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800 - Charlemagne judged the accusations against Pope Leo
III in the Vatican, and decided in the Pope's favor.
1783 - The first manned voyage of a lighter-than-air hydrogen
balloon left Paris carrying Professor Jacques Alexander Cesar
Charles and Marie-Noel Robert to almost 500 feet and landed
28 miles away after about 2 hours in the air. 1841 - The first
steamboat engine built in America for a screw-propelled vessel,
designed by John Ericsson and built by Captain Sylvester Doolittle,
installed on the ship Vandalia, was launched.
1885 - Invented by Charles Alderton, Dr Pepper was first
served at the W.B. Morrison & Co. Old Corner Drug Store
in Waco, Texas.
1913 - The Ford Motor Company introduced the continuously
moving assembly line, producing a complete automobile every
two-and-a-half minutes. It was the first true "mass production"
1913 - The first U.S. drive-in automobile service 'filling
station' opened at the traffic intersection of Baum Boulevard
and St. Clair Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1952 - The New York Daily News reported that Christine Jorgensen
was the first case of sexual reassignment surgery.
1955 - Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a public
bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
1958 - A fire at Our Lady of Angels School elementary school
in Chicago killed 90 children.
1974 - Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 6231 crashed northwest
of John F. Kennedy International Airport; also TWA Flight
514, another Boeing 727, crashed northwest of Dulles International
Airport, killing all 92 people on board.
1989 - Christmas Vacation was released in theaters.
1990 - The Chunnel between England and France was connected
and celebrated when and Englishman and Frenchmen broke their
their respective sides. It was officially opened by Queen
Elizabeth II and the French president, François Mitterrand,
in a ceremony held in Calais on May 6, 1994.
1991 - Britney Spears appeared on Star Search.
1992- The Young and The Restless aired the 5,000th episode.
In honor of the event, The Price Is Right (also CBS) even
featured Y&R themed showcases.
1994 - The Game Show Network, the 24-hour channel dedicated
to game shows, made its debut
1994 - Home & Garden Television (HGTV) made its debut.
1996 - 25 Days Of Christmas began airing on The Family Channel.
1997 - 8 planets in our Solar System lined up from West to
East beginning with Pluto, followed by Mercury, Mars, Venus,
Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn, along with a crescent
moon, in a rare alignment visible from Earth that lasted until
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1697 - St Paul's Cathedral was consecrated in London.
1763 - Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode
1804 - At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte
crowned himself Emperor of the French.
1816 - The first US savings bank, the Philadelphia Savings
Fund Society (PSFS), opened for business.
1823 - US President James Monroe introduced the Monroe Doctrine.
1877 - 1877, Louis-Paul Cailletet (1832-1913) became the
first to liquify oxygen. He went on to liquify nitrogen, hydrogen,
nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and acetylene.
1927 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled it's second mass production
model, the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
1939 - The New York Municipal Airport opened. It was renamed
LaGuardia Airport, after the mayor who pushed it for construction,
1942 - Enrico Fermi produced the first nuclear chain reaction,
below Stagg Field at the University of Chicago.
1954 - The US Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy
for what it called "conduct that tends to bring the Senate
into dishonor and disrepute." He was looking for communists
within the government.
1961 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared that he was a Marxist/Leninist
and that Cuba was going to adopt Communism.
1964 - Students stormed Sproul Hall on the campus of the
University of California, Berkeley in a massive 'sit-in.'
1969 - On I Dream of Jeannie, Jeannie (Barbara Eden) became
Mrs. Anthony Nelson.
1970 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), proposed
by President Richard Nixon, began operating. William Ruckelshaus
was the first director.
1971 - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) formed as a federation
from the seven emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah,
Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.
1982 - University of Utah Medical Center performed the first
implant of a permanent artificial heart in Barney Clark, designed
by Robert Jarvik The Jarvik-7. It expended Barney's life by
1983 - The epic (nearly 14 minutes) music video for Michael
Jackson's "Thriller" premiered.
1988 - The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! was
released in theaters.
1993 - Drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot to death by police
forces in Medellin, Colombia.
1997 - Good Will Hunting, starring and written by Matt Damon
and Ben Afflec debuted in theaters.
2001 - Enron filed for bankruptcy.
2005 - Aeon Flux debuted in theaters.
2009 - Nidal Hasan with thirty-two counts of attempted premeditated
murder at the Fort Hood shooting spree on November 5th. There
has been a lot of debate on whether it was an act of terrorism
or 'work place violence.'
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856 (Earthquake) Tunisia
1910 - The neon light was displayed for the first time at
the Paris Motor Show at the Grand Palace. The lamp was developed
by French inventor Georges Claude. Advertising neon signs
started showing up in 1913, notably at the Paris Opera House.
The most famous neon sign is probably the Las Vegas sign.
1919 - The Quebec Bridge over the Saint Lawrence River between
Sainte-Foy (near Quebec City) and Lévis, Quebec opened.
1922 - The first public Technicolor motion picture film,
The Toll of the Sea, was released at the Rialto Theatre, in
New York City.
1927 - Putting Pants on Philip, the first Laurel and Hardy
film, was released.
1947 - A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway.
1960 - The musical Camelot debuted at the Majestic Theatre
1967 - 54 year-old Louis Washkansky received the first human
heart transplant, led by Dr. Christian Barnard, at Groote
Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. He lived for 18
1976 - An assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley. Shot
twice, he quickly recovered.
1979 - Eleven people were killed in a stampede at Cincinnati's
Riverfront Coliseum prior to an appearance by The Who. "Festival
Seating' was pretty much to blame - thousands of people has
'first come, first seated' tickets, and a sound check made
many think the concert had already begun.
1984 - The Bhopal-Union Carbide disaster in India killed
over 8,000 people, and injured hundreds of thousands.
1992 - The Greek oil tanker Aegean Sea, carrying 80,000 tons
of crude oil, ran aground in a storm while approaching A Coruna,
Spain, spilling most of the oil.
1994 - The Sony PlayStation was released in Japan.
1997 - 121 countries signed the treaty prohibiting manufacture
and deployment of anti-personnel land mines in Ottawa, Canada.
