This week we are learning about a state, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, the first heart transplant, an inventor, two amendments to the U.S Constitution, and more.
Now for this week’s interesting history fact.
It is December, and that means we all doing a little extra shopping. So today for our interesting history fact we are learning about the shopping cart.
Did you know that the shopping cart was invented in Oklahoma?
It was invented in 1937, by Sylvan Goldman, who owned a supermarket chain based in Oklahoma City. The shopping cart has changed some over the years, but it is still the same basic concept made to carry products while you shop.
Now for This Week In History
December 2nd- 8th
- 1823 President James Monroe announced a new foreign policy that would become known as the Monroe Doctrine.
- 2001 The Enron Corporation filed for bankruptcy. It was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
- 1818 Illinois become the twenty-first U.S. state.
- 1967 Lew Washkansky received the first human heart transplant. The surgery was performed in Cape Town, South Africa.
- 1918 U.S President Woodrow Wilson became the first U.S. President to travel to Europe while in office. He went to Europe to heat the American delegation seeking an end to WWI.
- 1952 Heavy smog began covering London. It lasted five days and killed over four thousand people. The event is known as The Great Smog of London.
- 1901 Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse and Disneyland, and Disney World, was born.
- 1933 The Twenty-First Amendment was ratified, ending Prohibition.
- 1865 The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S Constitution was ratified. It officially ended slavery in the U.S.
- 1884 The Washington Monument, in Washington D.C., was completed.
- 1941 Pearl Harbor was bombed by a Japanese dive bomber. This surprise attack drew the U.S. into WWII.
- 1765 Eli Whitney, American inventor of the cotton gin, was born.
- 1941 The day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the U.S. formally enters WWII. Great Britain declared war on Japan the same day.