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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:33 am

Dec 21

In 1620, the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts

In 1937, Walt Disney presented the first full-length animated feature: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs debuted in Hollywood

In 1988, Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, the target of a terrorist attack. 259 passengers and crew, plus 11 on the ground at the site of the crash were killed

In 1989, Dan Quayle sent out 30,000 Christmas Cards with the word beacon misspelled - he had spelled it beakon :doh:

Births:
1879 - Joseph Stalin, Russian dictator
1908 - Sylvester "Pat" Weaver (father of Sigourney), President of NBC-TV, credited with the idea for the Today and Tonight Shows
1922 - Paul Wnchell, ventriloquist (Paul Winchell And Jerry Mahoney)/voice-over actor (voice of Tigger - Winnie The Pooh)/first to patent the concept for a mechanical artificial heart
1937 - Jane Fonda, 2-time oscar-winning actress (Klute, Coming Home)
1940 - Frank Zappa, rocker (Mothers of Invention)
1948 - Samuel L Jackson, actor (Pulp Fiction)
1957 - Ray Romano, comedian (Everybody Loves Raymond)
1966 - Kiefer Sutherland, actor (24)

Deaths:
1974 - Richard Long, actor (Big Valley), age 47
1992 - Stella Adler, actress/coach, age 90
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No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit
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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:41 am

Dec 22

In 1882, the first string of Christmas lights was created by Thomas Edison

In 1937, the Lincoln Tunnel, linking midtown Manhattan and Weehawken, New Jersey, opened to traffic

In 1958, The Chipmunk Song rose to #1 on the music charts and stayed there for a month

In 1963, the official 30-day period of mourning for President John F Kennedy ended

In 1984, Bernard Goetz shot 4 muggers on a NYC subway train

In 1990, Lech Walesa was sworn in as Poland's first popularly-elected President

Births:
1858 - Giacomo Puccini, composer (La Boheme)
1912 - Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady, wife of LBJ (Lyndon Baines Johnson)
1922 - Barbara Billingsley, actress ((Leave It To Beaver, Airplane!)
1945 - Diane Sawyer, TV Journalist (Good Morning, America, ABC News)
1949 - Maurice Gibb, musician, Bee Gees (Saturday Night Fever), husband of British singer Lulu - I never knew this!
1949 - Robin Gibb, musician, Bee Gees, twin of Maurice (Saturday Night Fever)
1962 - Ralph Fiennes, actor (Schindler's List)

Deaths:
1880 - George Eliot, novelist (Silas Marner), age 61
1979 - Darryl F Zanuck, producer (20th Century Fox), age 77
1989 - Samuel Beckett, writer (Waiting For Godot), age 83
1995 - Butterfly McQueen, actress (Gone With The Wind), died in a fire, age 84
Oh, fish-like Lady

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I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:04 am

Dec 23

In 1823, in the Troy, NY Sentinel, the poem we now know as "A Visit From St Nicholas" by Clement Moore was published for the first time anonymously under the editor's title, "Account Of A Visit From St Nicholas"

In 1834, Joseph Aloyisius Hansom patented his Patent Safety Cab, which became known as the Hansom Cab

In 1888, Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh arrived at a brothel, asked for Rachel, handed her his ear, saying "Keep this and treasure it", then disappeared :shock: :sick:

In 1942, Bob Hope agreed to entertain US airmen in Alaska, the first of many Christmas shows for American armed forces he would perform around the world over the next 3 decades

In 1964, Radio Caroline and Radio Atlanta (later known as Caroline South and North) were joined at sea by Radio London, which arrived off Frinton. The new station/ship brought a team of "Americanized" deejays. Using catchy jingles and slogans, like 'Big L", Radio London soon became king of the UK pirate radio scene

In 1999, Saul Bellow's 5th wife, Janis Freedman (age 41), gave birth to their baby girl. Bellow was 84 at the time! :what: :que: :quesexcl:

Births:
1918 - Jose Greco, Flamenco dancer
1935 - Paul Hornung, football star (Green Bay Packers)
1943 - Harry Shearer, actor (SNL, The Right Stuff, Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration)
1946 - Susan Lucci, actress (All My Children)
1956 - Dave Murphy, musician (Iron Maiden)
1964 - Eddie Vedder, musician (Pearl Jam)
1965 - Slash, musician (Guns N' Roses)

Deaths:
1939 - Anthony HG Fokker, Dutch airplane builder, age 49
1972 - Charles Atlas, body builder, age 79
1982 - Jack Webb, actor (Dragnet - Just the facts, Ma'am)
2000 - Victor Borge, comedian/pianist, age 91
2007 - Oscar Peterson, jazz pianist, of renal failure, age 82
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:24 am

Dec 24

In 1818, Franz Gruber composed the music for "Silent Night" (words written by Josef Mohr), sung for the first time during Midnight Mass

In 1871, Verdi's "Aida" had its world premiere in Cairo, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal

In 1968, James Lovell, William Anders, and Frank Borman orbited the moon ten times in Apollo 8, paving the way for the first lunar landing seven months later. This night proved to be one of the most emotional moments of the space flight: it was Christmas Eve, and all 3 astronauts, 250,000 miles from home, read verses from their bible and transmitted a message to all mankind calling for "peace on Earth"

In 1971, a Peruvian Airlines Electra crashed at the head of the Amazon, killing all except Juliane Margaret Koepcke, who was found alive 10 days later

Births:
1745 - Benjamin Rush, "Father of Psychiatry", first American to recognize alcoholism as a disease
1893 - Harry Warren, composer (You'll Never Know)
1905 - Howard Hughes, industrialist/pilot Hollywood producer/eccentric recluse
1922 - Ava Gardner, actress (Earthquake, The Long, Hot Summer, Show Boat)
1930 - Robert Joffrey, choreographer/founder (Joffrey Ballet)
1971 - Ricky Martin, singer (La Vida Loca, member of Menudo)
1974 - Ryan Seacrest, TV host (American Idol)

Deaths:
1524 - Vasco da Gama, explorer, age 55
1984 - Peter Lawford, actor (Thin Man) member of Rat Pack, brother-in-law of JFK and RFK, of cardiac arrest, age 61
1993 - Norman Vincent Peale, advocate of the "Power Of Positive Thinking", age 95
1997 - Toshiro Mifune, actor (Shogun), age 77
Oh, fish-like Lady

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I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:42 am

Dec 25

In 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned King of England

In 1776, Washington crossed the Delaware River, surprising and defeating 1,000 Hessians

In 1896, John Philip Sousa wrote "Stars And Stripes Forever"

In 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev announced his resignation as President of the USSR. During his leadership, he brought about sweeping reforms and set the stage for historic developments throughout Eastern Europe. His program of economic, political, and social restructuring became known as "perestroika"

Births:
1642 - Sir Isaac Newton, mathematician ("What goes up, must come down")
1821 - Clara Barton, nurse, founder of the American Red Cross
1907 - Cab Calloway, bandleader/singer (Minnie The Moocher)
1912 - Tony Martin, singer (To Each His Own), husband of Cyd Charisse
1918 - Anwar Sadat, Egyptian President, member of 1918 Club (of which my Mom is also a member)
1924 - Rod Serling, writer/host (Twilight Zone)
1946 - Jimmy Buffett, singer/songwriter (Margaritaville)
1948 - Sissy Spacek, oscar-winning actress (Coal Miner's Daughter)
1954 - Annie Lennox, singer (Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams)
1972 - Fantasia, singer (American Idol winner)

Deaths:
1946 - WC Fields, actor (The Bank Dick), age 67
1977 - Charlie Chaplin, songwriter (Smile)/actor (City Lights), age 88
1995 - Dean Martin, singer (Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime)/actor (Airport), member of Rat Pack, age 78
Oh, fish-like Lady

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I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:36 am

Dec 26

Note: On this day, Boxing Day is a celebration in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada

In 1865, James H Mason patented the coffee percolator

In 1939, WC Handy recorded the classic, "St Louis Blues"

In 1963, Capital Records rushed to release its first single by the Beatles. "I Want To Hold Your Hand", backed by "I Saw Her Standing There" reached #1 on February 1, 1964

In 1996, 6-year-old beauty pageant princess Jon-Benet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of the family's home. The murder remains unsolved

In 2004, the greatest earthquake in over 40 years struck the Pacific Ocean near Sumatra, triggering a massive Indian Ocean tsunami, killing as many as 266,000 in Asia and Africa

Births:
1893 - Mao Tse Tung, founding father of the People's Republic of China
1914 - Richard Widmark, actor (Judgement At Nuremberg)
1921 - Steve Allen, comedian/musician/composer/TV Host (Tonight Show's first host)
1927 - Alan King, comedian/actor (Casino)
1939 - Phil Spector, record company executive, originator of the "Wall of Sound"
1945 - John Walsh, TV Host (America's Most Wanted)
1947 - Carleton Fiske, baseball star :heart:

