This Day In History
1620 - The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620.
1694 - French author and philosopher Jean Francois Voltaire was born. At age 65 he spent only three days writing "Candide."
1783 - The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris.
1789 - North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1871 - M.F. Galethe patented the cigar lighter.
1877 - Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
1922 - Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.
1929 - Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali had his first art exhibit.
1934 - The New York Yankees purchased the contract of Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.
1942 - The Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened.
1953 - British Natural History Museum authorities announced that "Piltdown Man" was a hoax.
1962 - U.S. President Kennedy terminated the quarantine measures against Cuba.
1963 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.
1973 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.
1979 - The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked by a mob that set the building afire and killed two Americans.
1980 - An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out "who shot J.R." on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun.
1980 - 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
1982 - The National Football League (NFL) resumed its season following a 57-day player's strike.
1985 - Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested after being accused of spying for Israel. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
1986 - U.S. Attorney General Meese was asked to conduct an inquiry of the Iran arms sales.
1987 - An eight-day siege began at a detention center in Oakdale, LA, as Cuban detainees seized the facility and took hostages.
1989 - The proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
1992 - U.S. Senator Bob Packwood, issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he'd made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women in past years.
1993 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state.
1994 - NATO warplanes bombed an air base in Serb-held Croatia that was being used by Serb planes to raid the Bosnian "safe area" of Bihac.
1995 - France detonated its fourth underground nuclear blast at a test site in the South Pacific.
1995 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 5,000-mark (5,023.55) for the first time.
1999 - China announced that it had test-launched an unmanned space capsule that was designed for manned spaceflight.
2000 - The Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore's request to keep the presidential recounts going.
2001 - Microsoft Corp. proposed giving $1 billion in computers, software, training and cash to more than 12,500 of the poorest schools in the U.S. The offer was intended as part of a deal to settle most of the company's private antitrust lawsuits.
2002 - NATO invited Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
Whose Birthday Is It?
François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) 1694
William Beaumont 1785
Rene Magritte 1898
Stan Musial 1920
Vivian Blaine 1921
Joseph Campanella 1927
Jean Shepard 1933
Laurence Luckinbill 1934
Marlo Thomas 1938
Dr. John 1940
Natalia Makarova 1940
Juliet Mills 1941
Marcy Carsey 1944
Harold Ramis 1944
Goldie Hawn 1945
Lonnie Jordan 1948
Livingston Taylor 1950
Lorna Luft 1952
Cherry Jones 1956
Brian Ritchie 1960
Nicollette Sheridan 1963
Bjork Gudmundsdottir 1965
Troy Aikman 1966
Alex James 1968
Chauncey Hannibal 1968
Ken Griffey Jr. 1969
Pretty Lou 1971
Kelsi Osborn 1974
Jena Malone 1984
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