This week we are learning about a U.S. President, a Vice President, and a First Lady. We are also covering an odd Jell-O fact, a fire, East and West Germany, and more.
The odd fact for this week is all about food.
Did you know that in the 1960’s Jell-O made a celery flavored Jell-O to be used in savory Jell-O salads. I think we can all be glad that they don’t sell that flavor anymore. I can’t even imagine what that would have been like to eat.
- 1949 East Germany was created. It was five months after Great Britain, the United States, and France established the Federal Republic of Germany in West Germany.
- 2011 The U.S and British forces began attacks on Taliban controlled Afghanistan. The attacks were a response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 on New York and Washington, D.C.
- 1871 The Great Chicago Fire began. The fire killed around 300 people and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings.
- 1998 The U.S. House of Representatives voted to conduct impeachment hearings against President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the U.S.
- 1974 German Oskar Schindler died at the age of 66. He was the subject of the film Schindler’s List and was credited for saving 1,200 lives during the Holocaust.
- 1944 Germans killed 800 Gypsy children at the concentration camp in Auschwitz, Germany.
- 1973 Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned due to tax evasion and accepting bribes while serving in office.
- 1844 Henry John Heinz, American businessman and developer of Heinz Ketchup, was born.
- 1884 Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was born.
- 1870 General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army, died at the age of sixty-three.
- 2000 The USS Cole, a Navy destroyer, was attacked by terrorists while refueling. Seventeen U.S. sailors were killed and thirty-eight were wounded.
- 1754 American Revolutionary heroine Molly Hays was born. She is known as Molly Pitcher for the water she carried to soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth. There are a lot of stories and legends surrounding Molly Pitcher and the role she played during the Revolutionary War.
- 1884 The Prime Meridian, the longitude line dividing the eastern and western hemispheres, was established.
- 2010 Thirty-three Chilean miners were rescued after spending sixty-nine days trapped underground in a mine.