Deaths:
1972 - Harry S Truman, 33rd US President (1945-53)
1974 - Jack Benny, comedian/violinist (Jack Benny Show), age 80
1985 - Dian Fossey, naturalist (Gorillas In The Mist), found dead in Rwanda, age 53
1999 - Curtis Mayfield, composer/singer (People Get Ready), age 57
2000 - Jason Robards, 2-time oscar-winning actor (won 2 years in a row: Julia, All The President's Men), age 78
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:52 am

Dec 27

In 1845, Dr Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time, when he delivered his own child

In 1900, Carrie Nation staged her first raid on a saloon, breaking every liquor bottle behind the bar with a hatchet :shock:

In 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City, the largest indoor theatre in the world

In 1947, Howdy Doody premiered on NBC-TV, staying on the air for 13 years

In 1979, Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan, President Hafizulla Amin was overthrown

In 2007, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by a bomb blast in Pakistan

Births:
1822 - Louis Pasteur, chemist, developed Pasteurization process, rabies vaccination
1901 - Marlene Dietrich, actress (The Blue Angel)
1948 - Gerard Depardieu, actor (Green Card) "Baguette":rolls:
1975 - Heather O'Rourke, actress (Poltergeist - "They're He-e-ere")

Deaths:
1974 - Amy Vanderbilt, author (Complete Book Of Etiquette), age 66
1981 - Hoagy Carmichael, songwriter (Stardust), age 82
2003 - Alan Bates, actor (Zorba The Greek, King Of Hearts), age 69
2007 - Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, assassinated by Al-Quaeda, age 54
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Emafer » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:07 am

Nancy wrote:
In 1996, 6-year-old beauty pageant princess Jon-Benet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of the family's home. The murder remains unsolved




I've been by that house a hundred times. When the supposed killer was extradited from Thailand it was SUUUUCH a debacle. One of my good friends was the administrator of the Journalism school and one of the profs there was the person who had been contacted by had been the main contact the entire time. Their office was a constant zoo. The residents of Boulder are STILL paying for that huge flub. No joke, the parking meters that have been put in are ridiculous. So expensive now and extended the meter hours. LAME! Before all that I always felt good about paying taxes in Boulder. You really saw where you money was going, parks and schools were beautiful. The roads were in good shape, and lots of ploughing in the winter. Now the roads are a mess and they only plow the main thoroughfares. LAME!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:02 am

Wow - a true example of the Domino Effect.
Oh, fish-like Lady

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I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:19 am

Dec 28

In 1869, William Finley Semple patented "the combination of rubber with other articles adapted to the formation of an acceptable chewing gum" :shock:

In 1912, the first municipally owned streetcars took to the streets of San Francisco

In 1956, after 5 years on TV, the last "Ding Dong School" with Miss Frances was seen (this was one of my favorite shows)

In 1958, one of the most exciting football games ever was played between Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts and YA Tittle and the New York Giants. The Colts won , 23-17 in an extra sudden death overtime (I was rooting for the Giants :cry: )

In 1983, the Beach Boys' drummer, Dennis Wilson, drowned in Marina Del Ray, California, while diving to bring up items he had thrown overboard from his boat

Births:
1856 - Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President (1913-21)
1931 - Martin Milner, actor (Route 66, Valley Of The Dolls)
1934 - Dame Maggie Smith, oscar-winning actress (Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie), Harry Potter films
1954 - Denzel Washington, 2-time oscar-winning actor (Glory, Training Day)
1978 - Sienna Miller, actress (GI Joe)

Deaths:
1622 - Francis de Sales, bishop of Geneva/writer/saint, age 55
1937 - Maurice Ravel, composer (Bolero), age 62
1983 - Dennis Wilson, drummer (Beach Boys), see Events above, age 39
1999 - Clayton Moore, actor (Lone Ranger), age 85
2004 - Susan Sontag, writer, age 71
2004 - Jerry Orbach, actor (Law And Order)/voice over actor (Lumiere - Beauty And The Beast), age 69
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:31 am

Dec 29

In 1848, US President James Polk turned on the first gas light in the White House

In 1851, the first YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) opened in Boston

In 1890, the US 7th Cavalry massacred about 300 captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota

In 1937, Pan Am started San Francisco-to-Auckland, New Zealand service

In 1972, following 36 years of publication, the last weekly issue of LIFE Magazine hit the newsstands

Births:
1808 - Andrew Johnson, 17th US President (1865-69)
1876 - Pablo Casals, cellist
1936 - Mary Tyler Moore, actress (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People)
1938 - John Voight, oscar-winning actor (Coming Home)
1947 - Ted Danson, actor (Cheers)
1952 - Gelsey Kirkland, ballerina (Baryshnikov's Nutcracker)
1972 - Jude Law, actor (The Talented Mr Ripley, AI: Artificial Intelligence)

Deaths:
1986 - Harold MacMillan, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1957-63), age 92
2003 - Earl Hindman, actor (voice with hat - home Improvement), age 61
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:46 am

Dec 30

In 1927, the first subway in the Orient was dedicated in Tokyo, Japan

In 1970, Paul McCartney sued his bandmates to dissolve the Beatles

In 1980, the longest-running series in primetime TV history was canceled by NBC. "The Wonderful World Of Disney" was axed after more than 25 years

In 1982, an uncommon sight in the night sky, a blue moon, appeared (the second full moon of the month)

In 2006, Saddam Hussein was hanged in Baghdad

Births:
1865 - Rudyard Kipling, novelist (The Jungle Book)
1914 - Bert Parks, TV Host (Miss America Pageant - "There she is"...)
1934 - Russ Tamblyn, actor/dancer (West Side Story, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Twin Peaks)
1935 - Sandy Koufax, baseball star
1937 - Paul Stookey, singer (Peter, Paul, and Mary - Puff, The Magic Dragon) :albi:
1942 - Michael Nesmith, musician (The Monkees)
1945 - Davey Jones, singer (The Monkees)
1953 - Meredith Viera, TV Host (Today Show)
1957 - Matt Lauer, TV Host (Today Show)
1975 - Tiger Woods, golf champ (I'm not going there :hrmpf: )

Deaths:
1931 - Tyrone Power, actor (Witness For The Prosecution), age 62
1979 - Richard Rodgers, composer (Rodgers and Hammerstein - Sound Of Music), age 77
1993 - "Swifty" Lazar, superagent, of kidney failure, age 86
2004 - Artie Shaw, clarinetist/bandleader (Begin The Beguine), age 93
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:02 am

Dec 31

In 1879, Thomas Edison demonstrated incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park with the words, "Now it's on. Now it's off."

In 1929, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians played Auld Lang Syne as a New Year's Eve song for the first time

In 1955, General Motors became the first corporation to earn more than one billion dollars in a single year

In 1985, Ricky Nelson, his fiance, and five members of the Stone Canyon Band were killed in a plane crash near DeKalb, Texas

In 1999, the London Eye, the world's largest Ferris wheel, opened by the banks of the Thames

Births:
1930 - Odetta, singer (Give Me Your Hand)
1937 - Sir Anthony Hopkins, oscar-winning actor (Silence Of the Lambs)
1943 - John Denver, singer (Rocky Mountain High)
1945 - Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer
1947 - Tim Matheson, actor (Animal House, West Wing)
1948 - Donna Summer, singer, "Disco Queen" (Last Dance)
1958 - Bebe Neuwirth, actress (Cheers)
1959 - Val Kilmer, actor (The Doors)
1972 - Joey McIntyre, singer (New Kids On The Block)

Deaths:
1972 - Roberto Clemente, baseball star, killed in an airplane crash, age 38
1985 - Ricky Nelson, actor (Ozzie and Harriet)/singer (Garden Party), killed in an airplane crash, age 45
2001 - Eileen Heckart, oscar-winning actress (Butterflies Are Free), age 82
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!

Emafer

Re: On this day in history

Postby Emafer » Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:19 am

Nancy wrote:Wow - a true example of the Domino Effect.



Yeah, I'd really like to get my hands on that nasty bugger for making the parking go up .... Well, and that whole horrific murder thing too. It's really very sad what happened to their family.

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Re: On this day in history

Postby Nancy » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:03 am

I loved the fact that two members of the Monkees were born on Dec 30th, and Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer of the Today Show were also born on the same day, Dec 30th. And then there's Tiger...not a good birthday this year, I reckon. :?
Oh, fish-like Lady

Lady-like Fish

I don't think so Bro, she's a Lady, Lady, Lady, Lady

No, no, she's a fish that's just a little bit

La-dy-ish! Yeah!


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