On this day, December 14th

On this day, December 14th

On this day in 1819, Alabama became the 22nd state of the United States and an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush in 2008.

Here are some of the things that happened on December 14th.

1287, the Zuider Zee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people.

1542, Princess Mary Stuart becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland.

1799, the first President of the United States, George Washington, died at his Mount Vernon home at the age of 67.

1819, Alabama becomes the 22nd state of the United States.

1861, Prince Albert, German-born consort of Britain's Queen Victoria, died.

1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole.

1926, missing British thriller writer Agatha Christie was found staying under an assumed name at a hotel in Yorkshire, England.

1988, PLO leader Yasser Arafat announced he renounced all forms of terrorism and accepted Israel's right to exist within secure borders.

1995, leaders of Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia sign the Dayton Accord in Paris to end the Balkan Civil War after more than three years of bitter conflict.

2004, the Millau viaduct, the highest bridge in the world, spanning the valley of the River Tarn near Millau, France is officially opened.

2008, President George W. Bush makes his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and is almost struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a news conference in Baghdad.

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