December Historic Events

Dec. 1, 1955 – Rosa Parks arrested

  • Rosa Parks. Douglas Brinkley. B Parks
  • The Rosa Parks story. DVD 973.0496

Dec. 2, 1859 – John Brown executed

  • John Brown, abolitionist: the man who killed slavery, sparked the Civil War, and seeded civil rights. David S. Reynolds. B Brown

Dec. 3, 1818 – Illinois became 21st state

  • Awesome almanac: Illinois. Jean F. Blashfield. 977.3 BLA

Dec. 4, 1991 – Last American hostage released in Lebanon

  • Den of lions: memoirs of seven years. Terry A. Anderson. B Anderson

Dec. 5, 1933 – Prohibition ended

  • Prohibition363.41 PRO

Dec. 6, 1917 – Halifax, Nova Scotia, explosion

  • Curse of the Narrows. Laura M. Mac Donald. 971.6 MACD

Dec. 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor attacked

  • Pearl Harbor: final judgement. Henry C. Clausen and Bruce Lee. 940.54 CLA

Dec. 8, 1980 – John Lennon shot

  • John Lennon: all I want is the truth : a photographic biography. Elizabeth Partridge. Y 782.4216 PAR

Dec. 9, 1948 – UN Genocide Convention approved

  • Genocide: modern crimes against humanity. Brendan January. Y 304.663 JAN

Dec. 10, 1898 – Treaty of Paris ends Spanish-American War

  • The Spanish-American War: remember the Maine! Robert Somerlott. 973.89 SOM

Dec. 11, 1816 – Indiana became 19th state

  • Greetings from Indiana: vintage Hoosier postcards. Robert Reed. Ind. Coll. 741.683 REE

Dec. 14, 1799 – George Washington died

  • His Excellency: George Washington. Joseph J. Ellis. B Washington

Dec. 15, 1939 – Gone With The Wind film premiere

  • Gone with the wind. Margaret Mitchell. Fic MIT, DVD Drama G, VIDEO Spanish Lang., Audio Fic MIT, CD L GONE GWW S-38

Dec. 16, 1944 – Battle of the Bulge

  • 11 days in December: Christmas at the Bulge, 1944. Stanley Weintraub. 940.5421 WEI

Dec. 17, 1903 – Wright brothers’ first flight

  • The flyers: in search of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Noah Adams. B Wright, CD B Wright

Dec. 19, 1997 – Titanic released

  • Titanic. 791.437 KIR, DVD Drama T, VIDEO Drama T

Dec. 21, 1913 – First Crossword Puzzle

  • Crossworld: one man’s journey into America’s crossword obsession. Marc Romano. 793.732 ROM

Dec. 25, 1989 – Nicolae Ceausescu executed

  • Kiss the hand you cannot bite: the rise and fall of the Ceausescus. Edward Behr. 949.803 BEH

Dec. 26, 2004 – Sumatran-Andaman earthquake/tsunamis

  • Wave of destruction: the stories of four families and history’s deadliest tsunami. Erich Krauss. 959.3 KRA