This Week in History

December 29

Chris Boyle was born.

James Hassett was born.

Max Power was born.


1851 – The first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) opened in Boston.


December 30

Pat McVeigh was born. Boom!

Katie French was born.

Monica Reilly was born.


1940  – California’s first freeway opened.

1993 – Israel and the Vatican signed an agreement of mutual recognition to put an end to Jewish-Christian hostilities.


December 31

Kathy Louis was born.


1938 – The first breath test for drivers, “drunkometer,” was introduced in Indianapolis.

1946 – President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.


January 1

Vivian Carter was born.

Lily Corcoran was born.

George Johnson was born.


1863 – Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

1959 – Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries took over Cuba and toppled Fulgencio Batista’s regime.


January 2

Carolyn Butler was born.

Lisa Gillespie was born.


1935 – The Bruno R. Hauptmann trial began for the kidnap and murder of the Lindbergh baby.

1994 – Rudolph Giuliani is inaugurated as New York City’s mayor.


January 3

Kathleen Byrne was born.

Janet Racy was born.


1870 – Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began.

1959 – Alaska became the 49th state in the United States.

1962 – Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro.


January 4

Katie McFadden was born.

Tom Greene was born.

Flip Mullen was born.

Jen Linehan was born.

Robert Donohoe was born.


1965 – President Johnson outlined his “Great Society” in his State of the Union address.

1999 – Former wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota’s governor.

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