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Old 12-08-2016, 01:39 PM   #451
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This Day in History

December 8

Today Japan celebrates Bodhi Day, commemorating the day the Buddha experienced enlightenment.

There are 23 days remaining in 2016.

There are 16 days until Christmas.



Events

877 – Louis the Stammerer (son of Charles the Bald) is c-c-c-crowned ki-ki-ki-ruler of the West Frankish Ki-Ki-ingdom at C-C-Compičgne.

1813 – Premiere of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

1922 – Northern Ireland ceases to be part of the Irish Free State.

1927 – The Brookings Institution, one of the United States' oldest think tanks, is founded through the merger of three organizations that had been created by philanthropist Robert S. Brookings.

1941 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares December 7 to be "a date which will live in infamy", after which the U.S. declares war on Japan.

1953 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers his "Atoms for Peace" speech, which leads to an American program to supply equipment and information on nuclear power to schools, hospitals, and research institutions around the world.

1962 – Workers at four New York City newspapers (this later increases to nine) go on strike for 114 days.

1963 - Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes [and a fifth of Jack Daniel's].

1966 – The Greek ship SS Heraklion sinks in a storm in the Aegean Sea, killing over 200.

1972 – United Airlines Flight 553, a Boeing 737, crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45. This is the first-ever loss of a Boeing 737.

1980 – John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City. [Hard to believe that was 36 years ago.]

1984 - Vince Neil from Motley Crue was involved in a car accident in Redondo Beach, Ca, which killed Nick Dingley from Hanoi Rocks and injured two other passengers. Neil was jailed for 20 days and paid $2.6 million in compensation.

1988 – A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II (affectionately known as The Warthog) crashes into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany, killing 5 people and injuring 50 others.

2000 - A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.

2004 - Former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott was one of five people killed after a man stormed the stage during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus. Nathan Gale, aged 25, began firing at the band and crowd, was then shot and killed by a police officer who arrived shortly after the first shots were fired.

2010 – With the second launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 and the first launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

2010 – The Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passes the planet Venus at a distance of about 80,800 km (~50,200 miles).

2013 - Metallica played a gig inside a dome at the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini, thus becoming the first band ever to play on all seven continents. During the concert audio was transmitted to the audience through headphones.

Births

65 BC – Horace; 1542 – Mary, Queen of Scots; 1765 – Eli Whitney (invented the cotton gin); 1861 – William C. Durant (founded General Motors and Chevrolet); 1864 – Camille Claudel; 1865 – Jean Sibelius; 1886 – Diego Rivera; 1894 – E. C. Segarm (created Popeye); 1894 – James Thurber (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty); 1911 – Lee J. Cobb; 1914 – Floyd Tillman ; 1916 – Richard Fleischer; 1922 – Jean Ritchie ; 1925 – Sammy Davis, Jr. ; 1927 – Ferdie The Fight Doctor Pacheco; 1930 – Maximilian Schell; 1931 – Bob Arum (boxing promoter); 1933 – Flip Wilson; 1936 – David Carradine; 1937 – James MacArthur ('Danno' on the original Hawaii Five-O); 1939 – Jerry Butler (The Impressions); 1939 – James Galway (flautist, a wee one); 1939 – Soko Richardson(John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Ike & Tina Turner Revue); 1941 – Bobby Elliott(The Hollies); 1943 – Jim Morrison (The Doors); 1946 – John Rubinstein; 1947 – Gregg Allman(Allman Bros Band); 1950 – Rick Baker (sfx make-up artist); 1950 – Dan Hartman ; 1953 – Kim Basinger; 1953 -SAM KINISON; 1957 – Phil Collen (Def Leppard); 1961 – Ann Coulter; 1962 – Steve Elkington; 1962 – Marty Friedman(Megadeth); 1963 – Greg Howe ; 1964 – Teri Hatcher ("They're real, and they're spectacular."); 1966 – Sinéad O'Connor (Irish attention whore); 1972 – Frank Shamrock; 1973 – Corey Taylor (Slipknot); 1975 – Kevin 'Happy' Harvick; 1977 – Ryan Newman; 1982 – Nick
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Dear Moderator: Could one of you please place an 8 (in bold type-face) after 'December' at the top of post #451? At your leisure, sir/ma'am.

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You can delete this post, also, if you like.
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December 9

Sweden and Finland mark today as Anna's Day, the day to start the preparation process for the lutefisk that is to be eaten on Christmas Eve. [Lutefisk...Yeah, no. I ain't eating anything that contains lye as an ingredient.]

And here in the Land Of Diabetes, we celebrate National Pastry Day. Bon Appétit.

International Anti-Corruption Day is observed annually on this day. So, try not to bribe anyone today. Do it tomorrow.

There are 22 days remaining in 2016.

There are 15 days until Christmas.



Events

536 – Gothic War: The Byzantine general Belisarius enters Rome unopposed; the Gothic garrison flee the capital.

1775 – American Revolutionary War: British troops lose the Battle of Great Bridge, and leave Virginia soon afterward.

1793 – New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.

1835 – Texas Revolution: The Texian Army captures San Antonio, Texas.

1851 – The first YMCA in North America is established in Montreal.

