On Your Birthday: December 25



1930 – The Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opened to the public. It was the first bobsled track of international specifications to open in the U.S.

1939 – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was read on CBS radio for the first time.

1962 – The Department of Commerce Census Clock in Washington, DC, recorded the U.S. population on this day as 188,000,000.

1996 – “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” starring Courtney Love was released.

1998 – Near Hawaii, seven days into their journey, Virgin mogul Richard Branson, Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden give up an attempt to make the first nonstop round-the-world balloon flight.



Robert N. Hall 1919 – Engineer (He demonstrated the first semiconductor laser, and invented a type of magnetron commonly used in microwave ovens)

Dick Miller 1928 – Actor (“Gremlins”, “Gremlins 2: The New Batch”, “The Explorers”, “Piranha”, “The Howling”, “A Bucket of Blood”, “The Little Shop of Horrors”, “Chopping Mall”, “Night of the Creeps”, “The Terminator”, “The ‘Burbs”, “Small Soldiers”)

Gary Sandy 1945 – Actor (TV’s “WKRP In Cincinnati”)

Jimmy Buffett 1946 – Singer

Barbara Mandrell 1948 – Country singer

Sissy Spacek 1949 – Actress (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “In the Bedroom”, “Crimes of the Heart”, “The River”, “Missing”, “Carrie”)

C.C.H. Pounder 1952 – Actress (“Avatar”, “Face/Off”, “End of Days”, “Bagdad Cafe”, TV’s “Brothers”, “The Shield”, “The X-Files”)

Annie Lennox 1954 – Singer (Eurythmics)

Klea Scott 1968 – Actress (“Minority Report”, “Collateral”, TV’s “Millennium”)

Noel Hogan 1971 – Musician (The Cranberries)

Alecia Elliot 1982 – Country singer, actress (TV’s “All About Us”)



Christmas Day

Pumpkin Pie Day


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