General George Washington and more than 12,000 troops start their cold slog to Valley Forge.
Across the Schuylkill River, they encountered British soldiers and battled with General George Cornwallis and his men. The fight was completely coincidence, not strategic: Cornwallis’ men had been foraging for berries.
Washington ordered a swift retreat, being unprepared to fight. They destroyed the bridge that linked both sides of the river, keeping the Brits at bay.
They would finally make it to Valley Forge on December 19.
President James Madison presents a treaty to Congress to manage trade with Great Britain.
Following the end of the War of 1812, trade with Great Britain restarted, with the Empire finally completely giving in to America’s status as an independent, free, and powerful nation.
The agreement was largely ceremonial, but asserted and established America as a legitimate power on the High Seas in regard to both military and commerce.
Indiana becomes the 19th state.
The organized territory had already drafted and approved a Constitution, and had a functional capitol and and governor.
It quickly went from frontier territory to organized, industrial powerhouse.
But the aggressive expansion bankrupted the state. Meanwhile, the value of goods it produced increased and land value skyrocketed.
At first, it was dominated by German immigrants, and later overtaken by ethnic English.
The Nazis declare war on the United States.
Following the attacks on Pearl Harbor, America swiftly entered into the Pacific conflict, at least politically.
This declaration of war would bring America to the European front as well.
Hitler had a standing agreement with Japan to begin fighting America at some point, and the attack on Pearl Harbor was his entry point.
He also believed that Japan would force the Americans to surrender quickly, and would aide him in fighting Russia.
American helicopters begin staging in South Vietnam.
33 Vertol H-21C Shawnee helicopters arrived in Saigon aboard the Core.
A total crew of 400 would man and operate the helicopters. At first, the mission was to only assist South Vietnamese troops in getting into North Vietnamese territory.
Bernie Madoff is arrested.
Madoff engineered one of the biggest cons in history, deftly maneuvering more than $65 billion in assets for various clients, for his own financial gain.
When the economy began to tank in 2008, he couldn’t keep it up.
He confessed to his sons, who turned him in.
Madoff pled guilty to 11 felony counts and was quickly convicted. Though he was sentenced to 150 years behind bars, the path of destruction continued. His own son killed himself the following year, and his other son was implicated in assisting with the scheme, though he claims innocence.