Dec. 28th 1846 Iowa is admitted as the 29th State of the Union.
Dec. 29th 1845 Texas (comprised of the present state of Texas and part of New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming) is admitted as the 28th state of the Union, with the provision that the area (389,166 square miles) should be divided into no more than five states "of convenient size."
1849 Gas lighting is installed in the White House.
1800 Born this day -Charles Goodyear, inventor of vulcanized rubber for tires.
1808 Born this day -Andrew Johnson, American vice president who succeeded Lincoln after the April 15, 1865, assassination.
1849: The carol "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," by pastor Edmund H. Sears, appears for the first time in The Christian Register.
1384: John Wycliffe, pre-Reformer who initiated the first complete translation of the Bible into English and influenced Hus, Luther and Calvin, dies at about 64. He was condemned at the council of Constance (1415), and his body was disinterred and burned (see issue 3: John Wycliffe).
Dec. 30th 1862 The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is finished and circulated among President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet for comment.
2006 Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.
Dec. 31 1775 George Washington orders recruiting officers to accept free blacks into the army.
1852 The richest year of the gold rush ends with $81.3 million in gold produced.
1965 California becomes the largest state in population.
1977 Cambodia breaks relations with Vietnam.
January 1 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the Confederacy.
1891 Facilities opened on Ellis Island, New York, to cope with the vast flood of immigrants coming into the United States.
1907 The Pure Food and Drug Act becomes law in the United States.
1735 Born this day Paul Revere, U.S. patriot.
1752 Born this day Betsy Ross, flag maker
January 2 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt closes a post office in Indianola, Mississippi, for refusing to hire a Black postmistress.
1980 President Jimmy Carter asks the U.S. Senate to delay the arms treaty ratification in response to Soviet action in Afghanistan.
January 3 1521 Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
1777 General George Washington defeats the British led by British General Lord Charles Cornwallis, at Princeton, New Jersey.
1861 Delaware rejects a proposal that it join the South in seceding from the Union
1959 Alaska is admitted into the Union as the 49th and largest state.
1959 Fidel Castro takes command of the Cuban army.
1961 The United States breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba