On this day in history
1766: Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.
1912: The Italians become the first to use dirigibles for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance flights behind Turkish lines west of Tripoli.
1918: The Soviets move the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.
1933: Hitler and Nationalist allies win the Reichstag majority. It will be the last free election in Germany until after World War II.
1933: Newly-inaugurated President Franklin D. Roosevelt halts the trading of gold and declares a bank holiday.
1946: In Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill tells a crowd that "an iron curtain has descended on the Continent [of Europe]."
1956: The U.S. Supreme Court affirms the ban on segregation in public schools in Brown vs. Board of Education.
1976: Britain gives up on the Ulster talks and decides to retain rule in Northern Ireland indefinitely.
1984: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that cities have the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.