Closer Readings Commentary

Teaching Ideas & Tools for December from EDSITEment

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1955—Rosa Parks arrested

1824—House of Representatives decides presidential election between Jackson and John Quincy Adams

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1823—President James Monroe declares "Monroe Doctrine"

1648—Mexican poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz born

1867—British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in NYC

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1847—Frederick Douglass, Martin R. Delaney begin anti-slavery paper "The North Star"

1755—American painter Gilbert Stuart born

1857—Polish-born English novelist Joseph Conrad born

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1942—FDR orders dismantling of WPA

1842—Sioux chief Ta-sunko-witko (Crazy Horse) born

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1782—President Martin Van Buren is born

1830—English poet Christina Georgina Rossetti born

1933—Prohibition repealed

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1864—In Annual Message to Congress, Lincoln calls for passage of 13th Amendment

1865—The 13th Amendment, prohibiting slavery, is adopted

1877—Edison makes first sound recording on phonograph

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1873—American author Willa Cather born

1941—Japan attacks Pearl Harbor; U.S. declares war on Japan

1878—Akiko Yosano, Japanese Poet, is born

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1765— Inventor Eli Whitney (Cotton Gin) born

1863—President Lincoln announces Reconstruction Plan for South

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1608—English poet John Milton born

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1898—Spanish–American War ends

1830—American poet Emily Dickinson born

1950—Faulkner receives Nobel Prize for Literature

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1803—French composer Hector Berlioz born

1918—Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn born

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1805— American abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison born

1745—First Chief Justice John Jay born

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1862—Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg

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1799—George Washington dies

1916—American novelist and short story writer, Shirley Jackson, born

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1791—The Bill of Rights becomes part of Constitution

1890—Death of Chief Sitting Bull

1939—Movie version of Gone With the Wind premieres

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1773—Boston Tea Party

1775—English novelist Jane Austen born

1770—German composer Ludwig van Beethoven born

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1903—Wright Brothers' first flight in Kitty Hawk

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1878—Joseph Stalin born

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1777—Washington's Continental Army marches into Valley Forge

1790—Sir William Parry, Arctic explorer, is born

1732—Benjamin Franklin begins publishing “Poor Richard’s Almanac”

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1803—Louisiana Purchase is formalized

2011—Hanukkah begins

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1375—Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian poet, dies

1940— F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer, dies

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1744—Abigail Adams, 2nd first lady (1797–1801), is born

2011—Winter begins

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1907—First all-steel passenger railroad coach is completed in Altoona, PA

1823—"A Visit from St Nicholas" is published

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1814—Treaty of Ghent (end of the War of 1812) is signed

1818—Handel's Messiah 1st performed in Boston

1822—Matthew Arnold, British poet, is born

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1776—Washington's army crosses Delaware; defeats Hessians at Trenton

2011—Christmas

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1492—First Spanish settlement in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus

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1571—Johannes Kepler, German mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, is born

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1732—Franklin begins publishing Poor Richard's Almanack

1856—Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, is born

1973—Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes expose of Soviet prison system "Gulag Archipelago"

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1890—300 Sioux Indians are killed by U.S. troops at Wounded Knee, South Dakota

1808—Andrew Johnson, 17th U.S. president and first to be impeached, born

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1879—Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" is first performed

1865—Joseph Rudyard Kipling, British author, is born

1813—British burn Buffalo during War of 1812

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1879—Edison gives first public demonstration of incandescent lamp

2011—New Year's Eve

1880—General George C. Marshall soldier and statesman born