Notable exceptions were: The United States, People's Republic
of China, and Russia.
1999 - The Mars Polar Lander crashed into the Martian surface.
2010 - The Black Swan was released in theaters.
2012 (Typhoon) At least 475 people were killed after Typhoon
Bopha made landfall in the Philippines.
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1674 - In what is now Chicago, Father Jacques Marquette founded
a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the
1791 - The first edition of The Observer, the world's first
Sunday newspaper, was published in London.
1872 - The US ship Mary Celeste was found, in good condition,
but with noone aboard, in the Atlantic Ocean.
1875 - New York City politician Boss Tweed escaped from prison.
1881 - The Los Angeles Times began publication.
1917 - "Shell Shock" was introduced as psychological
trauma for war veterans.
1921 - The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle ended in a hung jury. (It
was a horrible accident.)
1943 - Major League Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain
Landis announced that any club was free to employ black players.
1945 - The Senate approved the participation of the United
States in the UN. The United Nations began several weeks earlier,
on October 24, 1945.
1952 - Starting today, and over the course of the next several
days, Smog (severe air pollution) killed over 4,000 people
1954 - The first Burger King (Insta Burger King) opened in
Miami, Florida, owned by James McLamore and David Edgerton.
1956 - The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee
Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) got together at Sun
Studio. The recordings were released in 1981 and 1990.
1973 - NASA's Pioneer 10 reached Jupiter.
1980 - Led Zeppelin officially disbanded, following the death
of drummer John Bonham on September 25th.
1981 - Falcon Crest premiered on CBS.
1981 - You Can't Do That on Television premiered on Nickelodeon.
1981 - Reds premiered in theaters. Warren Beatty wrote, directed
and starred in the film.
1991 - Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) ceased operations.
2009 - American Amanda Knox was convicted of murdering her
British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Italy
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1455 (Earthquake) Naples, Italy, killing an estimated 40,000
1854 - Aaron H. Allen of Boston, received U.S. patent# 12,017
for a folding chair as an "Improvement in Self-Adjusting
Opera-Seat" for theatres or other public buildings. You
have probably sat on his invention, if you have gone to a
1873 - The Boston Belfry Murderer killed his first victim,
1876 - A fire at the Brooklyn Theater killed 295 people and
injured hundreds more.
1876 - The Stillson wrench was patented by Daniel Chapman
Stillson. The device was the first practical pipe wrench,
the design is still in use today. (Patent #184,993)
1933 - Prohibition ended, thanks to the 21st amendment Utah
being the last state needed to ratify it.
1945 - Five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers (Flight 19)
went missing in the Bermuda Triangle after leaving Ft. Lauderdale
Naval Air Station in Florida.
1969 - ARPANET (the first true internet) grew from ARPA (the
U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency)
when it connected to computer network nodes at four universities:
the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Stanford
Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park, CA, U.C. Santa Barbara,
and the University of Utah.
1984 - Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy, opened in
1986 - Heartbreak Ridge debuted in theaters.
1997 - Good Will Hunting was released in theaters.
2005 - In the UK, the Civil Partnership Act granted civil
partnerships "which include same sex partnerships"
in the United Kingdom with rights and responsibilities identical
to civil marriage.
2007 - Juno debuted in theaters.
2008 - Frost Nixon debuted in theaters.
2008 - O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted for the well-known
double murder in Los Angeles, was sentenced for up to thirty-three
years in prison for robbing a pair of memorabilia dealers.
He is eligible for parole in 2017.
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1790 - The US Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.
1830 - The U.S. Naval Observatory, one of the oldest scientific
agencies in the US, was established as the 'Depot of Charts
and Instruments' in Washington, D.C.
1850 - Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-94) announced the invention
the ophthalmoscope, to the Berlin Physical Society. It enabled
doctors to see directly into a patient's eye.
1865 - The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, officially
ending the institution of slavery, was ratified.
1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrated the first sound recording,
his reciting of 'Mary had a Little Lamb', at his Menlo Park,
1883 - "Ladies' Home Journal" began publication.
1884 - The Washington Monument was completed.
1906 - The first aerial photographs of Stonehenge were shown
at the Society of Antiquaries. They were taken from a hydrogen
balloon by 2nd Lieutenant Philip Sharpe of the Royal Engineers'
1907 - The Monongah Coal Mine Disaster killed 361 coal miners.
It was the worst mining disaster in American history.
1933 - A federal judge ruled that James Joyce's book, Ulysses,
was not obscene
1947 - Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated
by President Harry S Truman. His "S" didn't stand
for a name.
1957 - Vanguard rocket carrying the first US satellite blew
up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It rose about
four feet and collapsed.
1964 - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer debuted on NBC. The
holiday tradition moved to CBS in 1972
1969 - Meredith Hunter was killed by 'guards' at the Altamont
1991 - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released
2002 - Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation
and 480 hours of community service after stealing more than
$5,500 worth of merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store
in Beverly Hills, California. He also paid restitution and
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1732 - The Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera
House) was opened on London.
1787 - Delaware became 'The First State' to ratify the US
1869 - American outlaw Jesse James committed his first bank
robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.
1909 - Leo Baekeland of Yonkers, New York, received the patents
for a thermosetting artificial plastic which he called 'Bakelite'
1932 - The first gyro-stabilized ship to cross the Atlantic,
the Conte di Savoia, arrived in New York City.
1941 - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA attacked by Japan.
1946 - A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta killed 119
1960 - Coronation Street, the longest running TV soap opera
in the world, began, on Granada Television.
1982 - Murderer Charles Brooks, Jr. was the first criminal
executed by lethal injection, in Texas.
1984 - City Heat & 201 debuted in theaters.
1988 (Earthquake) Armenia, killed more than 60,000 people,
with over 500,000 homeless.
1990 - Edward Scissorhands was released in theaters.
1995 - The Galileo spacecraft arrived at the planet Jupiter
on it's mission to study the planet and it's moons.
2001 - Ocean's Eleven, starring George Clooney, opened in
2002 - In Amsterdam, Netherlands, two Van Gogh paintings
were stolen from the Van Gogh Museum. The two works were "View
of the Sea st Scheveningen" and "Congregation Leaving
the Reformed Church in Nuenen." They were found, along
with the thieves shortly after the heist.
2007 - The Golden Compass debuted in theaters.
2008 - Leverage premiered on TNT.
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1765 - Eli Whitney was born in Westboro, Massachusetts. Whitney
invented the cotton gin and developed the concept of mass-production
of interchangeable parts, which enabled the industrial revolution.
1854 - Pope Pius IX proclaimed that the Immaculate Conception,
was Roman Catholic dogma, stating that Mary was conceived
without 'original sin.'
1881 - A fire at the Ring Theater in Vienna, Austria, killed
over 600 people.
1896 - Lemon Squeezer patent (# 572,849) was issued to the
Black-American inventor J.T. White.
1931 - AT&T gained the patent for coaxial cable (#1,835,031)
1941 - Almost everyone in the US congress voted to go to
war with Japan. Montana's Jeanette Rankin was the only person
to vote against it.
1941 - The Chinese government announced that they would back
the allies, the U.S., and Great Britain against Germany, Italy
1952 - On the CBS show 'I Love Lucy,' a pregnancy was acknowledged
in a TV show for the first time, with the announcement that
'Me and my husband are about to have a blessed event.'
1980 - John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman
1982 - Sophie's Choice, starring Meryl Streep, opened in
1983 - England's House of Lords voted in favor of allowing
cameras to broadcast live television proceedings from its
1993 - The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between
Canada, Mexico and the United states, was signed into law
by President Bill Clinton.
1987 - Frank Vitkovic entered the Melbourne Queen Street
Post Office and opened fire on customers and staff with a
sawed-off shotgun, killing eight before killing himself. One
of the earliest instances of 'going postal' also happened
in Australia in 1926.
1989 - The War of the Roses debuted in theaters.
1994 - A new element (#111) was created, named unununium,
1995 - The Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up
after 30 years, a few months after the death of bandmate Jerry
2000 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon debuted in theaters.
2004 - Blade: Trinity and Dungeons and Dragons debuted in
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1884 - The US patent (#308990) for ball-bearing roller skates,
was issued to Levant M. Richardson.
1907 - Christmas Seals, an outreach from the American Lung
association, went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington,
Delaware, post office.
1958 - In Indianapolis, the John Birch Society formed.
1960 - Coronation Street debuted on the BBC.
1960 - The Sperry Rand Corporation demonstrated the UNIVAC
1107 computer; the first to use thin film magnetic technology.
The secret was the few millionths of an inch of iron-nickel
1965 - A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on CBS.
1975 - President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion loan
authorization to prevent New York City from having to default
on it's debts.
1981 - Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot
dead. Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the murder.
1983 - Based on the 1932 film, Scarface, starring Al Pacino,
was released in theaters.
1983 - Sudden Impact and Christine debuted in theaters.
1988 - Twins, Mississippi Burning and My Stepmother is an
Alien were released in theaters.
1992 - England's : Prince Charles and Princess Diana formally
announced their separation.
1993 - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavor completed
repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
2005 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe, Memoirs of a Geisha and Brokeback Mountain debuted
2009 - A Russian SLBM RSM-56 Bulava failed mid-flight causing
a very unusual light formation over Norway.
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1033 (Earthquake) Ramala (West Bank)
1478 - Arte dell'Abbaco ("The Art of the Abacus"),
the first teaching math book, was printed and distributed
in Treviso, Italy. Author unknown.
1845 - British engineer Robert Thompson patented the first
pneumatic (air pressured) tires.
1869 - Montana granted women the right to vote.
1899 - George Safford Parker was issued a US patent (#635,700)
on his improved fountain pen.
1901 - The first Nobel Prizes were awarded. President Theodore
'Teddy' Roosevelt became the first person to be awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize.
1948 - The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal
Declaration on Human Rights.
1955 - The Mighty Mouse Playhouse began a long-standing "Saturday
Morning Cartoon' tradition on ABC.
1963 - Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped, then released after
$250,000 ransom was paid. The kidnappers were all caught a
few days later.
1964 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace
1965 - The Grateful Dead played their first concert, at the
Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1967 - Otis Redding and members of the Bar-Kays were killed
in a Wisconsin plane crash.
1982 - 48 HRS, Ghandi, Airplane II: The Sequel, The Toy,
The Verdict and Sophie's Choice debuted in theaters.
1984 - South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel
1987 - Based on the comic books, The Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles cartoon premiered, in syndication.
1994 - Advertising executive Thomas Mosser of North Caldwell,
NJ, was killed by a mail bomb sent by the Unabomber.
1994 - Palestinian Yasser Arafat, and Isrealis Shimon Peres
and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1999 - The Green Mile and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo were
released in theaters.
2009 - Avatar, the biggest grossing film of all time, was
released in theaters.
2010 - The Tourist, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage
of the Dawn Treader and The Fighter were released in theaters.
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Babies born today were probably conceived on Saint Patrick's
1769 - Venetian Blinds were patented in London by Edward
Bevan in England.
1844 - Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to have a
tooth extracted after receiving an anesthetic (Nitrous Oxide)
for the dental procedure, by Dr. John M. Riggs.
1882 - Boston's Bijou Theater had its first performance,
the first American playhouse lit with electricity.
1911 - In Stockholm, Sweden, Marie Curie became the first
person to be awarded a second Nobel prize.
1936 - Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in
order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941 - Germany and Italy declared war on the United States.
1946 - The United Nations International Children's Emergency
Fund (UNICEF) was founded.
1947 - The United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American
Federation of Labor.
1964 - Singer Sam Cooke was shot and killed by the motel
manager of the Hacienda Motel, where he was staying.
1967 - The Concorde, a British/French venture; the world's
first supersonic airliner was unveiled in Toulouse, France.
1972 - Apollo XVII astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt
landed on the moon for the final Apollo mission.
1980 - Hawaii-based Magnum, P.I. premiered on CBS.
1981 - Muhammad Ali fought his 61st and final fight to Trevor
1985 - The Unabomber killed his first victim, Hugh Scrutton
who was killed in his computer store when a mailed package
exploded, in Sacramento, California.
1987 - Throw Momma From the Train, Empire of the Sun and
Wall Street debuted in theaters.
1991 - Hook was released in theaters.
1992 - The Muppet Christmas Carol and A Few Good Men were
released in theaters.
1997 - More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming
conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's global-warming
2008 - Bernie Madoff was arrested for bilking clients for
hundreds of millions of dollars.
2009 - The Lovely Bones was released in theaters.
2010 - The first customer delivery of a Nissan Leaf (an all-electric
vehicle) was made at by a dealer at Petaluma, California.
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1787 - Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the
1901 - Guglielmo Marconi sent the first Atlantic wireless
(radio) transmission (three beeps) from Cornwall, England,
to Newfoundland, Canada.
1913 - Stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris on August 11,
1911, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Mona Lisa was recovered
from Vincenzo Peruggia. He was sentenced to 14 months in jail.
1917 - Father Edward J. Flanagan founded Boy's Town in Omaha,
1925 - The Mo-Tel of San Luis Obispo, California (between
Los Angeles to San Francisco) opened as the first motel. The
word Motel is a combination of the words 'Motorist' and 'Hotel.'
1953 - Chuck Yeager established the speed record (,ach 2.5)
record flying a Bell X-1A, a slightly larger, but much modified
version of the Bell X-1
1967 - Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, starring Katharine Hepburn,
Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton, opened
1980 - Leonardo da Vinci's Leicester Codex was sold to Armand
Hammer for $5.12 million. Bill Gates later bought it from
the Hammer Estate for 30.8 million in 1994.
1986 - The Golden Child, King King Lives and Three Amigos
debuted in theaters.
1989 - 69 year-old Leona Helmsley, the "Queen of Mean",
received a four-year prison sentence, along with750 hours
of community service, and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in
2003 - Keiko the Orca (or killer whale), star of the "Free
Willy" movies died in his home of Taknes fjord, in Norway.
2008 - The Day the Earth Stood Still and Gran Torino debuted
2012 - 12/12/12/ The Concert for (Hurricane) Sandy Relief
took place at Madison Square Garden.
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115 (Earthquake) Antioch, Byzantine Empire (Turkey)
1545 - The Council of Trent began; it was the planning of
responding to the Protestant Movement, by the Catholic Church.
1928 - George Gershin's An American in Paris debuted in Carnegie
1962 - Relay I, the first U.S. communications satellite was
1968 - Science magazine published the essay 'Tragedy of the
Commons', by Garrett Hardin.
1985 - The Jewel of the Nile, A Chorus Line and Clue debuted
1996 - Jerry Maguire, Mars Attacks! and The Preacher's Wife
were released in theaters.
2000 - Al Gore conceded the presidential election to George
W. Bush. A later investigation, counting the pivotal Florida
votes, indicated that Bush did win the election, by a few
2002 - Star Trek: Nemesis debuted in theaters.
2003 - Saddam Hussein was captured near his hometown of Tikrit,
2013 - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, American Hustle,
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, and Saving Mr. Banks were
released in theaters.
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1287 - St. Lucia's Flood, Netherlands
1656 - Imitation pearls were first manufactured by a Frenchman,
1852 - Cullen Whipple, of Providence, R.I., patented (# 9477)
his "Mechanism for Pointing and Threading Screw-Blanks
in the Same Machine." Prior to that, screws were generally
made with a flat tip. His machine made them pointy.
1900 - Max Planck demonstrated that energy can exhibit characteristics
of physical matter, in certain situations, introducing quantum
mechanics. Previously, energy was considered a form only in
1902 - The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first
Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.
1911 - Norwegian Roald Amundsen became the first explorer
to reach the South Pole.
1977 - Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, opened
1984 - Dune, Starman, 1984, A Passage to India and the Cotton
Club debuted in theaters.
1986 - Voyager, the experimental aircraft piloted by Dick
Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base
in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around
the world, in nine days.
1990 - Mermaids was released in theaters.
2001 Vanilla Sky Debuted in theaters.
2006 - King Kong debuted in theaters.
2007 - I Am Legend & Alvin and the Chipmunks debuted
2012 - Adam Lanza entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School
in Newton, Connecticut, and shot 26 people, and then himself.
20 children were killed in the attack.
2012 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in
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1791 - The Bill of Rights was added to to the United States'
1. Freedom of religion, speech and assembly
2. Right to keep and bear arms for the purpose of a well-regulated
3. No forcible quartering of soldiers during peacetime
4. Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure
5. Right to a grand jury for capital crimes and due process.
Protection from double jeopardy, self-incrimination and public
confiscation of private property without just compensation.
6. Right to speedy and public trial by jury and a competent
7. Right to trial by jury for monetary cases above $20
8. Protection against excessive bail or fines and cruel and
9. Rights not enumerated are retained by the people
10. Rights not given to the federal government or prohibited
the state governments by the Constitution, are reserved to
the States (the people).
Some US politicians still debate whether the "rights"
are granted to the citizens by the government, or if they
are a Creator-driven protection from the government "for"
1827 - The city of Boston, Massachusetts, the School Committee
voted to require, effective 1 Mar 1828, that public school
students show that they had been vaccinated against smallpox
prior to school entrance. Certificates to the board of health
were to be issued where necessary for free vaccination. This
initiative came just three decades after Edward Jenner's discovery
of a method to immunize against smallpox. The state of Massachusetts
passed the first school vaccination law in 1855, followed
by New York (1862) and Connecticut (1872). (source)
1836 - A fire destroyed the US Patent Office, erasing the
records of most of the first 9,957 US patents' records.
1890 - Native American Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iyotake) was
shot and killed by Indian police over a political misunderstanding.
1933 - The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution
repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, which prohibited the sale,
manufacture, and transportation of alcohol.
1939 - Gone with the Wind premiered at Loew's Grand Theatre
in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
1944 - Bandleader Glenn Miller's plane disappeared over the
English Channel. One of the largest pop stars of his day,
he was the first of many who died in an airplane mishap.
1973 - The American Psychiatric Association voted 13-0 to
remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric
1989 - Driving Miss Daisy debuted in theaters.
1993 - Schindler's List, starring Liam Neeson, opened in
1995 - Sense and Sensibility, Heat and Jumanji was released
1999 - Vargas Tragedy, Venezuela
2000 - The Emperor's New Groove, What Women Want, Dude Where's
My Car and Chocolat debuted in theaters.
2000 - Chernobyl nuclear plant was officially, permanently
shut down in Ukraine, after the April 26, 1986 disaster.
2004 - Million Dollar Baby debuted in theaters.
2006 - The Pursuit of Happyness, Dreamgirls, Eragon and Charlotte's
Web debuted in theaters.
2011 - Impractical Jokers premiered on TruTV
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1707 (Eruption) The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in
1773 - The Boston Tea Party. Massachusetts colonists, 'the
Sons of Liberty,' disguised as Mohawk Indians board three
British tea ships and dump 342 chests of tea into Boston harbor.
1811 (Earthquake) An 8.6 magnitude earthquake hit the United
States, the largest in our history. The area affected included:
Missouri, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee,
and Arkansas. Amazingly, no people were killed.
1835 - Great Fire of New York City. Over 600 buildings were
1884 - The first US patent (#309,219) was issued for an automatic
liquid vending machine to William H. Fruen of Minneapolis,
MN. People could get a measured amount of a liquid for coin
1893 - Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in
E Minor "From the New World" was performed at Carnegie
Hall. The music had African roots, and the piece greatly influenced
the American musical landscape for the next century.
1912 -The world's first stamp to depict an airplane was issued
in the US, available at Post Offices on January 1, 1912.
1920 (Earthquake) Haiyuan County, Ningxia, China
1944 - Attacking the Allies in northern France through northwestern
Belgium, Hitler's army started the Operation Mist (aka Ardennes
Offensive or the Battle of the Bulge).
1983 - Silkwood and Uncoom Valor debuted in theaters.
1988 - Rain Man, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Torch Song Trilogy
were released in theaters.
1994 - Dumb and Dumber was released in theaters.
195 - The 'Euro" was officially named.
2010- CNN's Larry King Live aired the last original episode.
2011 - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the
Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
were released in theaters.
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497 BC - The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient
1538 - Pope Paul III excommunicated England's Henry VIII.
1790 - The Aztec Stone ('Sun Stone') was excavated in the
Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City. It is about
12 feet across and weighs about 24 tons.
1835 - The Great Fire of New York took place in New York
City in 1835, destroying hundreds of buildings and killing
1843 - Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol novella was published
by Chapman and Hall. It is one of the most well-known books
and stories of all time.
1880 -The Edison Electric Illuminating Company was incorporated
to provide electric light to New York City.
1892 - First issue of Vogue magazine was published.
1903 - Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven
biplane he made with his brother Wilbur, which stayed aloft
for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight
near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1933 - The Chicago Bears beat the New York Giants 23-21 in
the second NFL Championship game.
1957 - The United States successfully launched the first
(Atlas) InterContinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) at Cape
1969 - Tiny Tim married Miss Vicky (Victoria May Budinger)
on The Tonight Show.
1969 - The United States Air Force closed its study of UFOs,
Project Blue Book.
1979 - The first rocket automobile vehicle to break the sound
barrier on land was driven by Stan Barrett who reached 739.7
mph (speed of sound: 761.2) on a 3-mile test-strip at Rogers
Lake, Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
1982 - Tootsie and The Dark Crystal debuted in theaters.
1987 - Final Fantasy (I) was released in Japan.
1991 - Gilbert O'Sullivan's Alone Again (Naturally) was 'sampled'
in Biz Markie's "Alone Again," and the United States
Federal Court for the Southern District of New York agreed
with the 70's artist that Biz needed to get permission to
use his music in a very landmark case. That permission typically
involves direct payment or a portion of the net profits today.
1993 - What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Pelican Brief and
Beethoven's 2nd were released in theaters.
1999 - Stuart Little was released in theaters.
2000 - In addition to a 17-0 victory by the San Francisco
49ers over the Chicago Bears, San Francisco's wide receiver
Terrell Owens set a new NFL record of 20 catches in a single
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was
released, and it went on to win 11 Oscars. Score eleven for
the nerds! The Lord of the Rings Trilogy were first published
2004 - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and
The Aviator debuted in theaters.
2008 - The Wrestler debuted in theaters.
2011 - Yogi Bear was released in theaters.
2011 - Kim Jong Il, 'Beloved, Brilliant, Perfect, Wise, Unique
and Dear' Leader and Father of the People of North Korea,
Died. He was also referred to as the Superior Person, Sun
of the Communist Future and The Shining Star of Paektu Mountain.
2011 - The Adventures of Tintin was released in theaters.
2014 - The United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic
2014 - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was released
in US theaters
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1620 - The British ship Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth,
Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their
new settlement, Plymouth Colony. Passenger William Bradford
became the first governor of the colony.
1787 - New Jersey became the 3rd state.
1839 - John William Draper took a daguerreotype of the moon,
the first celestial photograph made in the US.
1865 - The 13th Amendment went into effect, abolishing slavery
in the US.
1878 - Joseph Swan demonstrated his carbon filament electric
light, almost a year before Edison.
1892 - The premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr
Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1912 - Piltdown Man's skull was found in a gravel pit in
Sussex, England. At first, it was believed to be the 'missing
link' between man and early primates, but was later discovered
to be a hoax.
1932 - The Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans
(9-0) in the first NFL Championship Game.
1936 - The first giant panda in the US, Su-Lin, arrived in
San Francisco from China.
1958 - Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite,
1961 - Based on an African sing called 'Mbube' - The Lion
Sleeps Tonight was the # 1 song on the billboard Charts. It
is probably the most well-know doo-wop song of all time.
1968 - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was released. It was based
on Ian Fleming's book of the same name.
1969 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service was released, starring
George Lazenby as Agent 007, James Bond.
1977 - George and Kathleen Lutz purchased their new home
at their home at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville New York.
Their 28 day adventure in the home was dramatically portrayed
in the 1977 book and 1979 film, The Amityville Horror.
1985 - Brazil was released in theaters.
1987 - Moonstruck, Broadcast News, Eddie Murphy Raw, *batteries
not included, Overboard, Ironweed and Leonard Part 6 debuted
1996 - The Oakland, California school board unanimously passed
a resolution for the incorporating of Ebonics in the classroom.
1997 - Comedian Chris Farley died from a drug overdose, at
the age of 33.
1997 - HTML 4.0 was published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
1998 - The Prince of Egypt and You've Got Mail were released
2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers debuted in theaters.
2009 - Avatar and Nine were released in theaters.
2013 - A&E suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson
for comments he made regarding homosexuality and the civil
rights era in an interview with GQ magazine. He was reinstated
on December 27.
2013 - Her and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues were released
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1732 - Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor
Richard's Almanack, in Philadelphia.
1843 - Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was published.
1871 - Samuel Clemens received a patent (# 121,992) for "An
Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Garment Straps",
a type of cumberbun/belt.
1903 - The Williamsburg Bridge, was opened in New York City.
1907 - A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania,
killed 239 workers; there was one survivor, Joseph Mapleton,
in the Darr Mine Disaster.
1924 - The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. the first 'Best
Car in the World', was sold in London, England.
1930 - The first autogyro pilot to carry a passenger was
Amelia Earhart, at Pitcairn Field, Willow Grove, PA.
1932 - BBC World Service began broadcasting as the BBC Empire
1950 - Rose Marie Reid of Los Angeles, California, received
a patent (#2,535,018) for a one-piece bathing suit "embodying
a novel construction for causing it to snugly fit the body
of a wearer in a flattering manner," using elastic fabric.
1974 -The Altair 8800 microcomputer was put on sale in the
U.S. as a do-it-yourself computer kit, for $397.
1985 - Mary Lund of Minnesota became the first woman to receive
a Jarvik VII artificial heart in Minneapolis.
1986 - Platoon and Little Shop of Horrors debuted in theaters.
1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies was released in theaters.
1997 - Titanic, now the second-largest grossing film to date,
premiered in theaters.
1998 - President Bill Clinton was charged with lying under
oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton,
the second president in American history to be impeached,
vowed to finish his term. His lie was about an affair with
21 year-old intern, Monica Lewinsky.
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
debuted in theaters.
2005 - Deal Or No Deal premiered on NBC
2012 - Zero Dark Thirty, The Guilt Trip and Monsters Inc
(3D) were released in theaters.
2014 - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie
were released in theaters.
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1803 - Although officially signed in April 1803, the French
flag came down and the United States' flag rose in New Orleans,
completing the Louisiana Purchase.
1880 - New York's Broadway was first lighted by electricity,
built by Charles F. Brush, and became known as the "Great
1946 - It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart, premiered
in New York City.
1955 - Cardiff was declared the capital city of Wales, United
Kingdom. It is alos the town where much of the action in the
modern Doctor Who television show takes place.
1957 - Elvis Presley was drafted. He served between March
1958 and March 1960. His army serial number was 53 310 761.
1965 - ABC brought The Dating Game and Supermarket Sweep
to daytime TV.
1985 - The Color Purple, Out of Africa and Enemy Mine were
released in theaters.
1991 - Father of the Bride was released in theaters.
2002 - The Wild Thornberrys, Gangs of New York and Two Weeks
Notice debuted in theaters.
2006 - Rocky Balboa debuted in theaters.
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1620 - William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims landed
on (what is now known as Plymouth Rock) in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1913 - Arthur Wynne published his "word-cross",
the first crossword puzzle, in the New York World.
1937 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney's first
full-length (83 minutes), animated film opened in Los Angeles,
CA, at the at the Carthay Circle Theatre.
1970 - Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley met at the White House.
Elvis was there to help the government's war on drugs.
1975 - Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, better known
as Carlos the Jackle, raided an OPEC meeting in Austria. Three
people were killed in the attack.
1984 - Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo , Birdy, Johnny Dangerously
and The Flamingo Kid debuted in theaters.
1985 - Pope John Paul II announced the institution of 'World
1988 - Pan Am Flight 103 (London to New York) exploded in
over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers and 16
crew members aboard, as well as 11 Lockerbie residents on
the ground. Libya admitted responsibility in 2003.
1989 - The United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow
government of Manuel Noriega. Noriega surrendered on January
1994 - Richie Rich was released in theaters.
1996 - NeXT merged with Apple Computer.
2001 - Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius debuted in theaters.
2001 - A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe had a limited
release, the wide release of the film was January 4, 2002.
2007 - National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Sweeney Todd:
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and P.S. I Love You debuted
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856 (Earthquake) Damghan, Iran
1666 - The French Academy of Sciences was founded.
1808 - Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony"
(Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67) premiered. It is one of
the most well known pieces of music of all time.
1882 - The first string of electric lights decorating a Christmas
tree was created for his house by Edward H. Johnson,
1900 - Emil Jellinek, anAustrian racer, bought the first
1937 - The Lincoln Tunnel in New York opened to traffic.
A second tube of the Lincoln Tunnel to the north of the first
was opened on 1 Feb 1945, and a third tube was added south
of the first on 25 May 1957.
1947 - The transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
1956 - Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio. She was
the first gorilla born in captivity.
1963 - The National Christmas Tree was not lit until December
22nd because of a national 30-day period of mourning following
the assassination of President Kennedy.
1978 - Full time businessman and part-time clown John Wayne
Gacy confessed to kidnapping, torturing and killing several
dozen young men.
1984 - Bernhard 'Bernie" Goetz shot several would-be
muggers in a Manhattan, New York subway.
1989 - Tango & Cash, Born on the Fourth of July and Roger
& Me were released in theaters.
1990 - Kindergarten Cop, Bonfire of the Vanities and Awakenings
were released in theaters.
1995 - Cutthroat Island, Grumpier Old Men and Waiting to
Exhale were released in theaters.
1999 - Man on the Moon was released in theaters.
2000 - O Brother Where Art Thou?, Miss Congeniality and The
Family Man debuted in theaters.
2004 - Meet the Fockers and Phantom of the Opera were released
2006 - Night At The Museum, Hotel Rwanda and The Good Shepard
debuted in theaters.
2010 - Little Fockers and True Grit were released in theaters.
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1823 - A Visit From St. Nicholas, also known as The Night
Before Christmas, was published. Clement Clarke Moore acknowledged
authorship in 1837.
1888 - Suffering from severe depression, Vincent Van Gogh
cut off the lower part of his left ear with a razor in Arles,
1913 - The Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by President
Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve System.
1947 - The transistor was first demonstrated by Walter H.
Brattain and John Bardeen at Bell Laboratories.
1954 - Led by Dr. John P. Merrill, the first successful kidney
transplant was carried out between identical twins at Peter
Bent Hospital, Boston, Mass. The kidney was donated to Richard
Herrick, 23, by his identical twin, Ronald.
1959 - Early rocker Chuck Berry was arrested for bringing
a 14 year old girl from Mexico to Missouri.
1970 - The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan,
New York, New York reached 1,368 feet, making it the tallest
building in the world at that time.
1972 - NFL's "Immaculate Reception" - Franco Harris
of the Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed a deflected pass from quarterback
Terry Bradshaw to score a touchdown, winning the game for
the Steelers 13-7 over the Oakland Raiders.
1986 - Experimental aircraft Voyager landed at Edwards Air
Force Base in California, completing the first nonstop flight,
just over nine hours, around the globe on a single load of
1988 - Working Girl, Beaches, Dangerous Liaisons, The Accidental
Tourist and Hellbound: Hellraiser II were released in theaters.
1992 - Scent of a Woman was released in theaters.
1994 - Legends of the Fall and Nobody's Fool were released
1997 - As Good As It Gets was released in theaters.
2009 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel was released
2011 - We Bought A Zoo was released in theaters.
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1801 - Richard Trevithick publicly displayed his "Puffing
Devil," or "Puffer," the first steam-powered
passenger vehicle. The steam engine was a prototype of steam
1814 - The War of 1812 ended between the British Empire and
the United States.
1818 - "Silent Night" (music: Franz Xaver Gruber,
lyrics: Joseph Mohr) premiered in the church of St. Nikolaus
in Oberndorf, Austria.
1851 - A fire erupted at the Library of Congress in Washington,
D.C., destroying about 35,000 books, including much of Thomas
1865 - In Pulaski, Tennessee, a group of Confederate veterans
formed the "Ku Klux Klan."
1889 - A bicycle with a back-pedal brake was patented (#
418,142) by Daniel Stover and William Hance of Freeport, Ill.
1914 - An unofficial 'cease fire' on the Western Front, the
"Christmas truce" began. Both sides stopped fighting,
shared gifts, and celebrated Christmas together. An estimated
100,000 British and German troops were involved.
1955 - The Lennon Sisters debuted on the Lawrence Welk Show
1955 - NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will
become an annual Christmas Eve tradition, thanks to a misprinted
phone number in a Sear's retail catalogue. For the first several
years, it was run by the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD)
1968 - Apollo 8 broadcast to the Earth, and reported that
there is a Santa Claus.
1972 - Entertainment Bob Hope gave his ninth (and final)
Christmas show in Vietnam.
1973 - District of Columbia Home Rule Act was passed, giving
residents of Washington DC the power to elect their own local
1993 - Tombstone and Philadelphia were released in theaters.
1997- Woody Allen married Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter
of his former girlfriend Mia Farrow.
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0 (possibly 4 or 6 BC) - Jesus was born.
800 - Charlemagne was coronated as Holy Roman Emperor, in
1066 - William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, was crowned
king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.
1643 - Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, was found and
named by English Captain William Mynors.
1776 - George Washington led a successful raid on the Hessian/British
troops in Trenton, NJ. There are reports that the usually
stoic future president made a request of the big-boned General
Harry Knox: "shift that fat ass Harry, but slowly, or
you'll swamp the damned boat."
1809 - The first US ovariotomy (the surgical removal of an
ovarian tumor) was performed by Dr. Ephraim McDowell, in Danville,
1815 - The Handel and Haydn Society gave its first performance
in Boston, MA.
1868 - US President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional
pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers and officers.
1914 - German and British soldiers stopped firing late Christmas
Eve, and started singing Christmas Carols. In the morning,
they exited their trenches and walked towards the side of
thier enemies shouting 'Merry Christmas.' Both sides stopped
fighting, played football (soccer) and even exchanged token
1941 - Bing Crosby premiered 'White Christmas' on his weekly
1962 - To Kill a Mockingbird, a film based on the 1960 novel
of the same name by Harper Lee, opened in theaters.
1987 - Good Morning, Vietnam debuted in theaters.
1990 - The Godfather Part III was released in theaters.
1992 - Chaplin and Hoffa were released in theaters.
1993 - Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Grumpy Old Men were
released in theaters.
1996 - JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in her home.
1998 - Mighty Joe Young was released in theaters.
1999 - Galaxy Quest and The Talented Mr. Ripley were released
2001 - Kate and Leopold and Ali debuted in theaters.
2003 - Cheaper by the Dozen debuted in theaters.
2007 - Aliens Vs. Predator - Requiem and The Bucket List
debuted in theaters.
2008 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Marley &
Me, Valkyrie and Bedtime Stories debuted in theaters.
2009 - Sherlock Holms and It's Complicated were released
2011 - War Horse was released in theaters.
2012 - Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Parental Guidance
were released in theaters.
2013 - Lone Survivor, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Secret
Life of Walter Mitty Grudge Match and 47 Ronin were released
2014 - The Interveiw, Selma, Unbroken, Into the Woods and
American Sniper were released in theaters.
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1 BC Observation: December 26th to December 31st, 1 BC is
a bit of a misnomer.
1610 - Countess Elizabeth Bathory had tortured and killed
possibly hundreds young girls for over a dozen years. She
believed eating flash and bathing in their blood would keep
1865 - James H. Mason of Franklin, Mass., was issued a patent
(# 51,741) for a coffee percolator.
1878 - The first electric lighting in an American store was
installed at John Wanamaker's "Grand Depot" department
store, Philadelphia, PA.
1906 - The world's first full-length feature film, Story
of the Kelly Gang (about 70 minutes) was presented in the
Town Hall at Melbourne, Australia.
1919 - Babe Ruth, of the Boston Red Sox, was sold to the
New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, beginning the 'Curse
of the Bambino', which lasted until 2004.
1946 - Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel opened The Pink
Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
1963 - The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
and "I Saw Her Standing There" were released as
singles in the US.
1966 - Maulana Karenga held the first Kwanzaa, in California.
1967 - A patent (# 3,359,678) was issued to Wham-O for their
improvement of the Frisbee, an "aerodynamic toy to be
thrown through the air
in throwing games."
1973 - Based on William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel, The Exorcist,
starring Linda Blair, was released in theaters.
1982 - The Man of the Year in Time magazine was the personal
2004 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
A series of tsunamis killed more than 225,000 people in eleven
countries with waves up to 100 feet high. It was the deadliest
natural disaster in modern history.
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1831 - Charles Darwin set sail in the HMS Beagle, beginning
his journey discovering evolution.
1895 - "Stag" Lee Sheldon killed his friend Billy
Lyons over a drunken political argument. Various version of
the encounter have been sung about "Stagger Lee."
1904 - Peter Pan, by James Barrie, opened at the Duke of
York's Theater in London.
1927 - Show Boat, considered to be the first American musical
play, opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway.
1932 - Built during the Great Depression, Radio City Music
Hall, a modern Art Deco theater in New York City, opened.
1979 - Knots Landing premiered on CBS
1983 - Pope John Paul II visited Mehmet Ali Agca in prison
and personally forgave him for shooting him in 1981, in St.
1986 - Brighton Beach Memories debuted in theaters.
1991 - Fried Green Tomatoes and The Prince of Tides were
released in theaters.
2002 - Chicago debuted in theaters.
2013 - August: Osage County was released in theaters.
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1065 - Westminster Abbey was consecrated.
1869 - The Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in
Philadelphia, PA, held the first Labor Day.
1895 - Louis and Auguste Lumiere screened a series of short
scenes from everyday French life (and charged admission for
the viewing) at the Grand Cafe in Paris.
1908 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Messina, Italy.
1973 - The Endangered Species Act was passed in the United
1974 - Tom Baker made his first full appearance as the Fourth
Doctor on Doctor Who.
1991 - Nine people were killed in a mini-riot at a hip-hop
event promoted by Dwight "Heavy D" Myers and Sean
"P Diddy" Combs. Over 3000 tickets were sold for
the event, which had space for less than 2800 people.
1996 - E! True Hollywood Story has its debut episode.
2000 - Founded in 1872, retailer Montgomery Ward announced
it was going out of business.
2001 - Black Hawk Down debuted in theaters.
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1170 - Archbishop Thomas Becket was assassinated in Canterbury
Cathedral by four knights, under orders from King Henry II
1851 - The first American YMCA (Young Men's Christian association)
opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
1890 - The US Cavalry killed 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on
the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.
1896 - "Lava" soap was trademarked by William Waltke
& Co. of St. Louis, Missouri.
1916 - James Joyce's book Portrait of the Artist as a Young
Man was published.
1927 - Krakatoa began a volcanic eruption on the seafloor.
It had been quiet since its 1883 eruption.
1952 - The first transistor hearing aid went on sale, the
model 1010, manufactured by the Sonotone Corporation
1959 - Physicist Richard Feynman gave a speech entitled "There's
Plenty of Room at the Bottom," which brought in the concept
1982 - Surround Sound was introduced for home use by Dolby.
1995 - Mr. Holland's Opus, Dead Man Walking and 12 Monkeys
were released in theaters.
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1903 - Iroquois Theatre Fire, Chicago, Illinois - over 600
people were killed.
1916 - Grigory Efimovich Rasputin was murdered. He was a
family friend and confidant of Russia's Czar Nicholas II and
1922- Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian
Federation formed the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics).
1948 - The Cole Porter Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate (1,077
performances), opened at the New Century Theatre. It was based
on Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew.
1953 - The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando was released.
1968 - The Gonzaga '68 bootleg was recorded at a western
Washington State gym. The music was of the opening act, Vanilla
Fudge, and was one of the earliest performances by Led Zeppelin.
They were locally advertised as 'Len Zefflin.'
1993 - Israel and Vatican City establish diplomatic relations.
1994 - Anti-abortionist John Salvi III killed two people
and injured five more at an abortion clinic in Brookline,
More Trivia For December 31
1600 - The British East India Company was chartered. It was
the first global mega-corporation.
1805 - The 'Calendar of Reason' had been introduced in France
on November 24, 1793. It was abandoned, and the Gregorian
calendar, which we still use today, replaced it.
1831 - Gramercy Park was presented to New York, New York.
1865 - "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...
shall exist within the United States, or any place subject
to their jurisdiction" was some of the phrasing in the
13th Amendment, eliminating Slavery in the US.
1870 - The 'Goodrich, Tew & Co' was formed as a partnership
by B.F. Goodrich and his brother-in-law, Harvey W. Tew, and
others in Akron, Ohio.
1879 - Thomas Edison demonstrated the incandescent light
to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
1907 - The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Longacre
Square (now known as Times Square) in New York, New York.
1923 - The chimes of Big Ben were broadcast on radio for
the first time by the BBC.
1935 - The patent (# 2,026,082) was issued for the game of
Monopoly, assigned to Parker Brothers, by Charles Darrow of
1938 - The "drunkometer," the first breath test
for car drivers, was invented by Dr Rolla N. Harger of Indiana
University School of Medicine.
1955 - General Motors became the first US corporation to
make over $1 billion in a single year.
1956 - Bob Barker made his national debut on Truth or Consequences.
1972 - Roberto Clemente was killed, along with four others
when the cargo plane in which he is traveling crashes off
the coast of Puerto Rico.
1983 - AT&T 'Ma Bell' telephone system monopoly was broken
up by the United States Government.
1985 - Singer Rick Nelson was killed in a plane crash in
De Kalb, Texas.
1999 - The United States, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter
Treaties, officially handed over control of the Panama Canal