On Your Birthday: December 20

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1790 – The first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating in Pawtucket, RI.

1803 – The United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer was completed with formal ceremonies in New Orleans.

1820 – The state of Missouri enacted legislation to tax bachelors between the ages of 21-50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year.

1860 – South Carolina became the first state to secede from the American Union.

1879 – Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light in Menlo Park, NJ.

1880 – New York’s Broadway became known as the “Great White Way” when it was lighted by electricity.

1892 – Alexander T. Brown and George Stillman patented the pneumatic tire.

1928 – Mail delivery by dog sled began in Lewiston, ME.

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” world premiere. James Stewart and Donna Reed star in the film.

1954 – Buick Motor Company signed Jackie Gleason to one of the largest contracts ever entered into with an entertainer. Gleason agreed to produce 78 half-hour shows over a two-year period for $6,142,500.

1957 – Elvis Presley received his Army draft notice.

1957 – The initial production version of the Boeing 707 made it’s first flight.

1962 – The Osmond Brothers appeared on NBC-TV’s “Andy Williams Show” for the first time.

1962 – A world indoor pole-vault record was set by Don Meyers when he cleared 16 feet, 1-1/4 inches.

1963 – The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners. It was only for the holiday season. It closed again on January 6, 1964.

1967 – A Pennsylvania Railroad Budd Metroliner exceeds 155 miles per hour on their New York Division.

1990 – The world’s first website and server go live at CERN. The first website was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

1991 – Oliver Stone’s film, “JFK”, opened in the U.S.

1996 – NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X.

1996 – The first “Scream” movie opened in theaters.

1998 – In Houston, TX, a 27-year-old woman gave birth to the only known living set of octuplets. Seven of the eight octuplets are currently alive, one died one week after birth.

1999 – The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples were entitled to the same benefits and protections as wedded couples of the opposite sex.

 

YOU SHARE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH…

John Hillerman 1932 – Actor (TV’s “Magnum, P.I.”)

Kim Weston 1939 – Singer (“Love Me All the Way”, “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)”)

Angel Tompkins 1942 – Actress (“Walking Tall, Part II,” “The Bees”)

Bobby Colomby 1944 – Musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Peter Criss 1945 – Drummer (KISS)

Uri Geller 1946 – Self-proclaimed psychic

Jenny Agutter 1952 – Actress (“The Snow Goose,” “Logan’s Run”, “An American Werewolf in London”, “Child’s Play 2”)

Michael Badalucco 1954 – Actor (TV’s “The Practice”)

Blanche Baker 1956 – Actress (“The Seduction of Joe Tynan”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Cold Feet”, “Taking Chance”)

Greg Siff 1977 – Actor (MTV’s “Undressed”, move “From Justin to Kelly”)

Chris Robinson 1966 – Singer (The Black Crowes)

David Cook 1982 – Singer (Winner of TV’s “American Idol: Season 7”)

Jonah Hill 1983 – Actor (“The Wolf of Wall Street”, “21 Jump Street”, “Moneyball”, “Get Him to the Greek”, “Superbad”)

Bob Morley 1984 – Actor (TV’s “The 100,” “Neighbours”)

 

TODAY IS…

Games Day

Go Caroling Day

Sangria Day

 

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