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Today in History - Nov 6th

Today's Birthdays

1814 Adolphe (Antoine-Joseph) Sax, inventor (saxophone) died Feb 4, 1894
1854 John Philip Sousa, ĎThe March King,í composer/U.S. Marine Band leader (Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, Washington Post March) died Mar 6, 1932
1861 James Naismith, inventor (basketball) died Nov 28, 1939
1893 Edsel Ford, president (Ford Motor Company) died May 26, 1943
1896 Jim Jordan, actor (Fibber McGee and Molly) died Apr 1, 1988
1906 James D. Norris, Hockey Hall of Famer (Chicago Black Hawks) died February 25, 1966
1914 Jonathan Harris, actor (Lost in Space) died Nov 3, 2002
1921 James Jones, novelist (From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line) died May 9, 1977
1931 Mike Nichols, director (The Graduate, The Day of the Dolphin)
1938 Jim Pike, singer (The Lettermen)
1946 Sally Field, actress (Gidget series, Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump)
1947 George Young, guitarist (The Easybeats)
1948 Glenn Frey, guitarist/songwriter/singer (The Eagles)
1949 Brad Davis, actor (Midnight Express) died Sept 8, 1991
1949 Nigel Havers, actor (Empire of the Sun, Chariots of Fire)
1949 Arturo Sandoval, jazz trumpeter
1950 Chris Glen, bassist (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
1953 John (Robert) Candelaria, ĎCandy Man,í MLB pitcher (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
1955 Maria Shriver, news correspondent/Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger (NBC)
1957 Lori Singer, actress (Fame, Footloose)
1958 Trace Beaulieu, actor/puppeteer (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
1960 Lance Kerwin, actor (James at 15, Salemís Lot)
1961 Craig Goldy, guitarist (Dio)
1963 Paul Brindley, bassist (The Sundays)
1964 Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
1964 Corey Glover, singer (Living Colour)
1965 Greg Graffin, singer (Bad Religion)
1966 Christian Lorenz, keyboardist (Rammstein)
1966 Peter DeLuise, actor (seaQuest DSV, 21 Jump Street, Rescue Me)
1967 Rebecca Schaeffer, actress (My Sister Sam) murdered July 18, 1989
1970 Ethan Hawke, actor (A Midnight Clear, Dead Poets Society, Explorers)
1972 Thandie Newton, actress (Mission: Impossible II, Interview with the Vampire)
1972 Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, actress (Just Shoot Me, Dirty Work, Ugly Betty)
1974 Zoe McLellan, actress (Dirty Sexy Money)
1976 Pat Tillman, NFL safety/US Army Ranger (Arizona Cardinals) killed in action in Afghanistan April 22, 2004
1978 Nicole Dubuc, actress (Major Dad)
1978 Taryn Manning, actress (Hustle & Flow, Cold Mountain, 8 Mile)
1983 Jon Hume, singer (Evermore)
1988 Emma Stone, actress (Superbad)

Today's Deaths in History

1893 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer, dies at 53
1965 Clarence Williams, jazz pianist/composer, dies at 67
1968 Charles B. McVay III, former U.S. Navy Captain (USS Indianapolis) commits suicide at 70
1989 Dickie Goodman, novelty record maker (Convention '72, The Flying Saucer) dies at 55
1991 Gene Tierney, actress (Laura, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) dies at 70
2007 George Osmond, Osmond family patriarch, dies at 90
2007 Hank Thompson, country singer (Honky Tonk Swing) dies at 82

Today in History

1789 Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
1860 Former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency.
1861 Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederacy.
1869 Rutgers College defeated Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey), 6-4, in the first official intercollegiate American football game.
1888 Republican Benjamin Harrison was elected president, beating incumbent Grover Cleveland in the Electoral College, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.
1900 President William B. McKinley was returned to office, defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan.
1913 Mohandas K. Gandhi was arrested as he led a march of Indian miners in South Africa.
1928 Republican Herbert Hoover was elected president over Democrat Alfred E. Smith.
1934 Memphis, Tennessee became the first major city to join the Tennessee Valley Authority.
1944 Plutonium was first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility and subsequently used in the Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.
1947 Meet the Press made its television debut.
1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower won a second term by besting Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson at the polls.
1965 Cuba and the United States formally agreed to begin an airlift for Cubans who wanted to go to the United States.
1971 The United States Atomic Energy Commission tested the largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians.
1977 The Kelly Barnes Dam, located above Toccoa Falls Bible College near Toccoa, Georgia, failed, killing 39.
1985 The American press revealed that U.S. President Ronald Reagan had authorized the shipment of arms to Iran.
1995 Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced plans to move the team to Baltimore.
1997 Former President George H.W. Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University.
2001 Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg was elected New York City mayor.

Chart Toppers

1945
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
Iíll Buy That Dream - The Pied Pipers
Thatís for Me - Dick Haymes
With Tears in My Eyes - Wesley Tuttle

1953
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
You, You, You - The Ames Brothers
Ebb Tide - The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
I Forgot More Than Youíll Ever Know - The Davis Sisters

1961
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Fool #1 - Brenda Lee
This Time - Troy Shondell
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke

1969
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Wedding Bell Blues - The 5th Dimension
Baby Itís You - Smith
The Ways to Love a Man - Tammy Wynette

1977
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
Boogie Nights - Heatwave
Iím Just a Country Boy - Don Williams

1985
Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder
Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
Head over Heels - Tears for Fears
Some Fools Never Learn - Steve Wariner

Quote of the Day

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of putting it into practice.
Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)



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Today in History - Nov 7th

Today's Birthdays

1728 Captain James Cook, British naval officer/explorer/cartographer; killed in a fight with native Hawaiians Feb 14, 1779
1832 Andrew Dickson White, educator (co-founder of Cornell University) died Nov 4, 1918
1867 Madame Marie Curie, physicist (discovered radium) died July 4, 1934
1879 Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, died August 21, 1940
1902 Ed (Edward Benton) Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail) died May 27, 1991
1903 Dean Jagger, actor (Twelve Oíclock High, Bad Day at Black Rock) died Feb 5,1991
1913 Albert Camus, writer (Le Mythe de Sisyphe) died Jan 4, 1960
1918 Billy Graham, evangelist
1922 Al Hirt, trumpeter, died Apr 27, 1999
1937 Mary Travers, folk singer (Peter, Paul & Mary) died Sept 16, 2009
1938 Dee Clark, soul singer (Raindrops) died Dec 7, 1990
1942 Johnny Rivers, singer (Secret Agent Man, Baby I Need Your Loviní)
1943 Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson), singer/songwriter (Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock)
1944 Joe Niekro, MLB pitcher (Houston Astros, NY Yankees) died Oct 27, 2006
1949 Judy Tenuta, comedian
1952 Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. military commander
1957 Christopher Knight, actor (The Brady Bunch)
1960 Tommy Thayer, guitarist (Kiss)
1964 Dana Plato, actress (Diffírent Strokes) died May 8, 1999
1968 Greg Tribbett, guitarist (Mudvayne)
1971 Robin Finck, guitarist (Guns 'n Roses)
1972 Christopher Daniel Barnes, voice actor (The Little Mermaid, Spiderman TV series)
1972 Jason London, actor (The Man in the Moon, Dazed and Confused)
1972 Jeremy London, actor (Iíll Fly Away, Party of Five, Mallrats)
1973 Yunjin Kim, actress (Lost)
1976 Rob Caggiano, guitarist (Anthrax)
1983 Zach Myers, guitarist (Shinedown)

Today's Deaths in History

1910 Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (War and Peace) dies at 82
1962 Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady, dies at 78
1978 Gene Tunney, heavyweight boxing champion, dies at 81
1980 Steve McQueen, actor (The Getaway, Papillon, The Sand Pebbles, The Great Escape) dies at age 50
1991 Carter Cornelius, musician (Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose) dies at 43
1992 Jack Kelly, actor (Maverick) dies at 65
2004 Howard Keel, actor (Annie Get Your Gun) dies at 85
2005 Harry Thompson, English-born comedian/writer (Da Ali G Show) dies at 45
2006 Bryan Pata, college football defensive tackle (University of Miami) is murdered at 22

Today in History

1872 The ship Mary Celeste sailed from New York, eventually to be found deserted.
1874 A cartoon by Thomas Nast appeared in Harper's Weekly; it is considered the first important use of an elephant as a symbol for the United States Republican Party.
1893 Passage of a referendum made Colorado the first state to grant women the right to vote.
1907 Jesķs GarcŪa saved the entire town of Nacozari de Garcia, Sonora by driving a burning train full of dynamite six kilometers away before it could explode.
1908 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia.
1914 The first issue of The New Republic magazine was published.
1916 Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.
1917 Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.
1918 The 1918 influenza epidemic spread to Western Samoa, killing 7,542 (about 20% of the population) by the end of the year.
1929 The Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened.
1933 Fiorello H. La Guardia was elected the 99th mayor of New York City.
1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.
1962 Richard M. Nixon, who failed in a bid to become governor of California, held what he called his last press conference, telling reporters, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore."
1967 Carl B. Stokes was elected as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first African American mayor of a major American city.
1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
1972 President Richard M. Nixon was re-elected in a landslide over Democrat George McGovern.
1973 Congress over-rode President Richard M. Nixon's veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a president's power to wage war without congressional approval.
1989 L. Douglas Wilder won the governor's race in Virginia, becoming the nation's first elected African-American governor.
1989 David Dinkins became the first African-American mayor of New York City.
1990 Mary Robinson became the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland.
1991 Basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the AIDS virus and was retiring.
1996 NASA launched the Mars Global Surveyor.
1998 House Speaker Newt Gingrich resigned following an election in which the Republican House majority shrunk from 22 to 12.
2000 Republican George W. Bush was elected president over incumbent Democratic Vice President Al Gore, though Gore won the popular vote by a narrow margin; the winner was not known for more than a month because of a dispute over the results in Florida.
2000 Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York, becoming the first first lady to win public office.
2000 The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovered one of the country's largest LSD labs inside a converted military missile silo in Wamego, Kansas.
2002 Iran banned advertising of United States products.
2004 The interim government of Iraq called for a 60-day "state of emergency" as U.S. forces stormed the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
2006 Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, became the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Chart Toppers

1946
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters
You Keep Coming Back like a Song - Dinah Shore
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1954
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
This Ole House - Rosemary Clooney
Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
More and More - Webb Pierce

1962
Heís a Rebel - The Crystals
Only Love Can Break a Heart - Gene Pitney
All Alone Am I - Brenda Lee
Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson

1970
Iíll Be There - The Jackson 5
Weíve Only Just Begun - Carpenters
Fire and Rain - James Taylor
I Canít Believe That Youíve Stopped Loving Me - Charley Pride

1978
You Needed Me - Anne Murray
MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
Double Vision - Foreigner
Sleeping Single in a Double Bed - Barbara Mandrell

1986
True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
Typical Male - Tina Turner
I Didnít Mean to Turn You On - Robert Palmer
Itíll Be Me - Exile

Quote of the Day

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
Paul Fix


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Today in History - Nov 8th

Today's Birthdays

1431 Vlad III the Impaler, Wallachian prince, died in December 1476
1656 Edmund Halley, astronomer, died Jan 14, 1742
1836 Milton Bradley, game manufacturer, died May 30, 1911
1845 Edward Douglass White, Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, died May 19, 1921
1847 Bram (Abraham) Stoker, author (Dracula) died Apr 20, 1912
1900 Margaret Mitchell, author (Gone with the Wind) died Aug 16, 1949
1920 Esther Rolle, actress (Good Times, Maude, Driving Miss Daisy) died Nov 17, 1998
1922 Christiaan Barnard, surgeon/medical pioneer (first heart transplant) died Sep 2, 2001
1924 Joe Flynn, actor (McHaleís Navy, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes) died July 19, 1974
1927 Patti Page (Clara Ann Fowler), singer (Tennessee Waltz, Allegheny Moon)
1931 Morley Safer, TV correspondent (60 Minutes)
1931 Darla Hood, actress (Our Gang series) died June 13, 1979
1944 Bonnie Bramlett, songwriter/singer (Delaney and Bonnie and Friends)
1945 Don Murray, drummer (The Turtles)
1946 Roy Wood (Ulysses Adrian Wood), singer/songwriter (Electric Light Orchestra)
1947 Minnie (Julia) Riperton, singer (Loviní You) died July 12, 1979
1949 Alan Berger, bassist (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)
1949 Bonnie Raitt, singer (Something to Talk About, I Can't Make You Love Me)
1950 Mary Hart, TV host (Entertainment Tonight)
1952 Christie Hefner, magazine executive (Playboy)
1952 Alfre Woodard, actress (St. Elsewhere, Passion Fish, Heart and Souls)
1954 Ricki Lee Jones, singer (Chuck E.ís in Love)
1954 Jeanette McGruder, singer (P Funk)
1957 Porl Thompson, guitarist (The Cure)
1958 Terry Lee Miall, drummer (Adam & the Ants)
1961 Leif Garrett, actor/singer (I Was Made for Danciní)
1966 Gordon Ramsay, British chef/TV personality (Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares)
1967 Courtney Thorne-Smith, actress (Melrose Place, Summer School, Ally McBeal)
1968 Parker Posey, actress (Party Girl, Scream 3, Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman)
1970 Tom Anderson, co-founder (MySpace)
1972 Gretchen Mol, actress (Donnie Brasco, Rounders, Life on Mars)
1975 Tara Reid, actress (The Big Lebowski, American Pie series, Josie and the Pussycats)
1979 Dania Ramirez, actress (Heroes)
1981 Azura Skye, actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
1982 Lynndie England, U.S. Army reservist (Abu Ghraib)
1983 Chris Rankin, actor (Harry Potter movies)
1985 Jack Osbourne, TV personality (The Osbournes)

Today's Deaths in History

1674 John Milton, English poet (Paradise Lost) dies at 65
1887 Doc Holliday, gambler/gunfighter, dies at 36
1968 Wendell Corey, actor (Sorry Wrong Number, Rear Window) dies at 54
1974 Ivory Joe Hunter, R&B singer/pianist/songwriter, dies at 60
1978 Norman Rockwell, illustrator, dies at 84
1994 Michael O'Donoghue, writer (Saturday Night Live) dies at 54
1999 Lester Bowie, jazz trumpeter, dies at 58
2003 Guy Speranza, singer (Riot) dies at 47
2006 Basil Poledouris, film score composer (The Hunt for Red October, Starship Troopers) dies at 61

Today in History

1793 In Paris, the French Revolutionary government opened the Louvre to the public as a museum.
1837 Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, which later became Mount Holyoke College.
1889 Montana became the 41st state.
1892 Former President Grover Cleveland beat incumbent Benjamin Harrison, becoming the only president to win non-consecutive terms in the White House.
1895 While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm RŲntgen discovered the X-ray.
1923 Adolf Hitler launched his first attempt to seize power with a failed coup in Munich, Germany, that came to be known as the Beer-Hall Putsch.
1932 New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president over incumbent Herbert Hoover.
1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million of the unemployed.
1935 A dozen labor leaders came together to announce the creation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), an organization charged with advancing industrial unionism.
1950 U.S. Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown shot down two North Korean MiG-15s in the first jet aircraft-to-jet aircraft dogfight in history.
1960 Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon in the presidential election.
1966 Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California.
1966 Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts became the first African-American to be elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote.
1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law an antitrust exemption allowing the National Football League to merge with the upstart American Football League.
1971 The album Led Zeppelin IV, which included the song "Stairway to Heaven," was released.
1973 The right ear of John Paul Getty III was delivered to a newspaper together with a ransom note, convincing his father to pay the $2.9 million ransom.
1987 A bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army exploded as crowds gathered in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, for a ceremony honoring Britain's war dead, killing 11 people.
1988 Vice President George H.W. Bush won the presidential election, beating Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.
1994 Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years and won a majority in the Senate in midterm elections.
1997 Chinese engineers diverted the Yangtze River to make way for the Three Gorges Dam.
2000 A statewide recount of presidential election ballots began in Florida; Vice President Al Gore telephoned Texas Gov. George W. Bush to concede the election, but called back about an hour later to retract his concession.
2002 The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved Security Council Resolution 1441 on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face "serious consequences."
2004 Thousands of U.S. troops attacked strongholds of Sunni insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq.

Chart Toppers

1947
Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
You Do - Dinah Shore
And Mimi - Art Lund
Iíll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold

1955
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
Moments to Remember - The Four Lads
I Hear You Knocking - Gale Storm
That Do Make It Nice - Eddy Arnold

1963
Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Washington Square - The Village Stompers
Loveís Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1971
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Imagine - John Lennon Plastic Ono Band
Here Comes Honey Again - Sonny James

1979
Pop Muzik - M
Heartache Tonight - Eagles
Dim All the Lights - Donna Summer
You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers

1987
I Think Weíre Alone Now - Tiffany
Causing a Commotion - Madonna
Mony Mony "Live" - Billy Idol
Am I Blue - George Strait

Quote of the Day

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Jill a rich widow.
Evan Esar (1899 - 1995)


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Today in History - Nov 9th

Today's Birthdays

1886 Ed Wynn, actor (Mary Poppins, Babes in Toyland, The Absent-Minded Professor) died June 19, 1966
1913 Hedy Lamarr, actress (Samson and Delilah, Ziegfeld Girl) died Jan 19, 2000
1918 Spiro T. (Theodore) Agnew, U.S. Vice President, died Sept 17, 1996
1922 Dorothy Dandridge, actress (Island in the Sun, Carmen Jones) died Sep 8, 1965
1930 Charlie Jones, sportscaster (NBC Sports) died June 12, 2008
1931 Whitey Herzog, baseball player/manager (St Louis Cardinals)
1934 Carl (Edward) Sagan, author/scientist (Cosmos, Contact) died Dec 20, 1996
1935 Bob (Pack Robert) Gibson, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals)
1936 Mary Travers, folk singer (Peter, Paul and Mary) died Sept 16, 2009
1941 Tom Fogerty, songwriter/singer (Creedence Clearwater Revival) died Sep 6, 1990
1948 Joe Bouchard, bassist/singer (Blue Oyster Cult)
1948 Alan Gratzer, drummer (REO Speedwagon)
1948 Robert David Hall, actor (CSI)
1951 Lou Ferrigno, bodybuilder/actor (The Incredible Hulk)
1954 Dennis Stratton, guitarist (Iron Maiden)
1955 Karen Dotrice, British actress (Mary Poppins)
1960 Dee Plakas, drummer (L7)
1961 Sandra ĎPepaí Denton, singer (Salt-N-Pepa)
1970 Susan Tedeschi, blues singer
1972 Eric Dane, actor (Grey's Anatomy)
1972 Corin Tucker, guitarist (Sleater-Kinney)
1973 Nick Lachey, singer (98 Degrees)
1974 Uncle Kracker, singer/rapper
1978 Sisqo, R&B singer
1980 Vanessa Minillo, television personality (Entertainment Tonight)
1988 Nikki Blonsky, actress (Hairspray)

Today's Deaths in History

1911 Howard Pyle, author (Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates) dies at 58
1924 Henry Cabot Lodge, Senator, dies at 74
1940 Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, dies at 71
1953 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet/author, dies at 39
1953 Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, first King of Saudi Arabia, dies at 73
1970 Charles De Gaulle, former French President, dies at 79
1988 John N. Mitchell, United States Attorney General, dies at 75
1991 Yves Montand, French actor (Let's Make Love) dies at 70
2003 Art Carney, actor (The Honeymooners) dies at 85
2004 Iris Chang, author (The Rape of Nanking) dies at 36
2006 Ed Bradley, newscaster (CBS) dies at 65

Today in History

1620 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sighted land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
1862 Union General Ambrose Burnside assumed command of the Army of the Potomac, after George B. McClellan was removed.
1887 The United States received the rights to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
1888 Jack the Ripper killed Mary Jane Kelly, his last known victim.
1906 Theodore Roosevelt became the first sitting President of the United States to make an official trip outside the country, to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.
1918 Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II announced that he would abdicate.
1921 Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with the photoelectric effect.
1935 United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization.
1938 Nazis looted and burned synagogues and Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria on Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass."
1960 Robert McNamara was named president of Ford Motor Co., the first non-Ford to serve in that post.
1965 Several northeastern states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.
1967 NASA launched the unmanned Apollo 4 test spacecraft atop the first Saturn V rocket from Cape Kennedy, Florida.
1967 The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was published.
1976 The United Nations General Assembly approved 10 resolutions condemning apartheid in South Africa, including one characterizing the white-ruled government as "illegitimate."
1985 Garry Kasparov 22, of the Soviet Union became the youngest World Chess Champion by beating Anatoly Karpov, also of the Soviet Union.
1989 Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West.
2001 The northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif fell to the northern alliance in the first major territorial advance for the rebels against the ruling Taliban.
2004 Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens won his record seventh Cy Young award.
2005 Three suicide bombers carried out nearly simultaneous attacks on three U.S.-based hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing 60 victims and wounding hundreds.

Chart Toppers

1948
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue - Gordon MacRae
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood)
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely

1956
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
The Green Door - Jim Lowe
True Love - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
Hound Dog/Donít Be Cruel - Elvis Presley

1964
Baby Love - The Supremes
Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
I Donít Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens

1972
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues
Freddieís Dead (Theme from ďSuperflyĒ) - Curtis Mayfield
Itís Not Love (But Itís Not Bad) - Merle Haggard

1980
Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
Lady - Kenny Rogers
The Wanderer - Donna Summer
On the Road Again - Willie Nelson

1988
Kokomo - The Beach Boys
Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club
The Loco-Motion - Kylie Minogue
Darlene - T. Graham Brown

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Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)



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Today in History - Nov 10th


United States Marine Corps' 233rd Birthday

Today's Birthdays

1483 Martin Luther, religious leader (Protestantism) died Feb 18, 1546
1889 Claude Rains, actor (Casablanca, The Invisible Man, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lawrence of Arabia) died May 30, 1967
1916 Billy May, composer/bandleader, died Jan 22, 2004
1919 George Fenneman, announcer (You Bet Your Life) died May 29, 1997
1924 Russell Johnson, actor (Gilligan's Island)
1925 Richard Burton, actor (Camelot, Hamlet, The Longest Day, The Robe) died Aug 5, 1984
1932 Roy Scheider, actor (All that Jazz, Blue Thunder, Jaws series, seaQuest DSV) died February 10, 2008
1944 Tim Rice, lyricist (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
1947 Dave Loggins, singer (Please Come to Boston)
1947 Glen Buxton, guitarist (Alice Cooper) died Oct 19, 1997
1947 Greg Lake, bassist/singer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
1948 Vincent Schiavelli, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Better Off Dead, Amadeus) died Dec 26, 2005
1949 Donna Fargo (Yvonne Vaughn), singer/songwriter (The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.)
1950 Ronnie Hammond, singer (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
1950 Debra Hill, screenwriter/film producer (Halloween, The Fog) died Mar 7, 2005
1954 Mario Cipollina, bassist (Huey Lewis & the News)
1955 Roland Emmerich, director (The Day After Tomorrow, The Patriot)
1956 Sinbad (David Adkins), actor/comedian (A Different World, Necessary Roughness)
1956 Matt Craven, actor (Disturbia, Timeline)
1959 (Laura) Mackenzie Phillips, actress (One Day at a Time, American Graffiti)
1959 Linda Cohn, sports reporter/anchor (ESPN)
1959 Nancy Cartwright, voice actress (The Simpsons)
1963 Tommy Davidson, actor/comedian (In Living Color)
1963 Mike McCarthy, NFL head coach (Green Bay Packers)
1966 Vanessa Angel, actress (There's Something About Mary, Kingpin)
1968 Tracy Morgan, comedian/actor (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live)
1969 Ellen Pompeo, actress (Old School, Grey's Anatomy)
1971 Ulfie #4, board member
1975 Jim Adkins, singer/musician (Jimmy Eat World)
1977 Brittany Murphy, actress (Clueless, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Girl Interrupted)
1978 Eve, rapper/actress (Barbershop series)
1981 Jason L. Dunham, U.S. Marine Corporal/Medal of Honor recipient, died April 22, 2004 when he threw himself on a grenade to save his fellow Marines
1981 Alison Waite, model/playmate (May 2006)
1982 Heather Matarazzo, actress (Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Devil's Advocate)

Today's Deaths in History

1938 Mustafa Kemal AtatŁrk, founder/first President of Turkey, dies at 57
1975 Ernest M. McSorley, ship captain (Edmund Fitzgerald) dies at 63
1982 Leonid Brezhnev, Soviet leader, dies at 75
1985 Pelle Lindbergh, NHL goaltender (Philadelphia Flyers) dies at 26
1986 King Clancy, NHL player/coach/referee (Ottawa Senators, Tornoto Maple Leafs) dies at 83
1992 Chuck Connors, actor (Cowboy in Africa, The Rifleman) dies at 71
1994 Carmen McRae, jazz singer, dies at 74
2001 Ken Kesey, author (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) dies at 66
2006 Gerald Levert, R&B singer (Levert) dies at 40
2006 Jack Palance, actor (City Slickers series, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Batman) dies at 87
2007 Norman Mailer, author (The Naked and the Dead) dies at 84

Today in History

1775 The United States Marine Corps was founded at Tun Tavern in Philidelphia.
1865 Major Henry Wirz, the superintendent of a prison camp in Andersonville, Georgia, was hanged, becoming the only American Civil War soldier executed for war crimes.
1871 Journalist-explorer Henry M. Stanley found missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone in central Africa and delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
1919 The American Legion held its first national convention, in Minneapolis.
1928 Hirohito was enthroned as Emperor of Japan.
1938 Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on network radio.
1942 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, discussing the recent victory over Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt, said "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
1951 Direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began as Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, N.J., called his counterpart in Alameda, Calif.
1954 The Iwo Jima Memorial was dedicated in Arlington, Va.
1958 The Hope Diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Institution by New York diamond merchant Harry Winston.
1969 Sesame Street debuted on PBS.
1975 The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution equating Zionism with racism.
1975 The ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior; all 29 crew members died.
1982 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors in Washington, D.C.
1997 A judge in Cambridge, Mass., reduced Louise Woodward's murder conviction to manslaughter and sentenced the English au pair to the 279 days she'd already served in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.
1997 WorldCom Inc. and MCI Communications Corp. agreed to a $37 billion merger.
2001 The World Trade Organization approved China's membership.
2004 President George W. Bush nominated White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to be attorney general, succeeding John Ashcroft.
2007 Six U.S. troops died in an insurgent ambush, making 2007 the deadliest year for American forces in Afghanistan since 2001.

Chart Toppers

1949
That Lucky Old Sun - Frankie Laine
Donít Cry, Joe - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer)
I Can Dream, Canít I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard)
Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely

1957
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers

1965
Get Off of My Cloud - The Rolling Stones
A Loverís Concerto - The Toys
Everybody Loves a Clown - Gary Lewis & the Playboys
Hello Vietnam - Johnny Wright

1973
Keep on Truckiní - Eddie Kendricks
Heartbeat - Itís a Lovebeat - The DeFranco Family
Photograph - Ringo Starr
Paper Roses - Marie Osmond

1981
Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
Tryiní to Live My Life Without You - Bob Seger
Fancy Free - The Oak Ridge Boys

1989
Listen to Your Heart - Roxette
Cover Girl - New Kids on the Block
When I See You Smile - Bad English
Ace in the Hole - George Strait

Quote of the Day

Uncommon valor was a common virtue.
Chester Nimitz, Navy Admiral/Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces (1885-1966) speaking of the Marines' performance in taking Iwo Jima, World War II


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Today in History - Nov 11th - Veteran's Day

Today's Birthdays

1744 Abigail Smith Adams, First Lady of 2nd U.S. President John Adams, died Oct 28, 1818
1821 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, revolutionary/author (Crime and Punishment) died Feb 9, 1881
1885 George S. (Smith) Patton Jr., U.S. Army General (World War II) died Dec 21, 1945
1889 Clifton Webb, actor (Laura, Three Coins in the Fountain, Mr. Belvedere series) died Oct 13, 1966
1899 Pat OíBrien, actor (Knute Rockne All American, Ragtime, Some like It Hot) died Oct 15, 1983
1909 Robert Ryan, actor (The Dirty Dozen, Flying Leathernecks, The Longest Day) died July 11, 1973
1911 Patric Knowles, actor (The Devilís Brigade, How Green was My Valley) died Dec 23, 1995
1918 Stubby Kaye, actor (Cat Ballou, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) died Dec 14, 1997
1922 Kurt Vonnegut Jr., writer (Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions) died Apr 11, 2007
1925 Jonathan Winters III, actor/comedian (The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, Mork & Mindy)
1929 LaVern Baker, Rock and Roll Hall of fame singer (I Cried a Tear, Jim Dandy) died March 10, 1997
1941 Jesse Colin Young (Perry Miller), songwriter/musician (The Youngbloods)
1945 Vince Martell, guitarist/singer (Vanilla Fudge)
1946 Chris Dreja, guitarist (Yardbirds)
1947 Pat Daugherty, bassist (Black Oak Arkansas)
1950 Jim Peterik, keyboardist (Survivor)
1951 Fuzzy (Frank) Zoeller, golf champion
1953 Andy Partridge, singer/guitarist (XTC)
1953 Marshall Crenshaw, singer (Someday Someway)
1955 Dave Alvin, singer (The Blasters)
1956 Ian Craig Marsh, keyboardist (Heaven 17, Human League)
1960 Stanley Tucci, actor (Big Night, The Imposters, Big Trouble, The Terminal)
1962 Mic Michaeli, keyboardist (Europe)
1962 Demi Moore, actress (One Crazy Summer, A Few Good Men, St. Elmoís Fire, Striptease, G.I. Jane)
1964 Calista Flockhart, actress (The Birdcage, Ally McBeal)
1964 Scott Mercado, drummer (Candlebox)
1966 Alison Doody, Irish actress (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, A View to a Kill)
1968 Ronnie Devoe, singer (New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe)
1968 Wyatt Pauley, guitarist (Linear)
1969 Carson Kressley, TV personality (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy)
1972 Leslie Mann, actress (Big Daddy, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up)
1972 Adam Beach, actor (Smoke Signals, Windtalkers, Flags of Our Fathers)
1973 Jason White, touring guitarist (Green Day)
1974 Leonardo DiCaprio, actor (Titanic, Whatís Eating Gilbert Grape, The Man in the Iron Mask)
1976 Lisa Gleave, actress/model (Deal or No Deal)
1980 Willie Parker, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1981 Jonathan Pretus, guitarist (Cowboy Mouth)
1986 Mark Sanchez, NFL quarterback (New York Jets)

Today's Deaths in History

1831 Nat Turner, slave/rebel, is executed at 31
1855 SÝren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, dies at 42
1917 Queen Lili'uokalani, last Queen of Hawaii, dies at 79
1938 Typhoid Mary, carrier of the typhoid disease, dies at 69
1945 Jerome Kern, composer (Ol' Man River, A Fine Romance, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) dies at 60
1993 Erskine Hawkins, trumpeter/big band leader, dies at 79
1999 Mary Kay Bergman, voice actress (South Park) commits suicide at 38
2004 Yasser Arafat, PLO leader, dies at 75
2007 Delbert Mann, film director (Marty, David Copperfild, Kidnapped) dies at 87

Today in History

1620 Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."
1750 The F.H.C. Society (the Flat Hat Club), the first college fraternity, was formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia.
1831 Former slave Nat Turner, who had led a violent insurrection, was executed in Jerusalem, Va.
1839 The Virginia Military Institute was founded in Lexington, Virginia.
1864 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman began burning Atlanta, Georgia to the ground in preparation for his march south.
1889 Washington became the 42nd state.
1918 Fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.
1921 President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
1924 Prime Minister Alexandros Papanastasiou proclaimed the first recognized Greek Republic.
1926 U.S. Route 66 was established.
1965 Rhodesia proclaimed its independence from Britain.
1972 The U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese army, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.
1992 The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.
1998 Israel's Cabinet narrowly ratified a land-for-peace agreement with the Palestinians.
2000 Republicans went to court, seeking an order to block manual recounts from continuing in Florida's presidential election.
2000 A cable car crammed with skiers and snowboarders caught fire while being pulled through an Alpine tunnel in Austria, killing 155 people.
2004 The Palestine Liberation Organization confirmed the death of Yasser Arafat from unidentified causes.

