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Fun and historical facts for December 7th

Jim Clerkin
December 07, 2017 - 8:45 am
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DECEMBER 7TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBERANCE DAY
  • TODAY IS ILLINOIS APPRECIATION DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL COTTON CANDY DAY

 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • CLARENCE NASH (VOICE OF DONALD DUCK) (1904-1985)
  • ELI WALLACH (1915-2014)
  • TED KNIGHT (1923-1986)
  • NOAM CHOMSKY (1928, 89)
  • ELLEN BURSTYN (1932, 85)
  • THAD COCHRAN (1937, 80)
  • HARRY CHAPIN (1942-1981)
  • JOHNNY BENCH (1947, 70)
  • TOM WAITS (1949, 68)
  • SUSAN COLLINS (1952, 65)
  • LARRY BIRD (1956, 61)
  • SARA BAREILLES (1979, 38)
  • AARON CARTER (1987, 30)
  • NICHOLAS HOULT (1989, 28)

 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 43 BC, CICERO IS KILLED BY MARC ANTONY’S ASSASSINS
  • IN 1787, DELAWARE IS THE FIRST US STATE TO RATIFY THE CONSTITUTION
  • IN 1808, JAMES MADISON IS ELECTED - FOURTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1836, MARTIN VAN BUREN IS ELECTED - EIGHTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1842, THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC PERFORM THEIR FIRST CONCERT
  • IN 1862, THE BATTLES OF HARTSVILLE, TENNESSEE AND PRAIRIE GROVE, ARKANSAS ARE FOUGHT IN THE US CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1909, LEE BAEKELAND INVENTS THERMO-SETTING “BAKELITE”, THE PROCESS OF MOLDING PLASTIC WHICH LEADS TO THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY
  • IN 1917, THE UNITED STATES DECLARES WAR ON AUSTRIA AS PART OF WORLD WAR I
  • IN 1937, THE RED SOX ACQUIRE 19 YEAR OLD TED WILLIAMS
  • IN 1939, LOU GEHRIG IS ELECTED TO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
  • IN 1941, THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY ATTACK PEARL HARBOR KILLING 2,403
  • IN 1949, CHINESE LEADER CHIANG KAI-SHEK FLEES TO TAIWAN
  • IN 1963, THE SINGING NUN STARTED A FOUR WEEK RUN AT #1 WITH “DOMINIQUE”
  • IN 1967, OTIS REDDING RECORDS “SITTIN ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY”
  • In 1968, THE BEATLES “WHITE ALBUM” GOES TO #1 ON THE BRITISH CHART
  • IN 1972, PHILLIPINE FIRST LADY IMELDA MARCOS IS STABBED BY AN ATTACKER
  • IN 1972, THE FIRST COLOR PHOTO OF THE FULL PLANET EARTH IS TAKEN FROM SPACE
  • IN 1974, CARL DOUGLAS GOES TO #1 WITH “KUNG FU FIGHTING”
  • IN 1982, CHARLES BROOKS IS THE FIRST MAN EXECUTED BY LETHAL INJECTION
  • IN 1988, YASIR ARAFAT’S PALESTINIAN LIBERATION ORGANIZATION PROCLAIM THE OFFICIAL STATE OF PALESTINE WHILE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGING ISRAEL FOR THE 1ST TIME
  • IN 1988, AN EARTHQUAKE IN ARMENIA KILLS ALMOST 50,000
  • IN 1990, TED TURNER AND JANE FONDA ANNOUNCE THAT THEY ARE ENGAGED
  • IN 1991, U2’S “ACHTUNG BABY” HITS #1 ON THE US CHART
  • IN 1992, MARIAH CAREY RELEASES HER “MTV UNPLUGGED” ALBUM
  • IN 1993, SURGEON GENERAL JOYCELYN ELDERS SUGGESTS STUDYING THE DE-CRIMINALIZATION OF DRUGS SHORTLY BEFORE HER SON IS ARRESTED SELLING COCAINE
  • IN 1994, HOWARD STERN TALKS A MAN OUT OF COMMITTING SUICIDE
  • IN 1999, THE RECORDING INDUSTRY SUES NAPSTER FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
  • IN 2010, JOHN EDWARDS’ WIFE ELIZABETH DIES OF CANCER
  • IN 2015, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP PROPOSES BANNING ALL MUSLIMS FROM ENTERING THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 2015, DAVID BOWIE MADE HIS LAST PUBLIC APPEARANCE AT THE OPENING OF HIS MUSICAL “LAZARUS”

 

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