December 12, 1800: Washington D.C. is established as the capital of the United States of America.
December 13, 1938: Lowest recorded temperature in the history of Los Angeles, California, at 28 degrees Farenheit.
December 14, 1904: The Wright brothers attempt to fly the Wright flyer, the first version of the airplane, at Kitty Hawk, NC.
December 15, 1950: New York City’s Port Authority Terminal initially opens to the public.
December 16, 1962: The hit film Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean, is released in theatres in the United States.
December 17, 1798: First-ever impeachment trial against a U.S. Senator take place (William Blount of Tennessee).
Facts courtesy of onthisday.com
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, December 12th print edition.