December 14, 1997 in Nation/World

Today In History

 
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In 1799: The first United States president, George Washington, died at Mount Vernon, Va., at age 67.

In 1911: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole.

In 1985: Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

In 1986: The aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world. (The trip took nine days.)


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