1775 – Continental navy organized with 7 ships
1807 – US Congress passes Embargo Act, prohibiting American ships from trading in all foreign ports, as a result of involvement in hostilities between France and Britain.
1810 – British frigate HMS Minotaur sinks killing 480
1851 – The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India.
1882 – 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison
1917 – Flanders declares it’s independence, under Pieter Tack
1934 – 1st flight from Netherland to Curacao (Christmas flight 1934)
1942 – World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.
1964 – Lockheed SR-71 spy aircraft reaches 3,530 kph (record for a jet)
1964 – First flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird).