December 5, 1997 in Nation/World

Today In History


In 1792: George Washington was re-elected president; John Adams was re-elected vice president.

In 1848: President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ‘49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.

In 1933: National Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.

In 1994: Newt Gingrich was elected the first Republican speaker of the House in four decades.

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