1872 – In Louisiana, P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first African-American governor of a U.S. state.

1875 – The Massachusetts Rifle Association, "America's Oldest Active Gun Club", is founded.

1905 – In France, the law separating church and state is passed.

1911 – A mine explosion near Briceville, Tennessee, kills 84 miners despite rescue efforts led by the United States Bureau of Mines.

1935 – Walter Liggett, American newspaper editor and muckraker, is killed in a gangland murder.

1935 – The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, is awarded for the first time. The winner is halfback Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago.

1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanking: Japanese troops under the command of Lt. Gen. Asaka Yasuhiko launch an assault on the Chinese city of Nanjing (Nanking).

1946 – The "Subsequent Nuremberg trials" begin with the "Doctors' trial", prosecuting physicians and officers alleged to be involved in Nazi human experimentation and mass murder under the guise of euthanasia.

1950 – Cold War: Harry Gold is sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping Klaus Fuchs pass information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. His testimony is later instrumental in the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

1953 – Red Scare: General Electric announces that all communist employees will be discharged from the company.

1958 – The John Birch Society is founded in the United States.

1960 – The first episode of Coronation Street, the world's longest-running television soap opera, is broadcast in the United Kingdom.

1962 – The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona.

1965 – Kecksburg UFO incident: A fireball is seen from Michigan to Pennsylvania; witnesses report something crashing in the woods near Pittsburgh. In 2005 NASA admits that it examined the object. They claimed it was a Russian satellite. The documents were lost in the 1990s, they claim.

1965 – A Charlie Brown Christmas, first in a series of Peanuts television specials, debuts on CBS.

1968 – Douglas Engelbart gave what became known as "The Mother of All Demos", publicly debuting the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS).

1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.

1987 – Israeli–Palestinian conflict: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

2003 - Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck.

2008 – The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for crimes including attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Births

1608 – John Milton; 1883 – Joseph Pilates (developed Pilates fitness regimen); 1886 – Clarence Birdseye (pioneered frozen foods); 1887 – Tim Moore ('Kingfish' on Amos 'n' Andy (tv series)); 1898 – Emmett Kelly(clown, celebrated as Weary Willie Day); 1904 – Bob Livingston; 1905 – Dalton Trumbo; 1906 – 'Amazing' Grace Hopper (US Navy Rear Admiral, designed COBOL programming language, namesake of the USS Hopper & the Cray XE6 "Hopper" supercomputer); 1909 – Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; 1911 – Broderick Crawford; 1912 – Tip O'Neill; 1916 – Kirk Douglas - 100 years old today; 1922 – Redd Foxx:devil(Sanford & Son, The Royal Family); 1928 – Dick Van Patten (Eight Is Enough); 1929 – John Cassavetes (Rosemary's Baby, The Dirty Dozen); 1930 – Buck Henry; 1932 – Billy Edd Wheeler♪ ♫; 1933 – Morton Downey, Jr.; 1934 – Judi Dench; 1934 – Junior Wells♪ ♫; 1938 – David Houston♪ ♫; 1938 – Deacon Jones; 1941 – Beau Bridges; 1942 – Dick Butkus; 1944 – Neil Innes♪ ♫(The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band); 1945 – Michael Nouri; 1946 - Walter 'Clyde' Orange(The Commodores); 1946 – Dennis Dunaway(Alice Cooper); 1947 – Tom Daschle; 1949 – Tom Kite; 1950 – Joan Armatrading♪ ♫; 1952 – Michael Dorn ('Worf' on Star Trek:TNG); 1953 – John Malkovich; 1954 - Jack Sonni♪ ♫(Dire Straits); 1957 – Donny Osmond; 1958 – Nick Seymour(Crowded House); 1961 – David Anthony Higgins (Mike & Molly); 1962 – Felicity Huffman; 1964 – Paul Landers(Rammstein); 1968 – Brian Bell♪ ♫(Weezer); 1969 – Jakob Dylan♪ ♫(The Wallflowers, son of Bob Dylan); 1969 – Lori Greiner (Shark Tank); 1971 – Geoff Barrow♪ ♫(Portishead); 1972 – Tré Cool(Green Day); 1978 – Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives)

Deaths

1935 – Walter Liggett; 1992 – Vincent Gardenia; 1995 – Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan; 1996 – Mary Leakey (anthropologist, wife of Louis Leakey); 1998 – Archie Moore; 2006 – Georgia Gibbs♪ ♫(real name? Frieda Lipschitz, no schit); 2009 – Gene Barry (Bat Masterson, Burke's Law); 2012 – Norman Joseph Woodland (co-created the bar code); 2013 – Eleanor Parker ('the Baroness' in The Sound Of Music); 2014 – Mary Ann Mobley
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December 10

Today is internationally observed as Human Rights Day, commemorating the UN General Assembly's proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec 10, 1948.

Today is the 345th day of 2016, and there are 21 days remaining in the year.

There are 14 days until Christmas.


Events

1317 – The "Nyköping Banquet" - King Birger of Sweden treacherously seizes his two brothers Valdemar, Duke of Finland and Eric, Duke of Södermanland, who were subsequently starved to death in the dungeon of Nyköping Castle.

1520 – Martin Luther burns his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg's Elster Gate.

1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are executed for having affairs with Catherine Howard, Queen of England and wife of Henry VIII.

1684 – Isaac Newton's derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, contained in the paper De motu corporum in gyrum (On the Motion of Bodies in an Orbit), is read to the Royal Society by Edmond Halley.

1799 – France adopts the metre as its official unit of length. Currently, the metre is defined as the distance travelled by light in a vacuum in 1/299 792 458ths seconds.

1817 – Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state. Welcome to the Union, Big Sarge.

1861 – American Civil War: The Confederate States of America accept a rival state government's pronouncement that declares Kentucky to be the 13th state of the Confederacy.

1864 – American Civil War: Sherman's March to the Sea: Major General William Tecumseh Sherman's Union Army troops reach the outer Confederate defenses of Savannah, Georgia.

1868 – The first traffic lights are installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.

1884 – Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published.

1901 – The first Nobel Prizes are awarded.

1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the mediation of the Russo-Japanese War, becoming the first American to win a Nobel Prize.

1948 – The Human Rights Convention is signed by the United Nations.

1953 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize in literature.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize_in_literature.

1955 – Mighty Mouse Playhouse premieres on American television.

1967 - American soul singer & songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash, aged 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3:28 pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near Madison. Redding was killed in the crash along with members from the The Bar-Kays, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell, Phalin Jones and Carl Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash.

1968 – Japan's biggest heist, the still-unsolved "300 million yen robbery", is carried out in Tokyo.

1971 - Playing the first of two nights at London's Rainbow Theatre, in England, Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by Trevor Howell, the jealous boyfriend of an audience member. Zappa fell onto the concrete-floored orchestra pit - the band thought Zappa had been killed. He suffered serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third after healing. This accident resulted in him using a wheelchair for an extended period, forcing him off the road for over half a year.

1973, The CBGB Club (Country, BlueGrass, and Blues), opened in the lower eastside of New York City. Founded by Hilly Kristal, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and New Wave bands.

1993 – The last shift leaves Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland. The closure of the 156-year-old pit marks the end of the old County Durham coalfield, which had been in operation since the Middle Ages.

1999 - Bassist for The Band, Rick Danko died in his sleep at his home near Woodstock, New York.

Births

1787 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (founded the American School for the Deaf); 1830 – Emily Dickinson; 1851 – Melvil Dewey (Dewey Decimal System); 1886 – Victor McLaglen; 1903 – Una Merkel; 1911 – Chet Huntley; 1914 – Dorothy Lamour; 1916 – Walt Arfons(half-brother to Art Arfons); 1926 – Guitar Slim; 1941 – Fionnula Flanagan; 1947 – Douglas Kenney (co-founded National Lampoon); 1951 – Johnny Rodriguez♪ ♫; 1952 – Susan Dey; 1956 – Rod Blagojevich; 1957 – Michael Clarke Duncan; 1958 – John J. York ('Scorpio' on General Hospital); 1959 – Wolf Hoffmann(Accept); 1960 – Kenneth Branagh; 1961 – Nia Peeples; 1964 – Bobby Flay; 1965 – Greg Giraldo; 1965 – J Mascis(Dinosaur Jr.); 1971 – Brian Nichols; 1974 – Meg White(The White Stripes); 1978 – Summer Phoenix (Russkies, SLC Punk!, sister to River & Joaquin Phoenix, married to Casey Affleck); 1985 – Raven-Symoné (The Cosby Show)

Deaths

1541 – Thomas Culpeper; 1541 – Francis Dereham (hanged, drawn, quartered); 1896 – Alfred Nobel (invented Dynamite and founded the Nobel Prize); 1909 – Red Cloud; 1920 – Horace Elgin Dodge (co-founded Dodge); 1946 – Damon Runyon; 1967 - Otis Redding♪ ♫; 1967 – Ronnie Caldwell(Bar-Kays); 1977 – Adolph Rupp(University of Kentucky basketball coach 1930 - 1972, namesake of UK's Rupp Arena); 1978 – Ed Wood; 1979 – Ann Dvorak; 1990 – Armand Hammer; 1990 – Armand Hammer (founded Occidental Petroleum); 1996 – Faron Young♪ ♫; 1999 – Rick Danko(The Band); 2002 – Ian MacNaughton (director/producer Monty Python's Flying Circus); 2005 – Richard Pryor; 2015 – Ron Bouchard
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December 11

Today the U.S. state of Indiana commemorates Indiana Day, celebrating the day Indiana became a state.

Today is also International Mountain Day.

There are 20 days remaining in 2016.

There are 13 days until Christmas.


Events

361 – Julian enters Constantinople as sole Emperor of the Roman Empire.

630 – Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca.

1282 – Battle of Orewin Bridge: Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, in mid-Wales.

1688 – Glorious Revolution: James II of England, while trying to flee to France, allegedly throws the Great Seal of the Realm into the River Thames.

1792 – French Revolution: King Louis XVI of France is put on trial for treason by the National Convention.

1816 – Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state.

1917 – World War I: British General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem on foot and declares martial law.

1934 – Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, takes his last drink and enters treatment for the last time.

