12 December 1806
On this date in 1806…
Standhope Uwatie, better known as Cherokee Confederate General and principal Chief Stand Watie was born in Oothcaloga, Cherokee Nation. (now Calhoun, Georgia)
- 1729 – The Yazoo Indians, having joined the Natchez in their war on the French, attacked Fort St. Pierre in southern Louisiana. They kill all 17 soldiers at the fort and give the women and children to the Chickasaw as slaves.
- 1800 – Washington, DC, was established as the capital of the United States.
- 1830 – Confederate General Joseph Orville Shelby was born in Lexington, Kentucky.
- 1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.
- 1998 – The House Judiciary Committee rejected censure and approved the final article of impeachment against U.S. President Bill Clinton, submitting the case to the full House for a verdict.
- 2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court in the 2000 U.S. Presidential election was unconstitutional.
- 2000 – Oklahoma City bomber timothy mcveigh, over the objections of his lawyers, abandoned his final round of appeals and asked that his execution be set within 120 days.
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