On December 16, 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists known as the Sons of Liberty staged a dramatic protest against British taxes – the famed Boston Tea Party.
On December 15, 1791, Virginia became the 11th state to ratify the Bill of Rights, earning the three-fourths majority needed to add the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
On December 11, 1816, Indiana was admitted to the Union.
On December 3, 1818, President James Monroe signed legislation admitting the state of Illinois to the Union.
On November 16, 1907, Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory were merged to create the state of Oklahoma.
On November 7, 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first and only U.S. President elected to a fourth term.
On November 6, 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.
On November 4, 1924, Wyoming elected Nellie Tayloe Ross America’s first female governor, again proving its nickname, “The Equality State.”
Though the District of Columbia has served as our nation’s capital since 1791, its residents didn’t get to vote in their first presidential election until November 3, 1964.