This Week in History


December 27

1979 - The Soviet Union took control of Afghanistan, installing Afghan politician Babrak Karmal as president.

2001 - The U.S. announced plans to hold Taliban and al-Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


December 28

Marty Keating was born.


1832 - John C. Calhoun became the first vice president in U.S. history to resign from office.

1945 - Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

1981 - Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, Va.


December 29

Chris Boyle was born.

James Hassett was born.

Janet Urciouli 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

Peter Duffy was born.

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.


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.