On December 11, 1941, the United States declared war on Italy and Germany to start its involvement in the European theater during World War II. It had already declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941 in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Germany had been fighting against the Allies for a little over three years prior to US involvement. Learn more about World War II.
We can trace the rule that evidence found illegally is inadmissible in a court of law to the court case, Mapp v. Ohio. In this case, a woman was convicted of having obscene material which was found in an illegal search of her home. The Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren decided 6-3 that the evidence had to be thrown out and therefore all charges were dropped. Learn more about this key court case including how Boxing Promoter Don King was connected to it.
December 7, 1941. The day that led to the widespread support of American involvement in World War II. On this date, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor killing over 2,000 people and damaging or destroying eight battleships greatly harming the Pacific fleet. America officially entered the war the following day and fought on two fronts: Europe and the Pacific.
Rosa Parks was riding a bus home from her job on December 1, 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She was arrested under Alabama's segregation laws. This action became a rallying cry of the Civil Rights Movement and led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956. She died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92.
One of the foundational documents in American History is the Magna Carta. Even though it was signed by King John over 560 years before the writing of the Declaration of Independence, many civil liberties including habeas corpus can be traced back to this seminal document.
Did you know that James Madison was the shortest president of the United States, standing 5'4" tall? Continuing with my growing collection of '10 things to know about...', I've created a list for James Madison. These key facts provide an introduction and an overview to key pieces of information that individuals learning about the fourth president should know.
Did you know that the first Thanksgiving is believed to have lasted for three days? Can you imagine three days of turkey, football, and family. Many people can't make it through one day without stirring up old family arguments. Even though the first feast occurred in 1621, the term Thanksgiving was not used in association with it. It was in 1623 that the term was used, and it had nothing to do with breaking bread between Native Americans and Pilgrims. Learn more about this and other interesting Thanksgiving tidbits with the following article: Thanksgiving Myths and Realities.
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Thirty-eight US Presidents have passed away since the US was founded. Most of their deaths were marked by periods of public mourning and in many cases state funerals. Their bodies are laid to rest in eighteen states across the nation. If you would like to find out which president is buried near you or where to visit a president's grave, then check out my newest article that provides an organized listing of all the deceased presidents and the burial locations.
On November 27, 1973, Gerald Ford was confirmed as Vice President under President Richard Nixon. The previous Vice President, Spiro Agnew, had resigned on October 10th. He was facing criminal charges of bribery while he had served as governor of Maryland. He ended up pleading no contest for failing to report income, receiving three years probation and a $10,000 fine. Until his death in 1996 he claimed he was innocent. Ford was the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives when he was selected by Nixon. He was easily confirmed in both the House and the Senate. Upon his succession to the presidency with Nixon's resignation in 1974, Ford became the only president to have ever served as president without winning in the electoral college for either the presidency or vice presidency.
There are just a few events in American History that results in people remembering where they were when they first heard about them: the 9/11, the Challenger Incident, and of course, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The event sent shockwaves through the country and the world. Despite the findings of the Warren Commission, to this day people argue about whether believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or had accomplices. There are many conspiracy theories involving figures ranging from the mob to LBJ himself. While we might never agree about what really happened that day, we can stand united in horror at the terrible tragedy that befell our 35th president.