Chart Toppers

1950
All My Love - Patti Page
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
Thinking of You - Don Cherry
Iím Moving On - Hank Snow

1958
Itís Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio
To Know Him, is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
City Lights - Ray Price

1966
Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees
Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers
Dandy - Hermanís Hermits
Open Up Your Heart - Buck Owens

1974
You Ainít Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheeliní - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Jazzman - Carole King
Whatever Gets You Thru the Night - John Lennon with the Plastic Ono
Nuclear Band
Love is like a Butterfly - Dolly Parton

1982
Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Heart Attack - Olivia Newton-John
I Keep Forgettiní (Every Time Youíre Near) - Michael McDonald
Youíre So Good When Youíre Bad - Charley Pride

1990
Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey
Pray - M.C. Hammer
Giving You the Benefit - Pebbles
Home - Joe Diffie

Quote of the Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) written in 1914





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Today in History - Nov 12th

Today's Birthdays

1815 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, womenís rights activist, died October 26, 1902
1840 Auguste Rodin, sculptor (The Kiss, The Thinker) died Nov 17, 1917
1866 Sun Yat-Sen, Chinese revolutionary leader, died Mar 12,1925
1908 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (Roe vs. Wade) died Mar 4, 1999
1917 Jo Stafford, singer (Jambalaya, Long Ago and Far Away) died July 16, 2008
1922 Kim Hunter, actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes series) died Sep 11, 2002
1929 Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco), singer/actress (Rear Window) died Sep 14, 1982
1934 Charles Manson, cult leader/murderer
1936 Mills Lane, judge/boxing referee
1939 Ruby Nash Curtis, singer (Ruby & the Romantics)
1943 Brian Hyland, singer (Sealed with a Kiss, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini)
1943 Wallace Shawn, actor (Clueless, The Princess Bride, My Dinner with Andre)
1944 Booker T. Jones, musician (Booker T and the MGís)
1944 Al Michaels, sportscaster (Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Football)
1945 Neil Young, singer/songwriter/guitarist (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Buffalo Springfield)
1947 Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, guitarist/songwriter (Blue Oyster Cult)
1948 Errol Brown, songwriter/singer (Hot Chocolate)
1955 Leslie McKeown, singer (The Bay City Rollers)
1958 Megan Mullally, actress (Will and Grace)
1961 Nadia Comaneci, Olympic Gold Medal gymnast
1964 David Ellefson, bassist (Megadeath)
1967 Sam Lloyd, actor (Scrubs)
1968 Sammy Sosa, MLB outfielder (Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs)
1969 Kathleen Hanna, singer/songwriter (Bikini Kill)
1970 Tonya Harding, figure skater/kneecapper
1973 Radha Mitchell, actress (Silent Hill, Pitch Black, Phone Booth)
1973 Mayte Garcia, dancer/former Mrs. Prince
1974 Tamala Jones, actress (Booty Call, The Wood, Kingdom Come)
1974 Lourdes Benedicto, actress (24, The Nine)
1975 Angela Watson, actress (Step by Step)
1976 Tevin Campbell, R&B singer
1979 Cote de Pablo, actress (NCIS)
1980 Ryan Gosling, actor (The Notebook, Half Nelson)
1982 Anne Hathaway, actress (The Devil Wears Prada)

Today's Deaths in History

1981 William Holden, actor (The Bridge on the River Kwai, Stalag 17, Sunset Boulevard) dies at 63
1990 Eve Arden, actress (Grease series) dies at 82
1993 H. R. Haldeman, White House Chief of Staff, dies at 67
1994 Wilma Rudolph, Olympic runner, dies at 54
2003 Kay E. Kuter, actor (Green Acres, Petticoat Juntion, Deep Space Nine) dies at 78
2003 Tony Thompson, drummer (Chic, Power Station) dies at 48
2003 Jonathan Brandis, actor (Who's the Boss?) dies at 27
2007 Ira Levin, novelist (No Time for Sergeants, A Kiss Before Dying) dies at 78
2008 Mitch Mitchell, drummer (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) dies at 62

Today in History

1847 Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, became the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.
1912 The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men were found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
1920 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected baseball's first commissioner.
1927 Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
1933 Hugh Gray took the first known photos of the Loch Ness Monster.
1942 The World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began.
1948 Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.
1954 Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
1969 Independent investigative journalist Seymour Hersh broke the My Lai Massacre story.
1982 Yuri V. Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.
1985 Xavier Suarez was elected Miami's first Cuban-American mayor.
1987 The American Medical Association issued a policy statement saying it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person has AIDS or is HIV-positive.
1990 Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne.
1996 Jonathan Schmitz was convicted of second-degree murder for shooting Scott Amedure, a gay man who'd revealed a crush on Schmitz during a taping of The Jenny Jones Show.
1997 Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
1998 Daimler-Benz completed a merger with Chrysler to form Daimler-Chrysler.
1999 President Bill Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.
2001 An American Airlines flight crashed near New York's Kennedy airport, killing 265 people.
2004 A jury in Redwood City, Calif., convicted Scott Peterson of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay; Peterson was later sentenced to death.
2006 Gerald R. Ford surpassed Ronald Reagan as the longest-lived U.S. president at 93 years and 121 days; Ford died the following month.
2008 Same-sex marriages began in Connecticut, a month after the state Supreme Court ruled that gays had the right to wed.

Chart Toppers

1951
Because of You - Tony Bennett
Sin (Itís No) - Eddy Howard
And So to Sleep Again - Patti Page
Slow Poke - Pee Wee King

1959
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods
Donít You Know - Della Reese
Country Girl - Faron Young

1967
To Sir with Love - Lulu
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
It Must Be Him - Vikki Carr
You Mean the World to Me - David Houston

1975
Island Girl - Elton John
Lyiní Eyes - The Eagles
Who Loves You - Four Seasons
Iím Sorry - John Denver

1983
Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
One Thing Leads to Another - The Fixx
Somebodyís Gonna Love You - Lee Greenwood

1991
Cream - Prince & the N.P.G.
Canít Stop This Thing We Started - Bryan Adams
Real, Real, Real - Jesus Jones
Someday - Alan Jackson

Quote of the Day

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)



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Today in History - Nov 13th

Today's Birthdays

1850 Robert Louis Stevenson, author (Treasure Island, Kidnapped) died Dec 3, 1894
1856 Louis Brandeis, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, died Oct 5, 1941
1916 Jack Elam, actor (High Noon, Cannonball Run series, Rawhide) died Oct 20, 2003
1922 Oskar Werner, actor (Fahrenheit 451) died Oct 23, 1984
1932 Richard Mulligan, actor (Soap, Empty Nest, Little Big Man) died Sep 26, 2000
1934 Garry Marshall, director/producer (Happy Days, A League of Their Own)
1934 Peter Arnett, journalist (CNN)
1941 Dack (Norman) Rambo, actor (Dallas) died Mar 21, 1994
1941 Mel (Melvin Leon, Sr.) Stottlemyre, MLB pitcher (NY Yankees)
1947 Toy Caldwell, guitarist (The Marshall Tucker Band) died Feb 25, 1993
1947 Joe Mantegna, actor (Airheads, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Joan of Arcadia)
1953 Tracy Scoggins, actress (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
1953 Frances Conroy, actress (Six Feet Under)
1953 Andrew Ranken, drummer (The Pogues)
1954 Chris Noth, actor (Law & Order, Baby Boom, Sex and the City)
1955 Whoopi Goldberg, actress (Ghost, The Color Purple, Sister Act series)
1956 Rex Linn, actor (CSI: Miami)
1959 Caroline Goodall, actress (Schindlerís List, Hook, The Princess Diaries)
1960 Neil Flynn, actor (Scrubs)
1963 Vinny Testaverde, NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers)
1967 Jimmy Kimmel, comedian/talk show host (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
1967 Steve Zahn, actor (That Thing You Do!, Out of Sight, Happy Texas)
1969 Gerard Butler, Scottish actor (300, The Phantom of the Opera)
1978 Nikolai Fraiture, bassist (The Strokes)
1980 Monique Coleman, singer/actress (High School Musical)

Today's Deaths in History

1973 Lila Lee, actress (Blood and Sand) dies at 72
1974 Karen Silkwood, activist, is killed in a car crash at 28
1985 George Robert Vincent, sound recording pioneer, dies at 87
1998 Valerie Hobson, British actress (Werewolf of London) dies at 81
2003 Kellie Waymire, actress (Star Trek: Enterprise, Six Feet Under) dies at 36
2004 Ol' Dirty Bastard, rapper, dies at 35

Today in History

1775 U.S. forces captured Montreal during the American Revolution.
1789 Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
1927 The Holland Tunnel linking New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River opened to the public.
1942 The minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18.
1956 The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.
1969 Vice President Spiro T. Agnew accused network TV news departments of bias and distortion, and urged viewers to lodge complaints.
1974 Karen Silkwood, a technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Okla., was killed in a car crash.
1977 The comic strip Li'l Abner by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time.
1979 Former California Gov. Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
1982 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1982 Ray Mancini defeated Duk Koo Kim in a boxing match held in Las Vegas, Nevada; Kim's subsequent death four days later led to significant changes in the sport.
1985 A mudslide triggered by the Nevado del Ruiz volcano buried the city of Armero, Colombia, killing some 23,000 people.
1995 A truck-bomb exploded outside of a US-operated Saudi Arabian National Guard training center in Riyadh, killing five Americans and two Indians.
1997 The Disney musical The Lion King opened on Broadway.
1998 President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000, ending the four-year legal battle over her sexual harassment lawsuit that spurred impeachment proceedings against him; Clinton did not admit guilt.
2001 Afghanistan's ruling Taliban abandoned the capital Kabul without a fight, allowing U.S.-backed northern alliance fighters to take over the city.
2001 In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signed an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.
2002 Saddam Hussein's government agreed to the return of international weapons inspectors to Iraq.
2003 Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who had refused to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, was thrown off the bench by a judicial ethics panel for having "placed himself above the law."

Chart Toppers

1944
Dance with the Dolly - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings)
Iíll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
The Trolley Song - The Pied Pipers
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

1952
You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
Wish You Were Here - Eddie Fisher
Because Youíre Mine - Mario Lanza
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

1960
Save the Last Dance for Me - The Drifters
Poetry in Motion - Johnny Tillotson
Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

1968
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Those Were the Days - Mary Hopkin
Love Child - Diana Ross & the Supremes
I Walk Alone - Marty Robbins

1976
Tonightís the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
Love So Right - Bee Gees
Somebody Somewhere (Donít Know What Heís Missiní Tonight) Ė Loretta Lynn

1984
Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) - Billy Ocean
Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
Iíve Been Around Enough to Know - John Schneider

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For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news.
Gloria Borger



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Today in History - Nov 14th

Today's Birthdays

1765 Robert Fulton, builder of first profitable steamboat, died Feb 24, 1815
1840 Claude Monet, artist (Water Lilies) died Dec 5, 1926
1889 Jawaharlal Nehru, independent Indiaís first prime minister, died May 27, 1964
1896 Mamie Doud Eisenhower, First Lady, died Nov 1, 1979
1900 Aaron Copland, composer (Fanfare for the Common Man) died Dec 2, 1990
1904 Dick (Richard E.) Powell, actor (Gold Diggers series, Cry Danger) died Jan 2, 1963
1908 Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator/Commie hunter, died May 2, 1957
1916 Sherwood Schwartz, television writer/producer (Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island)
1919 Veronica Lake, actress (So Proudly We Hail) died July 7, 1973
1920 Johnny Desmond, singer (Yellow Rose of Texas) died Sep 6, 1985
1921 Brian Keith, actor (Family Affair, The Parent Trap) died June 24, 1997
1922 Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary-General
1929 Tiny (DeWayne) Lund, NASCAR driver, died Aug 10, 1975
1929 McLean Stevenson, actor (M*A*S*H, Hello Larry) died Feb 15, 1996
1930 Edward White, astronaut, killed aboard Apollo 1 Jan 27, 1967
1933 Fred Haise Jr., astronaut (Apollo 13)
1936 Cornell Gunter, singer (The Coasters) died Feb 26, 1990
1936 Freddie Garrity, singer (Freddie and the Dreamers) died May 19, 2006
1947 P. J. O'Rourke, writer (The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator)
1948 Prince Charles of Wales
1949 James Young, guitarist (Styx)
1951 Zhang Yimou, Chinese film director (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers)
1951 Stephen Bishop, songwriter/singer (It Might Be You, On and On)
1954 Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State
1954 Yanni (Chrysomallis), pianist/composer
1955 Frankie Banali, drummer (Quiet Riot)
1956 Alec Jon Such, bassist (Bon Jovi)
1961 D. B. Sweeney, actor (The Cutting Edge, Eight Men Out, Memphis Belle)
1961 Laura San Giacomo, actress (Just Shoot Me, Pretty Woman, sex, lies and videotape)
1964 Patrick Warburton, actor (Seinfeld, Men in Black 2, Big Trouble, The Dish)
1964 Rev. Run, rapper (Run-DMC)
1965 Jeanette Jurado, singer (Exposť)
1966 Curt Schilling, MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
1967 Nina Gordon, singer (Veruca Salt)
1968 Brian Yale, bassist (Matchbox 20)
1972 Josh Duhamel, actor (Las Vegas)
1973 Dana Snyder, voice actor (Aqua Teen Hunger Force)
1975 Travis Barker, drummer (Blink 182, +44)
1979 Tobin Esperance, bassist (Papa Roach)
1979 Olga Kurylenko, actress (Quantum of Solace)
1981 DetroitHockey, board member
1982 Kyle Orton, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears)
1984 Anaconda, board member
1988 Knight of Dight, board member

Today's Deaths in History

1915 Booker T. Washington, educator/inventor, dies at 59
1916 Saki (Hector Hugh Munro), British writer (The Open Window) dies at 45
1991 Tony Richardson, film director (Look Back in Anger) dies at 63
1997 Eddie Arcaro, jockey, dies at 81
2001 Charlotte Coleman, British actress (Four Weddings and a Funeral) dies at 33
2002 Eddie Bracken, actor (Hello, Dolly!, The Odd Couple) dies at 87
2003 Gene Anthony Ray, actor/dancer (Fame) dies at 41

Today in History

1832 The first streetcar, a horse-drawn vehicle called the John Mason, went into operation in New York City.
1851 Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick was published.
1862 President Abraham Lincoln approved General Ambrose Burnside's plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, leading to the Battle of Fredericksburg.
1881 Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President James A. Garfield; he was convicted and hanged.
1889 Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.
1922 The British Broadcasting Corp. began its domestic radio service.
1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth.
1940 German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry during World War II.
1969 Apollo 12 was launched on the second manned mission to the moon.
1970 Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed in the mountains near Huntington, West Virginia, killing 75, including members of the Marshall University football team.
1971 Mariner 9 reached Mars, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit another planet.
1972 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 1,000 for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16.
1973 Britain's Princess Anne married Capt. Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey.
1986 The SEC fined Ivan F. Boesky $100 million for insider stock trading.
1991 In Royal Oak, Michigan, a fired United States Postal Service employee went on a shooting rampage, killing four and wounding five before committing suicide.
1995 The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while government offices operated with skeleton crews.
1999 The United Nations imposed sanctions on Afghanistan for refusing to hand over terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden.
2001 Eight foreign aid workers, including two Americans, who had been accused of preaching Christianity in Afghanistan were freed by the Taliban.
2002 The United States House of Representatives voted not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks.
2007 The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States was shut down in New York City by Con Edison.

Chart Toppers

1945
Itís Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
Iíll Buy that Dream - The Pied Pipers
With Tears in My Eyes - Wesley Tuttle

1953
Ebb Tide - The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Many Times - Eddie Fisher
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce

1961
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Fool #1 - Brenda Lee
Tower of Strength - Gene McDaniels
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke

1969
Wedding Bell Blues - The 5th Dimension
Come Together - The Beatles
Baby Itís You - Smith
To See My Angel Cry - Conway Twitty

1977
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Boogie Nights - Heatwave
Itís Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me - Barry White
More to Me - Charley Pride

1985
Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
Head over Heels - Tears for Fears
You Belong to the City - Glenn Frey
Canít Keep a Good Man Down - Alabama

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Today in History - Nov 15th

Today's Birthdays

1887 Georgia OíKeefe, artist (Black Iris, Lake George) died Mar 6, 1986
1891 W. Averell Harriman, Governor of New York, died July 26, 1986
1891 Erwin Rommel, ĎThe Desert Fox,í WWII German field marshal and commander, forced to commit suicide Oct 14, 1944
1905 Mantovani, Italian-born composer (light orchestra style) died March 29, 1980
1919 Carol Bruce, actress (WKRP in Cincinnati) died Oct 9, 2007
1919 Joseph A. Wapner, judge (The Peopleís Court)
1928 C.W. McCall (William Fries), singer/songwriter (Convoy)
1929 Edward Asner, actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant)
1932 Petula Clark, singer (Downtown)
1933 Clyde (Lensley) McPhatter, R&B singer (Dominoes, Drifters) died June 13, 1972
1937 Little Willie John (William Edward John), singer (Talk to Me) died Mar 26, 1968
1937 Yaphet Kotto, actor (Midnight Run, Homicide: Life on the Street)
1940 Sam Waterston, actor (The Killing Fields, Law & Order)
1945 Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad, singer (Abba)
1951 Beverly DíAngelo, actress (Hair, National Lampoonís Vacation series)
1954 Tony Thompson, drummer (Chic) died Nov 12, 2003
1956 Michael Hampton, guitarist (Funkadelic)
1957 Kevin Eubanks, bandleader (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)
1963 Kevin J. OíConnor, actor (The Mummy, Peggy Sue Got Married)
1966 Rachel True, actress (The Craft)
1967 Mari Fernandez, singer (Sweet Sensation)
1968 Ol' Dirty Bastard, rapper, died Nov 13, 2004
1972 Jonny Lee Miller, actor/ex-Mr. Angelina Jolie (Hackers)
1973 Sydney Tamiia Poitier, actress (Joan of Arcadia, Death Proof)
1974 Chad Kroeger, singer (Nickelback)
1974 Jesse Sandoval, drummer (The Shins)
1976 Virginie Ledoyen, actress (The Beach)
1980 Ace Young, singer/TV personality (American Idol)
1981 Lorena Ochoa, LPGA golfer

Today's Deaths in History

1819 Daniel Rutherford, Scottish chemist/physician (isolation of nitrogen) dies at 70
1954 Lionel Barrymore, actor (Captains Courageous) dies at 76
1958 Tyrone Power, actor (The Mark of Zorro) dies at 44
1967 Michael J. Adams, test pilot (X-15) dies at 37
1971 Edie Sedgwick, actress/model/socialite (Andy Warhol) dies at 28
1978 Margaret Mead, anthropologist, dies at 76
1996 Alger Hiss, government official/alleged spy, dies at 92
1998 Stokely Carmichael, civil rights activist (Black Panther Party) dies at 57
2006 Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian model, dies of anorexia and bulimia nervosa at 21
2007 Joe Nuxhall, MLB player and sportscaster (Cincinnati Reds) dies at 79

Today in History

1515 Thomas Cardinal Wolsey was invested as a Cardinal.
1777 The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.
1791 The first U.S Catholic college, Georgetown University, opened its doors.
1806 Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak.
1859 The first modern revival of the Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece.
1889 Brazil's monarchy was overthrown.
1926 The National Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations.
1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1940 The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription.
1942 The Battle of Guadalcanal ended in a decisive Allied victory.
1959 A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas; the killers, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, were profiled in Truman Capote's non-fiction novel In Cold Blood.
1967 The only fatality of the X-15 program occurred during the 191st flight when Air Force test pilot Michael J. Adams lost control of his aircraft, which was destroyed mid-air over the Mojave Desert.
1969 A quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington, D.C., against the Vietnam War.
1969 The Soviet submarine K-19 collided with the American submarine USS Gato in the Barents Sea.
1969 In Columbus, Ohio, Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's restaurant.
1971 Intel released world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004.
1979 A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski began smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.
1982 Funeral services were held in Moscow for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev.
1984 Baby Fae, the month-old infant who had received a baboon's heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one, died at a California medical center three weeks after the transplant.
1985 A research assistant was injured when a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor exploded.
1985 Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.
1986 A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of delivering arms to Contra rebels and sentenced him to 30 years in prison; he was pardoned a month later.
1988 The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
1993 A judge in Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.
2002 Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party leader.
2005 Baseball players and owners agreed on a tougher steroids-testing policy.
2006 One of four U.S. soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family pleaded guilty at Fort Campbell, Ky.; Spec. James P. Barker, who agreed to testify against the others, was later sentenced to 90 years in prison.
2007 Baseball home run king Barry Bonds was indicted on charges related to grand jury testimony during which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs; Bonds has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Chart Toppers

1946
Rumors are Flying - Frank Sinatra
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters
You Keep Coming Back like a Song - Dinah Shore
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1954
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
Hold My Hand - Don Cornell
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
More and More - Webb Pierce

1962
Heís a Rebel - The Crystals
Big Girls Donít Cry - The 4 Seasons
All Alone Am I - Brenda Lee
Iíve Been Everywhere - Hank Snow

1970
Iíll Be There - The Jackson 5
Weíve Only Just Begun - Carpenters
I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
I Canít Believe That Youíve Stopped Loving Me - Charley Pride

1978
MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
Double Vision - Foreigner
How Much I Feel - Ambrosia
Sleeping Single in a Double Bed - Barbara Mandrell

1986
Amanda - Boston
Human - Human League
True Blue - Madonna
Digginí Up Bones - Randy Travis

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Today in History - Nov 16th

Today's Birthdays

0042 (BC) Tiberius, Roman emperor, died March 16, 0037 AD
1836 King David Kalakaua of Hawaii, 'The Merrie Monarch,' died Jan 20, 1891
1873 W.C. (William Christopher) Handy, ĎFather of the Blues,í died Mar 28, 1958
1889 George S. Kaufman, playwright (The Cocoanuts, A Night at the Opera) died June 2, 1961
1909 (Oliver) Burgess Meredith, actor (Batman, Rocky series) died Sep 9, 1997
1935 Elizabeth Drew, journalist/author (On the Edge: The Clinton Presidency)
1935 Clu Gulager, actor (Return of the Living Dead, The Last Picture Show)
1950 David Leisure, actor (Empty Nest)
1950 Harvey Martin, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys) died Dec 24, 2001
1955 Pierre Larouche, NHL forward (NY Rangers)
1956 Terry Labonte, NASCAR driver
1958 Marg Helgenberger, actress (C.S.I., China Beach, Fire Down Below)
1962 Gary Mounfield, bassist (Stone Roses, Primal Scream)
1964 Dwight ĎDocí (Eugene) Gooden, MLB pitcher (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
1964 Diana Krall, Jazz singer/pianist/Mrs. Elvis Costello
1966 Christian Lorenz, keyboardist (Rammstein)
1966 Dean McDermott, actor (La Femme Nikita, Rookies, Brianís Song)
1967 Lisa Bonet, actress (The Cosby Show, Angel Heart, High Fidelity)
1970 Martha Plimpton, actress (The Goonies, Parenthood, The Mosquito Coast)
1972 Missi Pyle, actress (Dodgeball, Galaxy Quest, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
1977 Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian figure skater
1977 Maggie Gyllenhaal, actress (Secretary, Donnie Darko, Sherrybaby, The Dark Knight)
1983 Kari Lehtonen, NHL goaltender (Atlanta Thrashers)
1984 Kimberly J. Brown, actress (Be Cool, Bringing Down the House)
1995 Noah Gray-Cabey, actor (Heroes, My Wife and Kids)

Today's Deaths in History

1806 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland, Ohio, dies at 52
1939 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 73
1950 Bob Smith, doctor/co-founder (Alcoholics Anonymous) dies at 71
1960 Clark Gable, actor (Gone with the Wind) dies at 59
1961 Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House (D-Texas) dies at 79
2000 Joe C., rapper (Kid Rock) dies at 26
2004 Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker, is kidnapped and murdered by Iraqi insurgents at 59
2005 Robert Tisch, NFL team owner (NY Giants) dies at 79
2006 Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist, dies at 94
2009 Edward Woodward, British actor (The Equalizer) dies at 79

Today in History

1849 A Russian court sentenced Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group; his sentence was later commuted to hard labor.
1864 Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops began their "March to the Sea" during the Civil War.
1907 Oklahoma became the 46th state.
1914 The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opened.
1933 The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
1938 LSD was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.
1940 In occupied Poland, the Nazis closed off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.
1959 The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music opened on Broadway.
1966 Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial on charges of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.
1973 Skylab 4, carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on an 84-day mission.
1973 President Richard M. Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law.
1982 An agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players.
1988 Estonia's parliament declared the Baltic republic sovereign.
1988 In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elected populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister of Pakistan.
1995 Attorney General Janet Reno disclosed that she had Parkinson's disease.
1997 Chinese pro-democracy campaigner Wei Jingsheng arrived in the United States after being released on medical parole after nearly 18 years in prison.
2000 Bill Clinton became the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.
2001 Congress passed an aviation security bill mandating that airport screeners be federal employees.
2001 Investigators found a letter addressed to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., containing anthrax.
2004 President George W. Bush picked National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to be secretary of state, succeeding Colin Powell.
2006 African, Arab, European and U.N. leaders agreed in principle to a joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region.
2008 Iraq's Cabinet overwhelmingly approved a security pact with the United States calling for American forces to remain in the country until 2012.

Chart Toppers

1947
I Wish I Didnít Love You So - Vaughn Monroe
Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
You Do - Dinah Shore
Iíll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold

1955
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
Only You - The Platters
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce

1963
Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Washington Square - The Village Stompers
Iím Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace
Loveís Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1971
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Imagine - John Lennon Plastic Ono Band
Lead Me On - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn

1979
Heartache Tonight - Eagles
Dim All the Lights - Donna Summer
Still - Commodores
You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers

1987I
Think Weíre Alone Now - Tiffany
Mony Mony "Live" - Billy Idol
(Iíve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Maybe Your Babyís Got the Blues - The Judds

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Donald Foster



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Today in History - Nov 17th

Today's Birthdays

1887 Field Marshal Bernard (Law) ĎMontyí Montgomery, British Army commander of ground forces at Normandy landing, died Mar 24, 1976
1905 Mischa Auer (Ounskowsky), actor (My Man Godfrey, Brewsterís Millions) died Mar 5, 1967
1906 Soichiro Honda, Japanese automobile pioneer, died Aug 5, 1991
1916 Shelby Foote, historian/writer (The Civil War) died June 27, 2005
1925 Rock Hudson (Roy Harold Scherer Jr.), actor (McMillan and Wife, Giant, Ice Station Zebra) died Oct 2, 1985
1930 Bob Mathias, Olympic & National Track & Field Hall of Famer, died Sep 2, 2006
1937 Peter Cook, actor/writer (Bedazzled) died Jan 9, 1995
1938 Gordon Lightfoot, singer/songwriter (Sundown, If You Could Read My Mind, Carefree Highway, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald)
1941 Gene Clark, singer/guitarist (The Byrds) died May 24, 1991
1942 Martin Scorsese, director (The Color of Money, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, Cape Fear)
1943 Lauren Hutton, actress (American Gigolo, Once Bitten)
1944 Danny DeVito, actor/director (Taxi, Twins, Batman Returns, Throw Mama from the Train, The War of the Roses)
1944 Lorne Michaels, producer/writer (Saturday Night Live, Wayneís World)
1944 Tom (George Thomas) Seaver, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets)
1945 Elvin Hayes, Basketball Hall of Famer (San Diego/ Houston Rockets, Baltimore Bullets)
1946 Martin Barre, guitarist (Jethro Tull)
1951 Stephen Root, actor (NewsRadio, Office Space)
1951 Dean Paul Martin, singer/actor, died when his National Guard jet crashed March 21, 1987
1955 Yolanda King, actress (Ghosts of Mississippi, Americaís Dream) died May 15, 2007
1958 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, actress (The Color of Money, The Abyss, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Scarface)
1959 William R. Moses, actor (Falcon Crest, Mystic Pizza)
1960 RuPaul, drag entertainer/singer (Supermodel)
1964 Ralph Garman, voice actor (Family Guy)
1966 Jeff Buckley, guitarist/singer/songwriter, died May 29, 1997
1966 Daisy Fuentes, model/TV host/actress
1966 Richard Fortus, guitarist (Guns N' Roses)
1966 Sophie Marceau (Maupu), actress (Braveheart, The World is Not Enough)
1967 Ronnie DeVoe, singer (New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe)
1972 Leonard Roberts, actor (Drumline, Heroes)
1974 Leslie Bibb, actress (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Iron Man)
1978 Reggie Wayne, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
1978 Rachel McAdams, actress (The Notebook, Mean Girls)

Today's Deaths in History

1558 Mary I, Queen of England, dies at 42
1979 John Glascock, bassist (Jethro Tull) dies at 28
1998 Esther Rolle, actress (Maude, Good Times) dies at 78
2001 Michael Karoli, German rock guitarist, dies at 53
2003 Arthur Conley, R&B singer (Sweet Soul Music) dies at 57
2003 Don Gibson, country singer/songwriter, dies at 75
2006 Bo Schembechler, College Football Hall of Fame coach (Michigan) dies at 77
2008 Pete Newell, basketball coach (UC-Berkeley) dies at 93

Today in History

1558 Elizabeth I became Queen of England upon the death of Queen Mary.
1800 The United States Capitol building in Washington, DC held its first session of the U.S. Congress.
1827 The Delta Phi Fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, was founded at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
1851 The U.S. Post Office issued a 1-cent carrier stamp to make it easier to pay fees for delivering and collecting letters.
1869 The Suez Canal formally opened, connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas, eliminating a 4000-mile trip around Africa.
1911 Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the first African-American fraternity at a historically black college or university, was founded at Howard University in Washington, DC.
1938 Orchestra leader Kay Kyser, speaking to an audience at the College of the City of New York (CCNY) told of the ďinner workings and artistic features of swing music,Ē the first of a series of lectures on swing music presented by Kyser.
1941 Joseph Grew, the United States ambassador to Japan, cabled the State Department that Japan had plans to launch an attack against Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (his cable was ignored).
1954 Golfer Arnold Palmer signed a contract with Wilson Sporting Goods and became a pro.
1962 President John F. Kennedy dedicated Dulles International Airport.
1962 The 4 Seasons, with Frankie Valli as lead singer, began a five-week run at the top of the tunedex with "Big Girls Donít Cry."
1966 Woody Allenís first play, Donít Drink the Water, opened on Broadway.
1968 The New York Jets/Oakland Raiders football game was cut off to begin showing Heidi on NBC; the TV audience missed Oaklandís two touchdowns in nine seconds to win the game 43-32.
1970 Lieutenant William Calley went on trial for the My Lai massacre.
1970 Douglas Engelbart received a patent for the first computer mouse.
1970 Elton John recorded an album live, on what was WABC-FM in New York City, the first time a concert was aired live and recorded for release as aired.
1973 In Orlando, Florida, President Richard Nixon told 400 Associated Press managing editors, "I am not a crook."
1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special aired one time only on CBS.
1980 Roger Mudd began working as chief Washington correspondent for NBC after being passed over as Walter Cronkiteís replacement on The CBS Evening News.
1986 Racecar driver Rick Mears set a U.S. closed-course record at the Michigan International Speedway, with an average speed of 233.934 mph, breaking the record set by Mark Donahue in 1975.
1993 The U.S. House of Representatives approved the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), by a vote of 234 to 200.
1997 Mario Lemieux was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame.
2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger was inaugurated as Governor of California.
2004 Kmart Corp. announced it was buying Sears, Roebuck and Co. for $11 billion and naming the newly merged company Sears Holdings Corporation.
2005 A jury in Sarasota, Fla., convicted mechanic Joseph Smith of kidnapping, raping and strangling 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose abduction had been captured by a car-wash security camera; Smith was later sentenced to death.

Chart Toppers

1948
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood
A Tree in the Meadow - Margaret Whiting
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely

1956
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
The Green Door - Jim Lowe
Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell
Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins

1964
Baby Love - The Supremes
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay & The Americans
I Donít Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens

1972
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Iíd Love You to Want Me - Lobo
Iíll Be Around - Spinners
My Man - Tammy Wynette

1980
Lady - Kenny Rogers
The Wanderer - Donna Summer
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Could I Have This Dance - Anne Murray

1988
Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club
The Loco-Motion - Kylie Minogue
Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
Runaway Train - Rosanne Cash

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Today in History - Nov 18th

Today's Birthdays

1787 Louis Daguerre, physicist/inventor (daguerreotype photographic process) died in 1851
1836 Sir William Gilbert, comic opera libretto writer (Gilbert & Sullivan) died May 29, 1911
1901 George (Horace) Gallup, pollster, died July 26, 1984
1908 Imogene Coca, comedienne/actress (National Lampoonís Vacation) died June 2, 2001
1909 Johnny (John Herndon) Mercer, composer/lyricist (Moon River, Satin Doll) died June 25, 1976
1923 Alan Shepard Jr., astronaut (first American in space) died July 21, 1998
1936 Hank Ballard, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter (The Midnighters) died Mar 2, 2003
1939 Brenda Vaccaro, actress (Cactus Flower, Midnight Cowboy, Airport í77)
1941 Gary Bettenhausen, Indy car race driver
1941 David Hemmings, actor (Camelot, Barbarella, L.A. Law) died Dec 3, 2003
1942 Linda Evans (Evanstad), actress (Dynasty, The Big Valley)
1942 Susan Sullivan, actress (Falcon Crest, Rich Man Poor Man Book II, The Incredible Hulk)
1947 Jameson Parker, actor (Simon and Simon, Prince of Darkness)
1948 Jack Tatum, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
1950 Graham Parker, singer (Graham Parker and The Rumour)
1950 Rudy Sarzo, bassist (Quiet Riot)
1952 Delroy Lindo, actor (Get Shorty, Gone in 60 Seconds)
1953 Kevin Nealon, actor (Saturday Night Live, Weeds)
1953 Herman Rarebell, drummer (Scorpions)
1954 John Parr, pop singer (Theme from St Elmo's Fire, Naughty Naughty)
1956 Warren Moon, Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings)
1958 Oscar Nunez, actor (The Office)
1960 Elizabeth Perkins, actress (Miracle on 34th Street, The Flintstones, Big, Weeds)
1960 Kim Wilde, singer (Kids in America, You Keep Me Hanginí On)
1962 Kirk Hammett, guitarist (Metallica)
1963 Len Bias, basketball player (University of Maryland) died June 19, 1986
1965 Tim DeLaughter, singer/songwriter (Polyphonic Spree)
1968 Owen Wilson, actor (Wedding Crashers, Bottle Rocket, Meet the Parents)
1969 Duncan Sheik, singer (Barely Breathing)
1970 Peta Wilson, actress (La Femme Nikita)
1974 Chloe Sevigny, actress (American Psycho, Boys Don't Cry, Big Love)
1975 David Ortiz, MLB slugger (Boston Red Sox)
1979 Elizabeth Anne Allen, actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
1979 Fabolous, rapper
1980 CsideEr, board member
1984 Johnny Christ, bassist (Avenged Sevenfold)

Today's Deaths in History

1886 Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States, dies at 56
1922 Marcel Proust, French novelist (In Search of Lost Time) dies at 51
1962 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (quantum mechanics) dies at 77
1965 Henry A. Wallace, 33rd Vice President of the United States, dies at 77
1969 Joseph P. Kennedy, financier/diplomat, dies at 81
1972 Danny Whitten, musician/songwriter (Neil Young & Crazy Horse) dies at 29
1980 Conn Smythe, Hockey Hall of Fame coach (Toronto Maple Leafs) dies at 85
1982 Duk Koo Kim, Korean boxer, dies at 23 of injuries sustained in a bout with Ray "Boom-Boom" Mancini
1986 Gia Carangi, model, dies at 26 of AIDS
1994 Cab Calloway, bandleader/singer (Minnie the Moocher) dies at 86
2002 James Coburn, actor (Our Man Flint, Maverick) dies at 74
2003 Michael Kamen, film score composer (Highlander, X-Men) dies at 55
2004 Cy Coleman, composer/songwriter/pianist (Father Goose) dies at 75
2005 Harold J. Stone, actor (Spartacus, Stalag 17) dies at 92

Today in History

1865 Mark Twain's story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was published in the New York Saturday Press.
1883 The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
1926 George Bernard Shaw refused to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, "I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize."
1928 The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon, Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York.
1936 Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.
1940 New York City's Mad Bomber placed his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
1963 The first push-button telephone went into service.
1966 U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
1976 Spain's parliament approved a bill to establish a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.
1978 More than 900 people died in Jonestown, Guyana, after Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones urged them to kill themselves by drinking cyanide-laced grape punch; Jones died of a bullet wound to the head; whether it was self-inflicted is unknown.
1987 The congressional Iran-Contra committees issued their final report, saying President Ronald Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides.
1988 President Ronald Reagan signed legislation creating a Cabinet-level drug czar and providing the death penalty for drug traffickers who kill.
1991 Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon freed Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite and educator Thomas Sutherland.
1993 In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ratified by the House of Representatives.
1999 A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted Shawn Allen Berry of murder for his role in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., but spared him the death penalty.
1999 In College Station, Texas, 12 were killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when the 59 foot tall Aggie Bonfire, under construction for the annual football game against the University of Texas, collapsed at 2:42am.
2002 U.N. arms inspectors returned to Iraq after a four-year hiatus, calling on Saddam Hussein's government to cooperate with their search for weapons of mass destruction.
2003 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-3 that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.
2004 Bill Clinton's presidential library opened in Little Rock, Ark.
2004 Britain outlawed fox hunting in England and Wales.
2006 Actor Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes were married in Italy.
2008 Big Three automakers pleaded with Congress for a $25 billion lifeline, warning of a national economic catastrophe should they collapse.
2008 Belgium-based InBev SA formed the world's largest brewer with its $52 billion takeover of U.S.-based Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.

Chart Toppers

1949
That Lucky Old Sun - Frankie Laine
Donít Cry, Joe - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer)
I Can Dream, Canít I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard)
Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely

1957
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers

1965
Get Off of My Cloud - The Rolling Stones
1-2-3 - Len Barry
Youíre the One - The Vogues
Hello Vietnam - Johnny Wright

1973
Keep on Truckiní - Eddie Kendricks
Heartbeat - Itís a Lovebeat - The DeFranco Family
Photograph - Ringo Starr
Paper Roses - Marie Osmond

1981
Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
Physical - Olivia Newton-John
My Baby Thinks Heís a Train - Rosanne Cash

1989
When I See You Smile - Bad English
Blame It on the Rain - Milli Vanilli
Love Shack - The B-52ís
Bayou Boys - Eddy Raven

Quote of the Day

There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for.
Fred Hoyle (1915 - 2001)



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Today in History - Nov 19th

Today's Birthdays

1831 James Garfield, 20th U.S. President, shot July 2, 1881, died Sep 19, 1881
1889 Clifton Webb, actor (Tom Sawyer, Oliver Twist) died Oct 13, 1966
1905 Tommy Dorsey, trombonist/bandleader, died Nov 26, 1956
1917 Indira Gandhi (Nehru), Prime Minister of India, assassinated Oct 31, 1984
1919 Alan Young, actor (Mr. Ed, Scrooge McDuck)
1920 Gene Tierney, actress (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Laura) died Nov 6, 1991
1921 Roy Campanella, Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (Brooklyn Dodgers) died June 26, 1993
1926 Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, died December 7, 2006
1933 Larry King (Zeiger), radio/TV talk-show host (Larry King Live)
1936 Dick Cavett, TV host (The Dick Cavett Show)
1938 Hank Medress, singer/producer (The Tokens) died Jun 18, 2007
1938 Ted Turner (Robert Edward Turner III), cable TV mogul (CNN, TBS, TNT)
1939 Garrick Utley, journalist (NBC News, Meet the Press)
1941 Dan Haggerty, animal trainer/actor (The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams)
1942 Calvin Klein, fashion designer
1944 Fred Lipsius, pianist/sax (Blood Sweat & Tears)
1949 Ahmad Rashad (Bobby Moore), NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
1954 Kathleen Quinlan, actress (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Apollo 13)
1956 Glynnis OíConnor, actress (Johnny Dangerously, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble)
1956 Ann Curry, broadcast journalist (Today)
1957 Ofra Haza, Israeli singer, died February 23, 2000
1960 Allison Janney, actress (The West Wing, American Beauty)
1960 Matt Sorum, drummer (The Cult, Gun 'n Roses, Velvet Revolver)
1961 Meg Ryan (Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra), actress (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Top Gun, You've Got Mail)
1962 Jodie (Alicia Christian) Foster, director/actress (The Accused, Silence of the Lambs, Paper Moon, Maverick, Little Man Tate)
1963 Terry Farrell, actress (Becker, Back to School, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
1966 Jason Scott Lee, actor (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Jungle Book)
1969 Erika Alexander, actress (The Cosby Show, Judging Amy)
1969 Travis McNabb, drummer (Better Than Ezra)
1971 Justin Chancellor, bassist (Tool)
1973 Savion Glover, dancer/choreographer
1976 Petr Sżkora, NHL right wing (NY Rangers)
1977 Kerri Strug, Olympic gymnast
1979 Ryan Howard, MLB 1st baseman (Philadelphia Phillies)
1983 DeAngelo Hall, NFL running back (Carolina Panthers)

Today's Deaths in History

1828 Franz Schubert, Austrian composer (Unfinished Symphony) dies at 31
1967 Charles J. Watters, US Army chaplain/Medal of Honor recipient (Vietnam) is killed in combat at 40
1983 Tom Evans, bassist (Badfinger) dies at 36
1988 Christina Onassis, daughter of billionaire Aristotle Onassis, dies at 37
1992 Bobby Russell, songwriter (The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia) dies at 51
1992 Diane Varsi, actress (Peyton Place) dies at 54
1998 Alan J. Pakula, film director (All the President's Men) dies at 70
2007 Dick Wilson, actor (Mr. Whipple-Charmin toilet paper ads) dies at 91
2007 Kevin DuBrow, singer (Quiet Riot) dies at 52

Today in History

1794 The United States and Britain signed the Jay Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
1919 The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles.
1942 Russian forces launched a winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front during World War II.
1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling $14 billion in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.
1959 Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.
1969 Apollo 12 astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon.
1969 Pelť scored his 1,000th goal.
1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.
1985 President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began a summit in Geneva.
1990 The pop duo Milli Vanilli was stripped of its Grammy Award after it was revealed that neither performer sang on the group's records.
1997 In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets in the second known case where all seven babies were born alive.
1998 Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr laid out his evidence against President Bill Clinton during a daylong appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.
2001 President George W. Bush signed legislation to put airport baggage screeners on the federal payroll.
2001 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants became the first baseball player to win four Most Valuable Player awards.
2004 Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson of the Indiana Pacers charged into the stands and fought with fans during an NBA game in Detroit; Artest was suspended for the rest of the season and Jackson for 30 games, and a fan was sentenced to 30 days in jail for assaulting Artest.

Chart Toppers

1950
Harbor Lights - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
Thinking of You - Don Cherry
Iím Moving On - Hank Snow

1958
Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio
Topsy II - Cozy Cole
Beep Beep - The Playmates
City Lights - Ray Price

1966
You Keep Me Hanginí On - The Supremes
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band
I Get the Fever - Bill Anderson

1974
Whatever Gets You Thru the Night - John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Band
Do It (íTil Youíre Satisfied) - B.T. Express
My Melody of Love - Bobby Vinton
Country Is - Tom T. Hall

1982
Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Truly - Lionel Richie
Heart Attack - Olivia Newton-John
Heartbroke - Ricky Skaggs

1990
Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey
Pray - M.C. Hammer
More Than Words Can Say - Alias
You Really Had Me Going - Holly Dunn

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He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
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Today in History - Nov 20th

Today's Birthdays

1620 Peregrine White, first English child born in the Plymouth Colony, died July 20, 1704
1866 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/baseball commissioner, died Nov 25, 1944
1889 Edwin Powell Hubble, astronomer, died Sep 28, 1953
1900 Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy) died May 11, 1985
1907 Fran Allison, television personality (Kukla, Fran and Ollie) died June 13, 1989
1908 Sir Alistair Cooke, author/TV narrator/writer/host (Masterpiece Theatre, Omnibus) died March 30, 2004
1916 Evelyn Keyes, actress (Gone with the Wind, The Seven Year Itch) died July 4, 2008
1917 Robert Byrd, Democratic whip of U.S. Senate
1925 Kaye Ballard, actress/comedienne (The Steve Allen Comedy Hour)
1925 June Christy, singer (My Heart Belongs to Only You) died June 21, 1990
1925 Robert F. (Francis) Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General/Senator, died June 6, 1968
1927 Estelle Parsons, actress (Bonnie and Clyde, Dick Tracy, Donít Drink the Water)
1932 Richard Dawson, actor (Hoganís Heroes, Running Man, Family Feud)
1939 Dick Smothers, comedian (The Smothers Brothers)
1940 Tony Butala, singer (The Lettermen)
1942 Norman Greenbaum, singer (Spirit in the Sky)
1942 Sen. Joe Biden, Vice President-elect
1943 Veronica Hamel, actress (Hill Street Blues)
1946 Duane Allman, guitarist (Allman Brothers Band) killed in motorcycle crash Oct 29, 1971
1946 Ray Stiles, bassist/singer (The Hollies)
1946 Judy Woodruff, TV news anchor/host (PBS, CNN)
1947 Joe Walsh, guitarist/singer (James Gang, The Eagles)
1948 Richard Masur, actor (Stephen Kingís It, Risky Business, One Day at a Time)
1956 Bo Derek (Mary Cathleen Collins), actress (10, Bolero, Tarzan the Ape Man)
1956 Mark (Marcus) Gastineau, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
1957 Jimmy Brown, drummer (UB40)
1959 Sean Young, actress (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Blade Runner, No Way Out)
1963 Ming-Na, actress (The Joy Luck Club, ER, Mulan)
1965 Mike D (Diamond), rapper (The Beastie Boys)
1969 Callie Thorne, actress (Rescue Me, Homicide: Life on the Street)
1970 Sabrina Lloyd, actress (Sports Night, Sliders, Numb3rs)
1971 Joel McHale, actor (Community)
1971 Joey Galloway, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
1974 Marisa Ryan, actress (Major Dad)
1975 Davey Havok, singer (AFI)
1975 Joshua Gomez, actor (Chuck)
1976 Dominique Dawes, Olympic gymnast
1978 Nadine Velazquez, actress (My Name is Earl)
1981 Kimberley Walsh, singer (Girls Aloud)
1986 Jared Followill, bassist (Kings of Leon)
1989 Cody Linley, actor (Hannah Montana)

Today's Deaths in History

1910 Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, novelist (War and Peace, Anna Karenina) dies at 82
1954 Clyde Vernon Cessna, aviation pioneer, dies at 74
1973 Allan Sherman, comedian (My Son albums) dies at 48
1975 Francisco Franco, Head of State of Spain, dies at 82
2003 Jim Siedow, actor (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) dies at 83
2005 Chris Whitley, singer/songwriter, dies at 45
2006 Robert Altman, director (M*A*S*H, Nashville) dies at 81
2006 Andrť Waters, NFL defensive back (Philadelphia Eagles) commits suicide at 44

Today in History

1620 Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay - the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.
1789 New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
1910 Revolution broke out in Mexico.
1945 Twenty-four Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
1947 Britain's future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey in London.
1966 The musical Cabaret, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, opened on Broadway.
1969 The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase-out.
1974 The United States Department of Justice filed its final anti-trust suit against AT&T, which would later lead to the break up of AT&T and its Bell System.
1975 Spain's Gen. Francisco Franco died after nearly four decades of absolute rule.
1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israel's parliament.
1984 The SETI Institute was founded.
1985 Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released.
1991 The U.S. Senate Ethics Committee issued a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
1992 A fire broke out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing more than £50 million worth of damage.
1995 Princess Diana admitted during an interview broadcast on BBC TV that she had been unfaithful to Prince Charles.
1996 House Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be speaker for a second term.
1998 A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declared accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
2001 President George W. Bush dedicated the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.
2001 Federal health officials approved sale of the world's first contraceptive patch, Ortho-Evra.
2003 Singer Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of child molestation in Santa Barbara, Calif.; he was later acquitted.
2008 After critical failures in the U.S. financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its lowest level since 1997.

Chart Toppers

1951
Sin (Itís No) - Eddy Howard
Because of You - Tony Bennett
Down Yonder - Del Wood
Slow Poke - Pee Wee King

1959
Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods
Donít You Know - Della Reese
Heartaches by the Number - Guy Mitchell
Country Girl - Faron Young

1967
To Sir with Love - Lulu
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
Itís the Little Things - Sonny James

1975
Island Girl - Elton John
Who Loves You - Four Seasons
Thatís the Way (I like It) - KC & the Sunshine Band
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - Waylon Jennings

1983
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
One of a Kind Pair of Fools - Barbara Mandrell

1991
Cream - Prince & the N.P.G.
Canít Stop This Thing We Started - Bryan Adams
When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton
Shameless - Garth Brooks

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)



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Today in History - Nov 21st

Today's Birthdays

1694 FranÁois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, author/philosopher, died May 30, 1778
1904 Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophonist (Body and Soul) died May 19, 1969
1916 Sid Luckman, Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Chicago Bears) died July 5, 1998
1920 Stan Musial, Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (St Louis Cardinals)
1927 Joseph Campanella, actor (Ben, The Colbys, Mannix)
1931 Jim Ringo, Football Hall of Fame center (Green Bay Packers) died Nov 19, 2007
1934 Laurence Luckinbill, producer (Cocktail, The Boys in the Band)
1937 Marlo Thomas, actress (That Girl)
1940 Dr. John, pianist/singer (Right Place Wrong Time)
1941 Juliet Mills, actress (Nanny and the Professor, Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
1944 Harold Ramis, actor/writer/director (Ghostbusters series, Armed and Dangerous, National Lampoonís Animal House, Stripes, Meatballs)
1945 Goldie Hawn, actress (Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, Private Benjamin)
1948 Lonnie (LeRoy) Jordan, keyboardsit/singer (War)
1950 Livingston Taylor, singer (I Will Be in Love with You)
1952 Lorna Luft, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are í84, Grease 2)
1956 Cynthia Rhodes, actress/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Flashdance)
1956 Cherry Jones, actress (24)
1960 Brian Ritchie, bassist (Violent Femmes)
1963 Nicollette Sheridan, actress (Desperate Housewives, Knots Landing)
1965 BjŲrk Guūmundsdůttir, singer/songwriter (The Sugarcubes)
1966 Troy Aikman, NFL quarterback/sportscaster (Dallas Cowboys)
1968 Alex James, bassist (Blur)
1969 Ken Griffey Jr., MLB outfielder (Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds)
1971 Michael Strahan, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)
1972 Mike B., board member
1975 Chris Moneymaker, poker player
1977 Myles Heskett, drummer (Wolfmother)
1980 Tim Lambesis, singer (As I Lay Dying)
1984 Jena Malone, actress (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Into the Wild)

Today's Deaths in History

1916 Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria dies at 86
1924 Florence Harding, First Lady, dies at 64
1958 Mel Ott, Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (NY Giants) dies at 49
1959 Max Baer, heavyweight champion boxer, dies at 50
1963 Robert Stroud, The Birdman of Alcatraz, dies at 73
1986 Dar Robinson, film stuntman, is killed shooting a stunt (he drove off a cliff) at 39
1991 Sonny Werblin, former owner of the New York Jets, dies at 84
1993 Bill Bixby, actor/director (The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Incredible Hulk) dies at 59
1995 Peter Grant, British rock manager (Led Zeppelin, Bad Company) dies at 60
1999 Quentin Crisp, British writer/actor (The Naked Civil Servant) dies at 90
2006 Robert Lockwood Jr., blues guitarist, dies at 91

Today in History

1789 North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1877 Inventor Thomas A. Edison unveiled the phonograph.
1922 Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
1953 The British Natural History Museum announced that the "Piltdown Man" skull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, was a hoax.
1964 The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, at the time the world's longest suspension bridge, opened to traffic.
1969 The Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth.
1969 President Richard Nixon and Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato agreed in Washington, D.C. on the return of Okinawa to Japanese control in 1972.
1973 President Richard Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18-1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
1980 A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas killed 87 people.
1985 Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, accused of spying for Israel; he later pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.
1986 National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary started to shred documents implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1989 The proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
1991 The U.N. Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt to be secretary-general.
1995 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 5,000 for the first time.
2000 The Florida Supreme Court granted Democrat Al Gore's request to keep the presidential election recount going.
2001 Ottilie Lundgren, a 94-year-old resident of Oxford, Conn., died of inhalation anthrax; the source of the anthrax has never been determined.
2002 NATO sought to expand its membership into the borders of the former Soviet Union as it invited seven former communist countries to join the alliance: Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.
2004 Donald Trump's casino empire filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
2004 The NBA suspended Indiana's Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl in the stands during a game against the Detroit Pistons.
2005 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon broke away from the hardline Likud with the intention of forming a new party.
2007 Officials announced the recall of more than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children's jewelry contaminated with lead.

Chart Toppers

1944
The Trolley Song - Judy Garland
Iíll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
Together - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

1952
You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
Glow Worm - The Mills Brothers
Because Youíre Mine - Mario Lanza
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

1960
Stay - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
Last Date - Floyd Cramer
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

1968
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Those Were the Days - Mary Hopkin
Love Child - Diana Ross & the Supremes
I Walk Alone - Marty Robbins

1976
Tonightís the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
Love So Right - Bee Gees
Somebody Somewhere (Donít Know What Heís Missiní Tonight) Ė Loretta Lynn

1984
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution
I Feel for You - Chaka Khan
Give Me One More Chance - Exile

Quote of the Day

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

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Today in History - Nov 22nd

Today's Birthdays

1819 George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner) died Dec 22, 1880
1890 Charles DeGaulle, President of France, died Nov 9, 1970
1898 Wiley Post, pioneer aviator, killed in plane crash w/flying companion Will Rogers August 15, 1935
1899 Hoagy Carmichael, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer (Stardust) died Dec 27, 1981
1921 Rodney Dangerfield, comedian/actor (Caddyshack, Back to School, Ladybugs) died Oct 5, 2004
1924 Geraldine Page, actress (The Trip to Bountiful, The Day of the Locust) died June 13, 1987
1926 Arthur Jones, inventor (Nautilus workout machine) died Aug 28, 2007
1932 Robert Vaughn, actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Magnificent Seven)
1939 Allen Garfield (Goorwitz), actor (Beverly Hills Cop 2, Dick Tracy, The Cotton Club)
1940 Terry Gilliam, actor/director (Monty Python series, Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
1941 Tom Conti, actor (American Dreamer, Shirley Valentine, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence)
1942 Guion S. Bluford Jr., astronaut (first African-American on space shuttle missions)
1942 Floyd Sneed, drummer (Three Dog Night)
1943 Billie Jean King (Moffitt), International Tennis Hall of Famer & Womenís Sports Hall of Famer
1946 Aston Barrett, bassist (Bob Marley & The Wailers)
1950 Steve ĎMiamií Van Zandt, singer/songwriter/guitarist (E Street Band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul)
1950 Tina Weymouth, bassist (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
1956 Richard Kind, actor (Spin City, Mad About You)
1958 Jamie Lee Curtis, actress (A Fish Called Wanda, Forever Young, Halloween series, Trading Places)
1961 Mariel Hemingway, actress (Lipstick, Personal Best, Superman 4, Manhattan)
1964 Stephen Geoffreys, actor (Fright Night, Fraternity Vacation)
1967 Boris Becker, tennis champion
1967 Mark Ruffalo, actor (Just Like Heaven)
1978 Karen O, singer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
1980 Shawn Fanning, creator of Napster
1983 Corey Beaulieu, guitarist (Trivium)
1984 Scarlett Johansson, actress (The Horse Whisperer, Ghost World, Lost in Translation, The Island)

Today's Deaths in History

1718 Blackbeard (Edward Teach), British pirate, dies at 38
1875 Henry Wilson, Vice President of the United States, dies at 63
1900 Arthur S. Sullivan, British composer (Gilbert & Sullivan) dies at 58
1916 Jack London, writer (Call of the Wild, White Fang) dies at 40
1943 Lorenz Hart, Broadway lyricist, dies at 48
1955 Shemp Howard, actor/comedian (Three Stooges) dies at 60
1963 John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, is shot and killed at 46
1963 C. S. Lewis, Irish author (Chronicles of Narnia) dies at 64
1963 Aldous Huxley, English author (Brave New World) dies at 69
1980 Mae West, actress, dies at 87
1986 Scatman Crothers, actor (The Shining, Twlight Zone: The Movie) dies at 76
1989 C. C. Beck, cartoonist (Captain Marvel) dies at 79
1992 Sterling Holloway, voice actor (Dumbo, Bambi) dies at 87
1996 Mark Lenard, actor (Star Trek series) dies at 72
1997 Michael Hutchence, Australian singer (INXS) dies at 37
2001 Mary Kay Ash, businesswoman (Mary Kay Cosmetics) dies at 83
2001 Norman Granz, jazz impresario/producer, dies at 83
2007 Verity Lambert, producer (British SF series Doctor Who) dies at 71

Today in History

1718 English pirate Edward Teach, better known as "Blackbeard," was killed during a battle off the Virginia coast.
1858 Denver, Colorado was founded.
1859 Charles Darwin's book On the Origin of Species was first offered for sale, in London, England.
1906 The SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.
1922 Howard Carter, assisted by Lord Carnarvon, opened the tomb of Tutankhamun.
1928 Bolero by Maurice Ravel debuted in Paris.
1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan.
1954 The Humane Society of the United States was founded.
1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas; suspected gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States.
1967 The U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it captured in 1967, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.
1968 The Beatles' White Album was released.
1975 Juan Carlos was proclaimed king of Spain.
1977 Regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.
1988 In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was revealed.
1990 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election to the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her resignation.
1995 Toy Story was released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.
1998 The CBS News program 60 Minutes aired videotape of Dr. Jack Kevorkian administering lethal drugs to a terminally ill patient.
2004 Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed downtown Kiev, denouncing Ukraine's presidential runoff election as fraudulent and chanting the name of their reformist candidate, Viktor Yushchenko.
2005 Jose Padilla, an American once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb," was charged with supporting terrorism; he was later convicted and sentenced to 17 years, four months in prison.
2005 Angela Merkel took power as Germany's first female chancellor.
2005 Ted Koppel hosted his final edition of ABC News' Nightline.

Chart Toppers

1945
Itís Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
Iíll Buy That Dream - The Pied Pipers
Sioux City Sue - Dick Thomas

1953
Ebb Tide - The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Ricochet - Teresa Brewer
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce

1961
Runaround Sue - Dion
Fool #1 - Brenda Lee
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean

1969
Wedding Bell Blues - The 5th Dimension
Take a Letter Maria - R.B. Greaves
Smile a Little Smile for Me - The Flying Machine
Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard

1977
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Donít It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
Baby, What a Big Surprise - Chicago
The Wurlitzer Prize (I Donít Want to Get over You) - Waylon Jennings

1985
We Built this City - Starship
You Belong to the City - Glenn Frey
Separate Lives - Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
Hang on to Your Heart - Exile

Quote of the Day

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
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Today in History - Nov 23rd

Today's Birthdays

1804 Franklin Pierce, 14th U.S. President, died Oct 8, 1869
1859 Billy the Kid (William Bonney), outlaw, shot in the back by Sheriff Pat Garrett July 14, 1881
1887 Boris Karloff, actor (Frankenstein, The Mummy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) died Feb 2, 1969
1888 Harpo (Adolph) Marx, comedian/musician/actor (Marx Brothers) died Sep 28, 1964
1928 Jerry Bock, composer (Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello)
1934 Michael Wayne, producer (McLintock, The Green Berets, Chisum, Big Jake) died Apr 2, 2003
1939 Betty Everett, singer (Shoop Shoop Song [Itís in His Kiss]) died Aug 19, 2001
1940 Freddie Marsden, drummer/singer (Gerry and the Pacemakers)
1945 Steve Landesberg, actor (Barney Miller, Blade)
1951 David Rappaport, actor (L.A. Law, Peter Gunn, Time Bandits) died May 2, 1990
1954 Bruce Hornsby, pianist/singer (Bruce Hornsby & the Range)
1959 Maxwell Caulfield, actor (The Colbys, Grease 2)
1959 Dominique Dunne, actress (Poltergeist) murdered Nov 4, 1982
1960 Robin Roberts, TV host (Good Morning America)
1960 John Henton, actor (Living Single, The Hughleys)
1966 Ken Block, singer/guitarist (Sister Hazel)
1967 Salli Richardson, actress (Prelude to a Kiss, A Low Down Dirty Shame, Family Law)
1970 Oded Fehr, actor (The Mummy series, Resident Evil series)
1971 Lisa Kushell (Arch), actress (MADtv)
1976 Page Kennedy, actor (Desperate Housewives)
1979 Kelly Brook, actress (Smallville)
1984 Lucas Grabeel, actor (High School Musical)
1992 Miley Cyrus, actress/singer (Hannah Montana)

Today's Deaths in History

1814 Elbridge Gerry, 5th Vice President of the United States of America, dies at 70
1902 Walter Reed, Army doctor/bacteriologist, dies at 51
1948 Hack Wilson, MLB center fielder (NY Giants) dies at 48
1979 Merle Oberon, British actress (Wuthering Heights) dies at 68
1990 Roald Dahl, British author (Charlies and the Chocolate Factory) dies at 74
1992 Roy Acuff, country/bluegrass musician, dies at 89
1994 Tommy Boyce, songwriter (The Monkees) dies at 55
1995 Louis Malle, French film director (My Dinner with Andrť, Vanya on 42nd Street) dies at 63
1995 Junior Walker, saxophonist (Jr Walker and the All-Stars) dies at 64
1996 Art Porter, Jr., jazz saxophonist, dies at 35
2001 O.C. Smith, singer (That's Life) dies at 69
2006 Anita O'Day, jazz singer (The Jezebel of Jazz) dies at 87
2006 Betty Comden, lyricist (On the Town, Singin' in the Rain) dies at 89

Today in History

1644 John Milton published Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.
1765 Frederick County, Md., repudiated the British Stamp Act.
1876 Corrupt Tammany Hall leader William Marcy Tweed (Boss Tweed) was delivered to authorities in New York City after being captured in Spain.
1889 The jukebox made its debut, at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.
1903 Singer Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in Rigoletto.
1936 Life magazine, created by Henry R. Luce, was first published.
1945 Most U.S. wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter, ended.
1954 The Dow Jones industrial average finally surpassed it's pre-crash high, 25 years after Black Tuesday, when it closed at 382.74.
1971 The People's Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council.
1980 A series of earthquakes devastated southern Italy, killing some 2,600 people.
1981 President Ronald Reagan signed the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17, giving the CIA the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
2000 In a setback for Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, the Florida Supreme Court refused to order Miami-Dade County to resume counting ballots by hand.
2001 An Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at a van in the West Bank, killing Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, a leading member of the Islamic militant Hamas group.
2003 Eduard Shevardnadze resigned as president of Georgia in the face of protests.
2004 Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared himself the winner of Ukraine's disputed presidential election and took a symbolic oath of office.
2006 Former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko died in London from radiation poisoning after making a deathbed statement blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Chart Toppers

1946
Rumors are Flying - Frank Sinatra
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids)
The Whole World is Singing My Song - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1954
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
Teach Me Tonight - The De Castro Sisters
More and More - Webb Pierce

1962
Big Girls Donít Cry - The 4 Seasons
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
Next Door to an Angel - Neil Sedaka
Iíve Been Everywhere - Hank Snow

1970
I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
Fifteen Years Ago - Conway Twitty

1978
MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
Double Vision - Foreigner
How Much I Feel - Ambrosia
Sleeping Single in a Double Bed - Barbara Mandrell

1986
Human - Human League
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Word Up - Cameo
Youíre Still New to Me - Marie Osmond with Paul Davis

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Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)



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Today in History - Nov 24th

Today's Birthdays

1784 Zachary Taylor, 12th U.S. President, died July 9, 1850
1853 Bat Masterson, lawman/journalist, died Oct 25, 1921
1868 Scott Joplin, composer/musician King of Ragtime Music) died Apr 1, 1917
1877 Alben Barkley, 35th Vice President of the U.S., died Apr 30, 1956
1888 Dale Carnegie, lecturer/author (How to Win Friends and Influence People) died in 1955
1913 Howard Duff, actor (Knots Landing, Dallas, East of Eden, Kramer vs. Kramer) died July 8, 1990
1913 Geraldine Fitzgerald, actress (Arthur series, The Last American Hero) died July 17, 2005
1925 William F. Buckley Jr., writer/commentator/editor (National Review) died February 27, 2008
1933 Renť EnrŪquez, actor (Hill Street Blues, Bulletproof) died Mar 23, 1990
1941 Pete (Randolph) Best, drummer (Beatles)
1941 Donald ĎDuckí Dunn, bassist (Mar-Keys; Booker T & the MGís, Blues Brothers)
1942 Billy Connolly, actor/comedian (The Imposters)
1944 Bev Bevan, drummer (Electric Light Orchestra)
1946 Ted Bundy, serial killer, executed Jan 24, 1989
1947 Dwight Schultz, actor (The A-Team, Star Trek; The Next Generation)
1950 Stanley Livingston, actor (My Three Sons)
1953 Glenn Withrow, actor (The Outsiders, Rumble Fish)
1955 Clem Burke, drummer (Blondie)
1955 Elvis Ramone, drummer (The Ramones)
1957 Denise Crosby, actress (Star Trek: The Next Generation, 48 Hrs., Pet Sematary, Deep Impact)
1957 Chris Hayes, guitarist (Huey Lewis & The News)
1960 Amanda Wyss, actress (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Better Off Dead)
1962 John Squire, guitarist (The Stone Roses)
1962 Shae D'Lyn, actress (Dharma & Greg, Vegas Vacation)
1964 Tony Rombola, guitarist (Godsmack)
1964 Garret Dillahunt, actor (Deadwood, The 4400, John from Cincinnati)
1965 Shirley Henderson, Scottish actress (Trainspotting)
1968 Todd Beamer, terrorism victim (Let's Roll) died Sept. 11, 2001
1970 Chad Taylor, lead guitarist (Live)
1971 Lola Glaudini, actress (The Sopranos)
1977 Colin Hanks, actor/son of Tom Hanks (Orange County)
1978 Katherine Heigl, actress (Grey's Anatomy, Ringer, Knocked Up)

Today's Deaths in History

1943 Doris "Dorie" Miller, Navy cook/Pearl Harbor hero (first African-American to be awarded the Navy Cross) dies at 24
1963 Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of John F. Kennedy, is shot and killed by Jack Ruby at 24
1980 George Raft, actor (Scarface, They Drive by Night) dies at 85
1985 Big Joe Turner, singer (Shake Rattle & Roll) dies at 74
1990 Fred Shero, NHL defenseman/coach (NY Rangers) dies at 65
1991 Freddie Mercury, rock singer (Queen) dies at 45
1991 Eric Carr, drummer (Kiss) dies at 41
1993 Albert Collins, blues guitarist, dies at 61
2001 Melanie Thornton, dance/pop singer (LaBouche) dies at 34
2003 Warren Spahn, MLB pitcher (NY Mets) dies at 82
2004 Arthur Hailey, British-born author (Hotel, Airport) dies at 84
2005 Pat Morita, actor (Happy Days, Karate Kid series) dies at 73

Today in History

1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species.
1871 The National Rifle Association was incorporated.
1925 Conservative author and editor William F. Buckley Jr. was born in New York.
1932 In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opened.
1947 A group of writers, producers and directors that became known as the "Hollywood 10" was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry.
1950 The musical Guys and Dolls, based on the writings of Damon Runyon and featuring songs by Frank Loesser, opened on Broadway.
1963 Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy.
1963 Newly sworn-in President Lyndon B. Johnson confirmed that the U.S. intended to continue supporting South Vietnam both militarily and economically.
1969 Apollo 12 returned to Earth after the second manned mission to the moon.
1971 Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom; his fate remains unknown.
1985 The hijacking of an Egyptair jetliner parked on the ground in Malta ended with 60 deaths when Egyptian commandos stormed the plane; two of the dead were shot by the hijackers.
1987 The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles in the first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class of nuclear weapons.
1989 Czechoslovakia's hard-line party leadership resigned after more than a week of protests against its policies.
1992 Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger pleaded innocent to making a false statement in the Iran-Contra affair.
1998 America Online confirmed it was buying Netscape Communications in a deal ultimately worth $10 billion.
2000 The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider George W. Bush's appeal against the hand recounting of presidential ballots in Florida.
2003 A jury in Virginia Beach, Va., sentenced John Allen Muhammad to death for the Washington-area sniper shootings. (Muhammad was executed in 2009.)
2004 A male Po'ouli (Black-faced honeycreeper) died of Avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.

Chart Toppers

1947
You Do - Dinah Shore
Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
The Whiffinpoof Song - Bing Crosby
Iíll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold

1955
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce

1963
Iím Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace
Washington Square - The Village Stompers
Sheís a Fool - Lesley Gore
Loveís Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1971
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Baby Iím-A Want You - Bread
Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - Merle Haggard

1979
No More Tears (Enough is Enough) - Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
Babe - Styx
Please Donít Go - K.C. & the Sunshine Band
Come with Me - Waylon Jennings

1987
Mony Mony "Live" - Billy Idol
(Iíve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
I Wonít Need You Anymore (Always and Forever) - Randy Travis

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Will Durant (1885 - 1981)



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Today in History - Nov 25th

Today's Birthdays

1835 Andrew Carnegie, industrialist/philanthropist (Carnegie Steel Corporation) died Aug 11, 1919
1846 Carrie Nation, temperance leader, died June 9, 1911
1902 Eddie Shore, Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman (NY Americans) died March 16, 1985
1914 Joe DiMaggio, ĎThe Yankee Clipper,í Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NY Yankes) died Mar 8, 1999
1920 Ricardo Montalban, actor (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Fantasy Island) died January 14, 2009
1931 Nat Adderley, trumpeter/brother of Cannonball Adderley, died Jan 2, 2000
1933 Kathryn Grant Crosby (Olive Kathryn Grandstaff), actress/Mrs. Bing Crosby (Rear Window)
1940 Joe Gibbs, NFL coach (Washington Redskins)
1941 Percy Sledge, singer (When a Man Loves a Woman)
1944 Ben Stein, lawyer/Presidential speech writer/ actor (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dave)
1946 Bev Bevan, drummer (Electric Light Orchestra)
1947 John Larroquette, actor (Night Court, Richie Rich, Altered States, Stripes)
1951 Bucky (Russell Earl) Dent, MLB shortstop (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees)
1952 Ernest Harden Jr., actor (The Jeffersons, White Men Canít Jump)
1959 Steve Rothery, guitarist (Marillion)
1960 Amy Grant, singer (Baby Baby)
1960 John F. Kennedy Jr., attorney/editor (George magazine) killed in plane crash July 16, 1999
1963 Bernie Kosar, former NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
1963 Holly Cole, jazz singer
1964 Mark Lanegan, singer/songwriter (Screaming Trees)
1965 Cris Carter, former NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
1965 Tim Armstrong, singer/guitarist (Rancid)
1966 Stacy Lattisaw, singer (Love on a Two-Way Street)
1969 Jill Hennessy, actress (Law & Order, Crossing Jordan)
1971 Christina Applegate, actress (Married ...... with Children, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy)
1978 Donovan McNabb, NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles)
1981 Jenna and Barbara Bush, first daughters
1984 Gaspard Ulliel, French actor (Hannibal Rising)

Today's Deaths in History

1920 Gaston Chevrolet, race car driver/automobile pioneer, killed in a race car crash at 28
1944 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball's first commissioner, dies at 87
1949 Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, African-American entertainer (Stormy Weather) dies at 71
1968 Upton Sinclair, journalist/politician/writer (The Jungle) dies at 90
1974 U Thant, Former U.N. Secretary-General, dies at 65
1974 Nick Drake, British singer/songwriter (Pink Moon) dies at 26
1981 Jack Albertson, actor (Chico & the Man, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) dies at 74
1987 Harold Washington, Mayor of Chicago, dies at 65
1998 Flip Wilson, actor/comedian (Uptown Saturday Night) dies at 64

Today in History

1783 The British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States, during the Revolutionary War.
1835 Industrialist Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland.
1947 Movie studio executives meeting in New York agreed to blacklist the "Hollywood 10," who were cited a day earlier and jailed for contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
1952 Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London, later becoming the longest continuously-running play in history.
1957 President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.
1963 The body of slain President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
1973 Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.
1984 36 top musicians gathered in a Notting Hill studio and record Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
1986 The Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.
1987 Chicago Mayor Harold Washington died after suffering a heart attack in his City Hall office.
1999 Six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida.
2001 CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann was killed during a prison uprising in Mazar-e-Sharif, becoming America's first combat casualty of the conflict in Afghanistan.
2002 President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.
2003 The Senate gave final congressional approval to historic Medicare legislation combining a new prescription drug benefit with measures to control costs before the baby boom generation reaches retirement age.
2003 Yemen arrested Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal, a top al-Qaida member suspected of masterminding the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the 2002 bombing of a French oil tanker off Yemen's coast.
2006 Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants into the Jewish state.
2008 Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to a Virginia dogfighting charge, receiving a three-year suspended sentence.

Chart Toppers

1948
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood)
Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue - Gordon MacRae
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely

1956
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
Cindy, Oh Cindy - Eddie Fisher
Hey! Jealous Lover - Frank Sinatra
Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins

1964
Baby Love - The Supremes
Come a Little Bit Closer - Jay & the Americans
Ringo - Lorne Greene
I Donít Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens

1972
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Iíd Love You to Want Me - Lobo
Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts
Sheís Too Good to Be True - Charley Pride

1980
Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
The Wanderer - Donna Summer
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Lady - Kenny Rogers

1988
Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
Desire - U2
Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby) - Will To Power
Iíll Leave This World Loving You - Ricky Van Shelton

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A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)



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Today in History - Nov 26th

Today's Birthdays

1832 Mary Edwards Walker, first female surgeon in U.S. Army/first woman to receive the Medal of Honor, died Feb 21, 1919
1899 Bruno Hauptmann, kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, died Apr 3, 1936
1908 Lefty Gomez, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Yankees) died Feb 17, 1989
1910 Cyril Cusack, actor (My Left Foot, 1984, The Day of the Jackal) died Oct 7, 1993
1912 Eric Sevareid, news correspondent (CBS News) died July 9, 1992
1922 Charles Schulz, cartoonist (Peanuts) died Feb 12, 2000
1933 Robert Goulet, singer/actor (Camelot) died Oct 30, 2007
1938 Rich Little (Caruthers), comedian/impressionist/actor
1939 Tina Turner, singer/actress (Private Dancer; Max Max Beyond Thunderdome)
1943 Bruce Paltrow, producer/director (White Shadow, St Elsewhere) died Oct 3, 2002
1944 Alan Henderson, bassist (Them)
1944 Jean Terrell, singer (The Supremes)
1945 John McVie, guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)
1946 Art Shell, Pro Football Hall of Fame lineman/coach (Oakland Raiders)
1952 Wendy Turnbull, tennis champion
1959 Jamie Rose, actress (Falcon Crest, Tightrope)
1961 Lisa "Ivory" Moretti, professional wrestler (WWE)
1963 Adam Gaynor, guitarist (Matchbox Twenty)
1966 Garcelle Beauvais, model/actress (NYPD Blue, Coming to America)
1972 Chris Osgood, NHL goaltender (Detroit Red Wings)
1973 Peter Facinelli, actor (The Big Kahuna, Nurse Jackie)
1973 Kristin Bauer, actress (50 First Dates, Justice League)
1974 Tammy Lynn Michaels, actress (The L Word)
1976 Maia Campbell, actress (Poetic Justice, South Central)
1980 Jessica Bowman, actress (Dr Quinn Medicine Woman)
1981 Natasha Bedingfield, British singer (Unwritten)
1983 Chris Hughes, co-founder (Facebook)

Today's Deaths in History

1883 Sojourner Truth, slave/abolitionist, dies at 86
1956 Tommy Dorsey, bandleader, dies at 51
1991 Bob Johnson, hockey coach (Pittsburgh Penguins) dies at 60
2002 Verne Winchell, doughnut entrepreneur (Winchell's, Denny's) dies at 87
2005 Stan Berenstain, children's author (Berenstain Bears) dies at 82
2007 Mel Tolkin, television comedy writer (Your Show of Shows) dies at 94
2008 De'Angelo Wilson, actor (8 Mile) dies at 29

Today in History

1778 Captain James Cook became the first European to visit Maui.
1789 A day of thanksgiving was set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
1825 The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
1832 Public streetcar service began in New York City.
1842 The University of Notre Dame was founded.
1917 The National Hockey League was formed, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams.
1922 Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon became the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.
1940 The half million Jews of Warsaw, Poland, were forced by the Nazis to live within a walled ghetto.
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
1942 Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.
1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing.
1949 India adopted a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth.
1950 China entered the Korean War, launching a counter-offensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the United States and South Korea.
1965 France launched its first satellite.
1968 The rock band Cream played their farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall; the band reunited for seven shows in 2005.
1973 President Richard Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18-1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.
1975 A federal jury in Sacramento, Calif., found Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, guilty of trying to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford; Fromme was later sentenced to life in prison and released in August 2009.
1992 The British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income, and would take her children off the public payroll.
1998 Tony Blair gave the first speech ever by a British prime minister to an Irish parliament.
2000 Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified Republican George W. Bush the winner over Democrat Al Gore in the state's presidential balloting by 537 votes.
2008 Teams of heavily armed gunmen, allegedly from Pakistan, stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in Mumbai, India, leaving at least 166 people dead in a rampage lasting some 60 hours.

Chart Toppers

1949
Donít Cry, Joe - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer)
I Can Dream, Canít I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard)
A Dreamerís Holiday - Perry Como
Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely

1957
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
My Special Angel - Bobby Helms
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers

1965
I Hear a Symphony - The Supremes
1-2-3 - Len Barry
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose - "Little" Jimmy Dickens

1973
Photograph - Ringo Starr
Top of the World - Carpenters
Space Race - Billy Preston
Paper Roses - Marie Osmond

1981
Physical - Olivia Newton-John
Waiting for a Girl like You - Foreigner
Here I Am (Just When I Thought I was Over You) - Air Supply
All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) - Hank Williams, Jr.

1989
Blame it on the Rain - Milli Vanilli
Love Shack - The B-52ís
(Itís Just) The Way That You Love Me - Paula Abdul
Yellow Roses - Dolly Parton

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A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.
William James (1842 - 1910)


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Today in History - Nov 27th

Today's Birthdays

1874 Charles A. Beard, historian (The Basic History of the United States) died Sep 1, 1948
1874 Chaim Weizmann, Israeli statesman, died Nov 9, 1952
1909 James Agee, writer (A Death in the Family) died May 16, 1955
1911 David Merrick, Broadway producer (Gypsy, 42nd Street) died Apr 25, 2000
1916 Chick Hearn, sportscaster (LA Lakers) died Aug 5, 2002
1917 ĎBuffaloí Bob Smith, TV host (Howdy Doody Show) died July 30, 1998
1935 Al Jackson Jr., drummer (Booker T. and the M.G.ís) died Oct 1, 1975
1940 Bruce Lee, actor/martial artist (Fists of Fury, Enter the Dragon) died July 20, 1973
1941 Eddie Rabbitt, singer/songwriter (I Love A Rainy Night) died May 7, 1998
1942 Jimi Hendrix, singer/guitar virtuoso (Foxy Lady, Purple Haze) died Sep 18, 1970
1942 Manolo Blahnik, Spanish shoe designer
1948 James Avery, actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
1951 Jayne Kennedy, sportscaster/actress (The NFL Today)
1952 Daryl Stuermer, touring bassist/guitarist (Genesis)
1953 Curtis Armstrong, actor (Revenge of the Nerds series, Better Off Dead)
1954 Patricia McPherson, actress (Knight Rider)
1955 Bill Nye, TV personality (Bill Nye the Science Guy)
1956 William Fichtner, actor (Armageddon, Contact, Black Hawk Down, Crash)
1957 Caroline (Bouvier) Kennedy, former First Daughter
1958 Mike Scioscia, MLB manager (Los Angeles Angels)
1959 Charlie Burchill, guitarist (Simple Minds)
1961 Steve Oedekerk, film director/actor/comedian (Kung Pow: Enter the Fist)
1962 Mike Bordin, drummer (Faith No More, Ozzy Osbourne)
1962 Charlie Benante, drummer/guitarist (Anthrax)
1963 Fisher Stevens, actor (Hackers, Short Circuit series)
1964 Robin Givens, actress (Boomerang, Head of the Class)
1968 Michael Vartan, actor (Alias)
1970 Brooke Langton, actress (Melrose Place)
1973 Samantha Harris, model/host (Dancing with the Stars)
1976 Jaleel White, actor (Family Matters)
1978 Jimmy Rollins, MLB shortstop (Philadelphia Phillies)
1985 Alison Pill, actress (Dan in Real Life, Milk)

Today's Deaths in History

0008 BC Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Roman poet, dies at 57
1901 Clement Studebaker, automobile manufacturer, dies at 70
1934 Baby Face Nelson, gangster, shot and killed by the FBI at 25
1953 Eugene O'Neill, playwright (Beyond the Horizon) dies at 65
1975 Ross McWhirter, co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, dies at 50
1978 Harvey Milk, politician, assassinated at 48
1978 George Moscone, Mayor of San Francisco, assassinated at 49
1981 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress, dies at 83
1988 John Carradine, actor (The Grapes of Wrath) dies at 82
2005 Jocelyn Brando, actress (The Big Heat) dies at 86
2005 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (Iko Iko) dies at 79
2007 Bill Willis, NFL defensive lineman (Cleveland Browns) dies at 86
2007 Sean Taylor, NFL Safety (Washington Redskins) shot and killed at 24
2007 Robert Cade, doctor/inventor (Gatorade) dies at 80

Today in History

1901 The Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.
1910 New York's Pennsylvania Station opened.
1924 The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City.
1934 Bank robber Baby Face Nelson died in a shoot-out with the FBI.
1942 The French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of the Nazis.
1965 The Pentagon told President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned operations were to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam had to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.
1970 Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
1973 The Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who had resigned.
1975 The Provisional IRA assassinated Ross McWhirter, after a press conference in which McWhirter had announced a reward for the capture of those responsible for multiple bombings and shootings across England.
1978 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk were shot to death inside City Hall by Dan White, a former supervisor.
1985 The British House of Commons approved the Anglo-Irish accord, giving Dublin a consultative role in the governing of British-ruled Northern Ireland.
2002 U.N. specialists began a new round of weapons inspections in Iraq.
2003 President George W. Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security to spend Thanksgiving with U.S. troops.
2005 The first partial human face transplant was completed in Amiens, France.
2008 Iraq's parliament approved a pact requiring all U.S. troops to be out of the country by Jan. 1, 2012.

Chart Toppers

1950
Harbor Lights - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
Nevertheless - Jack Denny
All My Love - Patti Page
Iím Moving On - Hank Snow

1958
Itís Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
To Know Him, is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
One Night - Elvis Presley
City Lights - Ray Price

1966
You Keep Me Hanginí On - The Supremes
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold

1974
I Can Help - Billy Swan
Do It (íTil Youíre Satisfied) - B.T. Express
Longfellow Serenade - Neil Diamond
Trouble in Paradise - Loretta Lynn

1982
Truly - Lionel Richie
Gloria - Laura Branigan
Mickey - Toni Basil
It Ainít Easy Beiní Easy - Janie Fricke

1990
Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey
More Than Words Can Say - Alias
Iím Your Baby Tonight - Whitney Houston
Come Next Monday - K.T. Oslin

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A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
Fred Allen (1894 - 1956)


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Today's Birthdays

1628 John Bunyan, author (A Pilgrimís Progress) died in 1688
1757 William Blake, poet/engraver (Songs of Innocence) died in 1827
1923 Gloria Grahame, actress (Oklahoma!, Itís a Wonderful Life) died Oct 5, 1981
1929 Berry Gordy Jr., founder (Motown Records)
1932 Ray Perkins, singer (The Crew-Cuts)
1933 Hope Lange, actress (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Peyton Place) died Dec 19, 2003
1938 Michael Ritchie, director (Fletch, The Candidate) died Apr 16, 2001
1942 Paul Warfield, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
1943 Randy Newman, singer/songwriter/composer (Toy Story, Avalon, Parenthood)
1945 R.B. Greaves, singer (Take a Letter Maria)
1948 Beeb Birtles, guitarist (The Little River Band)
1949 Alexander Godunov, ballet dancer/actor (Die Hard, Witness) died May 18, 1995
1949 Paul Shaffer, band leader (Late Show with David Letterman)
1950 Ed Harris, actor (Nixon, Apollo 13, The Firm, The Right Stuff)
1952 S. Epatha Merkerson, actress (Law and Order)
1953 Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security
1959 Judd Nelson, actor (St. Elmoís Fire, The Breakfast Club)
1961 Alfonso Cuaron, director (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
1962 Jon Stewart, comedian/actor (The Daily Show)
1962 Matt Cameron, drummer (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam)
1962 Jane Sibbett, actress (Herman's Head, Friends)
1966 Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, actress (NYPD Blue)
1967 Anna Nicole Smith, Playmate (May 1992, PMOY 1993) died Feb 8, 2007
1968 Dawn Robinson, R&B singer (En Vogue)
1973 Jade Puget, guitarist (AFI)
1974 apl.de.ap, hip-hop artist (Black Eyed Peas)
1984 Marc-Andre Fleury, NHL goaltender (Pittsburgh Penguins)
1984 Mary Elizabeth Winstead, actress (Black Christmas, Live Free or Die Hard)

Today's Deaths in History

1859 Washington Irving, writer (Sleepy Hollow) dies at 76
1939 James Naismith, inventor (basketball) dies at 78
1945 Dwight F. Davis, U.S. Secretary of War/donor of the Davis Cup, dies at 66
1954 Enrico Fermi, Italian physicist, dies at 53
1960 Richard Wright, African-American author (Native Son) dies at 52
1976 Rosalind Russell, actress (His Girl Friday) dies at 69
1983 Christopher George, actor (The Rat Patrol) dies at 54
1993 Jerry Edmonton, drummer (Steppenwolf) dies at 47
1993 Garry Moore, entertainer (To Tell the Truth) dies at 78
1994 Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer, is killed at 34
2002 Dave "Snaker" Ray, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 59
2005 Marc Lawrence, actor (The Man with the Golden Gun, Diamonds are Forever) dies at 96

Today in History

1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
1660 At Gresham College, 12 men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray decided to found what was later known as the Royal Society.
1814 The Times in London was printed for the first time by automatic, steam powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.
1843 The Kingdom of Hawaii was officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.
1895 The first automobile race took place, between Chicago and Waukegan, Ill.
1919 Lady Astor was elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the first woman to sit in the House of Commons.
1925 The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville made its debut on radio station WSM.
1942 Fire destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, killing nearly 500 people.
1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran during World War II.
1958 The African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community.
1975 President Gerald R. Ford nominated federal Judge John Paul Stevens to the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by William O. Douglas.
1975 As the World Turns and The Edge of Night, the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, aired their last live episodes.
1990 Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain; she was succeded by John Major.
1994 Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.
1995 President Bill Clinton signed a bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.
1999 Hsing-Hsing, a giant panda who arrived at the National Zoo in 1972 as a symbol of U.S.-China detente, was euthanized at age 28 because of deteriorating health.
2000 George W. Bush's lawyers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to bring "legal finality" to the presidential election by ending any further ballot recounts; Al Gore's team countered that the nation's highest court should not interfere in Florida's recount dispute.
2001 Enron Corp., once the world's largest energy trader, collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion deal to take it over.
2007 O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas to charges of kidnapping and armed robbery stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers; Simpson was later convicted and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.
2008 New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh with a gun tucked into his waistband at a New York City nightclub; he was later sentenced to two years in prison for a weapons conviction.

Chart Toppers

1951
Sin (Itís No) - Eddy Howard
Because of You - Tony Bennett
And So to Sleep Again - Patti Page
Slow Poke - Pee Wee King

1959
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods
Deck of Cards - Wink Martindale
Country Girl - Faron Young

1967
Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
The Rain, the Park & Other Things - The Cowsills
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Itís the Little Things - Sonny James

1975
Thatís the Way (I like It) - KC & the Sunshine Band
Fly, Robin, Fly - Silver Convention
The Way I Want to Touch You - Captain & Tennille
Rocky - Dickey Lee

1983
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Holding Her and Loving You - Earl Thomas Conley

1991
When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton
Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
Thatís what Love is For - Amy Grant
Shameless - Garth Brooks

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The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
Woody Allen (1935 - )


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Today in History - Nov 29th

Today's Birthdays

1607 John Harvard, clergyman/scholar (Harvard College) died Sep 14, 1638
1816 Morrison R. Waite, seventh Chief Justice (U.S. Supreme Court), died Mar 23, 1888
1832 Louisa May Alcott, author (Little Women) died Mar 6, 1888
1895 Busby Berkeley, choreographer/director (Forty Second Street) died Mar 14, 1976
1898 C.S. Lewis, Christian novelist/author (Chronicles of Narnia) died Nov 22, 1963
1908 Adam Clayton Powell Jr., civil rights leader/politician, died Apr 35, 1972
1915 Billy Strayhorn, musician/composer (w/Duke Ellington) died May 31, 1967
1917 Merle Travis, songwriter/singer (Smoke That Cigarette) died Oct 20, 1983
1927 Vin Scully, radio/TV sportscaster (Los Angeles Dodgers)
1928 Paul Simon, politician/Presidential candidate, died Dec 9, 2003
1932 Jacques Chirac, President of France
1932 Diane Ladd, actress (Chinatown, National Lampoonís Christmas Vacation)
1933 John Mayall, songwriter/bandleader (The Bluesbreakers)
1933 Dr. David Reuben, author (Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask)
1939 Meco (Domenico Monardo), musician (Star Wars Theme)
1940 Chuck Mangione, composer/flugelhornist (Feels So Good)
1941 Denny Doherty, singer (The Mamas and The Papas) died Jan 19, 2007
1944 Felix Cavaliere, singer (The Young Rascals, The Rascals)
1947 Ronnie Montrose, guitarist (Montrose)
1949 Garry Shandling, comedian/actor (The Larry Sanders Show)
1951 Barry Goudreau, guitar (Orion the Hunter, Boston)
1951 Roger Troutman, funk musician (Zapp) died Apr 25, 1999
1954 Joel Coen, director (Fargo, No Country for Old Men)
1955 Howie Mandel, comedian/actor (St. Elsewhere, Deal or No Deal)
1958 Kim Delaney, actress (NYPD Blue, Mission to Mars)
1958 Michael Dempsey, bassist (The Cure)
1960 Cathy Moriarty, actress (Soapdish, Raging Bull)
1961 Tom Sizemore, actor (Saving Private Ryan, Heart and Souls, Big Trouble)
1962 Andy LaRocque guitarist (King Diamond)
1962 Andrew McCarthy, actor (Weekend at Bernieís series, Mannequin, St. Elmoís Fire)
1964 Don Cheadle, actor (Boogie Nights, Mission to Mars, Oceanís Eleven series)
1965 Ellen Cleghorne, comedian (Saturday Night Live)
1968 Jonathan (Rashleigh) Knight, singer/dancer (New Kids on the Block)
1969 Mariano Rivera, MLB pitcher (NY Yankees)
1970 Larry Joe Campbell, actor (According to Jim)
1971 Gena Lee Nolin, actress (Baywatch, Sheena)
1972 Brian Baumgartner, actor (The Office)
1976 Anna Faris, actress (Scary Movie series)
1981 Ringo Garza, drummer/singer (Los Lonely Boys)
1982 Lucas Black, actor (Sling Blade, Friday Night Lights)
1982 Ashley Force, funny car driver

Today's Deaths in History

1530 Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal/adviser to King Henry VIII of England, dies at 55
1924 Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer, dies at 65
1974 James J. Braddock, heavyweight boxing champion, dies at 69
1979 Zeppo Marx, actor/comedian (Marx Brothers) dies at 78
1981 Natalie Wood, actress (Miracle on 34th Street) drowns in a boating accident at 43
1986 Cary Grant, actor (An Affair to Remember, The Philadelphia Story) dies at 82
1991 Ralph Bellamy, actor (Trading places, Coming to America) dies at 87
1999 Gene Rayburn, game show host (Match Game) dies at 81
2001 George Harrison, guitarist/singer/songwriter (The Beatles) dies at 58
2004 John Drew Barrymore, actor/Drew's father, dies at 72
2005 Wendie Jo Sperber, actress (Bachelor Party) dies at 47
2007 Henry Hyde, U.S. Representative (Illinois) dies at 83
2007 Tom Terrell, musicologist (NPR) dies at 57

Today in History

1877 Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph for the first time.
1890 The first Army-Navy football game was played, with Navy winning 24-0 at West Point, N.Y.
1890 The Meiji Constitution went into effect in Japan and the first Diet convened.
1910 The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system was issued to Ernest Sirrine.
1929 Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd radioed that he'd made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.
1934 The Chicago Bears defeated the Detroit Lions 19-16 in the first nationally broadcast footnball game.
1947 The U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for Palestine to be partitioned between Arabs and Jews.
1952 President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict.
1961 Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited Earth twice before returning.
1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson named a commission headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1967 Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.
1981 Actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident at age 43.
1989 In response to a growing pro-democracy movement in Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run parliament ended the party's 40-year monopoly on power.
1990 The U.N. Security Council voted 12-2 to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by Jan. 15, 1991.
1996 A U.N. court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims - the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.
1999 Protestant and Catholic adversaries formed a Northern Ireland government.

