall Opens



All of this history and more can be found in the Library of Congress.  The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress.