This Day In History
1620 - The "Mayflower", and its passengers, pilgrims from England, landed at Plymouth Rock, MA.
1849 - The first ice-skating club in America was formed in Philadelphia, PA.
1879 - Ibsen's "A Doll's House" was first performed in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a revised happy ending.
1898 - Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.
1909 - McKinley and Washington schools of Berkeley, CA, became the first authorized, junior-high schools in the U.S.
1913 - The "New York World" Sunday edition included a crossword puzzle as an added feature of the "Fun" supplement. It was the first crossword puzzle to be published.
1914 - Marie Dressler, Charlie Chaplin, Mabel Normand and Mack Swain appeared in the first six-reel, feature-length comedy. The film was entitled "Tillie’s Punctured Romance".
1925 - Eisenstein's film "Battleship Potemkin" was first shown in Moscow.
1937 - Walt Disney debuted the first, full-length, animated feature in Hollywood, CA. The movie was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
1944 - Horse racing was banned in the United States until after the end of World War II.
1945 - U.S. Gen. George S. Patton died in Heidelberg, Germany, of injuries from a car accident.
1948 - The state of Eire (formerly the Irish Free State) declared its independence.
1951 - Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from major league baseball.
1958 - Charles de Gaulle was elected to a seven-year term as the first president of the Fifth Republic of France.
1968 - Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon. The craft landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27.
1971 - The U.N. Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant as secretary-general.
1978 - Police in Des Plaines, IL, arrested John W. Gacy Jr. and began unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys that Gacy was later convicted of killing.
1981 - Cincinnati defeated Bradley 75-73 in seven overtimes. The game was the longest collegiate basketball game in the history of NCAA Division I competition.
1988 - 270 people were killed when Pan Am Boeing 747 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, due to a terrorist attack.
1990 - In a German television interview, Saddam Hussein declared that he would not withdraw from Kuwait by the UN deadline.
1991 - Eleven of the 12 former Soviet republics proclaimed the birth of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
1995 - The city of Bethlehem passed from Israeli to Palestinian control.
1996 - After two years of denials, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted violating House ethics rules.
1998 - Israel's parliament voted overwhelmingly for early elections. It was the signal to the demise of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line government.
1998 - A Chinese court sentenced two dissidents to long prison terms for attempting to organize an opposition party. A third man was sentenced to 12 years in prison on December 22, 1998.
1998 - The first vaccine for Lyme disease was approved.
2001 - The Islamic militant group Hamas released a statement that said it was suspending suicide bombings and mortar attacks in Israel.
2002 - Larry Mayes was released after spending 21 years in prison for a rape that maintained that he never committed. He was the 100th person in the U.S. to be released after DNA tests were performed.
Whose Birthday Is It?
Jean Baptiste Racine 1639
Benjamin Disraeli 1804
Henrietta Szold 1860
Joseph Stalin 1879
Walter Hagen 1892
Pat Weaver 1908
Andor Foldes 1913
Heinrich Böll 1917
Kurt Waldheim 1918
Alicia Alonso 1921
Paul Winchell 1922
Phyliss Love 1925
Ed Nelson 1928
Freddie Hart 1933
Phil Donahue 1935
John Avildsen 1935
Jane Fonda 1937
Frank Zappa 1940
Ray Hildebrand 1940
Carla Thomas 1942
Albert Lee 1943
Gwen McCrae 1943
Jared Martin 1943
Michael Tilson Thomas 1944
Gordon Kannegiesser 1945
Josh Mostel 1946
Carl Wilson 1946
Nate Wright 1947
Elliott Maddox 1947
Samuel L. Jackson 1948
Claude Chartre 1949
Betty Wright 1953
Chris Evert 1954
Jane Kaczmarek 1955
Jim Rose 1956
Lee Roy Parnell 1956
Ray Romano 1957
Florence Griffith Joyner 1959
Christy Forester 1962
Andy Dick 1965
Gabrielle Glaser 1965
Kiefer Sutherland 1966
Khrystyne Haje 1968
Brad Warren 1968
Julie Delpy 1969
Brett Scallions 1971
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