General George Washington tells his closest officers that he will resign as general.
He fully intended to quietly return to civilian life.
The resolute Washington reportedly chocked up and cried briefly while embracing and bidding goodbye to his closest confidants.
The official resignation was delivered to Congress on December 23. Then, he left for Mount Vernon.
He spent 6 relatively quiet years as a farmer. But in 1789, he was elected the first president of the United States.
The concept of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is first reported.
Psychiatrist WH Rivers wrote a report called “The Repression of War Experience.”
It included anecdotal evidence of British soldiers who had returned from combat during World War I. The young men suffered from anxiety and nightmares.
Rivers suggested that the emotional toll could often rival the physical toll that war took on soldiers.
Woodrow Wilson departs Washington on a trip in which he would become the first sitting president to visit Europe on state business.
He traveled by boat, for 9 days aboard the S. S. George Washington.
It docked in France, and Wilson went to Versailles. From there, he sat at the table to seek a formal peace treaty to end World War I.
For his efforts, he would be awarded the 1920 Peace Prize.
By a vote in the Senate, the United States becomes a participating member of the United Nations.
The organization was officially founded by China, France, the Soviet Union, Britain and the U.S. in October that year, following the end of World War II.
With approval from the Senate, the U.S. could constitutionally participate and contribute.
After the failure of the League of Nations after World War I, the country and the world was desperate for an organization that promised to mediate and end all future war conflicts. THANK GOD THAT WORKED.
Amanda Knox is convicted of murder by an Italian Court.
The American student studying abroad was implicated in the murder of her roommate, with her boyfriend as an accomplice.
After a series of appeals, Knox was eventually acquitted in 2011.