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
Deaths On This Day – December 14
2013 Peter O'Toole
1989 Andrei Sakharov
1947 Stanley Baldwin
1943 John Harvey Kellogg
American surgeon, co-created Corn flakes
1799 George Washington
American general, politician, 1st President of the United States