Today in American History

1621 – This day marks the first time furs from America were exported to Europe. They were shipped on board the Fortune, which had arrived one month earlier to drop of colonists at Plymouth Colony.

1817- Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state of the Union.

1862: The Battle of Fredericksburg took place between General Burnside’s forces and Confederate General Lee’s troops.  After suffering huge losses on the Yankee side, a truce was called the next day.  12,650 Union and 4,200 Confederate men were killed and wounded.
1906- President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

1941- Romania and Hungary declared war on the United States at the beginning of World War II

1964- Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize.


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