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This Day In History

December 4

1956 - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time.

1991 - Pan American World Airways ends operations after 64 years.

Birthdays

1892 - Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator.

1933 - Wink Martindale, hosted Tic-Tac-Dough.

1936 - Freddy Cannon, singer (Tallahassee Lassie, Transistor Sister).

1973 - Tyra Banks, model and actress.



 

oc_in_fw

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December 4

1956 - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time.

1991 - Pan American World Airways ends operations after 64 years.

Birthdays

1892 - Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator.

1933 - Wink Martindale, hosted Tic-Tac-Dough.

1936 - Freddy Cannon, singer (Tallahassee Lassie, Transistor Sister).

1973 - Tyra Banks, model and actress.
This just in- generalissimo francisco franco is still dead
 
December 5

1945 - Flight 19, a group of TBF Avengers, disappears in the Bermuda Triangle.

1952 - The Great Smog of London begins and lasts to December 9. An estimated 4000 die and 100,000 made ill.

Birthdays

1839 - George Armstrong Custer, general.

1868 - Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist.

1901 - Walt Disney.

1916 - Hilary Koprowski, Polish-American virologist. She created the first effective live polio vaccine.
 
December 5

1945 - Flight 19, a group of TBF Avengers, disappears in the Bermuda Triangle.

1952 - The Great Smog of London begins and lasts to December 9. An estimated 4000 die and 100,000 made ill.

Birthdays

1839 - George Armstrong Custer, general.

1868 - Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist.

1901 - Walt Disney.

1916 - Hilary Koprowski, Polish-American virologist. She created the first effective live polio vaccine.
1933 - I'll drink to that. The 21st Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, ending Prohibition.
 
December 6

1884 - The Washington Monument is completed.

1953 - Vladimir Nabokov completes his novel Lolita.

Birthdays

1778 - Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist. He discovered that water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen.

1863 - Charles M. Hall, chemist. He developed an inexpensive way to produce aluminum and was a founder of Alcoa.

1896 - Ira Gershwin, songwriter.

1920 - Dave Brubek, pianist and composer.

1924 - Wally Cox, actor. He starred in the tv show Mr. Peepers, 1952-1955.
 

beginish

Moderator Emeritus
December 5

1945 - Flight 19, a group of TBF Avengers, disappears in the Bermuda Triangle.

1952 - The Great Smog of London begins and lasts to December 9. An estimated 4000 die and 100,000 made ill.

Birthdays

1839 - George Armstrong Custer, general.

1868 - Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist.

1901 - Walt Disney.

1916 - Hilary Koprowski, Polish-American virologist. She created the first effective live polio vaccine.
Koprowski was male.
 

Alacrity59

Wanting for wisdom
Moderator Emeritus
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Pearl Harbor day on the 7th. The horrible events in Montreal at the Ecole Polytechnique in 1989.
 
December 8

1927 - The think tank, the Brookings Institute, is founded.

1980 - John Lennon is murdered by Mark David Chapman in New York City.

Birthdays

1861 - William C. Durrant. He founded General Motors and Chevrolet.

1886 - Diego Rivera, Mexican painter.

1894 - James Thurber, humorist and cartoonist.

1911 - Lee J. Cobb, actor.

1925 - Sammy Davis, Jr., factor, singer, and dancer.

1933 - Flip Wilson, actor and comedian.

1947 - Gregg Allman, singer-songwriter and guitarist.

1953 - Kim Bassinger, actress.

1953 - Sam Kinnison, comedian.
 
December 10

1768 - The first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica is published.

1884 - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published.

1901 - The first Nobel Prize ceremony is held in Stockholm.

Birthdays

1815 - Ada Lovelace, English computer scientist.

1830 - Emily Dickinson, poet.

1903 - Una Merkel, actress.

1911 - Chet Huntley, journalist.

1914 - Dorothy Lamour, actress.

1952 - Susan Dey, actress.
 
December 12

1901 - Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal in St. John's, Newfoundland.

1911 - Father Edward J. Flanagan founded Boys Town in Nebraska.

Birthdays

1805 - Henry Wells, co-founded Wells-Fargo and American Express.

1821 - Gustav Flaubert, French novelist. He wrote Madame Bovary.

1893 - Edward G. Robinson, actor.

1915 - Frank Sinatra, singer and actor.

1940 - Dionne Warwick, singer.
 

Mr. Scruffy

Moderator Emeritus
December 13

1642 - Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sights the South Island of present day New Zealand; initially he calls it Staten Landt and changes it a year later to Nieuw Zeeland

1862 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia repulses a series of attacks by General Ambrose Burnside’s Army of the Potomac at Fredericksburg, Virginia. The defeat was one of the most decisive loses for the Union army, and it dealt a serious blow to Northern morale in the winter of 1862-63.

1937 - During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Nanking, the capital of China, falls to Japanese forces, and the Chinese government flees to Hankow, further inland along the Yangtze River. To break the spirit of Chinese resistance, Japanese General Matsui Iwane ordered that the city of Nanking be destroyed. Much of the city was burned, and Japanese troops launched a campaign of atrocities against civilians. In what became known as the “Rape of Nanking,” the Japanese butchered an estimated 150,000 male “war prisoners,” massacred an additional 50,000 male civilians, and raped at least 20,000 women and girls of all ages, many of whom were mutilated or killed in the process.
 
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People already have. Thought sure my offspring would have learned about Nanking in history. They didn't.

Really, in the US there's an odd blank when it comes to the history of Asia. No idea why.
 
December 14

1900 - Physicist Max Planck presents a derivation of his black body radiation law.

1940 - Plutonium (Pu-238) is isolated at Berkeley.

Birthdays

1896 - Jimmy Dolittle, pilot and general. In 1942 he led attacks on Japan with B-25 bombers.

1922 - Don Hewitt, journalist and producer. He created 60 Minutes.

1935 - Lee Remick, actress.

1946 - Patty Duke, actress.
 
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