December 14th

2012
Adam Lanza, age 20, killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut. The victims included 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7. Lanza killed himself while still inside the school.
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
2008
An Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad; Bush was not hit.
Bush shoeing incident
2006
South Korea's Ban Ki-moon was sworn in as the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations.
Secretary-General of the United Nations
2000
The Federal Trade Commission unanimously approved the $111 billion merger of America Online and Time Warner.
Political positions of Jeb Bush
1995
Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by leaders of various governments ending the conflict in former Yugoslavia.
Dayton Agreement
1993
A Colorado judge struck down as unconstitutional the state's voter-approved ban on gay rights laws.
Romer v. Evans
1989
Nobel Peace laureate Andrei D. Sakharov died in Moscow at age 68.
Andrei Sakharov
1985
Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Wilma Mankiller
1981
Israel annexed the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967.
Golan Heights
1979
The album "London Calling" by the Clash was released.
London Calling
1967
DNA synthesized for the first time.
Okazaki fragments
1961
Tanzania joins the United Nations. Tanzania was created as a merger of Tanganyika and the Zanzibar Archipelago, both of which were under British rule until independence.
Tanganyika
1958
Soviets Reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility. A Pole of Inaccessibility is a location on Earth that is extremely difficult to access. In the North, it is the point in the Arctic Ocean that is farthest from land, while in the Southern Hemisphere it is the point farthest from the Southern Ocean on Antarctica. In 1958, a Soviet team led by Yevgeny Tolstikov became the first people in history to reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, which is 546 miles (878 kilometers) from the geographic South Pole. Temperatures at this location averages around – 73 degree F (–58 degrees C).
Pole of Inaccessibility (Antarctic research station)
1946
The United Nations General Assembly voted to establish the U.N. headquarters in New York City.
United Nations General Assembly
1939
USSR expelled from the League of Nations. The Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations for making aggressive demands of Finland.
Winter War
1911
Roald Amundsen reaches South Pole. Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole, becoming the first men in recorded history to set foot on the most southern point on Earth.
Roald Amundsen
1861
Prince Albert, husband of Britain's Queen Victoria, died in London.
Albert, Prince Consort
1819
Alabama became the 22nd state in the United States.
State of Alabama
1799
George Washington, the first president of the United States, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at age 67.
George Washington
1542
Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old.
Mary, Queen of Scots
1287
During St. Lucia's Flood in Northwest Netherlands the Zuiderzee seawall collapses with loss of over 50,000 lives. Fifth largest recorded flood in history.
Zuiderzee
644
Uthman ibn Affan, companion of Muhammad, appointed 3rd Caliph of Islam.
Uthman