Chart Toppers

1944
The Trolley Song - The Pied Pipers
Dance with the Dolly - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings)
Iíll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

1952
You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
Glow Worm - The Mills Brothers
Lady of Spain - Eddie Fisher
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

1960
Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley
Last Date - Floyd Cramer
A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young with the Innocents
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

1968
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Love Child - Diana Ross & the Supremes
Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette

1976
Tonightís the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot
The Rubberband Man - Spinners
Good Woman Blues - Mel Tillis

1984
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
I Feel for You - Chaka Khan
Out of Touch - Daryl Hall & John Oates
You Couldíve Heard a Heart Break - Johnny Lee

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Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)


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Today in History - Nov 30th

Today's Birthdays

1667 Jonathan Swift, satirist (Gulliverís Travels) died Oct 19, 1745
1835 Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), writer (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) died Apr 21, 1910
1874 Sir Winston Churchill, statesman/prime minister, died Jan 24, 1965
1915 Brownie McGhee, blues musician, died February 16, 1996
1918 Efrem Zimbalist Jr., actor (The F.B.I., 77 Sunset Strip)
1920 Virginia Mayo (Virginia Clara Jones), actress (Captain Horatio Hornblower, Best Years of Our Lives) died Jan 17, 2005
1924 Shirley Chisholm, politician (first black woman elected to Congress) died Jan 1, 2005
1924 Allan Sherman, comedian (Hello Mudduh Hello Fadduh!) died Nov 20, 1973
1926 Richard Crenna, actor (The Real McCoys, Rambo series) died Jan 17, 2003
1929 Dick Clark, TV producer/host (American Bandstand, New Yearís Rockiní Eve)
1931 Bill Walsh, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (San Francisco 49ers) died July 30, 2007
1936 Abbie Hoffman, 1960s countercultural revolutionary, died Apr 12, 1989
1937 Robert Guillaume (Williams), actor (Soap, Benson, Sports Night)
1937 Ridley Scott, director (Black Rain, Legend, Blade Runner, Alien)
1943 Leo Lyons, bassist (Ten Years After)
1944 Rob Grill, singer (The Grass Roots)
1944 Luther Ingram, singer (If Loviní You is Wrong) died Mar 19, 2007
1945 Roger Glover, bassist (Rainbow, Deep Purple)
1947 David Mamet, director/playwright (Glengarry Glen Ross, The Untouchables, The Verdict, The Postman Always Rings Twice)
1951 June Chadwick, actress (This is Spinal Tap, Jumpiní Jack Flash)
1952 Mandy Patinkin, actor (Alien Nation, The Princess Bride, Dead Like Me)
1954 George McArdle, bassist (Little River Band)
1954 Simonetta Stefanelli, Italian Actress (The Godfather)
1954 June Pointer, singer (The Pointer Sisters)
1955 Billy Idol (Broad), guitarist/singer (White Wedding, Rebel Yell)
1957 John Aston, guitarist (Psychedelic Furs)
1957 Colin Mochrie, comedian (Who's Line is it Anyway?)
1958 Stacey Q, singer (Two of Hearts)
1962 Bo Jackson, baseball/football player (Chicago White Sox, LA Raiders)
1965 Ben Stiller, actor (Thereís Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, Zoolander)
1965 Prince Akishino of Japan
1969 Mike Stone, guitarist (Queensryche)
1969 Amy Ryan, actress (Gone Baby Gone)
1970 Desíree, singer (You Gotta Be)
1970 Sandra Oh, actress (Under the Tuscan Sun, Arliss, Grey's Anatomy)
1973 John Moyer, bassist (Disturbed)
1975 Mindy McCready, country singer
1978 Clay Aiken, singer (American Idol)
1978 Gael GarcŪa Bernal, Mexican actor (Y tu mamŠ tambiťn, The Motorcycle Diaries)
1980 Shane Victorino, MLB outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
1982 Elisha Cuthbert, actress (24, The Girl Next Door)
1985 Kaley Cuoco, actress (8 Simple Rules, The Big Bang Theory)
1987 Dougie Poynter, singer/bassist (McFly)
1989 Chanel Iman, supermodel

Today's Deaths in History

1900 Oscar Wilde, author/playwright (Salomť) dies at 46
1993 David Houston, country music singer, dies at 54
1994 Lionel Stander, actor (Guadalcanal Diary) dies at 86
1996 Tiny Tim, entertainer (Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips) dies at 64
1999 Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist, dies at 74
2003 Gertrude Ederle, first woman to swim the English Channel, dies at 98
2005 Jean Parker, actress (Black Tuesday) dies at 90
2007 Evel Knievel, motorcycle daredevil, dies at 69
2008 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) dies at 49

Today in History

1782 The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
1803 In New Orleans, Spanish representatives officially transferred the Louisiana Territory to a French representative; just 20 days later, France transferred the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase.
1804 Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial, accused of political bias; he was acquitted by the Senate.
1886 The Folies BergŤre staged its first revue.
1934 The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman became the first to officially exceed 100 mph.
1940 Lucille Ball married Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut.
1954 In Sylacauga, Alabama, the Hodges Meteorite crashed through a roof and hit a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a human being hit by a rock from space.
1962 U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.
1966 The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
1979 The Pink Floyd album The Wall was released.
1981 The United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.
1993 President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
1993 Authorities in California arrested Richard Allen Davis, who confessed to abducting and killing 12 year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.
1994 The National Football League announced that the Jacksonville Jaguars would become the league's 30th franchise.
1995 President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.
1999 The opening of a 135-nation trade gathering in Seattle was disrupted by at least 40,000 demonstrators, some of whom clashed with police.
1999 British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merged to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.
2001 Robert Tools, the first person to receive a fully self-contained artificial heart, died in Louisville, Ky., after living with the device for 151 days.
2004 Ken Jennings' streak of 74 wins on the TV game show Jeopardy! comes to an end.

Chart Toppers

1945
Itís Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
Thatís for Me - Dick Haymes
Iíll Buy That Dream - The Pied Pipers
Shame on You - The Lawrence Welk Orchestra (vocal: Red Foley)

1953
Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Many Times - Eddie Fisher
Ricochet - Teresa Brewer
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce

1961
Runaround Sue - Dion
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean

1969
Come Together/Something - The Beatles
And When I Die - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard

1977
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Donít It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
The Wurlitzer Prize (I Donít Want to Get over You) - Waylon Jennings

1985
Separate Lives - Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
Never - Heart
Too Much on My Heart - The Statler Brothers

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If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.
Peter Ustinov (1921 - 2004)



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Today in History - Dec 1st

Today's Birthdays

1886 Rex (Todhunter) Stout, mystery writer (Nero Wolfe series) died Oct 27, 1975
1897 Cyril Ritchard, actor (Hans Brinker, Peter Pan) died Dec 18, 1977
1913 Mary Martin, actress/singer (Peter Pan, South Pacific) died Nov 3, 1990
1923 Dick Shawn, comedian/actor (Bewitched, Love at First Bite, The Producers) died Apr 17, 1987
1929 David Doyle, actor (Charlieís Angels) died Feb 26, 1997
1933 Lou Rawls (Louis Allen), singer (Youíll Never Find Another Love Like Mine) died Jan 6, 2006
1934 Billy Paul (Paul Williams), singer (Me and Mrs. Jones)
1935 Woody Allen, actor/writer/director (Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan)
1939 Lee Trevino, World Golf Hall of Famer
1940 Richard Pryor, comedian/actor (Brewsterís Millions, The Toy, Silver Streak) died Dec 10, 2005
1944 Eric Bloom, singer/guitarist (Blue Oyster Cult)
1944 John (Paul) Densmore, drummer (The Doors)
1945 Bette Midler, singer/actress (The Divine Miss M)
1946 Gilbert OíSullivan (Raymond Edward OíSullivan), singer (Alone Again Naturally)
1951 Treat Williams, actor (Prince of the City, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead)
1951 Jaco Pastorius, bassist (Weather Report) died Dec 21, 1987
1957 Chris Poland, guitarist (Megadeth)
1958 Charlene Tilton, actress (Dallas)
1960 Carol Alt, supermodel/actress
1961 Jeremy Northam, actor (The Net, Amistad, Enigma, The Tudors)
1967 Nestor Carbonell, actor (Resurrection Boulevard, Lost)
1970 Sarah Silverman, comedian/actress
1971 Emily Mortimer, actress (Scream 3, Match Point)
1975 David Hornsby, actor/writer (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
1976 Matthew Shepard, murder victim, died Oct 12, 1998
1977 Brad Delson, bassist (Linkin Park)
1977 Jared Fogle, Subway spokesperson

Today's Deaths in History

1866 George Everest, surveyor/namesake of Mt. Everest, dies at 76
1969 Magic Sam, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 32
1973 David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, dies at 87
1975 Nellie Fox, Baseball hall of Fame 2nd Bseman (Chicago White Sox) dies at 47
1986 Lee Dorsey, R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine) dies at 61
1987 Punch Imlach, Hockey Hall of Fame coach/general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs) dies at 69
1989 Alvin Ailey, dancer/choreographer, dies of AIDS at 58
1997 Stťphane Grappelli, jazz violinist, dies at 89
2007 Anton Rodgers, British actor (Scrooge) dies at 74
2008 Paul Benedict, actor (The Jeffersons, Sesame Street) dies at 70

Today in History

1824 The House of Representatives convened to decide the presidential election because no candidate had received a majority in the Electoral College; John Quincy Adams was eventually chosen the winner over Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay.
1864 In his State of the Union Address, President Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed the necessity of ending slavery as ordered ten weeks earlier in the Emancipation Proclamation.
1913 The Ford Motor Company introduced the first moving assembly line.
1913 The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh.
1919 Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.
1934 Sergei M. Kirov, the head of the Communist Party in Leningrad, was assassinated as Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a massive purge that would claim tens of millions of lives.
1942 Nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States.
1952 The New York Daily News reported the news of Christine Jorgenson, the first notable case of sexual reassignment surgery.
1955 Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, defied the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white man aboard a Montgomery, Ala., city bus; Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.
1959 Representatives of 12 countries, including the United States, signed a treaty in Washington setting aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, free from military activity.
1963 The Beatles' first single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," was released in the United States.
1965 An airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began in which thousands of Cubans were allowed to leave their homeland.
1969 The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.
1981 The AIDS virus was officially recognized.
1982 At the University of Utah, Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.
1991 Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
1992 Amy Fisher was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of the teenager's lover, Joey Buttafuoco, on New York's Long Island; she served seven years.
1997 A 14-year-old student opened fire on a morning prayer group at a high school in West Paducah, Ky., killing three students and wounding five.
1998 Exxon announced a $73.7 billion USD deal to buy Mobil, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company.
2000 Vicente Fox was sworn in as president of Mexico, ending 71 years of ruling-party domination.
2001 Captain Bill Compton brought Trans World Airlines Flight 220, an MD-83, into St. Louis International Airport, bringing to an end 76 years of TWA operations following TWA's purchase by American Airlines.
2004 Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time as anchor of the NBC Nightly News.
2008 The National Bureau of Economic Research officially declared the U.S. to be in a recession.
2008 President-elect Barack Obama announced his national security team, including Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

Chart Toppers

1946
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids)
The Whole World is Singing My Song - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal:Doris Day)
Five Minutes More - Tex Beneke
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1954
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
Teach Me Tonight - The De Castro Sisters
The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane - The Ames Brothers
More and More - Webb Pierce

1962
Big Girls Donít Cry - The 4 Seasons
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
Bobbyís Girl - Marcie Blane
Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson

1970
I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Montego Bay - Bobby Bloom
Endlessly - Sonny James

1978
MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
How Much I Feel - Ambrosia
You Donít Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
Sweet Desire - The Kendalls

1986
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & the News
Touch Me When Weíre Dancing - Alabama

Quote of the Day

Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given--when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.
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Today in History - Dec 2nd

Today's Birthdays

1859 Georges Seurat, French painter (Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte) died Mar 29, 1891
1863 Charles Ringling, circus entrepreneur, died Dec 3, 1926
1914 Adolph Green, lyricist (Singiní in the Rain, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) died Oct 23, 2002
1914 Ray Walston, actor (My Favorite Martian, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) died Jan 1, 2001
1923 Maria Callas (Calogeropoulous), operatic soprano, died Sep 16, 1977
1925 Julie Harris, actress (Knots Landing, The Dark Half, Gorillas in the Mist, The Bell Jar)
1934 Bill McCreary, NHL left wing/coach/GM (NY Rangers)
1939 Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (D-Nev)
1941 Tom McGuinness, bassist/guitarist (Manfred Mann)
1943 William Wegman, photographer/videographer
1944 Cathy Lee Crosby, actress (Wonder Woman, Coach)
1946 Gianni Versace, fashion designer, murdered July 15, 1997
1952 Michael McDonald, singer/songwriter/keyboardist (The Doobie Brothers)
1954 Stone Phillips, news correspondent/anchor (Dateline NBC)
1955 Dennis Christopher, actor (Stephen Kingís It, Chariots of Fire, Breaking Away)
1956 Steven Bauer, actor (Primal Fear, Body Count, Scarface)
1960 Rick Savage, bassist (Def Leppard)
1960 Nicholas Dingley (Razzle) drummer (Hanoi Rocks) died December 8, 1984
1968 Lucy Liu, actress (Ally McBeal, Jerry Maguire, Charlieís Angels series)
1968 Rena Sofer, actress (Keeping the Faith, Ed, Heroes, 24)
1968 Nate Mendel, bassist (Foo Fighters)
1968 Darryl Kile, MLB pitcher (St Louis Cardinals) died June 22, 2002
1970 Treach, rapper (Naughty by Nature)
1973 Monica Seles, tennis champion
1978 Nelly Furtado, singer (Like a Bird)
1978 Chris Wolstenholme, bassist (Muse)
1981 Britney Spears, pop tart
1983 Aaron Rodgers, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers)

Today's Deaths in History

1814 Marquis de Sade, French writer, dies at 74
1859 John Brown, abolitionist, is hanged at 59
1892 Jay Gould, entrepreneur/"robber baron," dies at 56
1936 John Ringling, circus owner, dies at 70
1967 Cardinal Francis Spellman dies at 78
1982 Marty Feldman, comedian/writer/actor (Young Frankenstein) dies at 48
1986 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born actor/musician/band leader/composer, dies at 69
1990 Aaron Copland, composer (Fanfare for the Common Man) dies at age 90
1990 Robert Cummings, actor (Dial M for Murder) dies at 82
1993 Pablo Escobar, Colombian drug dealer, is shot to death at 44
1995 Roxie Roker, actress/Lenny Kravitz' mom (The Jeffersons) dies at 68
2005 Kenneth Lee Boyd, convicted murderer, is executed at 57
2006 Mariska Veres, singer (Shocking Blue) dies at 59
2008 Odetta, singer (The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement) dies at 77

Today in History

1804 Napoleon was crowned emperor of France.
1816 The first savings bank in the United States, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened.
1823 President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
1845 President James K. Polk announced to Congress that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.
1859 Militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his Oct. 16 raid on a federal armory at Harpers Ferry in present-day West Virginia; Brown had hoped to start an anti-slavery rebellion.
1867 British author Charles Dickens gave his first public reading in the United States at Tremont Temple in Boston.
1908 Child Emperor Pu Yi ascended the Chinese throne at the age of two.
1927 Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Model A as its new automobile.
1930 President Herbert Hoover went before the United States Congress and asked for a $150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.
1939 New York's La Guardia Airport began operations.
1942 A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.
1954 The Senate voted to condemn Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R Wis., for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute."
1961 Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would lead Cuba to Communism.
1969 The Boeing 747 jumbo jet debuted.
1970 The Environmental Protection Agency began operations.
1980 Four American churchwomen were raped, murdered and buried in El Salvador. (Five national guardsmen were later convicted of murder.)
1982 Doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in a human. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device.
1988 Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
1990 Chancellor Helmut Kohl's center-right coalition easily won the first free all-German elections since 1932.
1993 Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot to death by security forces in Medellin.
1999 A power-sharing cabinet of Protestants and Catholics sat down together for the first time in Northern Ireland.
2001 Enron filed for Chapter 11 protection in one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history.
2001 A bomb went off aboard a bus in Haifa, killing 15 Israelis.

Chart Toppers

1947
Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
You Do - Dinah Shore
And Mimi - Art Lund
Iíll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold

1955
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
I Hear You Knocking - Gale Storm
Memories are Made of This - Dean Martin
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce

1963
Iím Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace
Dominique - The Singing Nun
Everybody - Tommy Roe
Loveís Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1971
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Baby Iím-A Want You - Bread
Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) - Merle Haggard

1979
No More Tears (Enough is Enough) - Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
Babe - Styx
Please Donít Go - K.C. & the Sunshine Band
Broken Hearted Me - Anne Murray

1987
(Iíve Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
Shouldíve Known Better - Richard Marx
Lynda - Steve Wariner

Quote of the Day

My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still.
Charlton Heston (1923-2008)



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Today in History - Dec 3rd

Today's Birthdays

1596 Nicolo Amati, Italian violin maker, died April 12, 1684
1755 Gilbert Stuart, artist (portraits of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson) died July 9, 1828
1842 Charles Alfred Pillsbury, industrialist (Pillsbury Co.) died Sept 17, 1899
1857 Joseph Conrad, author (Heart of Darkness) died Aug 3, 1924
1927 Andy (Howard Andrew) Williams, entertainer (The Andy Williams Show)
1930 Jean-Luc Godard, producer/writer/director (Breathless, King Lear)
1931 Jaye P. Morgan, singer/panelist (The Gong Show)
1937 Bobby Allison, International Motorsports Hall of Fame NASCAR Driver
1948 Ozzy Osbourne, songwriter/singer (Black Sabbath)
1949 Mickey Thomas, singer (Jefferson Starship)
1951 Rick Mears, Indy car racer
1955 Steven Culp, actor (The West Wing, Star Trek: Enterprise, JAG, ER)
1960 Daryl Hannah, actress (Splash, Steel Magnolias, Blade Runner, Roxanne)
1960 Julianne Moore, actress (The Fugitive, The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, Hannibal)
1963 Joe Lally, bassist (Fugazi)
1965 Katarina Witt, Olympic Gold Medalist ice skater
1965 Steve Harris, actor (The Rock, Minority Report, The Practice)
1968 Brendan Fraser, actor (The Mummy series, Blast from the Past)
1973 Holly Marie Combs, actress (Picket Fences, Oceanís Eleven)
1980 Anna Chlumsky, actress (My Girl)
1980 Jenna Dewan, actress (Step Up)
1980 Jim Sorgi, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
1981 Brian Bonsall, actor (Family Ties)
1985 Amanda Seyfried, actress (Mean Girls, Big Love, Veronica Mars)

Today's Deaths in History

1888 Carl Zeiss, German lens maker, dies at 72
1894 Robert Louis Stevenson, British writer (Treasure Island, Kidnapped) dies at 44
1967 Harry Wismer, original owner of the New York Jets, dies at 54
1973 Emile Christian, jazz trombonist, dies at 78
1994 Elizabeth Glaser, AIDS activist, dies at 47
1999 Madeline Kahn, actress (Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, History of the World Part 1) dies at 57
2000 Gwendolyn Brooks, poet (In the Mecca) dies at 83
2002 Glenn Quinn, actor (Angel) dies at 32
2003 David Hemmings, English actor (Blowup) dies at 62

Today in History

1775 The USS Alfred became the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag, the precursor to the Stars and Stripes; the flag is hoisted by John Paul Jones.
1818 Illinois was admitted to the union as the 21st state.
1828 Andrew Jackson was elected the seventh President of the United States.
1929 President Herbert Hoover announced to the U.S. Congress that the worst effects of the recent stock market crash are behind the nation and the American people have regained faith in the economy.
1947 A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams opened on Broadway.
1948 The House Un-American Activities Committee announced that former Communist spy Whittaker Chambers had produced microfilm of secret documents hidden inside a pumpkin on his Maryland farm.
1964 Police arrested some 800 students at the University of California at Berkeley, one day after the students stormed the administration building and staged a massive sit-in.
1965 The Beatles' album Rubber Soul was released.
1967 Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant. Louis Washkansky lived 18 days with the new heart.
1967 The 20th Century Limited, the famed luxury train, completed its final run from New York City to Chicago.
1968 Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special aired nationwide on NBC.
1979 Eleven people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum before a rock concert by the Who.
1984 More than 4,000 people died after a cloud of gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.
1989 East German Communist leader Egon Krenz, the ruling Politburo and the party's Central Committee resigned.
1994 Elizabeth Glaser, who became an AIDS activist after she and her two children were infected with HIV via a blood transfusion, died at age 47.
1997 South Korea struck a deal with the International Monetary Fund for a $55 billion bailout of its foundering economy.
1997 In Canada, representatives from 121 countries signed The Ottawa Treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines; the United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia did not sign the treaty.
1999 Scientists failed to make contact with the Mars Polar Lander after it began its fiery descent toward the red planet; the spacecraft was presumed destroyed.
2006 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won re-election.

Chart Toppers

1948
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood)
You Were Only Fooling - Kay Starr
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely

1956
Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
True Love - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins

1964
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
Sheís Not There - The Zombies
Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton
Once a Day - Connie Smith

1972
Papa Was a Rolliní Stone - The Temptations
I Am Woman - Helen Reddy
If You Donít Know Me by Now - Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes
Sheís Too Good to Be True - Charley Pride

1980
Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Heís So Shy - Pointer Sisters
If You Ever Change Your Mind - Crystal Gayle

1988
Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby) - Will To Power
Look Away - Chicago
How Can I Fail? - Breathe
I Know How He Feels - Reba McEntire

Quote of the Day

Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.
Ralph Sockman (1889-1970)



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Today in History - Dec 4th

Today's Birthdays

1840 Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux chief, died Sept 5, 1877
1858 Chester Greenwood, inventor (ear muffs) died in 1937
1914 Claude Renoir, cinematographer (The Spy Who Loved Me) died Sep 5, 1993
1912 Pappy Boyington, USMC Medal of Honor recipient (Black Sheep Squadron) died Jan 11, 1988
1933 Horst Buchholz, actor (Raid on Entebbe, The Magnificent Seven) died Mar 3, 2003
1934 Victor French, actor (Little House on the Prairie, Get Smart) died June 15, 1989
1934 Wink Martindale, TV host (Tic Tac Dough)
1937 Max Baer Jr., actor (The Beverly Hillbillies, Macon County Line)
1940 John Cale, bassist/keyboardist/singer (The Velvet Underground)
1940 Freddy Cannon, singer (Hanky Panky)
1942 Bob Mosley, bassist (Moby Grape)
1942 Chris Hillman, guitarist/bassist (The Byrds)
1944 Dennis Wilson, drummer/keyboardist/singer (The Beach Boys) died Dec 28, 1983
1947 Terry Woods, mandolin (The Pogues)
1948 Southside Johnny (Lyon), singer (Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes)
1949 Jeff Bridges, actor (The Fisher King, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Starman)
1951 Gary Rossington, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1951 Patricia Wettig, actress (thirtysomething, City Slickers series)
1953 Rick Middleton, NHL right wing (NY Rangers)
1955 Cassandra Wilson, jazz singer
1959 Bob Griffin, bassist (BoDeans)
1962 Vinnie Dombroski, singer (Sponge)
1964 Marisa Tomei, actress (My Cousin Vinny, The Paper, Untamed Heart)
1964 Chelsea Noble, actress (Growing Pains)
1966 Fred Armisen, actor/comedian (Saturday Night Live)
1968 Margaret Cho, comedienne/actress
1969 Jay-Z, rapper/producer
1970 Kevin Sussman, actor (Ugly Betty)
1973 Tyra Banks, actress/model
1984 Brooke Adams, model (WWE)

Today's Deaths in History

1679 Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher, dies at 91
1902 Charles Dow, journalist (Dow Jones & Company, Wall Street Journal) dies at 51
1967 Bert Lahr, actor (The Wizard of Oz) dies at 72
1976 Tommy Bolin, guitarist (T. Rex) dies at 25
1993 Frank Zappa, musician/composer, dies at 52
2005 Gregg Hoffman, film producer (Saw, Saw II) dies at 42
2006 Ross A. McGinnis, Medal of Honor recipient (Iraq) dies at 19 when he throws himself on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers
2007 Pimp C, rapper, dies at 33 of an accidental overdose

Today in History

1783 Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
1816 James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States.
1881 The first edition of the Los Angeles Times was published.
1918 President Woodrow Wilson set sail for France to attend the Versailles peace conference.
1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression.
1942 U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time in World War II.
1945 T he Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
1954 The first Burger King was opened in Miami, Florida.
1969 Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
1971 The Montreux Casino in Switzerland was set ablaze by someone wielding a flare gun during a Frank Zappa concert; the incident would be noted in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water."
1978 Dianne Feinstein became San Francisco's first woman mayor when she was named to replace George Moscone, who had been assassinated.
1980 Led Zeppelin announced it was disbanding, after the death in September of drummer John Bonham.
1980 The bodies of four American nuns slain in El Salvador two days earlier were unearthed; five national guardsmen were later convicted of murder.
1982 The People's Republic of China adopted its current constitution.
1991 Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest-held Western hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity.
1992 President George H.W. Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who were blocking food for starving millions.
1995 The first NATO troops landed in the Balkans to begin setting up a peace mission.
1998 The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, was launched.
2000 A Florida state judge refused to overturn Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush's certified victory in Florida, and the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a ruling that had allowed manual recounts.
2001 The United States froze the financial assets of organizations allegedly linked to the terrorist group Hamas.
2006 Lacking the Senate votes to keep his job, embattled U.N. Ambassador John Bolton offered his resignation to President George W. Bush, who accepted it.

Chart Toppers

1949
Donít Cry, Joe - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer)
I Can Dream, Canít I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard)
That Lucky Old Sun - Frankie Laine
Slipping Around - Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely

1957
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
April Love - Pat Boone
Raunchy - Bill Justis
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers

1965
Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
1-2-3 - Len Barry
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
Make the World Go Away - Eddy Arnold

1973
Top of the World - Carpenters
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Just You íní Me - Chicago
The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich

1981
Physical - Olivia Newton-John
Waiting for a Girl like You - Foreigner
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
My Favorite Memory - Merle Haggard

1989
Blame it on the Rain - Milli Vanilli
We Didnít Start the Fire - Billy Joel
(Itís Just) The Way That You Love Me - Paula Abdul
Itís Just a Matter of Time - Randy Travis

Quote of the Day

There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)



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Today in History - Dec 5th

Today's Birthdays

1782 Martin Van Buren, 8th U.S. President, died July 24, 1862
1839 George Armstrong Custer, Army General, killed at Little Bighorn June 25, 1876
1894 Phillip K. Wrigley, corporate executive (Wrigley Gum) died Apr 12, 1977
1901 Walter Elias Disney, cartoonist/creator (Mickey Mouse, Disneyland) died Dec 15, 1966
1902 Strom Thurmond, U.S. Senator (South Carolina) died Jun 26, 2003
1906 Otto Preminger, director (Exodus, Anatomy of a Murder) died Apr 23, 1986
1932 ĎLittleí Richard (Pennimann), singer (Good Golly Miss Molly, Tutti Frutti)
1938 J.D. McDuffie, NASCAR driver, killed in a crash at Watkins Glen Aug 11, 1991
1944 Jeroen Krabbť, actor (The Fugitive, The Prince of Tides, Dynasty)
1946 Josť Carreras, Spanish tenor
1947 Jim Messina, singer/songwriter/guitarist (Buffalo Springfield, Loggins and Messina)
1947 Jim Plunkett, NFL quarterback (Oakland and LA Raiders, New England Patriots)
1951 CommishBob, board member
1952 Andy Kim, singer/songwriter (Rock Me Gently)
1957 Art Monk, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
1960 Les Nemes, bassist (Haircut 100)
1960 Jack Russell, singer (Great White)
1963 Doctor Dre, DJ/TV personality (Beastie Boys)
1963 Carrie Hamilton, actress/daughter of Carol Burnett (Fame) died Jan 20, 2002
1965 John Rzeznik, singer/guitarist/songwriter (The Goo Goo Dolls)
1968 Lisa Marie, model/actress (Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood)
1968 Margaret Cho, comedian/actress
1971 Kali Rocha, actress (Grey's Anatomy)
1972 Regina Zernay, bassist (Cowboy Mouth)
1973 Shalom Harlow, fashion model
1976 Amy Acker, actress (Angel, Alias)
1979 Nick Stahl, actor (The Man Without a Face, Carnivalť. Terminator 3)
1982 Keri Hilson, R&B singer
1985 Frankie Muniz, actor (Malcolm in the Middle, My Dog Skip)
1988 Ross Bagley, actor (Independence Day)

Today's Deaths in History

1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer, dies at 35
1870 Alexandre Dumas, French writer (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers) dies at 68
1926 Claude Monet, French impressionist painter, dies at 86
1951 Shoeless Joe Jackson, MLB outfielder (Chicago White Sox) dies at 63
1968 Fred Clark, actor (Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun) dies at 54
1991 Richard Speck, mass murderer, dies in prison at 49
1993 Doug Hopkins, guitarist/songwriter (Gin Blossoms) commits suicide at 32
2002 Roone Arledge, sports broadcasting pioneer (ABC) dies at 71
2005 Ed Masry, lawyer (Erin Brokovich story) dies at 73
2008 Nina Foch, actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus) dies at 84

Today in History

1776 The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
1792 George Washington was re-elected president and John Adams was re-elected vice president.
1831 Former President John Quincy Adams took his seat as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
1847 Jefferson Davis was elected to the U.S. Senate, his first political post.
1848 President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.
1932 German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein was granted an American visa.
1933 National Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.
1955 The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO.
1994 Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.
1996 Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan questioned whether the stock market was overvalued, saying in a speech in Washington, "How do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly inflated asset values?"
2002 Senate Republican leader Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond's pro-segregation 1948 presidential campaign; the ensuing uproar led to Lott's resignation from the Senate leadership.
2006 New York became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging trans fats at restaurants.
2007 A teenage gunman went on a shooting rampage at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., killing six store employees and two customers; Robert A. Hawkins, 19, then took his own life.
2008 A judge in Las Vegas sentenced O.J. Simpson to 33 years in prison (with eligibility for parole after nine) for an armed robbery at a hotel room.
2008 Human remains previously found in 1991 were finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II.

Chart Toppers

1950
All My Love - Patti Page
A Bushel and a Peck - Perry Como & Betty Hutton
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
Iím Moving On - Hank Snow

1958
To Know Him, is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
One Night - Elvis Presley
Problems - The Everly Brothers
City Lights - Ray Price

1966
Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold

1974
I Can Help - Billy Swan
Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees
Back Home Again - John Denver

1982
Truly - Lionel Richie
Gloria - Laura Branigan
Mickey - Toni Basil
You and I - Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle

1990
Iím Your Baby Tonight - Whitney Houston
Because I Love You (The Postman Song) - Stevie B
From a Distance - Bette Midler
Come Next Monday - K.T. Oslin

Quote of the Day

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.
Agnes M. Pahro

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Today in History - Dec 6th

Today's Birthdays

1886 Joyce (Alfred) Kilmer, poet (Trees) killed in action in WWI July 30, 1918
1896 Ira Gershwin, lyricist (Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm) died Aug 17, 1983
1898 Alfred Eisenstaedt, photographer (LIFE magazine) died Aug 24, 1995
1900 Agnes Moorehead, actress (Bewitched, Citizen Kane) died Apr 30, 1974
1917 Irv Robbins, entrepreneur (Baskin-Robbins ice cream) died May 5, 2008
1920 Dave Brubeck, jazz musician (Take Five)
1924 Wally Cox, actor (The Barefoot Executive, State Fair) died Feb 15, 1973
1928 Bobby Van, actor/dancer (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis) died July 31, 1980
1932 Don King, boxing promoter
1945 James Naughton, actor (The Paper Chase, Planet of the Apes, The Glass Menagerie)
1946 Frankie Beverly, soul/funk singer/producer/songwriter (Maze)
1948 JoBeth Williams, actress (Kramer vs. Kramer, Poltergeist, The Big Chill, Dexter)
1952 Craig Newmark, founder (Craigslist)
1953 Tom Hulce, actor (Amadeus, National Lampoonís Animal House, Slam Dance)
1955 Steven Wright, comedian/actor (So I Married an Axe Murderer)
1956 Peter Buck, guitarist (R.E.M.)
1956 Rick (Paul) Buckler, drummer (The Jam)
1956 Randy Rhoads, guitarist (Ozzy Osbourne) died March 19, 1982
1961 David Lovering, drummer (The Pixies)
1962 Ben Watt, guitarist/keyboardist/singer (Everything but the Girl)
1962 Janine Turner (Gauntt), actress (Northern Exposure, Cliffhanger, Steel Magnolias)
1967 Judd Apatow, director (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up)
1970 Ulf Ekberg, singer (Ace of Base)
1971 Ryan White, AIDS activist, died April 8, 1990
1976 Colleen Haskell, TV personality/actress (Survivor, The Animal)
1976 Lindsay Price, actress (Lipstick Jungle)
1982 Robbie Gould, NFL placekicker (Chicago Bears)
1993 EliŠn GonzŠlez, former Cuban refugee

Today's Deaths in History

0343 Saint Nicholas, Lycian saint and Bishop of Myra, dies at 63
1889 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, dies at 81
1949 Leadbelly, blues musician, dies at 61
1951 Harold Ross, magazine founder/editor (New Yorker) dies at 59
1955 Honus Wagner, Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (Pittsburgh Pirates) dies at 81
1972 Janet Munro, British actress (Darby O'Gill & the Little People, Swiss Family Robinson) dies at 38
1985 Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie) dies at 68
1988 Roy Orbison, singer/guitarist/songwriter, dies at 52
1989 Frances Bavier, actress (The Andy Griffith Show) dies at 86
1989 John Payne, actor (Miracle on 34th Street) dies at 77
1989 Sammy Fain, popular music composer (Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing) dies at 87
1993 Don Ameche, actor (Trading Places, Cocoon) dies at 85
1996 Pete Rozelle, NFL Commissioner, dies at 70
2000 Werner Klemperer, German-born actor (Hogan's Heroes) dies at 80

Today in History

1768 The first edition of the Encyclopśdia Britannica is published.
1790 Congress moved from New York City to Philadelphia.
1849 American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery.
1865 The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, banning slavery.
1877 The first edition of the Washington Post was published.
1884 Army engineers completed construction of the Washington Monument.
1897 London became the world's first city to host licenced taxicabs.
1907 The worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va.
1923 A presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Calvin Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress.
1933 U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey ruled that the James Joyce's novel Ulysses was not obscene.
1947 Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman.
1957 AFL-CIO members voted to expel the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
1957 America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
1969 A free concert by the Rolling Stones at Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif., was marred by the deaths of four people, including a man who was stabbed by a Hell's Angel.
1973 House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who had resigned after pleading no contest to income tax evasion.
1982 A bomb planted by the Irish National Liberation Army exploded in a pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing 11 soldiers and six civilians.
1992 Thousands of Hindu extremists destroyed a mosque in India, setting off two months of Hindu-Muslim rioting that claimed at least 2,000 lives.
1994 Orange County, Calif., filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion.
1998 Hugo Chavez, who had staged a bloody coup attempt against the Venezuelan government six years earlier, was elected president.
1999 SabreTech, an aircraft maintenance company, was convicted of mishandling oxygen canisters blamed for a cargo hold fire that caused the 1996 ValuJet crash in the Everglades that killed 110 people.
2001 The Canadian province of Newfoundland was renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
2003 Army became the first team to finish 0-13 in major college football history after a 34-6 loss to Navy.
2004 Al-Qaida struck the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, with explosives and machine guns, killing nine people.
2006 The bipartisan Iraq Study Group concluded that President George W. Bush's war policies had failed in almost every regard, and said the situation in Iraq was "grave and deteriorating."
2006 NASA revealed photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.

Chart Toppers

1951
Sin (Itís No) - Eddy Howard
Because of You - Tony Bennett
Down Yonder - Del Wood
Slow Poke - Pee Wee King

1959
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Donít You Know - Della Reese
In the Mood - Ernie Fieldís Orch.
Country Girl - Faron Young

1967
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
The Rain, the Park & Other Things - The Cowsills
I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
Itís the Little Things - Sonny James

1975
Fly, Robin, Fly - Silver Convention
Sky High - Jigsaw
Letís Do It Again - The Staple Singers
Secret Love - Freddy Fender

1983
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
A Little Good News - Anne Murray

1991
Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
Black or White - Michael Jackson
Blowing Kisses in the Wind - Paula Abdul
Forever Together - Randy Travis

Quote of the Day

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.
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Today's Birthdays

1873 Willa (Sibert) Cather, author (My Antonia) died Apr 24, 1947
1911 Louis Prima, bandleader/singer (Just a Gigolo, I Ainít Got Nobody) died Aug 24, 1978
1915 Eli Wallach, actor (The Good the Bad and the Ugly, The Magnificent Seven)
1923 Ted Knight, actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack) died Aug 26, 1986
1926 Victor Kiam II, NFL team owner (New England Patriots) died May 27, 2001
1932 Ellen Burstyn (Edna Rae Gilhooley), actress (The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show)
1940 Gerry Cheevers, Hockey Hall of Fame goalie (Boston Bruins)
1942 Harry Chapin, songwriter/singer (Catís in the Cradle) killed in auto accident July 16, 1981
1947 Johnny (Lee) Bench, Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (Cincinnati Reds)
1948 James Keach, actor/director (Vacation, The Experts, The Razorís Edge)
1949 Tom Waits, singer/actor (Paradise Alley, Bram Stokerís Dracula, Mystery Men)
1955 Priscilla Barnes, actress (Mallrats, Threeís Company)
1956 Larry Bird, Basketball Hall of Famer (Boston Celtics)
1958 Tim Butler, bassist (Psychedelic Furs)
1964 Peter Laviolette, NHL head coach (Carolina Hurricanes)
1966 C. Thomas Howell, actor (Soul Man, Tank, The Outsiders, Red Dawn)
1973 Terrell Owens, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
1976 Alan Faneca, NFL lineman (Pittsburgh Steelers, NY Jets)
1977 Dominic Howard, drummer (Muse)
1978 Shiri Appleby, actress (ER, I Love You to Death)
1979 Jennifer Carpenter, actress (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Dexter)
1979 Sara Bareilles, singer (Bubbly)
1988 Emily Browning, Australian actress (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Today's Deaths in History

0043 BC Cicero, Roman politician/author, dies at 63
1817 William Bligh, British naval officer (HMS Bounty) dies at 63
1902 Thomas Nast, cartoonist (Harper's Weekly) dies at 62
1970 Rube Goldberg, political cartoonist, dies at 87
1980 Darby Crash, punk-rock lengend (The Germs) dies at 22
1984 Lee Roy Yarbrough, NASCAR driver, dies at 46
1985 Potter Stewart, Retired Supreme Court Justice, dies at 70
1990 Joan Bennett, actress (The Woman in the Window) dies at 80
2003 Azie Taylor Morton, Treasurer of the United States, dies at 67
2004 Jerry Scoggins, singer (The Ballad of Jed Clampett) dies at 93
2004 Jay Van Andel, co-founder/chairman (Amway) dies at 80
2006 Jeane Kirkpatrick, American ambassador, dies at 80

Today in History

1732 The Royal Opera House opened at Covent Garden, London.
1787 Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1796 Electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States.
1836 Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States.
1842 The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
1941 Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II; more than 2,300 Americans were killed.
1963 Videotaped instant replay was used for the first time in a live sports telecast during the Army-Navy football game on CBS.
1972 America's last moon mission was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
1982 A U.S. prisoner was executed by injection for the first time, in Huntsville, Texas.
1987 Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 crashed near Paso Robles, California, killing all 43 on board, after a disgruntled passenger shot his ex-boss traveling on the flight, then shot both pilots and himself.
1988 Yasser Arafat recognized the right of Israel to exist.
1988 An earthquake in northern Armenia claimed an estimated 25,000 lives.
1993 A gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 17; Colin Ferguson was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.
1995 A 746-pound probe from the Galileo spacecraft hurtled into Jupiter's atmosphere, sending back data to the mothership before it was destroyed.
1999 The Recording Industry Association of America filed a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement.
2001 Taliban forces abandoned their last bastion in Afghanistan, fleeing the southern city of Kandahar.
2002 Iraq denied it had weapons of mass destruction in a declaration to the United Nations.
2004 Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.
2007 Baseball home run king Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty in San Francisco to charges he'd lied to federal investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs.

Chart Toppers

1944
The Trolley Song - The Pied Pipers
Dance with the Dolly - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings)
Iím Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink Spots
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

1952
Glow Worm - The Mills Brothers
Because Youíre Mine - Mario Lanza
Why Donít You Believe Me - Joni James
Back Street Affair - Webb Pierce

1960
Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley
Last Date - Floyd Cramer
Poetry in Motion - Johnny Tillotson
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

1968
Love Child - Diana Ross & the Supremes
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette

1976
Tonightís the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Rubberband Man - Spinners
You Donít Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
Good Woman Blues - Mel Tillis

1984
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
Out of Touch - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Better Be Good to Me - Tina Turner
Your Heartís Not in It - Janie Fricke

Quote of the Day

Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.
Lenora Mattingly Weber (1895-1971)



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Today in History - Dec 8th

Today's Birthdays

0065 BC Horace, Roman poet, died Nov 27, 0008 BC
1542 Mary Queen of Scots, died Feb 8, 1587
1765 Eli Whitney, inventor (cotton gin) died Jan 8, 1825
1861 William Durant, auto manufacturer (Chevrolet/General Motors) died Mar 18, 1947
1886 Diego Rivera, politically controversial Mexican artist, died Nov 25, 1957
1894 Elzie Segar, cartoonist (Popeye) died Oct 13, 1938
1894 James Thurber, writer/author (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) died Nov 2, 1961
1911 Lee J. Cobb, actor (On the Waterfront, 12 Angry Men) died Feb 11, 1976
1925 Sammy Davis Jr., entertainer/Rat Pack member (Oceanís 11, Candy Man) died May 16, 1990
1930 Maximilian Schell, actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, The Odessa File, Heidi)
1933 Flip (Clerow) Wilson, comedian (Uptown Saturday Night, The Flip Wilson Show) died Nov 25, 1998
1936 David Carradine, actor (Lone Wolf McQuade, Kung Fu) died June 3, 2009
1937 James MacArthur, actor (Hawaii Five-O)
1939 Gordon ĎRedí Berenson, NHL center (NY Rangers)
1942 Bobby Elliott, drummer (The Hollies)
1943 Jim (James Douglas) Morrison, ĎThe Lizard King,í singer (The Doors) died July 3, 1971
1947 Gregg Allman, keyboardist/guitarist/singer (Allman Brothers Band)
1950 Rick Baker, film makeup/special effects artist
1950 Dan Hartman, guitarist/singer (Edgar Winter Group) died Mar 22, 1994
1953 Kim Basinger, actress (Batman, My Stepmother is an Alien, 9-1/2 Weeks, The Natural)
1953 Roy Firestone, sportscaster
1953 Sam Kinison, comedian, died Apr 10, 1992
1956 Warren Cuccurullo, guitarist (Duran Duran, Missing Persons)
1957 Phil Collen, guitarist (Def Leppard)
1961 Ann Coulter, author/political commentator/attorney
1962 Marty Friedman, guitarist (Megadeath)
1962 Wendell Pierce, actor (The Wire)
1964 Teri Hatcher, actress (Desperate Housewives, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
1966 Sinťad OíConnor, singer (Nothing Compares to You)
1966 Matthew Laborteaux, actor (Little House on the Prairie)
1972 Ryan Newell, guitarist (Sister Hazel)
1973 Corey Taylor, singer (Slipknot)
1974 Nick Zinner, guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
1976 Dominic Monaghan, actor (Lost, Lords of the Rings series)
1977 Elsa BenŪtez, Mexican supermodel (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue)
1978 Ian Somerhalder, actor (Lost)
1986 Kate Voegele, singer/actress

Today's Deaths in History

1864 George Boole, British inventor of Boolean algebra, dies at 49
1958 Tris Speaker, Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Boston Red Sox) dies at 70
1978 Golda Meir, Former Israeli Prime Minister, dies at 80
1980 John Lennon, singer/songwriter/guitarist (The Beatles) is shot and killed at 40
1983 Slim Pickens, actor (1941, Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles) dies at 64
1991 Kimberly Bergalis, who contracted AIDS from her dentist, dies at 23
1996 Howard Rollins, actor (A Soldier's Story) dies at 46
1997 Bob Bell, aka Bozo the Clown, dies at 75
2003 Rubťn GonzŠlez, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) dies at 84
2004 Dimebag Darrell (Darrell Abbott), guitarist (Pantera, Damageplan) is shot and killed onstage at 38
2006 Martha Tilton, singer (Three Hits and a Miss, Benny Goodman) dies at 91
2008 Robert Prosky, actor (Broadcast News, Christine) dies at 77

Today in History

1660 Margaret Hughes became the first actress to appear on an English public stage, playing the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello.
1776 George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War.
1854 Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment of her own conception.
1863 President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
1886 The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
1941 The United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
1949 The Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Taiwan as the Communists pressed their attacks.
1978 Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died at age 80.
1980 Rock musician John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by Mark David Chapman; the former Beatle was 40.
1982 Activist Norman Mayer threatened to blow up the Washington Monument, before being killed by United States Park Police.
1986 House Democrats selected Jim Wright to be the chamber's 48th speaker, succeeding Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill.
1987 Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories began an intefadeh, or uprising.
1987 President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
1991 Russia, Belarus and Ukraine declared the Soviet national government dead, forging a new alliance, the Commonwealth of Independent States.
1992 Americans saw live TV coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia as Operation Restore Hope began.
1993 President Bill Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1995 The Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up after 30 years of making music; the news came four months after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
2008 In a startling about-face, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal he would confess to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks; four other men also abandoned their defenses; the Obama administration has since decided to try the defendants in federal civilian court.

Chart Toppers

1945
Itís Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
Thatís for Me - Dick Haymes
It Might as Well Be Spring - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
Itís Been So Long Darling - Ernest Tubb

1953
Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Many Times - Eddie Fisher
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce

1961
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean

1969
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
Down on the Corner/Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard

1977
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Donít It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton

1985
Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
Never - Heart
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
I Donít Mind the Thorns (If Youíre the Rose) - Lee Greenwood

Quote of the Day

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.
Eric Sevareid (1912-1992)



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Today in History - Dec 9th

Today's Birthdays

1561 Sir Edwin Sandys, English treasurer (Virginia Company) died in October 1629
1608 John Milton, poet (Paradise Lost) died Nov 8, 1674
1848 Joel Chandler Harris, author (Uncle Remus stories) died July 3, 1908
1886 Clarence Birdseye, inventor (deep-freeze foods) died Oct 8, 1956
1898 Emmett Kelly, clown (Ringling Bros.) died Mar 28, 1979
1902 Margaret Hamilton, actress (The Wizard of Oz) died May 16, 1985
1906 Grace Hopper, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral/computer developer (COBOL) died Jan 1, 1992
1909 Douglas Fairbanks Jr., actor (Ghost Story, Gunga Din, The Prisoner of Zenda) died May 7, 2000
1911 (William) Broderick Crawford, actor (Born Yesterday, All the Kingís Men) died Apr 26, 1986
1912 Thomas P. ĎTipí OíNeil, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, died Jan 5, 1994
1916 Kirk Douglas (Isadore Demsky/Issur Danielovitch), actor (The Final Countdown, Spartacus)
1922 Redd Foxx (John Elroy Sanford), comedian/actor (Sanford and Son) died Oct 11, 1991
1925 Dina Merrill (Nedenia Hutton Rumbough), actress (Caddyshack 2, Operation Petticoat)
1928 Dick Van Patten, actor (Eight is Enough, Spaceballs, Westworld)
1929 John Cassavetes, actor/director (The Dirty Dozen, Rosemaryís Baby) died Feb 3, 1989
1930 Buck Henry (Zuckerman), writer/actor (Grumpy Old Men, Catch-22, The Graduate, Get Smart)
1933 Morton Downey Jr., talk show host, died Mar 12, 2001
1934 Dame Judi Dench, British actress (Shakespeare in Love, Chocolat, Notes on a Scandal)
1934 Junior Wells, blues musician, died Jan 15, 1998
1941 Beau (Lloyd III) Bridges, director/actor (The Fabulous Baker Boys)
1942 Dick Butkus, College and Pro Football Hall of Fame middle linebacker (Chicago Bears)
1944 Neil Innes, English singer/comedian (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles)
1945 Michael Nouri, actor (Flashdance, Invincible)
1950 Joan Armatrading, singer/songwriter
1952 Michael Dorn, actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
1953 John Malkovich, actor (Dangerous Liaisons, Of Mice and Men, Empire of the Sun)
1954 Jack Hues, singer (Wang Chung)
1957 Donny Osmond, singer/TV Host (Osmond Brothers, Donny & Marie Show)
1958 Nick Seymour, bassist (Crowded House)
1958 Rikk Agnew, guitarsit (The Adolescents)
1960 Terry Moran, TV reporter (ABC, Nightline)
1961 David Anthony Higgins, actor (Malcolm in the Middle)
1961 Joe Lando, actor (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman)
1962 Felicity Huffman, actress (Sports Night, Desperate Housewives)
1963 Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
1964 Paul Landers, guitarist (Rammstein)
1968 Brian Bell, rhythm guitarist (Weezer)
1969 Jakob Dylan, singer/songwriter/guitarist (Wallflowers)
1969 Allison Smith, actress (Kate & Aliie, The West Wing)
1970 Kara DioGuardi, songwriter/TV personality (American Idol)
1971 Petr Nedved, NHL center/left wing (NY Rangers)
1972 Tre Cool, drummer (Green Day)
1972 Reiko Aylesworth, actress (24, Mr Brooks)
1976 Eric Zamora, saxophonist (Save Ferris)
1978 Jesse Metcalfe, actor (Desperate Housewives)
1980 Simon Helberg, actor (The Big Bang Theory)

Today's Deaths in History

1930 Andrew "Rube" Foster, baseball player/founder of the Negro National League, dies at 51
1965 Branch Rickey, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
1971 Ralph Bunche, American diplomat/Nobel Prize winner, dies at 68
1982 Leon Jaworski, Watergate special prosecutor, dies at 77
1984 Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley, drummer (Hanoi Rocks) dies at 24
1992 Vincent Gardenia, actor (Bang the Drum Slowly, Moonstruck, Little Shop of Horros) dies at 70
1995 Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, aviator, dies at 88
1996 Patty Donahue, singer (The Waitresses) dies at 40
1998 Archie Moore, World Light-Heavyweight Boxing Champion, dies at 84
2002 Mary Hansen, guitarist/singer (Stereolab) dies at 36
2002 Stan Rice, painter/educator/poet/husband of author Anne Rice, dies at 60
2003 Paul Simon, former senator/Presidential hopeful, dies at 75
2008 Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz program) dies at 69

Today in History

1793 New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, was established by Noah Webster.
1851 The first YMCA in North America was established in Montreal, Quebec.
1854 The poem The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was published in England.
1907 Christmas seals went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Del., post office; the proceeds went to fight tuberculosis.
1872 In Louisiana, P. B. S. Pinchback became the first serving African-American governor of a U.S. state.
1940 British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II.
1941 China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
1950 Harry Gold was sentenced to thirty years in jail for helping Klaus Fuchs pass information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union.
1958 The anti-Communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis.
1961 The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel ended with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.
1968 NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) was publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
1975 President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan authorization to prevent New York City from having to default.
1979 The eradication of the smallpox virus was certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
1990 Solidarity founder Lech Walesa won Poland's presidential runoff by a landslide.
1992 Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation.
1993 The Air Force destroyed the first of 500 Minuteman II missile silos marked for elimination under an arms control treaty.
1994 President Bill Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after she told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
1995 Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., was chosen to head the NAACP.
2000 The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida presidential vote count.
2002 United Airlines filed the biggest bankruptcy in aviation history after losing $4 billion in the previous two years.
2004 Canada's Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional.
2008 Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested after prosecutors said he was caught on wiretaps scheming to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for cash or a plum job for himself in the new administration.

Chart Toppers

1946
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & the Campus Kids)
Rumors are Flying - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
The Old Lamplighter - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1954
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
Count Your Blessings - Eddie Fisher
Dim Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) - Bill Haley & His Comets
More and More - Webb Pierce

1962
Big Girls Donít Cry - The 4 Seasons
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
Bobbyís Girl - Marcie Blane
Donít Let Me Cross Over - Carl Butler & Pearl (Dee Jones)

1970
I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
Endlessly - Sonny James

1978
Le Freak - Chic
I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vanelli
I Love the Nightlife (Disco íRound) - Alicia Bridges
On My Knees - Charlie Rich with Janie Fricke

1986
The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & the News
The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & the Range
It Ainít Cool to Be Crazy About You - George Strait

Quote of the Day

My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?
Bob Hope


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Today in History - Dec 10th

Today's Birthdays

1787 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, educator (first public school for deaf children) died Sept 10, 1851
1830 Emily Dickinson, poet (Because I Could Not Stop for Death) died May 15, 1886
1851 Melvil Dewey, librarian/inventor (Dewey Decimal System) died Dec 26, 1931
1903 Mary Norton, author (Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Borrowers) died Aug 29, 1992
1911 Chet (Chester Robert) Huntley, newscaster, died Mar 20, 1974
1914 Dorothy Lamour, actress (Road movies with Bob Hope, Donovanís Reef) died Sep 22, 1996
1927 Joe Olivier, guitarist (Bill Haley and His Comets) died Dec 25, 2001
1928 Dan Blocker, actor (Bonanza) died May 13, 1972
1933 Mako (Makoto Iwamatsu), actor (Conan the Destroyer, Sand Pebbles) died July 21, 2006
1941 Fionnula Flanagan, actress (Rich Man Poor Man, Youngblood, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
1941 Tommy Kirk, actor (Son of Flubber, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog, Old Yeller)
1941 Tommy Rettig, actor (Lassie) died Feb 15, 1996
1943 Chad Stuart, guitarist/lyricist/singer (Chad & Jeremy)
1946 Gloria Loring, actress/singer (Friends and Lovers)
1947 Walter ĎClydeí Orange, drummer/singer (The Commodores)
1948 Abu Abbas, founder (Palestine Liberation Front) died March 8, 2004
1952 Susan Dey, actress (The Partridge Family, L.A. Law)
1956 BaHa, board member
1957 Michael Clarke Duncan, actor (The Green Mile, The Whole Nine Yards, Armageddon, Daredevil)
1957 Paul Hardcastle, Jazz musician/composer (19, Rainforest)
1960 Kenneth Branagh, actor (Henry V, Othello, Mary Shelleyís Frankenstein, Much Ado About Nothing)
1961 Nia Peeples, actress (Walker Texas Ranger, Fame)
1964 Bobby Flay, TV chef
1971 Scot Alexander, bassist (Dishwalla)
1974 Meg White, drummer (The White Stripes)
1977 Emmanuelle Chriqui, actress (You Don't Mess with the Zohan. The O.C.)
1980 Sarah Chang, violin virtuoso
1985 Raven-Symonť, actress/singer (The Cosby Show)

Today's Deaths in History

1896 Alfred Bernhard Nobel, inventor (dynamite)/founder (Nobel Prize) diesat 63
1920 Horace Elgin Dodge, automobile manufacturing pioneer, dies at 52
1946 Walter Johnson, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Washington Senators) dies at 59
1946 Damon Runyon, newspaper man/writer (The Idyll Of Miss Sarah Brown) dies at 62
1967 Otis Redding, R&B singer, dies in a plane crash at 26
1977 Adolph Rupp, basketball coach (University of Kentucky) dies at 76
1978 Edward D. Wood, Jr., filmmaker (Plan 9 from Outer Space) dies at 54
1982 Freeman Gosden, actor (Amos 'n Andy) dies at 83
1987 Jascha Heifetz, Russian-born violinist, dies at 86
1996 Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64
1999 Rick Danko, bassist/singer (The Band) dies at 56
2000 Marie Windsor, actress (Maverick, Rawhide) dies at 80
2005 Richard Pryor, comedian/actor (Silver Streak, Brewsters Millions) dies at 65
2005 Former Sen. Eugene McCarthy, D-Minn., dies at 89
2006 Augusto Pinochet, Chilean president, dies at 91

Today in History

1520 Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication.
1817 Mississippi was admitted to the union as the 20th state.
1898 A treaty ending the Spanish-American War was signed in Paris.
1906 President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
1927 The Grand Ole Opry premiered on radio.
1931 Jane Addams became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the first American woman so honored.
1948 The U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
1958 The first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the United States as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York City to Miami.
1964 The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize during ceremonies in Oslo, Norway.
1965 The Grateful Dead played their first concert, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
1967 Singer Otis Redding died at age 26 in the crash of his private plane in Wisconsin.
1980 Rep. John W. Jenrette, D-S.C., resigned to avoid being expelled from the House following his conviction on charges related to the FBI's Abscam investigation.
1984 South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1994 Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize.
1998 Six astronauts opened the doors to the new international space station.
1998 The Palestinian leadership scrapped constitutional clauses rejecting Israel's right to exist.
1999 Computer scientist Wen Ho Lee was arrested and charged with removing secrets from secure computers at the Los Alamos weapons lab.
2002 Former President Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomacy in the Middle East in the 1970s.
2007 Former Vice President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environment.
2007 NFL star Michael Vick was sentenced by a federal judge in Richmond, Va., to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed.
2007 Cristina Fernandez was sworn in as Argentina's first elected female president.

Chart Toppers

1947
Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
You Do - Dinah Shore
And Mimi - Dick Haymes
Iíll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold

1955
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Memories are Made of This - Dean Martin
Nuttiní for Christmas - Barry Gordon
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce

1963
Dominique - The Singing Nun
Everybody - Tommy Roe
Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
Loveís Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1971
Family Affair - Sly & the Family Stone
Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
Got to Be There - Michael Jackson
Kiss an Angel Good Morniní - Charley Pride

1979
Babe - Styx
Still - Commodores
Please Donít Go - K.C. & the Sunshine Band
I Cheated Me Right Out of You - Moe Bandy

1987
Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
Faith - George Michael
Shouldíve Known Better - Richard Marx
Somebody Lied - Ricky Van Shelton

Quote of the Day

It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.
Isabel Currier

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Today in History - Dec 11th

Today's Birthdays

1803 Hector Berlioz, composer (Romantic Era) died Mar 8, 1869
1830 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king, died Dec 11, 1872
1882 Fiorello LaGuardia, NYC mayor, died Sep 20, 1947
1904 Marjorie (Henderson) Buell, cartoonist (Little Lulu) died May 30, 1993
1916 (Damaso) Perez Prado, pianist/organist (Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White) died Sep 14, 1989
1918 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, dissident Russian writer; died August 3, 2008
1926 Willie Mae ĎBig Mamaí Thornton, blues singer (Hound Dog) died July 25, 1984
1927 John Buscema, comic book artist (The Avengers, The Silver Surfer) died Jan 10, 2002
1931 Rita Moreno (Rosita Alverio), dancer/actress (West Side Story)
1934 Curtis Williams, singer (The Penguins)
1935 Ron Carey, actor (Barney Miller, History of the World Part I) died Jan 16, 2007
1940 David Gates, guitarist/keyboardist/singer (Bread)
1942 Donna Mills, actress (Knots Landing, Play Misty for Me)
1943 John Kerry, politician/presidential candidate
1944 Lynda Day George, actress (Casino, Roots, Rich Man Poor Man-Book I, Mission: Impossible)
1944 Brenda Lee (Tarpley), singer (Iím Sorry, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree)
1949 Teri Garr, actress (Mr. Mom, Tootsie, Young Frankenstein)
1950 Christina Onassis, heiress, died Nov 19, 1988
1952 Susan Seidelman, director (Desperately Seeking Susan, She-Devil, Making Mr. Right)
1953 Bess Armstrong, actress (Jaws 3, Nothing in Common, My So-Called Life)
1954 Jermaine Jackson, singer (The Jackson Five)
1957 Mike Mesaros, bassist (The Smithereens)
1958 Nikki Sixx (Frank Ferranno), bassist (Motley Crue)
1959 Lisa Gastineau, reality show star/ex-Mrs Mark Gastineau
1964 David Schools, guitarist (Widespread Panic)
1966 Gary Dourdan, actor (C.S.I: Crime Scene Investigation)
1967 Mo'Nique, actress/comedian
1973 Mos Def, rapper/actor (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 16 Blocks)
1981 Zacky Vengeance, guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold)

Today's Deaths in History

1872 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king, dies at 42
1964 Sam Cooke, singer (You Send Me, Chain Gang) dies at 33
1971 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, fast-food pioneer, dies at 69
1998 Lynn Strait, punk singer (Snot) dies at 30
2000 David Lewis, actor (General Hospital) dies 84
2006 Elizabeth Bolden, oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death, dies at 116
2007 Ashleigh Aston Moore, actress (Now and Then) dies at 26
2008 Maddie Blaustein, voice actress (Yu-Gi-Oh!) dies at 48
2008 Bettie Page, pin-up/fetish model, dies at 85

Today in History

1789 The University of North Carolina was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly.
1816 Indiana became the 19th state.
1936 Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, which responded in kind.
1946 UNICEF (the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) was established.
1961 A U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon, the first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist guerrillas.
1972 Apollo 17 became the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
1981 The U.N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be its fifth secretary-general.
1994 Russian troops rolled into breakaway republic of Chechnya in a failed bid to restore Moscow's control over the region.
1997 Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams became the first political ally of the Irish Republican Army to meet a British leader in 76 years as he conferred with Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.
1997 More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions.
1998 The House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.
2000 Shortstop Alex Rodriguez agreed to a $252 million 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers, the most lucrative sports contract in history to date.
2001 The People's Republic of China joined the World Trade Organization.
2002 A congressional report found that intelligence agencies before Sept. 11, 2001, were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented that day's terrorist attacks.
2008 Financial manager Bernard Madoff was arrested, accused of running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that destroyed thousands of people's life savings and wrecked charities; Madoff later pleaded guilty and is serving150 years in federal prison.

Chart Toppers

1948
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood)
A Little Bird Told Me - Evelyn Knight
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely

1956
Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell
A Rose and a Baby Ruth - George Hamilton IV
Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody - Jerry Lewis
Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins

1964
Ringo - Lorne Greene
Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton
Sheís Not There - The Zombies
Once a Day - Connie Smith

1972
I Am Woman - Helen Reddy
If You Donít Know Me by Now - Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes
You Ought to Be with Me - Al Green
Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me) - Freddie Hart & the Heartbeats

1980
Lady - Kenny Rogers
More Than I Can Say - Leo Sayer
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Smoky Mountain Rain - Ronnie Milsap

1988
Look Away - Chicago
How Can I Fail? - Breathe
I Donít Want Your Love Ė Duran Duran
If You Ainít Loviní (You Ainít Liviní) - George Strait

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It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
W. T. Ellis



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Today in History Ė Dec 12th

Today's Birthdays

1745 John Jay, first Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, died May 17, 1829
1821 Gustave Flaubert, author (Madame Bovary) died May 8, 1880
1893 Edward G. Robinson, actor (Key Largo, Double Indemnity, Little Caesar) died Jan 26, 1973
1915 Frank (Francis Albert) Sinatra, singer/actor, died May 14, 1998
1923 Bob Barker, TV game show host (The Price Is Right)
1924 Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City
1927 Honor Blackman, actress (Jason and the Argonauts, Goldfinger)
1936 Wally Dallenbach, Indy car race driver
1937 Buford Pusser, sheriff (Subject of Walking Tall) died Aug 21, 1974
1938 Connie Francis, singer (Stupid Cupid, Where the Boys Are, Whoís Sorry Now)
1941 Dionne Warwick, singer (Iíll Never Fall in Love Again, Walk on By, I Say a Little Prayer)
1942 Mike Pindar, keyboardist (The Moody Blues)
1943 Dickie Betts, guitarist (The Allman Brothers)
1943 Mike Smith, organist/singer (The Dave Clark Five)
1943 Grover Washington Jr., jazz saxophonist (Mister Magic) died Dec 17, 1999
1946 Clive Bunker, drummer (Jethro Tull)
1949 Paul Rodgers, pianist/guitarist/singer (Free, Bad Company, The Firm)
1949 Bill Nighy, actor (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Pirates of the Caribbean seies)
1952 Cathy Rigby, Olympic gymnast
1953 Dave Meniketti, guitarist/singer (Y&T)
1956 Ana Alicia, actress (Falcon Crest)
1957 Sheila E. (Escovedo), percussionist/singer (The Glamorous Life)
1958 Sheree J. Wilson, actress (Dallas, Walker Texas Ranger)
1959 Paul Rutherford, singer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
1962 Tracy Austin, International Tennis Hall of Famer
1963 Eric Schenkman, guitarist/singer (Spin Doctors)
1967 John Randle, NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
1969 Sergei Federov, NHL center (Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets)
1969 Maggie Rodriguez, TV host (The Early Show)
1970 Jennifer Connelly, actress (Mulholland Falls, Labyrinth, A Beautul Mind, Dark Water)
1970 Madchen Amick, actress (Twin Peaks, Sleepwalkers)
1970 Regina Hall, actress (Scary Movie series)
1972 Brandon Teena, hate crime victim, died Dec 31, 1993
1975 Mayim Bialik, actress (Blossom)
1976 Dan Hawkins, guitarist (The Darkness)
1977 Bridget Hall, supermodel

Today's Deaths in History

1889 Robert Browning, British poet (Dramatic Idylls) dies at 77
1968 Tallulah Bankhead, actress (Lifeboat) dies at 66
1977 Lady Spencer Churchill, wife of Winston Churchill, dies at 92
1985 Anne Baxter, actress (The Magnificent Ambersons, The Razor's Edge, All About Eve) dies at 62
1985 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist (Rolling Stones) dies at 47
1999 Joseph Heller, author (Catch-22) dies at 76
2000 George Montgomery, actor (Cisco Kid and the Lady) dies at 84
2002 Brad Dexter, actor (The Asphalt Jungle, Von Ryan's Express) dies at 85
2003 Keiko, orca (star of Free Willy) dies at 27
2006 Peter Boyle, actor (Young Frankenstein, Everybody Loves Raymond) dies at 71
2007 Ike Turner, singer, dies at 76
2008 Van Johnson, actor (The Caine Mutiny, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Brigadoon) dies at 92

Today in History

1787 Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1870 Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina took his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first black congressman.
1897 The Katzenjammer Kids, the pioneering comic strip by Rudolph Dirks, debuted in the New York Journal.
1914 The New York Stock Exchange re-opened for the first time since July 30; the market had shut down when World War I broke out.
1917 Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb.
1925 The first motel, the Motel Inn, opened, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
1941 USMC F4F "Wildcats" sank the first 4 major Japanese ships off Wake Island.
1941 Adolf Hitler announced his planned extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery.
1946 A United Nations committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to be the site of U.N. headquarters.
1947 The United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American Federation of Labor.
1950 Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, led the congregation in her first services.
1963 Kenya gained its independence from Britain.
1975 Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to trying to kill President Gerald R. Ford.
1991 The Russian Federation gained independence from the USSR.
1998 The House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton and submitted the case to the full House.
2000 A divided U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida, effectively making Republican George W. Bush the winner.
2000 The Marine Corps grounded all eight of its high-tech V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft following a fiery crash in North Carolina that killed four Marines.
2003 Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the "Free Willy" movies, died in a Norwegian fjord.

Chart Toppers

1949
Mule Train - Frankie Laine
I Can Dream, Canít I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard)
Donít Cry, Joe - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer)
Mule Train - Tennessee Ernie Ford

1957
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Raunchy - Bill Justis
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
My Special Angel - Bobby Helms

1965
Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
Letís Hang On! - The 4 Seasons
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
Make the World Go Away - Eddy Arnold

1973
Top of the World - Carpenters
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
The Love I Lost - Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes
The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich

1981
Physical - Olivia Newton-John
Waiting for a Girl like You - Foreigner
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
Still Doiní Time - George Jones

1989
We Didnít Start the Fire - Billy Joel
Another Day in Paradise - Phil Collins
Donít Know Much - Linda Ronstadt (featuring Aaron Neville)
If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks

Quote of the Day

To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge



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Today in History - Dec 13th

Today's Birthdays

1818 Mary Todd Lincoln, First Lady, died July 16, 1882
1835 Phillips Brooks, lyricist (O Little Town of Bethlehem) died Jan 23, 1893
1887 Alvin York, soldier/Medal of Honor recipient (WWI) died Sept 2, 1964
1903 Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist, died Mar 3, 1993
1910 Van Heflin, actor (3:10 to Yuma, The Three Musketeers) died July 23, 1971
1915 Curt Jurgens, actor (The Spy Who Loved Me, The Longest Day, Enemy Below) died June 18, 1982
1917 Ann Richards, actress (Sorry Wrong Number) died Aug 24, 2006
1918 Bill Vukovich (William Vucerivoch), Indy race car driver, killed in Indy crash May 30, 1955
1925 Dick Van Dyke, actor/comedian (The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins, Diagnosis Murder)
1929 Christopher Plummer (Orme), actor (The Sound of Music, Somewhere in Time, Syriana)
1930 Robert Prosky, actor (Christine, Broadcast News) died December 8, 2008
1934 Richard D. Darryl Zanuck, producer (Jaws, The Sting)
1941 John Davidson, actor/singer/TV game show host (Hollywood Squares)
1945 Kathy Garver, actress (Family Affair)
1948 Jeff ĎSkunkí Baxter, guitarist (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers)
1948 Ted Nugent, guitarist/singer (Cat Scratch Fever)
1949 Randy Owen, guitarist/singer (Alabama)
1949 Tom Verlaine (Miller), guitar/singer (Television)
1950 Wendie Malick, actress (Just Shoot Me)
1953 Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman
1954 Steve Forbert, singer (Romeo's Tune)
1956 Morris Day, R&B singer/actor (The Time; Purple Rain)
1957 Steve Buscemi, actor (Pulp Fiction, Desperado, Con Air, The Wedding Singer, Armageddon)
1958 Lynn-Holly Johnson, figure skater/actress (Ice Castles)
1959 Johnny Whitaker, actor (Family Affair)
1967 Jamie Foxx, comedian/actor (In Living Color, Booty Call, The Players Club, Any Given Sunday)
1974 Nicholas McCarthy, guitarist (Franz Ferdinand)
1975 Thomas Delonge, guitarist/singer (Blink 182)
1975 James Kyson Lee, actor (Heroes)
1981 Amy Lee, singer/songwriter (Evanescence)
1981 Chelsea Hertford, actress (Major Dad)
1989 Taylor Swift, country singer

Today's Deaths in History

1466 Donatello, Florentine artist and sculptor, dies at 80
1784 Samuel Johnson, writer/lexicographer (aphorisms) dies at 75
1924 Samuel Gompers, labor/political leader/founder (AFL) dies at 74
1934 Thomas A. Watson, assistant to Alexander Graham Bell, dies at 80
1958 Tim Moore, African-American actor (Amos 'n Andy) dies at 71
1961 Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson Moses), self-taught painter, dies at 101
1969 Raymond A. Spruance, U.S. Navy Admiral (Battle of Midway) dies at 83
1969 Spencer Williams, Jr., actor (Amos 'n Andy) dies at 78
1981 Pigmeat Markham, entertainer ("Here come da Judge") dies at 77
2002 Zal Yanovsky, guitarist/singer (The Lovin' Spoonful) dies at 58
2005 Timothy Jordan II, guitarist/songwriter (The All American Rejects) dies at 24
2005 Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder (Crips gang) is executed for murder at 51
2006 Lamar Hunt, sports executive/founder (Kansas City Chiefs) dies at 74
2007 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, actor (Dances with Wolves, The Doors) dies at 71

Today in History

1577 Sir Francis Drake of England set out with five ships on a nearly three-year journey that would take him around the world.
1642 Dutch navigator Abel Tasman arrived in present-day New Zealand.
1769 Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter.
1862 Confederate forces dealt Union troops a major defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia.
1918 President Woodrow Wilson arrived in France to attend the post-World War I peace conference at Versailles, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office.
1937 Japanese troops began carrying out several weeks of raping and killing of civilians and suspected Chinese resistance after the fall of Nanjing.
1949 The Knesset voted to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem.
1981 Authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement.
1988 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva, where it had reconvened after the United States refused to grant Arafat a visa to visit New York.
1989 South African President F.W. de Klerk met for the first time with imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's office in Cape Town.
1996 The U.N. Security Council chose Kofi Annan of Ghana to be the world body's seventh secretary-general.
2000 Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency 36 days after Election Day.
2000 The "Texas 7" escaped from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas and went on a robbery spree, during which police officer Aubrey Hawkins was shot and killed.
2001 The Pentagon released a captured videotape of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida leader said the deaths and destruction achieved by the Sept. 11 attacks exceeded his "most optimistic" expectations.
2001 Five suspected Islamic militants killed nine people in an attack on India's parliament before being killed themselves.
2001 President George W. Bush served formal notice that the United States was pulling out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
2002 Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Boston archbishop because of the priest sex abuse scandal.
2003 Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, near his hometown of Tikrit.
2006 The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, was announced as extinct.
2007 Shareholders of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, approved a takeover by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Chart Toppers

1950
A Bushel and a Peck - Perry Como & Betty Hutton
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
Nevertheless - Jack Denny
Iím Moving On - Hank Snow

1958
To Know Him, is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
Problems - The Everly Brothers
Queen of the Hop - Bobby Darin
City Lights - Ray Price

1966
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Mellow Yellow - Donovan
Lady Godiva - Peter & Gordon
Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold

1974
Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees
Catís in the Cradle - Harry Chapin
She Called Me Baby - Charlie Rich

1982
Mickey - Toni Basil
Maneater - Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Girl is Mine - Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney
Redneck Girl - The Bellamy Brothers

1990
Because I Love You (The Postman Song) - Stevie B
From a Distance - Bette Midler
Something to Believe In - Poison
Iíve Come to Expect It from You - George Strait

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Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.
Hugh Downs (1921- )



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Today in History - Dec 14th

Today's Birthdays

1503 Nostradamus (Michel de Notredame), prognosticator, died July 2, 1566
1896 James Doolittle, U.S. Army Air Force Lt. General/Medal of Honor recipient, died Sep 27, 1993
1897 Margaret Chase Smith, first woman elected to both houses of U.S. Congress, died May 29, 1995
1902 Frances Bavier, actress (The Andy Griffith Show) died Dec 6, 1989
1908 Morey Amsterdam, comedian/actor (The Dick Van Dyke Show) died Oct 27, 1996
1911 Spike (Lindley Armstrong) Jones, drummer/band leader (City Slickers) died May 1, 1965
1913 Dan Dailey, singer/dancer/actor (Thereís No Business like Show Business) died Oct 16, 1978
1916 Shirley Jackson, writer (The Lottery) died Aug 8, 1965
1917 June Taylor, choreographer/dancer, died May 16, 2004
1932 Charlie Rich, country singer (Behind Closed Doors, The Most Beautiful Girl) died July 25, 1995
1935 Lee Remick, actress (The Omen, Anatomy of a Murder) died July 2, 1991
1946 Patty (Anna Marie) Duke, actress (The Miracle Worker)
1946 Stan Smith, International Tennis Hall of Famer
1946 Joyce Vincent Wilson, singer (Tony Orlando and Dawn)
1948 Lester Bangs, music journalist (Creem, Rolling Stone) died Apr 30, 1982
1949 Dee Wallace-Stone, actress (The Frighteners, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Howling)
1949 Cliff Williams, guitarist (AC/DC)
1958 Spider Stacy, tin whistler/singer (The Pogues)
1963 Cynthia Gibb, actress (Youngblood, Modern Girls, Fame)
1965 Craig Biggio, MLB 2nd baseman (Houston Astros)
1969 Natascha McElhone, actress (Californication, The Truman Show, Ronin, Solaris)
1973 Tia Texada, actress (Third Watch. Phone Booth)
1973 Thuy Trang, actress (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) died Sept 3, 2001
1975 KaDee Strickland, actress (Private Practice)
1975 Justin Furstenfeld, singer (Blue October)
1979 Sophie Monk, actress (Date Movie, Click)
1988 Vanessa Hudgens, singer/actress (High School Musical)

Today's Deaths in History

1799 George Washington, first President of the United States, dies at 67
1902 Julia Grant, former First Lady (Ulysses S. Grant) dies at 76
1920 George Gipp, football player (University of Notre Dame) dies at 25
1963 Dinah Washington, singer, dies at 39
1964 William Bendix, actor (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Life of Riley) dies at 58
1975 Arthur Treacher, English actor (Heidi, The Little Princess) dies at 81
1985 Roger Maris, MLB outfielder/slugger (NY Yankees) dies at 51
1989 Andrei D. Sakharov, Nobel Peace laureate, dies at 68
1993 Myrna Loy, actress (Thin Man series) dies at 88
1997 Kurt Winter, guitarist (The Guess Who) dies at 31
1997 Stubby Kaye, actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) dies at 79
1998 Norman Fell, actor (Three's Company) dies at 74
2003 Jeanne Crain, actress (State Fair, Cheaper by the Dozen) dies at 78
2006 Ahmet ErtegŁn, co-founder of Atlantic Records, dies at 83
2006 Mike Evans, actor (All in the Family, The Jeffersons) dies at 57

Today in History

1782 The Montgolfier brothers' first balloon lifted off on its first test flight.
1819 Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.
1902 The Commercial Pacific Cable Company laid the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.
1903 The Wright brothers made their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
1911 Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole.
1946 The United Nations General Assembly voted to establish the U.N. headquarters in New York City.
1962 NASA's Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
1972 Eugene Cernan became the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt completed the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission.
1979 The Clash album London Calling was released.
1981 Israel annexed the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967.
1985 Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
1993 A Colorado judge struck down as unconstitutional the state's voter-approved ban on gay rights laws.
1997 Cuban President Fidel Castro declared Christmas 1997 an official holiday to ensure the success of Pope John Paul II's upcoming visit to the communist country.
1999 U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for Nazi-era slaves and forced laborers.
1999 Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the Peanuts comic strip.
2000 The Federal Trade Commission unanimously approved the $111 billion merger of America Online and Time Warner.
2006 South Korea's Ban Ki-moon was sworn in as the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations.
2008 An Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad, but Bush was not hit; the shoe-thrower, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, spent nine months in prison.

Chart Toppers

1951
Sin (Itís No) - Eddy Howard
Slowpoke - Pee Wee King
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way - Carl Smith

1959
Heartaches by the Number - Guy Mitchell
Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods
In the Mood - Ernie Fieldís Orch.
The Same Old Me - Ray Price

1967
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
The Rain, the Park & Other Things - The Cowsills
I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick
Itís the Little Things - Sonny James

1975
Fly, Robin, Fly - Silver Convention
Letís Do It Again - The Staple Singers
Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
Love Put a Song in My Heart - Johnny Rodriguez

1983
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Say It Isnít So - Daryl Hall-John Oates
Union of the Snake - Duran Duran
Tell Me a Lie - Janie Fricke

1991
Black or White - Michael Jackson
Itís So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday - Boyz II Men
All 4 Love - Color Me Badd
For My Broken Heart - Reba McEntire

Quote of the Day

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
Washington Irving (1783-1859)


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Today in History - Dec 15th

Today's Birthdays

0037 Nero, Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, died June 9, 0068
1832 Gustave Alexandre Eiffel, engineer (Parisí Eiffel Tower) died Dec 27, 1923
1861 Charles Duryea, automobile pioneer, died Sept 28, 1938
1892 J. (Jean) Paul Getty, oil magnate, died June 6, 1976
1911 Stan Kenton, jazz painist, died August 25, 1979
1919 Max Yasgur, owner of the Woodstock Festival site, died Feb 9, 1973
1922 Alan Freed, disc jockey (The Moondoggy Show) died Jan 20, 1965
1923 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi) died September 7, 2002
1933 Tim Conway, actor/comedian (McHaleís Navy, The Carol Burnett Show)
1939 Cindy Birdsong, singer (Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles, Diana Ross and The Supremes)
1940 Nick Buoniconti, Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
1942 Dave Clark, singer (The Dave Clark Five)
1946 Carmine Appice, composer/drummer (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart)
1949 Don Johnson (Donnie Wayne Johnson), actor (Nash Bridges, Miami Vice, Tin Cup)
1955 Paul Simonon, bassist (The Clash)
1957 Mario Marois, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)
1961 Reginald Hudlin, writer/director (The Great White Hype, Boomerang)
1963 Helen Slater, actress (City Slickers, Legend of Billie Jean, Supergirl)
1966 Molly Price, actress (Third Watch, Bionic Woman)
1968 Garrett Wang, actor (Star Trek: Voyager)
1970 Michael Shanks, actor (Stargate SG-1)
1972 Stuart Townsend, actor (Shooting Fish, The Queen of the Damned)
1979 Adam Brody, actor (The O.C.)

Today's Deaths in History

1683 Izaak Walton, English writer (The Compleat Angler) dies at 90
1890 Sitting Bull, Sioux nation leader, dies at 59
1943 Fats (Thomas Wright) Waller, composer/singer/pianist (Ain't Misbehavin') dies at 39
1944 Glenn Miller, big band leader/composer, disappears over the English Channel at 40
1962 Charles Laughton, English actor (Mutiny on the Bounty) dies at 63
1966 Walt (Walter Elias) Disney, animation/theme park mogul, dies at 65
1978 Chill Wills, actor (The Alamo) dies at 76
2001 Rufus Thomas, R&B musician, dies at 84
2003 Keith Magnuson, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks) dies in an auto accident at 56
2005 Darrell Russell, NFL defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders) dies in a car crash at 29
2007 John Berg, actor (Star Trek Nemesis) dies at 58

Today in History

1791 The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect following ratification by Virginia.
1890 Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a clash with Indian police.
1891 James Naismith introduced the first version of basketball, with thirteen rules, a peach basket nailed to either end of his school's gymnasium, and two teams of nine players.
1916 The French defeated the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.
1938 Ground was broken for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
1939 The movie Gone With the Wind had its world premiere in Atlanta.
1944 Bandleader Glenn Miller was killed when his U.S. Army plane disappeared over the English Channel.
1961 Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court.
1965 Two manned spacecraft, Gemini 6 and Gemini 7, maneuvered to within 10 feet of each other while in orbit.
1978 President Jimmy Carter announced he would grant diplomatic recognition to Communist China on New Year's Day and sever official relations with Taiwan.
1989 A popular uprising began in Romania; it led to the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
2003 The late Sen. Strom Thurmond's family acknowledged Essie Mae Washington-Williams' claim that she was Thurmond's illegitimate mixed-race daughter.
2004 American telecommunications giants Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. announced they would merge in a $35 billion deal.
2005 Millions of Iraqis turned out to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election.

Chart Toppers

1944
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
The Trolley Song - The Pied Pipers
Iím Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald & Tthe Ink Spots
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley

1952
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Back Street Affair - Webb Pierce

1960
Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley
A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young with the Innocents
Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaemphert
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

1968
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
Born to Be with You - Sonny James

1976
Tonightís the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Rubberband Man - Spinners
You Donít Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
Thinkiní of a Rendezvous - Johnny Duncan

1984
Out of Touch - Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Like a Virgin - Madonna
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do - Anne Murray (with Dave Loggins)

Quote of the Day

Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart...filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.
Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881-1954)



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Today in History - Dec 16th

Today's Birthdays

1485 Catherine of Aragon, Queen of England, died Jan 7, 1536
1770 Ludwig van Beethoven, composer, died Mar 26, 1827
1775 Jane Austen, author (Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility) died July 18, 1817
1863 George Santayana, philosopher/writer (ďThose who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat itĒ) died Sep 26, 1952
1899 Sir Noel (Peirce) Coward, actor/director/composer/playwright, died Mar 26, 1973
1901 Margaret Mead, anthropologist, died Nov 15, 1978
1917 Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction writer (2001: A Space Odyssey) died March 19, 2008
1938 Liv Ullmann, actress (The Rose Garden, A Bridge Too Far)
1941 Lesley Stahl, reporter (CBS News, 60 Minutes)
1943 Steven Bochco, executive producer (Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, N.Y.P.D. Blue)
1943 Anthony Hicks, lead guitarist/songwriter (The Hollies)
1946 Benny Andersson, pianist/singer (Abba)
1947 Ben (Bernard) Cross, actor (First Knight, Chariots of Fire, Dark Shadows)
1949 Billy Gibbons, guitarist/singer (ZZ Top)
1961 Sam Robards, actor (Spin City, American Beauty)
1961 Jon Tenney, actor (The Closer)
1962 William ĎThe Refrigeratorí Perry, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
1963 Benjamin Bratt, actor (Law & Order, The Next Best Thing, Red Planet, Miss Congeniality)
1965 Nancy Valen, actress (Baywatch)
1967 Miranda Otto, Australian actress (Lord of the Rings series, What Lies Beneath)
1971 Michael McCary, R&B singer (Boyz II Men)
1978 Kaine, rapper (Ying Yang Twins)
1987 Hallee Hirsh, actress (ER, Judging Amy)
1988 Anna Popplewell, actress (The Chronicles of Narnia films)

Today's Deaths in History

1859 Wilhelm Grimm, German writer/folklorist (Brothers Grimm) dies at 73
1940 Billy Hamilton, MLB Hall of Fame outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies) dies at 74
1965 W. Somerset Maugham, British writer (Of Human Bondage) dies at 91
1980 Colonel Harland Sanders, fast food entrepreneur (KFC) dies at 90
1982 Colin Chapman, British engineer/automobile manufacturer (Lotus) dies at 54
1989 Lee Van Cleef, actor (For a Few Dollars More) dies at 64
1993 Moses Gunn, actor (Ragtime, Father Murphy) dies at 64
1997 Nicolette Larson, singer (Lotta Love) dies at 45
2001 Stuart Adamson, guitarist/singer (Big Country) commits suicide in Honolulu at 43
2005 John Spencer, actor (The West Wing) dies at 58
2007 Dan Fogelberg, singer/songwriter, dies at 56

Today in History

1653 Oliver Cromwell became lord protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1707 The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan took place.
1773 The Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea overboard to protest tea taxes.
1809 Napoleon Bonaparte was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French Senate.
1907 The Great White Fleet began its circumnavigation of the world.
1916 Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
1937 Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempted to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither was ever seen again.
1944 The Battle of the Bulge during World War II began as German forces launched a surprise counterattack against Allied forces in Belgium.
1960 A United Air Lines DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over New York City, killing 134 people.
1985 Reputed organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a New York City restaurant.
1990 Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected president of Haiti in the country's first democratic elections.
1991 The U.N. General Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism.
1998 President Bill Clinton ordered a sustained series of airstrikes against Iraq by American and British forces in response to Saddam Hussein's continued defiance of U.N. weapons inspectors.
2000 President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to become the first African-American secretary of state.
2007 British forces formally handed over to Iraq responsibility for Basra, the last Iraqi region under their control.

Chart Toppers

1945
It Might as Well Be Spring - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Itís Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight - Bob Wills

1953
Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Ricochet - Teresa Brewer
Caribbean - Mitchell Torok

1961
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean

1969
Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
Someday Weíll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes
Down on the Corner/Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
(Iím So) Afraid of Losing You Again - Charley Pride

1977
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton

1985
Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy
Nobody Falls Like a Fool - Earl Thomas Conley

Quote of theDay

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.
Agnes M. Pahro



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Today in History - Dec 17th

Today's Birthdays

1797 Joseph Henry, scientist (principle of self-induction) died May 14, 1878
1894 Arthur Fiedler, conductor (The Boston Pops Orchestra) died July 10, 1979
1903 Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road, Godís Little Acre) died Apr 11, 1987
1929 William Safire, journalist/author (Words of Wisdom, Coming to Terms) died September 27, 2009
1930 Bob Guccione, publisher (Penthouse)
1930 Armin Mueller-Stahl, actor (Shine, Avalon)
1930 Bob Mathias, decathlete/congressman, died Sept 2, 2006
1937 Art Neville, keyboardist/percussionist/singer (The Neville Brothers)
1938 Carlo Little, drummer (Rolling Stones) died Aug 6, 2005
1939 Eddie Kendricks, singer (The Temptations) died Oct 5, 1992
1942 Paul Butterfield, musician (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) died May 4, 1987
1945 Ernie Hudson, actor (The Crow, Ghostbusters series)
1945 Chris Matthews, journalist (Hardball)
1946 Eugene Levy, writer/actor (American Pie series, Best in Show)
1947 Wes Studi, actor (Last of the Mohicans, Mystery Men)
1949 Paul Rodgers, singer (Free, Bad Company)
1953 Barry Livingston, actor (My Three Sons)
1953 Bill Pullman, actor (Sleepless in Seattle, Spaceballs)
1956 Peter Farrelly, film director (Dumb and Dumber, Me, There's Something About Mary)
1957 Earl Hudson, drummer (Bad Brains)
1958 Mike Mills, bassist (R.E.M.)
1961 Sarah Dallin, singer (Bananarama)
1962 Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing, died August 29, 2007
1964 Michele Tafoya, sportcaster (ESPN Monday Night Football)
1969 Chuck Liddell, martial artist (UFC)
1970 Sean Patrick Thomas, actor (Save the Last Dance)
1972 Laurie Holden, actress (The Majestic, Silent Hill)
1973 Eddie Fisher, drummer (OneRepublic)
1974 Sarah Paulson, actress (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip)
1974 Giovanni Ribisi, actor (Saving Private Ryan, Gone in 60 Seconds)
1975 Milla Jovovich, actress (Dazed and Confused, The Fifth Element)
1978 Neil Sanderson, drummer (Three Days Grace)
1979 Ryan Key, guitarist/songwriter (Yellowcard)
1979 Jennifer Carpenter, actress (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Dexter)
1986 Vanessa Zima, actress (Baby-Sitters Club)

Today's Deaths in History

1830 Simůn BolŪvar, Venezuelan-born libertator, dies at 47
1967 Harold Holt, Australian Prime Minister, drowns at 59
1992 Dana Andrews, actor (The Best Years of Our Lives) dies at 83
1999 Grover Washington, Jr., jazz saxophonist, dies at 56
1999 Rex Allen, actor/singer/songwriter (Charlotte's Web) dies at 78
2003 Otto Graham, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback (Cleveland Browns) dies at 82
2005 Jack Anderson, journalist (1972 Pulitzer Prize) dies at 83
2008 Sammy Baugh, NFL running back (Washington Redskins) dies at 94
2009 Chris Henry, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals) dies at 26

Today in History

1538 Pope Paul III excommunicated Henry VIII of England.
1777 France recognized America's independence.
1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful man-powered airplane flight, near Kitty Hawk, N.C.
1933 In the first NFL championship game, the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants 23-21 at Wrigley Field.
1944 The U.S. Army announced the end of its policy of excluding Japanese-Americans from the West Coast.
1957 The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.
1969 The U.S. Air Force closed its Project "Blue Book" by concluding there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.
1969 An estimated 50 million viewers watched singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky on NBC's Tonight Show.
1975 Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald R. Ford; she was released in August 2009.
1986 Eugene Hasenfus, an American convicted by Nicaragua for his part in running guns to the Contras, was pardoned and released.
1989 The animated TV series The Simpsons premiered on Fox.
1992 President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies.
1996 Kofi Annan of Ghana became United Nations secretary-general.
2002 Congo's government, rebels and opposition parties signed a peace agreement to end four years of civil war.
2003 SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, made its first supersonic flight.
2004 President George W. Bush signed into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence-gathering in 50 years.
2005 President George W. Bush acknowledged he'd personally authorized a secret eavesdropping program in the U.S. following Sept. 11, calling it "crucial to our national security."
2007 Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed a measure making New Jersey the first state to abolish the death penalty in more than 40 years.

Chart Toppers

1946
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & the Campus Kids)
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
The Whole World is Singing My Song - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis

1954
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
Count Your Blessings - Eddie Fisher
Let Me Go, Lover! - Teresa Brewer
More and More - Webb Pierce

1962
Big Girls Donít Cry - The Four Seasons
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
Bobbyís Girl - Marcie Blane
Donít Let Me Cross Over - Carl Butler & Pearl (Dee Jones)

1970
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
One Less Bell to Answer - The 5th Dimension
My Sweet Lord/Isnít It a Pity - George Harrison
Endlessly - Sonny James

1978
You Donít Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
Too Much Heaven - Bee Gees
My Life - Billy Joel
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers

1986
The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & the Range
Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles
Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
Hell and High Water - T. Graham Brown

Quote of the Day

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
Oren Arnold




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Today in History - Dec 18th

Today's Birthdays

1778 Joseph Grimaldi, clown (Ďgreatest clown in historyí) died May 31, 1837
1870 Saki (Hector Hugh Munro), author (The Rise of the Russian Empire) killed in WWI Nov 14, 1916
1878 Josef Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, died March 5, 1953
1879 Paul Klee, artist (abstractionist) died June 29, 1940
1886 Ty Cobb, Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers) died July 17, 1961
1904 George Stevens, director (A Place in the Sun, Giant) died Mar 8, 1975
1910 Abe Burrows, director/playwright (How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) died May 17, 1985
1913 Willy Brandt (Herbert Frahm), Chancellor of West Germany, died Oct 8, 1992
1916 Betty Grable, actress/pin-up girl, died July 2, 1973
1917 Ossie Davis, writer/actor (A Raisin in the Sun, Grumpy Old Men) died Feb 4, 2005
1938 Bryan ĎChasí Chandler, bassist (Animals) died Jul 17, 1996
1941 Sam Andrew, guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company)
1943 Keith Richards, guitarist (The Rolling Stones)
1946 Steve Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, died Sept 12, 1977
1946 Steven Spielberg, director (Saving Private Ryan, E.T., Indiana Jones series, Jurassic Park)
1948 Bill Nelson, guitarist/songwriter (Be Bop Deluxe)
1950 Leonard Maltin, movie critic
1950 Randy Castillo, drummer (Ozzy Osbourne) died March 26, 2002
1953 Elliot Easton (Shapiro), guitarist (The Cars)
1954 Ray Liotta, actor (Operation Dumbo Drop, Goodfellas, Field of Dreams)
1963 Greg D'Angelo, drummer (White Lion)
1963 Brad Pitt, actor (Legends of the Fall, Meet Joe Black, Oceanís Eleven series)
1964 "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, pro wrestler/actor
1968 Casper Van Dien, actor (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow)
1968 Rachel Griffiths, actress (Six Feet Under, Hilary and Jackie, Muriel's Wedding)
1971 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Tennis Hall of Famer
1972 Raymond Herrera, drummer (Fear Factory)
1978 Katie Holmes, actress/Mrs. Tom Cruise (Dawsonís Creek, Wonder Boys, The Gift)
1980 Christina Aguilera, singer (Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants, Candy Man)
1985 Tara Conner, 2006 Miss USA

Today's Deaths in History

1737 Antonio Stradivari, violin maker, dies at 93
1971 Bobby Jones, golf champion, dies at 69
1980 Alexei Kosygin, Premier of the USSR, dies at 76
1992 Mark Goodson, game show producer (Beat the Clock, Family Feud, Match Game, Password, The Price Is Right) dies at 77
1993 Sam Wanamaker, actor (Private Benjamin) dies at 74
1997 Chris Farley, comedian/actor (Saturday Night Live) dies at 33 of an accidental overdose of morphine and cocaine
2000 Kirsty MacColl, British singer/songwriter (They Don't Know) dies at 41
2006 Joseph Barbera, cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera) dies at 95
2007 Bill Strauss, satirist/founder (Capitol Steps) dies at 60
2008 W. Mark Felt, FBI executive (Deep Throat) died at 95
2008 Majel Barrett, actress/producer/Mrs. Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek) dies at 76

Today in History

1620 The Mayflower landed in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts with 102 Pilgrims on board.
1787 New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1865 Slavery ended in the United States as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect.
1892 Peter Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.
1912 The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, was found in the Piltdown Gravel Pit by Charles Dawson.
1915 President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt.
1944 The Supreme Court upheld the wartime relocation of Japanese-Americans.
1956 Japan was admitted to the United Nations.
1957 The first nuclear facility in the United States to generate electricity, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, went online.
1958 The world's first communications satellite was launched by the United States aboard an Atlas rocket.
1966 Saturn's moon Epimetheus was discovered by Richard L. Walker.
1969 Britain's Parliament abolished the death penalty for murder.
1972 The United States began the heaviest bombing of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
1987 Larry Wall released the first version of the Perl programming language.
1987 Ivan F. Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison for plotting Wall Street's biggest insider-trading scandal.
1997 Comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Chris Farley was found dead at age 33 of an accidental overdose of morphine and cocaine.
1998 The House of Representatives began debate on four articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.
1999 Environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill came down after spending two years living atop an ancient redwood in Humboldt County, Calif., to protest logging.
2003 A judge in Seattle sentenced confessed Green River killer Gary Ridgeway to 48 consecutive life terms.
2003 A jury in Chesapeake, Va., convicted teenager Lee Boyd Malvo of two counts of murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings; he was later sentenced to life in prison without parole.
2008 A U.N. court in Tanzania convicted former Rwandan army Col. Theoneste Bagosora of genocide and crimes against humanity for masterminding the killings of more than half a million people in a 100-day slaughter in 1994.

