On This Day In History

Our "On This Day in History" section of the website is designed to provide teachers with video resources to help students better understand significant events throughout U.S. history.

Each event features several short video clips that help set the stage by providing context through archival footage and witness testimony (where available), utilizing C-SPAN's unique access to historical newsreels, vignettes, oral history, and expert analysis.

As one of the most recent additions to our site, this area will continue to develop each month. If you or your students have suggestions for key moments in history that are not currently represented, please email us at educate@c-span.org.

  • Document ImageDecember 7, 1941

    Attack on Pearl Harbor

    On the morning of December 7, 1941 Japan attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, HI. It led to…

    9 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 8, 1987

    The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

    On December 8, 1987, President Ronald Reagan signed into effect the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF)…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 10, 1898

    The 1898 Treaty of Paris

    On December 10, 1898, Spain and the United States signed the Treaty of Paris to end the Spanish-American War.…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 12, 2000

    Bush v. Gore is Decided by the Supreme Court

    On December 12, 2000, the United States Supreme Court ruled that George W. Bush won the 25 electoral votes…

    6 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 13, 2003

    Capture of Saddam Hussein

    On December 13, 2003, the U.S. Operation Red Dawn succeeded in its mission to capture the deposed Iraqi…

    5 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 14, 2012

    Sandy Hook Shooting

    On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and fatally shot more than…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 15, 1791

    The Ratification of The Bill of Rights

    On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified by Virginia, allowing the passage of the first ten…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 16, 1773

    Boston Tea Party

    On December 16, 1773 thousands of Massachusetts colonists gathered at Old South Meeting House in Boston to…

    3 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 16, 1944

    Battle of the Bulge

    On December 16, 1944, Adolph Hitler launched a surprise offensive attack on Allied Forces in the Ardennes…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 17, 1992

    North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

    On December 17, 1992, President George H. W. Bush, along with leaders from Canada and Mexico agreed to the…

    7 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 21, 1968

    Apollo 8

    On December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 launched mankind into the moon’s orbit for the first time. Astronauts Frank…

    4 Video Clips
  • Document ImageDecember 25, 1776

    George Washington Crosses the Delaware River

    In December 1776 George Washington and the Continental Army arrived in Bucks County, PA. They encamped in the…

    4 Video Clips