|Interesting anniversaries and birthdays that occurred this week in history
Noteworthy events from 12/19 thru 12/25
12/20/1803 - Louisiana Purchase: The United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer was completed with formal ceremonies in New Orleans (see the web pick below)
12/24/1814 - War of 1812 ends with British and US signing Treaty of Ghent
12/22/1864 - Savannah, Georgia falls to General William Tecumseh Sherman, concluding his "March to the Sea"
This Week's Birthdays - 12/19 thru 12/25
12/25/1 BC - Jesus of Nazareth(traditional date), central figure in Christianity. The Christian holiday of Christmas celebrates his birth. (d. circa 30)
12/21/1603 - Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, founder of Rhode Island (d. 1684)
History web site of the week
Louisiana Purchase 1803-2003
A LSU site that explores the historical context of the Louisiana Purchase.