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December 06, 2009

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

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