This Day in History
On January 2, 1949, Luis Muñoz Marín became Puerto Rico’s first independently-elected governor.
On January 1, 1863, Daniel Freeman filed the first land claim under the Homestead Act.
On December 31, 1951, the Marshall Plan expired after providing aid to millions of people in Western Europe.
On December 30, 1853, the Gadsden Purchase was completed, adding over 29,000 square miles of land to the United States.
On December 29, 1851, Thomas V. Sullivan established America’s first YMCA.
On December 28, 1846, Iowa was admitted as our 29th state.
On December 27, 1927, the musical Show Boat debuted at Broadway’s Ziegfeld Theater.
On December 26, 1966, Maulana Karenga celebrated the first Kwanzaa. With its fusion of ancient African practices and African-American ideals and aspirations, Kwanzaa is a non-denominational celebration.