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On December fifth, 1933, national Prohibition
came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to
ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution,
repealing the 18th Amendment.
On this date:
In 1776, the first scholastic fraternity in
America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the
College of William and Mary in Williamsburg,
In 1782, the first
native US president, Martin Van Buren, was born
in Kinderhook, New York.
In 1791, composer Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria,
at age 35.
In 1792, George
Washington was re-elected president; John Adams
was re-elected vice president.
In 1848, President
Polk triggered the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming
that gold had been discovered in California.
In 1901, movie
producer Walt Disney was born in Chicago.
In 1932, German
physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa,
making it possible for him to travel to the
In 1955, the
American Federation of Labor and the Congress of
Industrial Organizations merged to form the
AFL-CIO under its first president, George Meany.
In 1978, the
American space probe "Pioneer Venus
One," orbiting Venus, began beaming back its
first information and picture of the planet.
In 1979, feminist
Sonia Johnson was formally excommunicated by the
Mormon Church because of her outspoken support
for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the
Ten years ago:
East Germany's former leaders, including ousted
Communist Party chief Erich Honecker, were placed
under house arrest.
Five years ago:
Jubilant Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be
the first GOP speaker of the House in four
decades. President Clinton, on a whirlwind visit
to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in
Budapest, Hungary, urged European leaders to
"prevent future Bosnias."
One year ago:
James P. Hoffa claimed the Teamsters presidency
after challenger Tom Leedham conceded defeat in
the union's presidential election. Former Senator
Albert Gore Sr., father of the vice president,
died at his home in Carthage, Tennessee; he was
"Neither a lofty
degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both
together go to the making of genius. Love, love,
love, that is the soul of genius."
Attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart