On this day.... December 22

posted by Jim Clerkin -

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL NUT BREAD DAY
  • TODAY IS FOREFATHER’S DAY



BIRTHDAYS:

  • LADYBIRD JOHNSON (1912-2007)
  • BARBARA BILLINGSLEY (1915-2010)
  • GENE RAYBURN (1917-1999)
  • HECTOR ELIZONDO (1936, 81)
  • PAUL WOLFOWITZ (1943, 74)
  • DIANE SAWYER (1945, 72)
  • MAURICE GIBB (1949-2003)
  • ROBIN GIBB (1949-2012)
  • SUSAN POWTER (1957, 60)
  • TED CRUZ (1970, 47)
  • JORDIN SPARKS (1989, 28)


ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1769, DANIEL BOONE IS CAPTURED BY NATIVES.
  • IN 1807, CONGRESS PASSES THE EMBARGO ACT WHICH PROHIBITS TRADE IN ANY FOREIGN PORTS DUE TO HOSTILITIES WITH EUROPE
  • IN 1849, FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY IS BROUGHT BEFORE A RUSSIAN FIRING SQUAD FOR EXECUTION BUT SPARED JUST BEFORE HIS DEATH
  • IN 1882, THOMAS EDISON INVENTS THE FIRST STRING OF CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS
  • IN 1932, “THE MUMMY”, STARRING BORIS KARLOFF, OPENS IN THE US
  • IN 1937, THE LINCOLN TUNNEL OPENS TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN MANHATTAN AND NJ
  • IN 1941, WINSTON CHURCHILL LANDS IN WASHINGTON DC FOR A CONFERENCE
  • IN 1943, THE CORE OF MLB BASEBALLS CHANGES FROM CORK TO RUBBER
  • IN 1943, BEATRIX POTTER DIES AT 77
  • IN 1958, “THE CHIPMUNK SONG” GOES TO #1 ON THE CHARTS
  • IN 1961, PRESIDENT JOHNSON DECLARES JAMES DAVIS TO BE “THE FIRST AMERICAN TO FALL IN DEFENSE OF OUR FREEDOM IN VIETNAM” ALTHOUGH HE WASN’T THE FIRST
  • IN 1962, THE MILLIONTH POINT IS SCORED IN THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
  • IN 1964, COMEDIAN LENNY BRUCE IS CONVICTED OF OBSCENITY CHARGES
  • IN 1965, OMAR SHARIF’S “DR. ZHIVAGO” OPENS
  • IN 1967, MIKE NICHOLS’ “THE GRADUATE”, STARRING DUSTIN HOFFMAN, OPENS
  • IN 1967, LONDON’S “CHRISTMAS ON EARTH CONTINUED” FESTIVAL FEATURES JIMI HENDRIX, THE WHO, PINK FLOYD, THE ANIMALS AND QUEEN GUITARIST BRIAN MAY
  • IN 1968, JULIE NIXON MARRIES DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
  • IN 1968, NORTH KOREA RELEASES THE CREW OF THE USS PUEBLO AFTER HOLDING THEM HOSTAGE FOR ALMOST A YEAR
  • IN 1974, BOSTON BRUIN PHIL ESPOSITO IS THE 6TH NHL PLAYER TO REACH 500 GOALS
  • IN 1975, GLORIA GIVES BIRTH TO ARCHIE BUNKER’S GRANDSON ON “ALL IN THE FAMILY”
  • IN 1979, RUPERT HOLMES GOES TO #1 WITH “ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG)”
  • IN 1983, EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK MEETS WITH YASSER ARAFAT
  • IN 1984, MADONNA BEGINS SIX WEEKS AT #1 WITH “LIKE A VIRGIN”
  • IN 1984, BERNHARD GOETZ SHOOTS FOUR BLACK MEN ON A NY SUBWAY CAR
  • IN 1987, MOTLEY CRUE’S NIKKI SIXX WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD ON ARRIVAL WHEN HIS AMBULANCE REACHED A HOSPITAL. HE WAS LATER REVIVED WITH SHOTS OF ADRENALINE TO THE CHEST, BUT THE BAND HAD ALREADY BEEN TOLD HE WAS DEAD.
  • IN 1988, TWO MEN DRESSED IN POLICE UNIFORMS ROB AN ARMORED TRUCK IN NEW JERSEY AND GET AWAY WITH $3 MILLION
  • IN 1991, JAMES BROWN SUES PRODUCERS OF THE MOVIE “THE COMMITMENTS” CLAIMING A CHARACTER TOO CLOSELY RESEMBLES HIM
  • IN 2000, MADONNA MARRIES GUY RITCHIE
  • IN 2001, RICHARD REID ATTEMPTS TO SNEAK A BOMB ONTO AN AIRPLANE IN HIS SHOE
  • IN 2001, CECE, THE FIRST CLONED CAT, IS BORN
  • IN 2006 “SIDEWAYS” DIRECTOR ALEXANDER PAYNE DIVORCES THE MOVIE’S STAR SANDRA OH AFTER FIVE YEARS OF MARRIAGE
  • IN 2009, THE FBI RELEASES 333 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS ON VARIOUS INVESTIGATIONS OF MICHAEL JACKSON
  • IN 2010, PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS THE REPEAL OF “DON’T ASK DON’T TELL” INTO LAW
  • IN 2014, JOE COCKER DIES OF LUNG CANCER AT 70

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