1936 – Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII's abdication as King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India, becomes effective.

1941 – World War II: Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, following the Americans' declaration of war on the Empire of Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declares war on them.

1946 – The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is established.

1962 – Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, is the last person to be executed in Canada.

1964 – Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

1964 - Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke's body in Franklin's apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, pants or underwear. The shooting was ultimately ruled a justifiable homicide.

1971 - UK comedian Benny Hill was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the innuendo-laden novelty song, 'Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)', giving Hill his only No.1 and the Christmas No.1 hit of 1971. The song was originally written in 1955 as the introduction to an unfilmed screenplay about Hill's milkman experiences.

1972 – Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.

1973 - KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touched a short-circuited light. The guitarist was carried from the stage but returned 10 minutes later to finish the show.

1978 – The Lufthansa heist is committed by a group led by Lucchese family associate Jimmy Burke. It was the largest cash robbery ever committed on American soil, at that time.

1980 – The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) is enacted by the U.S. Congress.

1997 – The Kyoto Protocol opens for signature.

2005 – The Buncefield Oil Depot catches fire in Hemel Hempstead, England.

2005 – Cronulla riots: Thousands of White Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese in Cronulla, New South Wales; these are followed up by retaliatory ethnic attacks on Cronulla.

2008 – Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

Births

1830 – Kamehameha V (king of Hawaii); 1882 – Fiorello H. La Guardia; 1889 – Walter Knott (Knott's Berry Farm); 1912 – Carlo Ponti; 1923 – Lilian Cahn (co-founded Coach, Inc. fashion house); 1926 – Big Mama Thornton♪ ♫; 1931 – Rita Moreno; 1940 – David Gates♪ ♫(Bread); 1940 – Donna Mills (Knots Landing); 1944 – Lynda Day George (Mission: Impossible); 1944 – Brenda Lee♪ ♫; 1947 – Teri Garr (Young Frankenstein, Tootsie); 1949 – Christina Onassis; 1953 – Bess Armstrong; 1954 – Jermaine Jackson♪ ♫; 1958 – Nikki Sixx(Mötley Crüe); 1964 – Justin Currie♪ ♫(Del Amitri); 1964 – Dave Schools(Widespread Panic); 1966 – Gary Dourdan (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation); 1967 – Mo'Nique; 1969 – Max Martini (The Unit); 1970 – Victoria Fuller(Playboy Playmate); 1973 – Mos Def♪ ♫; 1996 – Hailee Steinfeld ('Mattie Ross' in True Grit (2010))

Deaths

1282 – Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (last native Prince of Wales); 1872 – Kamehameha V (king of Hawaii); 1880 – Oliver Winchester (founded the Winchester Repeating Arms Company); 1964 – Sam Cooke♪ ♫; 1964 – Percy Kilbride (Pa Kettle); 1971 – Maurice McDonald (co-founded McDonald's); 2008 – Bettie Page
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December 12

There are 19 days remaining in 2016.

There are 12 days until Christmas.


Events

884 – King Carloman II dies after a hunting accident. He is succeeded by his cousin, emperor Charles the Fat, who reunites the Frankish Empire for the last time.

1098 – First Crusade: Siege of Ma'arrat al-Numan: Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they reportedly resort to cannibalism.

1408 – The Order of the Dragon a monarchical chivalric order is created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then king of Hungary.

1787 – Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.

1862 – American Civil War: USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by a controlled mine.

1866 – Oaks explosion: The worst mining disaster in England kills 383 miners and rescuers.

1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels.

1901 – Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter "S" in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland.

1917 – In Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys.

1940 – World War II: Approximately 70 people are killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, as a result of a German air raid.

1941 – World War II: Fifty-four Japanese A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines. Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off.

1941 – World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Bulgaria. Hungary and Romania declare war on the United States. India declares war on Japan.

1946 – A fire at an ice plant in Hudson Heights, Manhattan spreads to an adjacent tenement, killing 37 people. [A fire. At an ice plant.]

1957 - Still married to his first wife Jane Mitcham, Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year old second cousin Myra Gale Brown.

1979 – The 8.2 Mw Tumaco earthquake shakes Colombia and Ecuador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 300–600, and generating a large (~20 feet) tsunami.

1985 – Arrow Air Flight 1285, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board, including 236 members of the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division() from Ft. Campbell, KY.

1988 – The Clapham Junction rail crash kills thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains—one of the worst train crashes in the United Kingdom.

2000 – The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore. [Bush won, icydk ]

