12/14 in History

12/14 in History

By Madison Waldie Posted December 14, 2011

On this day, December 14, history was made all over the globe. Here is a look back at some of the most significant and memorable happenings:

1799
On December 14, 1799, President George Washington lost a long battle to acute laryngitis at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old.

1990
The quantum theory was born.

1911
The South Pole was discovered by Norwegian explorer Ronald Amundsen. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery in the South.

1939
USSR was expelled from the League of Nations, the international peacekeeping organization formed at the end of World War I.

1961
John F. Kennedy announces his intent to increase aid to South Vietnam, during the Vietnam war.

1977
The classic John Travolta film, “Saturday Night Fever” gets its world premiere and launches a musical juggernaut. The movie highlights the disco era and the King of a local nightclub.

2005
“King Kong”, a remake of the classic 1933 film of the same name about a fictional giant ape who climbs New York City’s Empire State Building, opens in theaters.

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