This Day In History
Saturday, December 15, 2018
On This Day

Events

in 1851

The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, the first settlers in what would become Seattle, Washington. Alki Point is the westernmost point in the West Seattle district of Seattle, Washington; Alki is the peninsular neighborhood surrounding it. Jutting out into Puget Sound, Alki was the original white settlement in what was to become the city of Seattle. Part of the city of West Seattle from 1902 to 1907, Alki was annexed to Seattle along with the rest of West Seattle in 1907.
Seattle, Alki Point

in 1887

Bloody Sunday clashes in...
Bloody Sunday clashes in central London. Bloody Sunday was the name given to a demonstration against coercion in Ireland and to demand the release from prison of MP William O'Brien, who was imprisoned for incitement as a result of an incident in the Irish Land War. The demonstration was organized by the Social Democratic Federation and the Irish National League. Violent clashes between police and demonstrators resulted in the killing of three protesters and the beating of hundreds more.
Bloody Sunday, London

in 1927

The Holland Tunnel opens...
The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City. The Holland Tunnel is a highway tunnel under the Hudson River connecting the island of Manhattan in New York City with Jersey City, New Jersey at Interstate 78 on the mainland. Unusual for an American public works project, it is not named for a government official, politician, or local hero or person of historical interest, but for its first chief engineer. The tunnel was originally known as the Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel or the Canal Street Tunnel, it was the first of two automobile tunnels built under the river, the other being the Lincoln Tunnel.
Holland Tunnel, New York City, tunnel

Births

in 1850
Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer. His best-known books include «Treasure Island», «Kidnapped», and «Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde».
in 1955
Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg is an American comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, author and talk show host.

Deaths

in 1619
Ludovico Carracci

Ludovico (or Lodovico) Carracci was an Italian, early-Baroque painter, etcher, and printmaker born in Bologna.
in 1868
Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Antonio Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces.
in 1903
Camille Pissarro

Camille Pissarro was a French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter born on the island of St Thomas (now in the US Virgin Islands, but then in the Danish West Indies).
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