25 Years Ago
December 17, 1981 Operatives from the Red Brigade, an Italian terrorist group, kidnap U.S. Brig. Gen. James Dozier in Verona. He will be rescued after six weeks in captivity.
50 Years Ago
November 6, 1956 In a rematch of the 1952 presidential election, President Dwight Eisenhower wins a second term in a landslide over Adlai Stevenson.
November 13, 1956 U.S. Supreme Court declares laws of the state of Alabama and the city of Montgomery requiring segregation on buses to be invalid.
75 Years Ago
December 10, 1931 The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to a pair of American peace activists, Jane Addams, founder of the settlement-house movement, and Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University.
100 Years Ago
November 9, 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt departs in the battleship Louisiana to inspect the progress of construction on the Panama Canal. It is the first time a President has left the United States while in office.
December 10, 1906 President Roosevelt is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation of the previous year’s war between Russia and Japan.
200 Years Ago
December 2, 1806 In his annual message to Congress, President Thomas Jefferson requests the enactment of a ban on the importation of slaves.
400 Years Ago
December 20, 1606 A party of 144 men, led by Christopher Newport, sets sail from England in the Discovery, the God-speed, and the Sarah Constant to establish a colony in Virginia.