Events in history that took place at the local, national and international levels during the week of December 11, resulted in beginnings, endings and long term implications for our communities.
In 1773, the Boston Tea Party initiated a revolution that would create the democracy we know today.
In 1800, Washington DC was established as the capital of the U S.
In 1837, Fannin County was created out of Red River County. Nine years later, Collin County was created from Fannin.
In 1854, the Rock Hill post office, west of McKinney was established. It continued operations until 1904 when residents began receiving mail through the McKinney office.
In 1874, the First Baptist Church of Celina was organized in the Old Union School House in that community. The church has been in several different locations over the years, but stills functions north of Celina on Highway 289.
In 1881, Odd Fellows Lodge #276 was organized in the Lebanon community in the southwest part of the county. At the time it was considered a subordinate lodge by the organization. In Texas at that time, there were 276 lodges with 10,560 members.
In 1898, the Plano city council banned the shooting of fireworks on city streets.
In 1900, the leaders of Plano, in need of funds and the inactivity of the fire department, voted to rent city fire department horses for personal use.
In 1907, the Millwood post office was closed and residents began receiving mail through the Royce City office. It had been in operation since 1851.
In 1930, the Wysong Clinic formally opened and the First National Bank of Plano was organized.
In 1932, the post office in Pike, northeast of Blue Ridge and near the Collin and Hunt County lines, was closed. It had been in existence since 1885.
In 1939, the classic movie, Gone With the Wind, premiered.
In 1941, Germany and Italy declare war on the U S.
In 1944, a battle during WWII began in Bastogne, Belgium resulting in the Allies preventing the Germans from breaking the Allied line as it moved eastward. Many attribute this stubborn courage and determination of those Americans and their comrades to the beginning of the defeat of Germany.
In 1961, President John Kennedy actively involved us in another military conflict when he authorized the use of U. S. military helicopters and crews to support South Vietnam in their conflict with North Vietnam.
In 1979, the McKinney Lions took another step toward their goal of becoming state football champions by beating Lubbock Estacado, 19 – 14.
In 2000, a decision by the U S Supreme Court, pertaining to the election results in Florida, made George W. Bush president.
By TSB contributing writer, Don Newsom. Newsom is a former superintendent of the Celina ISD and a board member of the Collin County Historical Society. Don and his wife Carol have been residents of the North Texas area for over 30 years. For the last 20 years, they have resided in rural Collin County in a home built in 1890.