14 December 1947
On this date in 1947…
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was founded in Daytona Beach, Florida, finally giving moonshine haulers and hot-rodders a legal way to make a living.
- 1703 – A small Carolina militia of 50 men led by Colonel James Moore, and almost 1,000 Creek allies, attacked the Spanish Apalachee Indian village of Ayubale near modern day Tallahassee, killing more than 200 Apalachee.
- 1742: After attacks on settlers in the valley of Virginia, a European militia trapped the Catawba war party on the North Fork of the Potomac River. Numerous Indians, and 8 settlers died in the fighting.
- 1799 – George Washington died at his home, Mt. Vernon in Virginia.
- 1819 – Alabama became the 22nd U.S. state.
- 1903 – Orville Wright made the first attempt at powered flight. The engine stalled during take-off and the plane was damaged in the attempt at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
- 1985 – Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she formally took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
- 1986 – Jeana Yeager of Ft. Worth, Texas and Dick Rutan took off from California in the Voyager on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world taking nine days.
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