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December 8th History

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December 8th In Pop Culture History

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 and Japan.

1943 - Broadway Show - The Voice of the Turtle (Play) December 8, 1943

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.'

1956 - #1 Hit December 8, 1956 - February 8, 1957: Guy Mitchell - Singing The Blues

1965 - Broadway Show - Cactus Flower (Play) December 8, 1965

1979 - #1 Hit December 8, 1979 - December 21, 1979: Styx - Babe

1980 - John Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman

1982 - Sophie's Choice, starring Meryl Streep, opened in theaters.

1983 - England's House of Lords voted in favor of allowing cameras to broadcast live television proceedings from its chamber.

1984 - #1 Hit December 8, 1984 - December 21, 1984: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Out of Touch

1990 - #1 Hit December 8, 1990 - January 4, 1991: Stevie B - Because I Love You (The Postman Song)

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, symbol 'Uuu'

1995 - The Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up after 30 years, a few months after the death of bandmate Jerry Garcia.

2000 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon debuted in theaters.

December 8, 2001 Birthday (fictional) Riley Mathews, Girl Meets World, TV

2004 - Blade: Trinity and Dungeons and Dragons debuted in theaters.

December 8th
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Jerry Butler (1939)
David Carradine (1936)
Mike Mussina (1968)
Kate Voegele (1986)
Ian Somerhalder (1978)
Dominic Monoghan (1976)
Flip Wilson (1933-1988)
Gregg Allman (1947)
Eli Whitney (1765)
Jim Morrison (1943-1971, Age 27)
Sinéad O'Connor (1936)
Teri Hatcher (1964)
Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)
Ann Coulter (1961)
Kim Basinger (1953)
Sam Kinison (1953-1992)
Maximilian Schell (1930)
Lee J. Cobb (1911)
Mary Queen of Scots (1542)
Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.

 



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