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-allied Apalachee Indian village of Ayubale, near modern day Tallahassee. More than 200 Apalachee died in the fighting.
- 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.
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