This Day In History: December

This date in History

On December 6, 1884 the building of the Washington Monument was completed. The monument is named after the United States first president, George Washington and stands some 555 feet in the air at

the end of the National Mall. Construction was halted during the Civil War because funding was low and it was President Ulysses S. Grant authorized the monument to be finished.

December 7, 1941 is the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing. Japanese bombers hit Pearl Harbor on a surprise attack that ended up with the United States entering World War 2 the next day. President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed Congress on December 8, 1941 to ask for approval to enter the war.

On December 17, 1903 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history with a self-propelled aircraft. The first flight was 120 feet in distance and lasted 12 seconds. The Wright brothers kept a low profile about their flight in order to secure patents and contracts. By 1905 their plane could do air maneuvers and stay in the air for nearly 40 minutes at a time.

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