spotlight Today in history: Dec. 14 Dec 14, 2019 Dec 14, 2019 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1799: George Washington In 1799, the first president of the United States, George Washington, died at his Mount Vernon, Virginia, home at age 67. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1964: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States, ruled that Congress was within its authority to enforce the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against racial discrimination by private businesses (in this case, a motel that refused to cater to blacks). Horace Cort 1981: Golan Heights In 1981, Israel annexed the Golan Heights, which it had seized from Syria in 1967. Max Nash 1985: Roger Maris In 1985, former New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris, who'd hit 61 home runs during the 1961 season, died in Houston at age 51. STF 1985: Wilma Mankiller In 1985, Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1988: Ronald Reagan In 1988, President Reagan authorized the U-S to enter into a "substantive dialogue" with the Palestine Liberation Organization, after chairman Yasser Arafat said he was renouncing "all forms of terrorism." Ron Edmonds 2003: Saddam Hussein In 2003, a weary, disheveled Saddam Hussein was displayed on television screens worldwide, a day after his capture by American troops. TEL 2005: George W. Bush Iraq war In 2005, President George W. Bush defended his decision to wage the Iraq war, even as he acknowledged that "much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong." PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama implored top bankers to help keep the fragile recovery from faltering by boosting lending to small businesses and getting behind an overhaul of financial regulation. Susan Walsh 2009: Dubai Ten years ago: Dubai got a $10 billion lifeline from oil-rich Abu Dhabi, securing a last-minute cash infusion aimed at preventing a default that risked sparking broader fears about the city-state's shaky finances. Ana Bianca Marin 2012: Sandy Hook Elementary On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, then committed suicide as police arrived; the 20-year-old had also fatally shot his mother at their home before carrying out the attack on the school. Julio Cortez 2014: Bess Myerson Five years ago: Politician, TV personality and onetime Miss America Bess Myerson died in Santa Monica, California, at age 90. STF 2014: Peru Climate Talks Five years ago: A last-minute deal salvaged U.N. climate talks in Lima, Peru, from collapse. Juan Karita 2014: Shinzo Abe Five years ago: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scored a decisive election victory and promised to push efforts to revitalize the world's third largest economy. Shizuo Kambayashi 2018: Financial Markets One year ago: Stocks fell to eight-month lows after weak economic data from China and Europe set off more worries about the global economy. Andy Wong 2018: Mick Mulvaney One year ago: President Donald Trump picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his acting chief of staff, replacing John Kelly. Evan Vucci 2018: Nunchucks One year ago: A federal court found that a 1974 New York state ban on nunchucks, the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee, was unconstitutional under the Second Amendment. JOSH REYNOLDS 2018: Wisconsin legislation One year ago: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican legislation that weakened the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. 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