Today in History …
by Robert Joseph Baker | December 2, 2015 12:00 am
Last Updated: November 27, 2015 at 6:28 pm
1775 – The USS Alfred becomes the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag (the precursor to the Stars and Stripes); the flag is hoisted by John Paul Jones.
1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French, the first French Emperor in a thousand years.
1848 – Franz Josef I becomes Emperor of Austria.
1927 – Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
1954 – The United States Senate votes 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.”
1970 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations.
1980 – U.S. nuns and churchwomen, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel, are murdered by a military death squad.
1991 – Canada and Poland become the first nations on earth to recognize the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union.
1999 – Seven passengers are killed when two trains collide near Sydney, New South Wales.
1999 – The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.
2001 – Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.