Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Today in History....January 2

1492, Muhammad XI, the sultan of Granada, the last Arab stronghold in Spain, surrendered to Spanish forces

* 1757, the United Kingdom captures Calcutta, India

* 1793, Russia and Prussia partition Poland

* 1882, John D. Rockefeller unites his oil holdings into the Standard Oil trust

* 1893, Webb C. Ball of the General Railroad Timepiece Standards in North America introduces railroad chronometers

* 1900, Secretary of State John Hay announced the "Open Door Policy" to facilitate trade with China

* 1905, the Russian garrison surrenders at Port Arthur, China

* 1923, U.S. Interior Secretary Albert Fall resigns over the Teapot Dome scandal

* 1929, Canada and the United States agree on a plan to preserve Niagara Falls

* 1935, Bruno Hauptmann goes on trial for the murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was found guilty, and executed.)

* 1941, during World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort

* 1946, unable to resume rule after World War II, King Zog of Albania abdicates but retains his claim to the throne

* 1957, the San Francisco Stock and Bond Exchange and Los Angeles Oil Exchange merge

* 1974, President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum US speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo (Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995)

* 2006, a methane gas explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia, claimed the lives of 12 miners, but one miner, Randal McCloy Jr., was eventually rescued.

1 Comments:

At 7:15 AM, Blogger Obob said...

"1492, Muhammad XI, the sultan of Granada, the last Arab stronghold in Spain, surrendered to Spanish forces"
and they still tryiing to get it back. Part of the reason for the Madrid bombing

 

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