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2015

  • January 19, 1977: The Day it Snowed in Miami (January/February 2015)

    2014

  • December 25–26, 1776: Washington Crosses the Delaware (November/December 2014)
  • September 26, 1955: Loss of Snowcloud Five Hurricane Hunters (September/October 2014)
  • July 16, 1969: Launch of Apollo 11 (July/August 2014)
  • May 18, 1980: Eruption of Mount Saint Helens (May/June 2014)
  • March 12, 1888: The Blizzard of 1888 (March/April 2014)
  • January 26, 1978: The Cleveland Superbomb (January/February 2014)

    2013

  • December 17, 1903: Wright Brothers’ First Flight (November/December 2013)
  • September 13, 1922: A Record Revoked (September/October 2013)
  • July 23, 1904: Invention of the Ice Cream Cone (July/August 2013)
  • June 2, 1924: Death of Weather Bureau Balloonist Clarence Meisinger (May/June 2013)
  • April 4, 1933: Crash of USS Akron (March/April 2013)
  • February 12, 1935: Crash of U.S.S. Macon (January/February 2013)

    2012

  • November 11, 1940: Armistice Day Blizzard (November/December 2012)
  • October 30, 1991: The Perfect Storm (September/October 2012)
  • August 24, 1992: Hurricane Andrew (July/August 2012)
  • June 9, 1972: Black Hills-Rapid City Flood (May/June 2012)
  • April 15, 1912: Sinking of Titanic (March/April 2012)
  • January 12, 1888: The Children’s Blizzard (January/February 2012)

    2011

  • November 24, 1971: The Mysterious Case of D.B. Cooper (November/December 2011)
  • September 11, 2001: Attack on America (September/October 2011)
  • July 4, 1776: The Declaration of Independence (July/August 2011)
  • May 5, 1961: The First American in Space (May/June 2011)
  • April 14, 1935: Black Sunday (March/April 2011)
  • January 15, 1919: Boston Molasses Flood (January/February 2011)

    2010

  • November 11, 1935: Explorer II Stratospheric Balloon Flight (November/December 2010)
  • October 8, 1871: The Great Chicago Fire (September/October 2010)
  • July 10, 1913: Highest Temperature Ever Recorded in North America (July/August 2010)
  • May 20, 1932: Amelia Earhart’s Solo Transatlantic Flight (May/June 2010)
  • April 26, 1884: Earliest Known Tornado Photograph (March/April 2010)
  • January 15, 2009: Miracle on the Hudson (January/February 2010)

    2009

  • December 31, 1907: First New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square (November/December 2009)
  • September 16, 1903: The Vagabond Hurricane (September/October 2009)
  • August 9, 1945: The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb Over Nagasaki (July/August 2009)
  • May 29, 1953: First Successful Ascent of Mount Everest (May/June 2009)
  • March 1, 1910: The Wellington Avalanche (March/April 2009)
  • February 19, 1871: First Official U.S. Weather Forecast (January/February 2009)

    2008

  • December 1, 1918: First Official Aviation Weather Forecast (November/December 2008)
  • September 21, 1938: The Great New England Hurricane (September/October 2008)
  • July 4, 1956: The Unionville Cloudburst (July/August 2008)
  • May 17, 1875: First Running of the Kentucky Derby (May/June 2008)
  • April 18, 1906: The Great San Francisco Earthquake (March/April 2008)
  • February 2, 1886: The First Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (January/February 2008)

    2007

  • December 7, 1941: The Attack on Pearl Harbor (November/December 2007)
  • October 12, 1962: The Columbus Day Storm (September/October 2007)
  • August 15-18, 1969: Woodstock (July/August 2007)
  • May 6, 1937: The Hindenburg Disaster (May/June 2007)
  • March 18, 1925: The Tri-State Tornado (March/April 2007)
  • February 3, 1959: "The Day the Music Died" (January/February 2007)

    2006

  • November 27, 1997: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (November/December 2006)
  • October 14, 1962: The Cuban Missile Crisis (September/October 2006)
  • July 16, 1945: First Atomic Bomb Test (July/August 2006)
  • May 10, 1869: Completion of the World's First Transcontinental Railroad (May/June 2006)
  • April 1, 1960: Launch of the First Successful Weather Satellite, TIROS I (March/April 2006)
  • January 28, 1922: Knickerbocker Storm (January/February 2006)

    2005

  • November 7, 1940: Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (November/December 2005)
  • September 2, 1935: Labor Day Hurricane (September/October 2005)
  • August 1, 1941: First Daily Weather Map to Feature Fronts (July/August 2005)
  • May 20, 1927: Charles Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight (May/June 2005)
  • April 22, 1878: First White House Easter Egg Roll (March/April 2005)
  • January 20, 1961: Kennedy Inaugural Storm (January/February 2005)

    2004

  • November 10, 1975: Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald (November/December 2004)
  • September 8, 1900: Galveston Hurricane (September/October 2004)
  • July 13, 1977: NYC Blackout (July/August 2004)
  • January 28, 1986: Challenger Disaster (May/June 2004)

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