On this Day in History..
1708 – A Spanish armada headed by the San Jose and loaded with gold is sunk after British squadron attacks off the coast of Colombia (rediscovered in 2015)
1815 – Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812); the war had ended on the 24th of December, 1814 but none of the combatants were told!
1835 – The United States national debt is 0 for the first and ONLY time!
1889 – Dr Herman Hollerith receives his 1st US patent for a mechanical tabulating machine
1904 – Pope Pius X bans low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
1935 – The Spectrophotometer is patented by AC Hardy
1962 – Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, makes his 1st pro appearance, and comes in 50th place
1965 – Senator Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the American national flower (it does not pass)
1966 – The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks
1973 – Secret peace talks between the US & North Vietnam are resumed near Paris
1974 – Gold hits a record $126.50 an ounce in London
1974 – Silver hits record a $3.40 an ounce in New York
1978 – Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California
1984 – NCAA announces that the basketball tournament will have 64 teams
1989 – The Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
1996 – For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
2008 – New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so
2012 – “The 3:16 Game”, the Denver Broncos’ Tim Tebow connects with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first scrimmage play of overtime, giving the underdog Broncos a 29–23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game