Births

1745 – John Jay (1st Chief Justice of the United States); 1805 – Henry Wells (co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express); 1806 – Stand Watie (Cherokee Confederate General); 1821 – Gustave Flaubert (author Madame Bovary); 1863 – Edvard Munch; 1881 – Harry Warner (co-founded Warner Bros); 1893 – Edward G. Robinson; 1900 – Sammy Davis, Sr.♪ ♫; 1915 – Frank Sinatra♪ ♫; 1917 – James Wall (Capt. Kangaroo's African-American neighbor 'Mr. Baxter'); 1923 – Bob Barker; 1924 – Ed Koch; 1925 – Ted Kennedy (no, not that one, this one was a hockey player); 1927 – Robert Noyce (co-founded Intel Corporation); 1937 – Buford Pusser (subject of the Walking Tall movies); 1938 – Connie Francis♪ ♫; 1939 – Terry Kirkman♪ ♫(The Association); 1940 – Dionne Warwick♪ ♫; 1943 – Dickey Betts(The Allman Bros, "People down in Georgia come from near and far
To hear Richard Betts pick on that red guitar"); 1943 – Grover Washington, Jr.♪ ♫; 1944 – Rob Tyner(MC5); 1946 – Emerson Fittipaldi; 1947 – Wings Hauser; 1952 – Cathy Rigby; 1953 – Bruce Kulick(KISS, Grand Funk Railroad, Union); 1957 – Cy Curnin♪ ♫(The Fixx); 1957 – Sheila E.(Prince, The New Power Generation); 1966 – Royce Gracie(Brazilian mixed martial artist); 1966 – Ian Paisley, Jr.; 1970 – Jennifer Connelly; 1970 – Regina Hall; 1972 – Hank Williams III♪ ♫(son of Bocephus, grandson of Luke The Drifter); 1975 – Mayim Bialik (Blossom, 'Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler' on The Big Bang Theory)

Deaths

884 – Carloman II; 1586 – Stephen Báthory; 1889 – Robert Browning; 1939 – Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.; 1968 – Tallulah Bankhead; 1976 – Jack Cassidy (actor, father to Shaun & David Cassidy, married to Shirley Jones); 1985 – Anne Baxter; 1985 – Ian Stewart(The Rolling Stones); 1999 – Joseph Heller (author Catch-22); 2000 – George Montgomery; 2006 – Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond, Young Frankenstein); 2006 – Alan Shugart (co-founded Seagate Technology); 2007 – Ike Turner♪ ♫; 2008 – Van Johnson (Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo); 2013 – Tom Laughlin ("I'm gonna take this right foot, and I'm gonna whop you on that side of your face...and you wanna know something? There's not a damn thing you're gonna be able to do about it."); 2014 – Norman Bridwell (created Clifford the Big Red Dog)
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There are 18 days remaining in 2016.

There are 11 days until Christmas.


Events

1545 – Council of Trent begins.

1577 – Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.

1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the National Guard of the United States.

1642 – Abel Tasman reaches New Zealand.

1769 – Dartmouth College is founded by the Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with a royal charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal governor John Wentworth.

1862 – American Civil War: At the Battle of Fredericksburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee defeats Union Major General Ambrose Burnside.

1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanking: The city of Nanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, falls to the Japanese. This is followed by the Nanking Massacre, in which Japanese troops rape and slaughter hundreds of thousands of civilians.

1949 – The Knesset votes to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem.

1960 – While Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Brazil, his Imperial Bodyguard seizes the capital and proclaims him deposed and his son, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, Emperor.

1969 - Diana Ross took the Latin Casino in Philadelphia to court for $27,500 after her two pet dogs died after eating cyanide tablets left by an exterminator in her dressing room. [I guess the exterminator also left little tiny glasses of water so the bugs could take the cyanide tablets and kill themselves.]

1972 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or "Moonwalk" of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon.

1977 – Air Indiana Flight 216 crashes near Evansville Regional Airport, killing 29, including the University of Evansville basketball team, support staff, and boosters of the team.

1988 – PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat gives a speech at a UN General Assembly meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, after United States authorities refused to grant him a visa to visit UN headquarters in New York.

2003 – Iraq War: Operation Red Dawn: Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit.

Births

1816 – Werner von Siemens (founded Siemens AG); 1818 – Mary Todd Lincoln (16th FLOTUS); 1887 – Alvin C. York; 1908 – Van Heflin; 1916 – Archie Moore; 1920 – George P. Shultz; 1925 – Dick Van Dyke; 1929 – Christopher Plummer; 1930 – Robert Prosky (Cheers, Hill Street Blues, Christine); 1934 – Richard D. Zanuck; 1948 – Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter(Steely Dan, The Doobie Bros); 1948 – Uncle Ted Nugent; 1948 – Brian Wilson (no, not that one, this one's a politician in the UK); 1949 – Randy Owen♪ ♫(Alabama); 1950 – Wendie Malick (Dream On, Hot In Cleveland, Frasier); 1952 – Junkyard Dog (wrestler); 1954 – John Anderson♪ ♫(sang "Swingin'"); 1957 – Steve Buscemi; 1957 – Morris Day♪ ♫(The Time); 1967 – Jamie Foxx; 1967 – NeNe Leakes; 1975 – Tom DeLonge♪ ♫(Blink-182); 1981 – Amy Lee♪ ♫(Evanescence); 1988 – Rickie Fowler; 1989 – Taylor Swift♪ ♫

Deaths

1721 – Alexander Selkirk; 1961 – Grandma Moses; 2006 – Lamar Hunt; 2007 – Floyd Red Crow Westerman
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December 14

Today is recognized internationally as Monkey Day. Just remember, don't monkey with another monkey's monkey.

Today is also Forty-Seven Ronin Remembrance Day.

There are 17 days left in 2016.

There are 10 days until Christmas.



Events

557 – Constantinople is severely damaged by an earthquake.

1287 – St. Lucia's flood: The Zuiderzee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people.

1542 – Princess Mary Stuart becomes Mary, Queen of Scots.

1814 – War of 1812: The Royal Navy seizes control of Lake Borgne, Louisiana.

1819 – Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.

1836 – The Toledo War unofficially ends.

1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1911 – Roald Amundsen's team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole.

1940 – Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.

1955 – Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Ceylon, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Libya, Nepal, Portugal, Romania and Spain join the United Nations through United Nations Security Council Resolution 109.

1963 – The dam containing the Baldwin Hills Reservoir bursts, killing five people and damaging hundreds of homes in Los Angeles, California.

1964 – American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Congress can use the Constitution's Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.

1968 - Marvin Gaye scored his first US No.1 single when 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' started a five-week run at the top.

1994 – Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river.

1998 - Billy Preston pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agreed to testify against six other defendants who allegedly participated in starting fires, staging thefts and rigging car crashes for which a total of 18 fraudulent insurance claims were filed. Preston received five years of probation and one year in jail to run concurrently with a sentence he was already serving for violating probation on a prior conviction for cocaine possession.

1999 – Torrential rains cause flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of the state's infrastructure.

2008 – Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq.

2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, are killed in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Births

1546 – Tycho Brahe; 1896 – Jimmy Doolittle; 1902 – Frances Bavier ('Aunt Bee'); 1908 – Morey Amsterdam; 1911 – Spike Jones♪ ♫; 1915 – Dan Dailey; 1922 – Don Hewitt (created 60 Minutes); 1932 – Charlie Rich♪ ♫; 1935 – Lee Remick; 1946 – Patty Duke; 1948 – Dee Wallace; 1954 – Alan Kulwicki(introduced the Polish Victory Lap); 1960 – James Comey; 1971 – Natascha McElhone; 1988 – Vanessa Hudgens

Deaths

1799 – George Washington (1st POTUS); 1920 – George Gipp ("Win just one for the Gipper."); 1943 – John Harvey Kellogg (co-invented corn flakes); 1963 – Dinah Washington♪ ♫; 1964 – William Bendix; 1985 – Roger Maris; 1989 – Jock Mahoney; 1993 – Myrna Loy; 1994 – Orval Faubus; 1998 – Norman Fell ('Mr. Roper' on Three's Company); 2003 – Jeanne Crain; 2006 – Mike Evans ('Lionel Jefferson' on The Jeffersons, co-created Good Times); 2013 – Peter O'Toole; 2014 – Bess Myerson
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December 15

Today is Bill of Rights Day in the U.S., as declared by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, commemorating the ratification of the Bill of Rights.

Concurrently, today is Second Amendment Day in South Carolina, celebrating the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to the people keep and bear arms, "One right, protecting all others."

And, much more importantly, today is International Tea Day.

There are 16 days remaining in 2016.

There are 9 days until Christmas.



Events

1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Nashville: Union forces under George Thomas almost completely destroy the Army of Tennessee under John Bell Hood.

1890 – Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull is killed on Standing Rock Indian Reservation, leading to the Wounded Knee Massacre.

1906 – The London Underground's Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens.

1933 – The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol. [And there was much, much rejoicing.]

1939 – Gone with the Wind receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

1941 – The Holocaust: German troops murder over 15,000 Jews at Drobytsky Yar, a ravine southeast of the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Soviet Union.

1943 - American jazz musician, singer and composer, Fats Waller died of pneumonia on a train trip near Kansas City, Missouri. In 1926 Waller was kidnapped at gunpoint in Chicago and driven to a club owned by gangster Al Capone. Inside the club he was ordered to perform at what turned out to be a surprise birthday party for the gangster.

1944 - Hank Williams married Audrey Sheppard, with the ceremony taking place at a Texaco filling station in Andalusia, Alabama.

1956 - Elvis Presley gave his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase "Elvis has left the building".

1960 – Richard Pavlick is arrested for plotting to assassinate U.S. President-Elect John F. Kennedy.

1961 – Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death after being found guilty by an Israeli court of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people, and membership of an outlawed organization.

1969 - John Lennon played what would be his final ever gig in the UK when he appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, with the Plastic Ono Band in a UNICEF 'Peace For Christmas' benefit.

1970 – Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus. It is the first successful soft landing on another planet.

1973 – John Paul Getty III, grandson of American billionaire J. Paul Getty, is found alive near Naples, Italy, after being kidnapped by an Italian gang on July 10.

1973 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.

1981 – A suicide car bombing targeting the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, levels the embassy and kills 61 people, including Iraq's ambassador to Lebanon. The attack is considered the first modern suicide bombing.

1984 - Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid entered the UK chart at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia.

1988 - Soul singer James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for various offenses including possession of weapons and resisting arrest.

1993 – The Troubles: The Downing Street Declaration is issued by British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.

1999 - Boy George was knocked unconscious when a mirror ball fell on his head during a show in Dorset, England. [The visual of Boy George being clobbered by a disco ball and piling up like a sack of potatoes is just hilarious to me.:lol2]

2000 – The third reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down.

2001 - Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was given an honorary Doctorate of Music from Kent State University in Ohio.

2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to stabilize it, without fixing its famous lean.

2005 – Introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor into USAF active service.

2006 - The co-founder of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun died, aged 83. Ertegun founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947.

2009 – Boeing's 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington.

2014 – Man Haron Monis takes 18 hostages inside a café in Martin Place for 16 hours in Sydney. Monis and two hostages are killed when police raid the café the following morning.

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Births

37 – Nero; 1832 – Gustave Eiffel (co-designed the Eiffel Tower); 1852 – Henri Becquerel (namesake of the measuring unit for radioactivity, the becquerel (Bq)); 1861 – Charles Duryea ("Ladies Phaeton" was considered the first successful gas-engine vehicle built in the U.S.); 1892 – J. Paul Getty; 1911 – Stan Kenton; 1918 – Jeff Chandler; 1919 – Max Yasgur (Woodstock was held on his farm); 1921 – Alan Freed (radio dj, "The man who gave 'Rock 'n' Roll' its name."); 1923 – Freeman Dyson; 1928 – Ernest Ashworth♪ ♫; 1933 – Tim Conway; 1939 – Cindy Birdsong♪ ♫(The Supremes, Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles); 1942 – Dave Clark(The Dave Clark Five); 1946 – Carmine Appice(Vanilla Fudge, King Cobra, Blue Murder); 1949 – Don Johnson; 1950 – Melanie Chartoff (Fridays); 1955 – Paul Simonon(The Clash); 1957 – Tim Reynolds(Dave Matthews Band); 1962 – Tim Gaines(Stryper); 1963 – Helen Slater (Supergirl); 1970 – Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1, Saving Hope); 1971 – Clint Lowery(Sevendust, Korn); 1972 – Rodney Harrison; 1981 – Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)

Deaths

1675 – Johannes Vermeer; 1683 – Izaak Walton (author The Compleat Angler); 1878 – Alfred Bird (invented baking powder); 1890 – Sitting Bull (Hunkpapa Lakota chief); 1943 – Fats Waller; 1944 – Glenn Miller♪ ♫(Glen Miller Orchestra); 1962 – Charles Laughton; 1966 – Walt Disney; 1978 – Chill Wills (McLintock!, Giant, The Alamo); 2006 - Ahmet Ertegün♪ ♫(co-founded Atlantic Records); 2009 – Oral Roberts (porn star); 2010 – Blake Edwards; 2010 – Bob Feller; 2013 – Joan Fontaine (Rebecca, Suspicion, The Witches, younger sister to Olivia De Havilland, cousin to the designer of the De Havilland Mosquito)
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December 16

There are 15 days remaining in 2016.

There are 8 days until Christmas.



Events

1431 – Hundred Years' War: Henry VI of England is crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.

1497 – Vasco da Gama passes the Great Fish River, where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.

1653 – English Interregnum: The Protectorate: Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1773Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

1811 – The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occur in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri. [<--Very interesting read. The Mississippi river flowed backwards, sand geysers erupted, Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake was formed, soil liquifaction...It was a helluva thing, a helluva thing.]

1850 – The Charlotte Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.

1880 – Outbreak of the First Boer War between the Boer South African Republic and the British Empire.

1907 – The American Great White Fleet begins its circumnavigation of the world.

1920 – The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000 people.

1930 – Bank robber Herman Lamm and members of his crew are killed by a 200-strong posse, following a botched bank robbery, in Clinton, Indiana.

1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.

1944 – The Battle of the Bulge begins with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.

1947 – William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.

1950 – Korean War: U.S. President Harry S Truman declares a state of emergency, after Chinese troops enter the fight in support of communist North Korea.

1960 – A United Airlines Douglas DC-8 and a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation collide over Staten Island, New York and crash, killing all 128 people aboard both aircraft and six more on the ground.

1965 – Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.

1978 – Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first major American city to default on its financial obligations since the Great Depression.

1979 – Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, which has an immediate, dramatic effect on the United States.

1985 – Big Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti are shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family.

Births

1485 – Catherine of Aragon; 1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven; 1775 – Jane Austen; 1899 – Noël Coward; 1917 – Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey); 1928 – Terry Carter (McCloud, Battlestar Galactica); 1928 – Philip K. Dick; 1936 – Morris Dees (co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center); 1937 – Joyce Bulifant (The Mary Tyler Moore Show); 1938 – Liv Ullmann; 1941 – Lesley Stahl; 1943 – Steven Bochco; 1945 – Patti Deutsch (Match Game panelist); 1945 – Tony Hicks♪ ♫(The Hollies); 1946 – Benny Andersson♪ ♫(ABBA); 1947 – Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire); 1949 – Billy Gibbons(ZZ Top); 1951 – Robben Ford; 1955 – Xander Berkeley (24, The Mentalist, Nikita); 1961 – Shane Black (screenwriter Lethal Weapon, co-wrote & directed Iron Man 3, director Kiss Kiss Bang Bang); 1961 – Bill Hicks; 1961 – Jon Tenney (The Closer, Major Crimes); 1962 – William 'Refrigerator' Perry:devil:; 1963 – Benjamin Bratt; 1963 – James Mangold (director Walk The Line, Girl Interrupted, 3:10 To Yuma (2007)); 1971 – Michael McCary♪ ♫(Boyz II Men); 1988 – Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia film series)

Deaths

1263 – Haakon IV of Norway; 1859 – Wilhelm Grimm (the younger of The Bros Grimm); 1965 – W. Somerset Maugham; 1980 – Colonel Harland Sanders (Kentucky Fried Chicken); 1982 – Colin Chapman (founded Lotus Cars); 1985 – Thomas Bilotti (mobster); 1985 – Paul Castellano (mob boss); 1989 – Lee Van Cleef; 1993 – Moses Gunn; 2003 – Gary Stewart♪ ♫; 2007 – Dan Fogelberg♪ ♫; 2013 – Ray Price♪ ♫
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December 17

By Presidential Proclamation, today is celebrated as Wright Brothers Day in the U.S.

Concurrently, today is Pan American Aviation Day, furthering, and stimulating interest in, aviation in the American countries.

Today is recognized internationally as a Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, originally conceived as a memorial to the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, WA.

And, if you happen to live in ancient Rome, you can celebrate Saturnalia today, a festival to honor Saturn, the deity, not the planet.

There are 14 days remaining in 2016.

There are 7 days until Christmas.


Events

497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.

1398 – Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur.

1790 – Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone.

1835 – The second Great Fire of New York destroys 50 acres (200,000 square meters) of New York City's Financial District.

1837 – A fire in the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg kills 30 guards.

1862 – American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, in attempt to control the black market in southern cotton.

1865 – First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.

1892 – First issue of Vogue is published.

1903 – The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1935 – First flight of the Douglas DC-3.

1938 – Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of the heavy element uranium, the scientific and technological basis of nuclear energy.

1944 – World War II: Battle of the Bulge: Malmedy massacre: American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Joachim Peiper.

1947 – First flight of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber.

1957 – The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

1961 – Niterói circus fire: Fire breaks out during a performance by the Gran Circus Norte-Americano in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, killing more than 500.

1967 – Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappears while swimming near Portsea, Victoria, and is presumed drowned.

1969 – Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs.

1982 - Karen Carpenter made her last live appearance with The Carpenters when she performed in Sherman, California. She died at the age of 32 the following February, form complications of anorexia nervosa.

1983 – Provisional IRA members detonate a car bomb at Harrods Department Store in London. Three police officers and three civilians are killed.

2003 – SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first powered and first supersonic flight.

2004 - Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley agreed to sell 85% of his estate to businessman Robert Sillerman in a deal worth $100m. Sillerman would run Presley's Memphis home Graceland, and own Elvis' name and the rights to all revenue from his music and films. In the deal Lisa Marie would retain possession of Graceland and many of her father's ‘personal effects.’

2014 – The United States and Cuba re-establish diplomatic relations after severing them in 1960.

Births

1894 – Arthur Fiedler♪ ♫; 1913 – Burt Baskin (Baskin-Robbins); 1920 – Kenneth E. Iverson (developed the APL programming language); 1929 – William Safire; 1930 – Bob Guccione (Penthouse magazine); 1930 – Armin Mueller-Stahl; 1931 – Dave Madden (that guy who was in that thing, manager on The Partridge Family); 1936 – Tommy Steele♪ ♫; 1937 – Art Neville♪ ♫(The Neville Bros); 1939 – Eddie Kendricks♪ ♫(The Temptations); 1942 – Paul Butterfield♪♫(harmonica player); 1944 – Bernard Hill ('King Théoden' in The Lord of the Rings movies); 1945 – Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, The Cowboy Way); 1946 – Eugene Levy (American Pie movies, A Mighty Wind); 1947 – Wes Studi (Dances With Wolves, 'Magua' in The Last Of The Mohicans); 1949 – Paul Rodgers♪ ♫(Free, Bad Company, The Firm); 1953 – Barry Livingston (My Three Sons); 1953 – Bill Pullman; 1956 – Peter Farrelly (older of the Farrelly Bros); 1958 – Mike Mills(R.E.M.); 1962 – Rocco Mediate; 1966 – Tracy Byrd♪ ♫; 1969 – Chuck Liddell (mixed martial artist); 1974 – Giovanni Ribisi (A Million Ways to Die in the West); 1974 – Marissa Ribisi (the redhead in Dazed & Confused); 1975 – Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil); 1978 – Manny Pacquiao; 1980 – Ryan Hunter-Reay

Deaths

1830 – Simón Bolívar; 1956 – Eddie Acuff (the postman in the Blondie movie series); 1962 – Thomas Mitchell ('Scarlett's' father in Gone With The Wind, 'Uncle Billy' in It's A Wonderful Life); 1967 – Harold Holt; 1987 – Linda Wong (porn actress); 1992 – Dana Andrews; 1999 – Rex Allen♪ ♫; 1999 – Grover Washington, Jr.♪ ♫; 2009 – Jennifer Jones (The Song of Bernadette); 2009 – Dan O'Bannon (wrote screenplay for Alien); 2009 – Alaina Reed Hall ('Olivia' on Sesame Street); 2010 – Captain Beefheart♪ ♫; 2011 – Kim Jong-il (Dear Leader)
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A lot of first flights on this day in history. Almost like they did it on purpose.
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