December 07, 2009
This Day in History: Dec. 9:
1941: China declared war against Japan, Germany and Italy. 1958: The anti-Communist John Birch Society was formed. 1965: "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered. 1990: Lech Walesa was elected president of Poland. 1993: U.S. astronauts completed repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Poet John Milton, 1608; Actor Kirk Douglas, 1916; Actress Judi Dench, 1934; Actor Beau Bridges, 1941; Actor John Malkovich, 1953; Singer Donny Osmond, 1957; Actress Felicity Huffman, 1962; "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi, 1970; Actor Jesse Metcalfe, 1978. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
December 06, 2009
This Day in History: Dec. 8:
1854: Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
1886: The American Federation of Labor was founded at a convention of union leaders in Columbus, Ohio. 1941: Congress declared war on Japan and the U.S. entered World War II. 1949: Communist attacks forced the Chinese Nationalist government to flee to the island of Formosa (Taiwan). 1978: Former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir died. 1980: John Lennon, former member of the Beatles, was shot and killed in New York City by a deranged fan. 1987: President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the two superpowers. 1993: President Bill Clinton signed The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542; Inventor Eli Whitney, 1765; Painter Diego Rivera, 1886; Humorist James Thurber, 1894; Actor/singer Sammy Davis, Jr., 1925; Actor-producer-director Maximilian Schell, 1930; Drummer Bobby Elliott of The Hollies, 1941; Actor David Carradine, 1936; Singer Jim Morrison, 1943; Actress Kim Basinger, 1953; Guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leppard, 1957; Singer Sinead O'Connor, 1966; Singer Chrisette Michele, 1982; Singer Kate Voegele, 1986. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
This Day in History: Dec. 7:
1787: Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 1917: The U.S. declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I. 1941: The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. 1972: America's final moon mission, Apollo 17, blasted off from Cape Canaveral. 1975: Indonesia invaded East Timor, leading to a 25-year occupation. 1988: A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Armenia, killing 25,000. 2001: Taliban forces fled from Kandahar, their last stronghold in Afghanistan. 2002: Iraq formally declared to the UN that it had no weapons of mass destruction. 2004: Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Novelist Willa Cather, 1873; Actor Eli Wallach, 1914; Actor Ted Knight, 1923; Linguist Noam Chomsky, 1928; Actress Ellen Burstyn, 1932; Singer Harry Chapin, 1942; Singer Tom Waits, 1949; Basketball player Larry Bird, 1956; . Actress Shiri Appleby, 1978; Singer Aaron Carter, 1987. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
This Day in History: Dec. 6:
1884: Construction of the Washington Monument was completed. 1889:
Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, died in New Orleans. 1923: A presidential address was broadcast on the radio for the first time when Calvin Coolidge spoke before Congress. 1926: French impressionist painter Claude Monet died at age 86. 1973: Gerald Ford was sworn in as vice president, replacing Spiro T. Agnew. 1992: The destruction of a mosque in India by Hindu extremists set off two months of Muslim-Hindu fighting that claimed at least 2,000 lives. 1998:
Hugo Chavez elected president of Venezuela. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Magician Jean Eugene Robert Houdin, 1805; Lyricist Ira Gershwin, 1896; Actress Agnes Moorehead, 1906; Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, 1920; Actress JoBeth Williams, 1948; Drummer Rick Buckler of The Jam, 1955; Comedian Steven Wright, 1955; Guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M., 1956; Drummer David Lovering of The Pixies, 1961; Actress Janine Turner ("Northern Exposure"), 1962. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News website
This Day in History: Dec. 5:
1776: The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
1791: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at age 35. 1848: President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of 1848 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California. 1872: Having left New York on Nov. 5, the brigantine Mary Celeste was found adrift off Portugal with everyone aboard mysteriously missing. 1933:
The 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing prohibition, was ratified. 1955: The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): U.S. President Martin Van Buren, 1782; General George Armstrong Custer, 1839; Cowboy Bill Pickett, 1870; Walt Disney, 1901; U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, 1902; Director Otto Preminger, 1906; Musician Little Richard, 1932; Actress Morgan Brittany ("Dallas"), 1951; Singer-guitarist John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls, 1965; Comedian Margaret Cho, 1968; Actress Amy Acker ("Angel"), 1976; Actor Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle"), 1985; Actor Ross Bagley ("Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"), 1988. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
This Day in History: Dec. 4:
1783: George Washington delivered his farewell address to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York City. 1816: James Monroe of Virginia was elected (by electors) the fifth president of the United States. 1875: William Marcy "Boss" Tweed of New York's Tammany Hall escaped from jail and fled the country. 1945: The Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations. 1978: Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco's first female mayor. 1991: Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson is released after seven years as a hostage in Lebanon. 1993: Rock musician and composer Frank Zappa died at age 52. 2003: Interpol put the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, on its most-wanted list. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Game show host Wink Martindale, 1933; Actor-producer-director Max Baer Jr. ("The Beverly Hillbillies"), 1937; Singer-bassist Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, 1944; Singer Southside Johnny Lyon of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, 1948; Actor Jeff Bridges, 1949; Guitarist Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Rossington Collins Band, 1951; Actress Chelsea Noble ("Growing Pains," "Kirk"), 1964; Actress Marisa Tomei, 1964; Comedian Fred Armisen ("Saturday Night Live"), 1966; Rapper Jay-Z, 1969; Actor Kevin Sussman ("Ugly Betty"), 1970; Model Tyra Banks, 1973; Country singer Lila McCann, 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
December 02, 2009
This Day in History: Dec. 3:
1818: Illinois became the 21st state in the United States. 1833: Oberlin College in Ohio became the first coed institution of higher learning in the U.S. 1910: Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science movement, died. 1919: French painter and sculptor Pierre A. Renoir died at age 78. 1967: Dr. C. N. Barnard performed the world's first successful human heart transplant. 1984: A cloud of deadly poison gas leaked from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, killing over 4,000 people. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): Author Joseph Conrad, 1857; Singer Andy Williams, 1927; Director Jean-Luc Godard, 1930; Singer Jaye P. Morgan (“The Gong Show”), 1931; Actress Mary Alice, 1941; Singer Ozzy Osbourne, 1948; Singer Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship, 1949; Actor Steven Culp (“Desperate Housewives”), 1955; Actress Daryl Hannah, 1960; Actress Julianne Moore, 1960; Actor Brendan Fraser, 1968; Singer Montell Jordan, 1968; Actor-comedian Royale Watkins, 1969; Actress Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed”), 1973; Actor Brian Bonsall (“Family Ties”), 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites
This Day in History: Dec. 2:
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor of France in Paris by Pope Pius VII. 1823: President James Monroe outlined his famous doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
1859: Abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harper's Ferry. 1942: The first controlled nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated at the University of Chicago. 1954: The Senate voted to condemn Republican senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
1970: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established.
1982: Barney B. Clark became the first person to receive an artificial heart in a transplant operation. 1988: Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head an Muslim nation. 1999: A Protestant and Catholic cabinet convened for the first time in Northern Ireland. 2001: Enron Corp., under CEO Kenneth Lay, filed for bankruptcy. -- from Infoplease website
Famous birthdays today (besides yours): General Alexander Haig, 1924; Actress Julie Harris, 1925; Actress Cathy Lee Crosby, 1944; Actor Dan Butler ("Frasier"), 1954; News anchor Stone Phillips, 1954; Bassist Rick Savage of Def Leppard, 1960; Actress Lucy Liu, 1968; Singer Nelly Furtado, 1978; Singer Britney Spears, 1981. -- from Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites