December 2

Scott Winters, Realtor

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1816 – The Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, the first savings bank in the United States, opened for business.

1823 – President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.

1901 – Gillette patented the KC Gillette Razor. It was first razor to feature a permanent handle and disposable double-edge razor blades.

1927 – After 19 years of Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model A automobile — the successor to the Model T

1939 – New York’s La Guardia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago, IL, landed at 12:01 am.

1942 – A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated by Dr. Enrico Fermi and his staff at the University of Chicago.

1949 – Gene Autry’s song “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” hit the record charts.

1962 – Breast implants were invented by a Texas doctor.

1969 – The Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people flew from Seattle, WA, to New York, NY. Most of the passengers were reporters and photographers.

1969 – Jeannie” and Major Nelson got married on TV’s “I Dream of Jeannie”.

1970 – The Environmental Protection Agency began operations.

1976 – Fidel Castro became President of Cuba.

1982 – In the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of a retired dentist named Barney Clark. He lived 112 days with the device.

1983 – MTV aired Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video for the first time.

1988 – The movie “Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad”, starring Leslie Neilsen, premiered in theaters.

1991 – American Joseph Cicippio is released by kidnappers after five years of captivity in Lebanon.

1993 – The Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-61) blasted off on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope.

1994 – “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss is convicted in Los Angeles of three counts of pandering.

1994 – The U.S. government agreed not to seek a recall of allegedly fire-prone General Motors pickup trucks. Instead, GM agrees to spend more than $51 million on safety research.

1995 – NASA launched a U.S.-European observatory on a $1 billion mission intended to study the sun.

1998 – Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates donated $100 million to help immunize children in developing countries.

2001 – Enron Corp. filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. The filing came five days after Dynegy walked away from a $8.4 billion buyout. It was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

2010 – NASA announced the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form.

2013 – The animated TV series “Rick and Morty” debuted.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Edwin Meese III – 87 years old (1931) – U.S. Attorney General (1985–1988)

Tom McGuinness – 77 years old (1941) – Guitarist, singer (Manfred Mann, The Blues Band)

Cathy Lee Crosby – 74 years old (1944) – Actress, TV host (TV’s “That’s Incredible!”)

Keith Szarabajka – 66 years old (1952) – Actor (TV’s “The Equalizer”, “Angel”, “Golden Years”, “The Dark Knight”)

Dan Butler – 64 years old (1954) – Actor (TV’s “Frasier”)

Stone Phillips – 64 years old (1954) – Broadcast journalist (TV’s “Dateline NBC”)

Dennis Christopher – 63 years old (1955) – Actor (“Breaking Away”, “Fade to Black”, “Chariots of Fire”, “Django Unchained”)

Steven Bauer – 62 years old (1956) – Actor (TV’s “Ray Donovan”, “Breaking Bad”, movies “Traffic”, “Thief of Hearts”, “Scarface”)

Rick Savage – 58 years old (1960) – Bass player (Def Leppard)

Lucy Liu – 50 years old (1968) – Actress (“Lucky Number Slevin”, “Kill Bill: Vol. 1”, “Charlie’s Angels”, TV’s “Elementary”, “Dirty Sexy Money”, “Ally McBeal”)

Nate Mendel – 50 years old (1968) – Bass player (Foo Fighters)

Monica Seles – 45 years old (1973) – Tennis player

Nelly Furtado – 40 years old (1978) – Singer

Britney Spears – 37 years old (1981) – Singer, TV judge (TV’s “The X Factor”)

Jana Kramer – 35 years old (1983) – Country singer, actress (TV’s “One Tree Hill”)

 

TODAY IS:

Fritters Day

Global Love Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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