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This Day in History: December 12

December 12: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1787 - Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution five days after Delaware became the first.
  2. 1870 - Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels.
  3. 1901 - Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter "S" [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland.
  4. 1950 - Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.
  5. 2000 - The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Erasmus Darwin (English physician and poet), John Jay (American jusrist and politician, 1st Chief Justice of the United States), Henry Wells (American businessman, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express), William Kissam Vanderbilt (American businessman and horse breeder), Harry Warner (Polish-American businessman, co-founded Warner Bros.)

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