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Events of Early December

What happened in the first half of the last month of the year?
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First submittedOctober 1, 2012
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Dec. 1, 1743 – Birthday of German chemist Martin Klaproth, discoverer of this element, which is now used in nuclear reactors.
Uranium
Dec. 1, 1918 – This North Atlantic country becomes independent of Denmark.
Iceland
Dec. 1, 1942 – The U.S. begins rationing of this substance. Consumers are allowed four gallons a week.
Gasoline
Dec. 2, 1970 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is established under this President’s administration.
Richard Nixon
Dec. 3, 1818 – This “Prairie State,” birthplace of Ronald Reagan, becomes the 21st to enter the Union.
Illinois
Dec. 3, 1942 – Birthday of Peter Schultz, inventor of this improvement upon copper wiring.
Optical fiber
Dec. 4, 1954 – The first of this restaurant chain, “The Home of the Whopper,” is opened in Miami.
Burger King
Dec. 5, 1782 – This 8th U.S. President is born in New York State, of Dutch ancestry.
Martin van Buren
Dec. 6, 1877 – This man records “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on his new invention, the phonograph.
Thomas Edison
Dec. 7, 1787 – This state becomes the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Delaware
Dec. 7, 1863 – Birthday of this business leader and partner of Alvah Roebuck.
Richard Sears
Dec. 7, 1941 – The U.S. Pacific Fleet is victim of a surprise attack by this nation.
Japan
Dec. 8, 1765 – This inventor of the cotton gin is born in Massachusetts.
Eli Whitney
Dec. 9, 1793 – New York City’s first daily newspaper is established by this dictionary author.
Noah Webster
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Dec. 10, 1898 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending a war between the U.S. and this country.
Spain
Dec. 10, 1817 – This “Magnolia State,” birthplace of Oprah Winfrey, becomes the 20th to join the Union.
Mississippi
Dec. 10, 1851 – Birthday of this librarian, developer of a decimal system for organizing books.
Melvil Dewey
Dec. 11, 1816 – This “Hoosier State,” birthplace of David Letterman, becomes the 19th to enter the Union.
Indiana
Dec. 11, 1972 – Apollo 17 becomes the last mission to land on this heavenly body.
The Moon
Dec. 12, 1630 – Birthday of Olof Rudbeck, discoverer of the system of vessels which carry this fluid throughout your body.
Lymph
Dec. 12, 1901 – This inventor claims to have sent the first radio signal across the Atlantic Ocean.
Guglielmo Marconi
Dec. 13, 1818 – Mary Todd is born in Lexington, KY, to a distinguished family. She would marry this man, later a U.S. President.
Abraham Lincoln
Dec. 13, 1642 – Near Australia, Dutch sailor Abel Tasman discovers a group of islands which would become this country.
New Zealand
Dec. 14, 1911 – Roald Amundsen, an explorer from this country, leads the first expedition to reach the South Pole.
Norway
Dec. 14, 1819 – This state, “The Heart of Dixie,” becomes the 22nd to join the Union.
Alabama
Dec. 15, 1832 – This engineer, designer of the Statue of Liberty’s framework, is born in France.
Gustave Eiffel
Dec. 15, 1938 – Construction begins in Washington, D.C. on a memorial to this third U.S. President.
Thomas Jefferson
Dec. 15, 1791 – This addendum to the U.S. Constitution becomes law.
Bill of Rights
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level 32
Oct 7, 2012
Marconi doesn't work.
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level 77
Mar 23, 2014
fiber optic cable should work as should just typing in Eiffel, i even had added gustav but leaving off the e prevented me from getting credit. otherwise very nice quiz!
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