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On This Day in History, December 14

What Happened On This Day – December 14

  • 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

    Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

  • 1961 Tanzania joins the United Nations

    Tanzania was created as a merger of Tanganyika and the Zanzibar Archipelago, both of which were under British rule until independence.

  • 1958 Soviets Reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility

    A Pole of Inaccessibility is a location on Earth that is extremely difficult to access. In the North, it is the point in the Arctic Ocean that is farthest from land, while in the Southern Hemisphere it is the point farthest from the Southern Ocean on Antarctica. In 1958, a Soviet team led by Yevgeny Tolstikov became the first people in history to reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, which is 546 miles (878 kilometers) from the geographic South Pole. Temperatures at this location averages around – 73 degree F (–58 degrees C).

  • 1939 USSR expelled from the League of Nations

    The Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations for making aggressive demands of Finland.

  • 1911 Roald Amundsen reaches South Pole

    Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole, becoming the first men in recorded history to set foot on the most southern point on Earth.

Births On This Day – December 14

  • 1988 Vanessa Hudgens

    American actress, singer

  • 1966 Fabrizio Giovanardi

    Italian race car driver

  • 1947 Dilma Rousseff

    Brazilian politician, economist, 36th President of Brazil

  • 1546 Tycho Brahe

    Danish astronomer, chemist

  • 1503 Nostradamus

    French astrologer

Deaths On This Day – December 14

  • 2013 Peter O'Toole

    Irish actor

  • 1989 Andrei Sakharov

    Russian physicist

  • 1947 Stanley Baldwin

    English politician

  • 1943 John Harvey Kellogg

    American surgeon, co-created Corn flakes

  • 1799 George Washington

    American general, politician, 1st President of the United States

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