It's December 14: what happened on this date in history?

On December 14, 1819, the beautiful Alabama territory–the heart of Dixie–became the 22nd state in the Union. Only 58 years later, the state established Cullman County in north Alabama following its settlement by Colonel John G. Cullmann and several families who moved here from Frankweiler, Germany.

Also on this date in history–on December 14, 1944– Congress established the rank of five-star General of the Army during WWII . Future President of the United States John F. Kennedy served in the armed forces during the war. In his inaugural speech, President Kennedy shared these sage words:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy

These historical milestones are part of the wonderful fabric of our society. This nation’s freedoms have been purchased at great cost in human equity. Let us never forget the pioneering spirit of those who settled our counties, states, and country, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the continued excellence of our Union.