The Week in History: December 4-8

It is time for another “The Week in History” sponsored by Cox Family Practice! We will give you insight on what happened this week in history. As always if there is an event that happened this week in history that we did not mention, then feel free to let us know here in the comments section, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

December 4

1881: The first issue of the Los Angeles Times was published
1918: President Woodrow Wilson became the first president to travel outside of the US while in office
1954: The first Burger King opened
1970: US unemployment reached 5.8%

December 5

1792: George Washington re-elected to a second term as the President of the United States
1804: Thomas Jefferson was re-elected to a second term as the President of the United States
1832: Andrew Jackson was re-elected to a second term as the President of the United States
1908: University of Pittsburgh was the first football team to have numbers on their jerseys

December 6

1865: Slavery was abolished as the Constitution’s 13th Amendment was ratified
1873: Yale defeated Eton (England) 2-1 in the 1st international football game held in the US
1877: The first edition of the “Washington Post” was published
1964: TV aired “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” for the first time

December 7

1808: James Madison became the 4th President of the United States
1836: Martin Van Buren became the 8th President of the United States
1939: Lou Gehrig joined the Baseball Hall of Fame
1996: Texas defeated #3 Nebraska 37-27 in the first ever Big 12 Championship game

December 8

1940: Bears defeated Redskins 73-0 in 1st NFL championship broadcast over national radio
1961: Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points in one game (2nd highest total)
1987: Ron Hextall (Flyers) became the first goalie to score a goal (while playing the goalie position)
2007: Tim Tebow (QB, Florida) won the 73rd Heisman Trophy


If you know of an event that happened next week in history, then lets us know and we will put it in next week’s “The Week in History” post.

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