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This Day in History – December 18

On December 18, 1620, this ship docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony. - This Day in History

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Wright Brothers First Flight
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This Day in History – December 17

Near this location in North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight

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This Day in History – December 16

On December 16 in 1773, in the harbor of this city, a group of colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into the harbor.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – December 15

In one of the most dramatic announcements of the Cold War, President Jimmy Carter states that as of January 1, 1979, the United States will formally recognize this communist country.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – December 12

This woman, nicknamed the "Queen of Mean" by the press, receives a four-year prison sentence, 750 hours of community service, and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York. For many, she became the object of loathing and disgust when she quipped that "only the little people pay taxes

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This Day in History – December 11

On December 11 in 2008, this financier is arrested at his New York City apartment and charged with masterminding a long-running Ponzi scheme later estimated to involve around $65 billion, making it one of the biggest investment frauds in Wall Street history

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This Day in History – December 10

A plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin, kills this singer and members of the Bar-Kays band on this day in 1967. The plane crashed into Lake Monona, several miles from the Madison airport.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – December 5

On December 5 in 1791, this famous composer died in Vienna. His most well known works include The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – December 4

The Dei Gratia, a small British brig under Captain David Morehouse, spots this ship, an American vessel, sailing erratically but at full sail near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was seaworthy, its stores and supplies were untouched, but not a soul was onboard

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Broken Piggy Bank with Past Due Notice Reflects Bankruptcy
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This Day in History – December 2

On December 2 in 2001, this company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history. - This Day in History

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