Chart Toppers

1947
Civilization - Louis Prima
How Soon - Jack Owens
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Iíll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold

1955
I Hear You Knocking - Gale Storm
Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
Nuttiní for Christmas - Barry Gordon
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford

1963
Dominique - The Singing Nun
Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
Since I Fell for You - Lenny Welch
Loveís Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens

1971
Family Affair - Sly & the Family Stone
Brand New Key - Melanie
An Old Fashioned Loved Song - Three Dog Night
Kiss an Angel Good Morniní - Charley Pride

1979
Babe - Styx
Still - Commodores
Please Donít Go - K.C. & the Sunshine Band
Happy Birthday Darliní - Conway Twitty

1987
Faith - George Michael
Is This Love - Whitesnake
So Emotional -Whitney Houston
The Last One to Know - Reba McEntire

Quote of the Day

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)




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Today in History - Dec 19th

Today's Birthdays

1790 Sir William Edward Parry, explorer (Arctic & Northwest Passage expeditions) died July 9, 1855
1894 Ford Frick, Baseball Hall of Fame Commissioner, died April 8, 1978
1906 Leonid Brezhnev, Russian leader of the Communist Party, died Nov 10, 1982
1915 …dith Piaf, French cabaret singer/actress, died Oct 10, 1963
1924 Doug Harvey, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers) died Dec 26, 1989
1933 Cicely Tyson, actress (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Roots, Sounder)
1934 Al (Albert William) Kaline, Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers)
1940 Phil Ochs, folk singer/songwriter, died Apr 9, 1976
1941 Maurice White, singer (Earth, Wind & Fire)
1944 Alvin Lee, guitarist (Ten Years After)
1944 Tim Reid, actor (WKRP in Cincinnati)
1944 Zal Yanovsky, guitarist/singer (The Loviní Spoonful) died Dec 13, 2002
1946 Robert Urich, actor (Spenser for Hire, Vegas) died Apr 16, 2002
1952 Jeff Davis, bassist (Amazing Rhythm Aces)
1952 Walter Murphy, composer/pianist/arranger (A Fifth of Beethoven)
1957 Kevin McHale, Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Boston Celtics)
1958 Limahl, singer (Kajagoogoo)
1960 Mike Lookinland, actor (The Brady Bunch)
1961 Reggie White, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers) died Dec 26, 2004
1963 Jennifer Beals, actress (Four Rooms, Flashdance, The L Word)
1965 Jessica Steen, actress (Armageddon)
1966 Chuckii Booker, singer/musician/producer
1967 Criss Angel, illusionist
1969 Kristy Swanson, actress (Dude Whereís My Car?, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
1971 Amy Locane, actress (Airheads, Melrose Place, Cry Baby)
1972 Alyssa Milano, actress (Whoís the Boss? Charmed)
1972 Warren Sapp, former NFL defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders)
1972 Rosa Blasi, actress (The Grudge)
1980 Marla Sokoloff, actress (Home Improvement, Party of Five)
1980 Jake Gyllenhaal, actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Day After Tomorrow)

Today's Deaths in History

1848 Emily BrontŽ, British author (Wuthering Heights) dies at 30
1915 Alois Alzheimer, German neuroscientist, dies at 51
1959 Walter Williams, last surviving veteran of the Civil War, dies at 117
1986 V. C. Andrews, author (Flowers in the Attic) dies at 63
1993 Michael ĎMikeí Clarke, drummer (The Byrds) dies at 49
1996 Marcello Mastroianni, Italian actor (La dolce vita) dies at 72
1997 Jimmy Rogers, blues guitarist, dies at 73
1999 Desmond Llewelyn, British actor (James Bond films) dies at 85
2000 Rob Buck, guitarist (10,000 Maniacs) dies at 42
2000 Pops Staples, singer (The Staple Singers) dies at 85
2003 Hope Lange, actress (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Peyton Place) dies at 70
2003 Les Tremayne, actor (The Adventures of the Thin Man) dies at 90
2008 Kenny Cox, jazz pianist (Etta Jones) dies at 68
2008 Dock Ellis, MLB pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates) dies at 63

Today in History

1606 The Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery departed England carrying settlers who founded, at Jamestown, Virginia, the first of the thirteen colonies that became the United States.
1732 Benjamin Franklin began publishing Poor Richard's Almanac.
1776 Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay, writing: "These are the times that try men's souls."
1777 Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter.
1843 Charles Dickens' Yuletide tale, A Christmas Carol, was first published in England.
1907 A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pa., killed 239 workers.
1924 The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was sold in London, England.
1932 The BBC World Service began broadcasting as the BBC Empire Service.
1946 War broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho Chi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.
1972 Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
1974 Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as vice president, replacing Gerald R. Ford, who became president when Richard M. Nixon resigned.
1984 Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.
1986 The Soviet Union announced it had freed dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile and pardoned his wife, Yelena Bonner.
1996 The school board of Oakland, Calif., voted to recognize Black English, also known as "ebonics."
1997 Titanic, the highest-grossing movie of all-time, opened in American theaters.
1998 Two days after his confession of marital infidelity, Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., told the House he wouldn't serve as its next speaker.
1998 President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice; he was later acquitted by the Senate.
2000 The U.N. Security Council voted to impose broad sanctions on Afghanistan's Taliban rulers unless they closed terrorist training camps and surrendered U.S. embassy bombing suspect Osama bin Laden.
2002 After a prosecutor cited new DNA evidence, a judge in New York threw out the convictions of five young men in a 1989 attack on a Central Park jogger who had been raped and left for dead.
2003 Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi agreed to halt his nation's drive to develop nuclear and chemical weapons.
2005 Afghanistan's first democratically elected parliament in more than three decades convened.

Chart Toppers

1948
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood)
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely

1956
Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter
Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins

1964
Come See About Me - The Supremes
I Feel Fine - The Beatles
Goiní Out of My Head - Little Anthony & the Imperials
Once a Day - Connie Smith

1972
Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
You Ought to Be with Me - Al Green
It Never Rains in Southern California - Albert Hammond
Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me) - Freddie Hart & the Heartbeats

1980
Lady - Kenny Rogers
More Than I Can Say - Leo Sayer
(Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon
Why Lady Why - Alabama

1988
Look Away - Chicago
Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
Giving You the Best That I Got - Anita Baker
A Tender Lie - Restless Heart

Quote of the Day

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness.
Bob Hope


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Today in History - Dec 20th

Today's Birthdays

1868 Harvey Firestone, industrialist (Firestone Tire and Rubber Company) died Feb 7, 1938
1881 Branch Rickey, Baseball Hall of Fame catcher/manager (St Louis Browns) died Dec 9, 1965
1898 Irene Dunne, actress (Cimarron, Show Boat, Anna and the King of Siam) died Sep 4, 1990
1900 Gabby Hartnett, Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (Chicago Cubs) died Dec 20, 1972
1902 Max Lerner, author/columnist (New York Post) died June 5, 1992
1921 George Roy Hill, director (Slap Shot, The Sting) died Dec 27, 2002
1927 Charlie Callas, comedian/actor (History of the World: Part I, High Anxiety)
1928 Jack Christiansen, Football Hall of Fame defensive back (Detroit Lions) died June 29, 1986
1932 John Hillerman, actor (Magnum P.I., Chinatown, Blazing Saddles)
1944 Bobby Colomby, drummer/singer (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1946 Uri Geller, psychic/clairvoyant
1946 Dick Wolf, TV producer (Law and Order shows)
1945 Peter Criss (Crisscoula), drummer (Kiss)
1946 Dick Wolf, television series creator (Law & Order franchise)
1946 John Spencer, actor (The West Wing) died Dec 16, 2005
1948 Little Stevie Wright, singer (The Easybeats)
1949 Alan Parsons, keyboardist/engineer/producer (The Alan Parsons Project)
1950 Bill Clement, NHL center/TV analyst (Philadelphia Flyers)
1952 Jenny Agutter, actress (An American Werewolf in London, Childís Play)
1954 Michael Badalucco, actor (O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Practice)
1957 Billy (Steven) Bragg, songwriter/singer/guitarist
1957 Mike Watt, bassist/singer (Firehose)
1957 Joyce Hyser, actress (Valley Girl, Just One of the Guys)
1963 Joel Gretsch, actor (The 4400)
1966 Chris Robinson, singer (The Black Crowes)
1970 Nicole deBoer, actress (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
1981 Roy Williams, NFL wide reciever (Dallas Cowboys)
1982 David Wright, MLB 3rd baseman (NY Mets)
1982 David Cook, singer/TV personality (American Idol)
1982 LaNea, board member
1983 Jonah Hill, actor (Superbad)
1983 Lucy Pinder, British model

Today's Deaths in History

1812 Sacagawea, Shoshone guide (Lewis and Clark Expedition) dies at 24
1961 Moss Hart, dramatist (A Star Is Born) dies at 57
1968 John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath) dies at 66
1973 Bobby Darin, singer (Mack the Knife) dies at 37
1976 Richard J. Daley, Chicago Mayor, dies at 74
1994 Dean Rusk, Former Secretary of State, dies at 85
1996 Carl Sagan, astronomer/educator/author, dies at 62
1998 Irene Hervey, actress (Cactus Flower, Play Misty for Me) dies at 88
1999 Hank Snow, singer (I'm Movin' On) dies at 85
2001 Foster Brooks, actor/comedian, dies at 89

Today in History

1192 Richard the Lion-Heart was captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria on his way home to England after signing a treaty with Saladin ending the Third crusade.
1606 The Virginia Company loaded three ships with settlers and set sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
1790 The first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating at Pawtucket, R.I.
1803 The Louisiana Purchase was completed as the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans.
1860 South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union.
1864 Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, Ga., as Union Gen. William T. Sherman continued his "March to the Sea."
1879 Thomas Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, N.J.
1946 The Frank Capra film It's A Wonderful Life had a preview showing for charity at New York City's Globe Theatre, a day before its official premiere.
1963 The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relatives in the Eastern sector for the holidays.
1968 The Zodiac Killer killed Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California.
1987 History's worst peacetime sea disaster occurred when the passenger ferry DoŮa Paz sank after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).
1989 The United States sent troops into Panama to topple the government of Manuel Noriega.
1991 A Missouri court sentenced Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.
1996 NeXT merged with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X.
1999 The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples are entitled to the same benefits and protections as wedded couples.
2002 Trent Lott resigned as Senate Republican leader two weeks after igniting a political firestorm with racially charged remarks.
2005 New York City transit workers began a three-day strike.
2005 U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III ruled against mandating the teaching of "intelligent design" in his ruling of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
2007 Queen Elizabeth II became the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

Chart Toppers

1949
I Can Dream, Canít I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard)
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Mule Train - Tennessee Ernie Ford

1957
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
At the Hop - Danny & the Juniors
My Special Angel - Bobby Helms

1965
Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
Over and Over - The Dave Clark Five
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
Make the World Go Away - Eddy Arnold

1973
The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Time in a Bottle - Jim Croce
Amazing Love - Charley Pride

1981
Physical - Olivia Newton-John
Waiting for a Girl like You - Foreigner
Letís Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire
All Roads Lead to You - Steve Wariner

1989
We Didnít Start the Fire - Billy Joel
Another Day in Paradise - Phil Collins
Donít Know Much - Linda Ronstadt (featuring Aaron Neville)
Two Dozen Roses - Shenandoah

Quote of the Day

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.
Eric Sevareid (1912-1992)


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Today in History - Dec 21st

Today's Birthdays

1804 Benjamin Disraeli, author/statesman, died Apr 19, 1881
1879 Joseph Stalin (Dzhugashvili), Russian dictator, died Mar 5, 1953
1885 Frank Patrick, Hockey Hall of Fame player/coach (Boston Bruins) died June 29, 1960
1892 Walter Hagen, golf champion, died Oct 5, 1969
1918 Kurt Waldheim, President of Austria/U.N. Secretary-General, died Jun 14, 2007
1918 Donald Regan, White House Chief of Staff, died June 10, 2003
1921 Vampira (Maila Nurmi), actress (Plan 9 from Outer Space) died January 10, 2008
1922 Paul Winchell, comedian/ventriloquist (Tigger) died June 24, 2005
1926 Joe Paterno, football coach (Penn State)
1935 Phil Donahue, TV talk show host
1937 Jane Fonda, actress (Barbarella, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond)
1940 Ray Hildebrand, singer (Paul & Paula)
1940 Frank Zappa, musician/composer (Mothers of Invention) died Dec 4, 1993
1942 Carla Thomas, singer (B-A-B-Y, Knock on Wood)
1946 Josh Mostel, actor (City Slickers series, Wall Street, Murphyís Law)
1946 Carl Wilson, guitarist (The Beach Boys) died Feb 6, 1998
1948 Samuel L. Jackson, actor (Pulp Fiction, Shaft, Star Wars series)
1950 Jeffrey Katzenberg, movie producer (The Prince of Egypt, Chicken Run, Shrek)
1951 Nick Gilder, singer (Hot Child in the City)
1953 Betty Wright, singer (Clean Up Woman)
1954 Chris Evert, tennis champion
1955 Jane Kaczmarek, actress (Malcolm in the Middle)
1957 Ray Romano, comedian/actor (Everybody Loves Raymond)
1959 Florence Griffith Joyner (Flo-Jo), Olympic track star, died Sept. 21, 1998
1959 Steve Spagnuolo, NFL head coach (St. Louis Rams)
1965 Andy Dick, comedian/actor (NewsRadio, Reality Bites, The Cable Guy)
1965 Gabrielle Glaser, guitarist/singer (Luscious Jackson)
1966 Kiefer Sutherland, actor (24, A Few Good Men, Young Guns series, Flatliners)
1966 Karri Turner, actress (JAG, The X Files)
1968 Khrystyne Haje, actress (Head of the Class)
1969 Julie Delpy, actress (The Three Musketeers, An American Werewolf in Paris)
1969 Jack Noseworthy, actor (Encino Man, Barb Wire, Idle Hands, U-571)
1971 Glenn Fitzgerald, actor (Dirty Sexy Money)
1971 Brett Scallions, singer/guitarist (Fuel)
1978 Mike Vitar, actor (The Sandlot)
1979 Ree, board member
1982 Erica Hayden, journalist/radio personality (WBLI)

Today's Deaths in History

0072 Thomas the Apostle (Doubting Thomas) dies (age unknown)
1824 James Parkinson, English physician (Parkinson's disease) dies at 69
1940 F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer (The Great Gatsby) dies at 44
1945 George S. Patton, U.S. Army general (WWII) dies at 60
1974 Richard Long, actor (The Big Valley) dies at 47
1987 John Spence, singer (No Doubt) commits suicide at 18
1992 Albert King, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 69
2001 Dick Schaap, sports journalist, dies at 67
2005 Elrod Hendricks, MLB player/coach (Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees) dies at 64
2008 Ron Hornaday, Sr., NASCAR driver, dies at 77

Today in History

1620 William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims landed on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
1861 Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.
1898 Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovered the radioactive element radium.
1913 The first crossword puzzle was published, in the New York World.
1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney's animated feature, had its world premiere in Los Angeles.
1945 Gen. George S. Patton died in Germany of injuries suffered in a car accident.
1948 Ireland became an independent republic.
1958 Charles de Gaulle was elected the first president of France's Fifth Republic.
1968 Apollo 8 was launched on a mission to orbit the moon.
1970 Elvis Presley met with President Richard M. Nixon in the Oval Office to discuss fighting drugs.
1971 The U.N. Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant as secretary-general.
1978 Police in Des Plaines, Ill., arrested John W. Gacy Jr. and began unearthing the remains of 33 men and boys whom Gacy was later convicted of murdering.
1988 A bomb exploded aboard a Pam Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people, including 11 on the ground; a Libyan man, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, was convicted in 2001 and sentenced to life in prison, but was released from a Scottish prison in 2009 on compassionate grounds.
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, House Speaker Newt Gingrich admitted violating House ethics rules.
2006 Four Marines were charged with murder in the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, and four Marine officers were accused of failures in investigating and reporting the deaths; Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich has pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter; one of the officers was acquitted and charges against the others were dropped.

Chart Toppers

1950
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Nevertheless - Jack Denny
If Youíve Got the Money Honey Iíve Got the Time - Lefty Frizzell

1958
The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks
Problems - The Everly Brothers
One Night - Elvis Presley
City Lights - Ray Price

1966
Snoopy vs. The Red Baron - The Royal Guardsmen
Winchester Cathedral - The New Vaudeville Band
Thatís Life - Frank Sinatra
Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold

1974
Catís in the Cradle - Harry Chapin
Angie Baby - Helen Reddy
Youíre the First, the Last, My Everything - Barry White
I Can Help - Billy Swan

1982
Maneater - Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Girl is Mine - Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney
Steppiní Out - Joe Jackson
Somewhere Between Right and Wrong - Earl Thomas Conley

1990
Because I Love You (The Postman Song) - Stevie B
Justify My Love - Madonna
Impulsive - Wilson Phillips
Iíve Come to Expect It from You - George Strait

Quote of the Day

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)



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Today in History - Dec 22nd

Today's Birthdays

1696 James Oglethorpe, founder (Savannah, Georgia) died June 30, 1785
1858 Giacomo Puccini, composer (La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly) died Nov 29, 1924
1862 Connie Mack, Baseball Hall of Fame catcher/manager (Washington Statesmen) died Feb 8, 1956
1912 Lady Bird (Claudia Alta) Johnson, First Lady, died Jul 11, 2007
1915 Barbara Billingsley, actress (Leave It to Beaver, Airplane)
1917 Gene Rayburn (Rubessa), comedian/TV host (Match Game) died Nov 29, 1999
1934 David Pearson, International Motorsports Hall of Fame NASCAR driver
1936 Hector Elizondo, actor (Pretty Woman, Necessary Roughness, Nothing in Common, Monk)
1938 Matty (Mateo Rojas) Alou, MLB center fielder (SF Giants)
1939 James Gurley, guitarist (Big Brother & the Holding Company) died Dec 20, 2009
1942 Dick Parry, session saxophonist (Pink Floyd)
1944 Steve (Norman) ĎLeftyí Carlton, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cardinals, Phillies)
1944 Barry Jenkins, drummer (Animals)
1945 Diane Sawyer, TV journalist (60 Minutes, Prime Time Live, 20/20, Good Morning America)
1946 Rick Nielsen, guitarist/singer (Cheap Trick)
1948 Steve (Steven Patrick) Garvey, MLB 1st baseman (L.A. Dodgers)
1949 Maurice Gibb, bassist/singer/songwriter (Bee Gees) died Jan 12, 2003
1949 Robin Gibb, singer/songwriter (Bee Gees)
1953 BernNadette Stanis, actress (Good Times)
1960 Luther Campbell, rapper (2 Live Crew)
1962 Ralph Fiennes, actor (Schindlerís List, The English Patient, The End of the Affair, Quiz Show)
1968 Dina Meyer, actress (Johnny Mnemonic, Dragonheart, Starship Troopers)
1972 Vanessa Paradis, singer/actress
1974 Heather Donahue, actress (The Blair Witch Project)
1989 Jordin Sparks, singer/TV personality (American Idol)
1993 Ali Lohan, singer

Today's Deaths in History

1880 George Eliot, English writer (Silas Marner) dies at 61
1917 Mother Cabrini, first American citizen canonized by the Catholic Church, dies at 67
1939 Ma Rainey, blues singer, dies at 53
1943 Beatrix Potter, English writer (Peter Rabbit) dies at 77
1979 Darryl F. Zanuck, film producer, dies at 77
1989 Samuel Beckett, playwright (Waiting for Godot) dies at 83
1995 Butterfly McQueen, actress (Gone with the Wind) dies at 84
1998 Michelle Thomas, actress (Family Matters, The Cosby Show) dies at 29
2002 Joe Strummer, guitarist/singer (The Clash) dies at 50
2003 Dave Dudley, country singer (Six Days on the Road) dies at 75
2006 Dennis Linde, songwriter (Burnin' Love) dies at 63

Today in History

1775 A Continental naval fleet was organized in the rebellious American colonies.
1864 During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent a message to President Abraham Lincoln from Georgia, saying, "I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah."
1894 French army officer Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason in a court-martial that triggered worldwide charges of anti-Semitism. He was eventually vindicated.
1937 The Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic in New York City.
1941 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in Washington, D.C., for a wartime conference with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1944 During the Battle of the Bulge, Germany demanded the surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium; Brigadier Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe reportedly replied: "Nuts!"
1964 Comedian Lenny Bruce was convicted of obscenity.
1964 The SR-71 Blackbird supersonic spy plane made its first flight.
1984 New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four black youths on a Manhattan subway, claiming they were about to rob him.
1989 Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opened after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany.
1989 Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, the last of Eastern Europe's hard-line Communist rulers, was toppled from power in a popular uprising.
1990 Lech Walesa took the oath of office as Poland's first popularly elected president.
2000 Pop singer Madonna married film director Guy Ritchie in Scotland; the couple divorced in 2008.
2001 Richard C. Reid, a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, tried to ignite explosives in his shoes, but was subdued by flight attendants and fellow passengers; Reid was later sentenced to life in prison.
2005 Astronomers announced the discovery of two more rings encircling the planet Uranus.

Chart Toppers

1951
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Slowpoke - Pee Wee King
Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way - Carl Smith

1959
Heartaches by the Number - Guy Mitchell
Why - Frankie Avalon
The Big Hurt - Miss Toni Fisher
El Paso - Marty Robbins

1967
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Woman, Woman - The Union Gap
Boogaloo Down Broadway - The Fantastic Johnny C
Itís the Little Things - Sonny James

1975
Thatís the Way (I Like It) - KC & The Sunshine Band
Letís Do It Again - The Staple Singers
Saturday Night - Bay City Rollers
Convoy - C.W. McCall

1983
Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Say It Isnít So - Daryl Hall-John Oates
Union of the Snake - Duran Duran
Black Sheep - John Anderson

1991
Black or White - Michael Jackson
Itís So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday - Boyz II Men
All 4 Love - Color Me Badd
My Next Broken Heart - Brooks & Dunn

Quote of the Day

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more."
Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)




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Today in History - Dec 23rd

Today's Birthdays

1805 Joseph Smith, Mormon leader, murdered June 27, 1844
1907 Don McNeill, radio host (The Breakfast Club) died May 7, 1996
1921 Gerald OíLoughlin, actor (The Rookies, Our House, Ensign Pulver)
1924 Dan Devine, football coach (Green Bay Packers, Notre Dame) died May 9, 2002
1925 Harry Guardino, actor (Hell is for Heroes, Dirty Harry, The Enforcer) died July 17, 1995
1929 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, died May 13, 1988
1933 Akihito, Emperor of Japan
1935 Paul Hornung, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers)
1936 Frederic Forrest, actor (Apocalypse Now, Falling Down)
1939 Johnny Kidd, singer/songwriter (A Shot of Rhythm and Blues) killed in car crash Oct 7, 1966
1940 Jorma Kaukonen, guitarist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)
1940 Eugene Record, singer (Chi-Lites) died Jul 22, 2005
1941 Ron Bushy, drummer (Iron Butterfly)
1943 Elizabeth Hartman, actress (Secret of NIMH, Walking Tall, A Patch of Blue) died June 10, 1987
1943 Harry Shearer, actor (This is Spinal Tap, Saturday Night Live, Wayne's World II, The Simpsons)
1946 Susan Lucci, actress (All My Children)
1949 Adrian Belew, musician/producer
1951 Anthony Phillips, guitarist (Genesis)
1951 Johnny Contardo, singer (Sha-Na-Na)
1958 Dave Murray, guitarist (Iron Maiden)
1958 Joan Severance, actress (See No Evil Hear No Evil, Wiseguy)
1963 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts)
1964 Eddie Vedder, songwriter/singer (Pearl Jam)
1971 Corey Haim, actor (Dream a Little Dream, The Lost Boys, Lucas, Silver Bullet, License to Drive)
1977 Alge Crumpler, NFL tight end (Tennessee Titans)
1978 Estella Warren, actress (Driven, Planet of the Apes, Kangaroo Jack, The Cooler)
1978 Jodie Marsh, British glamour model
1979 Scott Gomez, NHL center (NY Rangers)
1979 Holly Madison, model/Hef's girlfriend
1985 Harry Judd, drummer (McFly)
1990 Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, actress (Hannah Montana)

Today's Deaths in History

1652 John Cotton, founder (oston, Massachusetts) dies at 67
1939 Anthony Fokker, Dutch aircraft manufacturer, dies at 49
1948 Hideki Tojo, Prime Minister of Japan, is hanged at 63
1972 Andrei Tupolev, Soviet aircraft designer, dies at 84
1973 Charles Atlas, Italian-born bodybuilder, dies at 80
1982 Jack Webb, actor/poducer/director (Dragnet, The DI) dies at 62
1992 Eddie Hazel, guitarist (Funkadelic) dies at 42
2000 Billy Barty, actor (Legend, UHF) dies at 76
2000 Victor Borge, comedian/ianist, dies at 91
2006 Marilyn Waltz, actress/model/playmate (February 1954, April 1954, April 1955) dies at 75
2007 Michael Kidd, film/stage choreographer (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Goodbye Girl) dies at 92
2007 Oscar Peterson, jazz pianist/composer, dies at 82

Today in History

1783 George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief of the Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va.
1788 Maryland passed an act to cede an area "not exceeding ten miles square" for the seat of the national government; about two-thirds of the area became the District of Columbia.
1823 The poem A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore was first published, in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel.
1913 The Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, creating the Federal Reserve.
1941 American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.
1947 The transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories.
1948 Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo.
1954 The first human kidney transplant was performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
1968 Eighty-two crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.
1970 The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City was topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world at the time.
1972 The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders 13-7 in an NFL playoff game on a last-second touchdown catch by Franco Harris that was dubbed the "immaculate reception."
1982 The Environmental Protection Agency announced it had identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, Missouri.
1986 Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling.
1995 A fire in Dabwali, India, killed 540 people, including 170 children, during a year-end party being held near the children's school.
1997 A federal jury in Denver convicted Terry Nichols of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
2002 A MQ-1 Predator was shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
2003 The government announced the first suspected case of mad cow disease in United States.
2003 A jury in Chesapeake, Va., sentenced teen sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to life in prison, sparing him the death penalty.
2003 New York Gov. George Pataki pardoned the late comedian Lenny Bruce for his 1964 obscenity conviction.
2004 Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland pleaded guilty to a corruption charge; he served 10 months in prison.

Chart Toppers

1952
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Donít Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - Skeets McDonald

1960
Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley
Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaemphert
North to Alaska - Johnny Horton
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky

1968
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
Stormy - Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost
Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell

1976
Tonightís the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
The Rubberband Man - Spinners
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer
Thinkiní of a Rendezvous - Johnny Duncan

1984
Like a Virgin - Madonna
Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers
Cool It Now - New Edition
Why Not Me - The Judds

Quote of the Day

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly.
Andy Rooney (1919 - )


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Today in History - Dec 24th - Christmas Eve

Today's Birthdays

1745 Benjamin Rush, father of psychiatry/signer of the Declaration of Independence, died Apr 19, 1813
1809 Kit (Christopher) Carson, frontiersman, died May 23, 1868
1818 James Joule, physicist, died Oct 11, 1889
1905 Howard Hughes, industrialist/pilot/producer, died Apr 5, 1976
1922 Ava (Lavinia) Gardner, actress (The Barefoot Contessa, Earthquake) died Jan 25, 1990
1924 Lee Dorsey, singer (Working in the Coal Mine) died December 1, 1986
1929 Mary Higgins Clark, author (Where Are The Children)
1930 Robert Joffrey (Khan), choreographer (The Joffrey Ballet) died Mar 25, 1988
1945 (Ian) Lemmy Kilmister, bassist/singer (Motorhead)
1955 Clarence Gilyard Jr., actor (Walker Texas Ranger, CHiPs, Top Gun, The Karate Kid Part II, Die Hard)
1957 Ian Burden, bassist (Human League)
1959 Anil Kapoor, actor (Slumdog Millionaire)
1960 Glenn McQueen, animator (Pixar) died October 29, 2002
1963 Mary Ramsey, singer (10,000 Maniacs)
1964 Mark Valley, actor (Keen Eddie, Fringe)
1966 Diedrich Bader, actor (Drew Caerry Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back)
1968 Doyle Bramhall II, guitarist (The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Arc Angels)
1971 Ricky Martin, singer (Livin' La Vida Loca)
1973 Stephenie Meyer, author (Twilight series)
1974 Ryan Seacrest, dj/TV personality (American Idol)

Today's Deaths in History

1863 William Makepeace Thackeray, British writer (Vanity Fair) dies at 52
1873 Johns Hopkins, philanthropist/businessman, dies at 78
1992 Peyo, comics artist/creator (The Smurfs) dies at 64
1992 Bobby LaKind, drummer/singer (The Doobie Brothers) dies at 47
1993 Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author (The Power of Positive Thinking) dies at 95
1997 ToshirŰ Mifune, Japanese actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) dies at 77
2000 John Cooper, English race car designer (Cooper) dies at 77
2000 Nick Massi, singer (The Four Seasons) dies at 65
2002 Laci Peterson, murder victim, is killed by her husband at 27
2005 Michael Vale, commercial actor (Fred the Baker-Dunkin' Donuts) dies at 83
2006 Frank Stanton, television executive (CBS) dies at 98
2008 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Caretaker, The Homecoming) dies at 78
2009 George Michael, sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine) dies at 70

Today in History

1524 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, who had found the sea route around Africa to India, died in India.
1814 The War of 1812 officially ended as the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.
1851 Fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroying about 35,000 volumes.
1865 The Ku Klux Klan was founded as a private social club by several Confederate Army veterans in Pulaski, Tenn.
1871 Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida had its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal.
1906 Canadian physicist Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast a music program over radio, from Brant Rock, Mass.
1920 Enrico Caruso gave his last public performance, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
1943 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces during World War II.
1968 The Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve TV broadcast.
1989 Ousted Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega, who had succeeded in eluding U.S. forces, took refuge at the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Panama City.
1992 President George H.W. Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five others in the Iran-Contra scandal.
1997 Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the aging revolutionary known as Carlos the Jackal, was sentenced by a French court to life in prison for the 1975 murders of two French investigators and a Lebanese national.
2002 Laci Peterson was reported missing from her Modesto, Calif., home, by her husband, Scott, who was later convicted of murdering her and their unborn son.
2004 The international Cassini spacecraft launched a probe on a three-week free-fall toward Saturn's mysterious moon Titan.

Chart Toppers

1945
It Might as Well Be Spring - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Itís Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight - Bob Wills

1953
Ebb Tide - The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Ricochet - Teresa Brewer
Let Me Be the One - Hank Locklin

1961
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
Run to Him - Bobby Vee
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke

1969
Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
Someday Weíll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes
Down on the Corner/Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
(Iím So) Afraid of Losing You Again - Charley Pride

1977
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt
(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again - L.T.D.
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton

1985
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy
Alive & Kicking - Simple Minds
The Chair - George Strait

Quote of the Day

Were I a philosopher, I should write a philosophy of toys, showing that nothing else in life need to be taken seriously, and that Christmas Day in the company of children is one of the few occasions on which men become entirely alive.
Robert Lynd (1892-1970)


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