On Your Birthday: December 6



1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica was published.

1790 – The U.S. Congress moved from New York, NY to Philadelphia, PA.

1849 – Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland. She returned to the South 19 times and freed more than 300 slaves.

1865 – The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, is ratified.

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb” onto a cylinder.

1877 – The first edition of The Washington Post is published.

1883 – Ladies’ Home Journal was published for the first time.

1884 – After 34 years, construction of the Washington Monument is completed by Army engineers.

1907 – In Monongah, WV, 361 people were killed in America’s worst mine disaster.

1923 – President Calvin Coolidge became the first President to have a Presidential address broadcast on radio.

1947 – The Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman.

1957 – America’s first attempt at putting a satellite (Vanguard TV3) into orbit failed when the satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL.

1960 – Gene Autry and Bob Reynolds were granted the Los Angeles Angels baseball franchise by the American League.

1973 – Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States after the resignation of Spiro Agnew.

1990 – Vice President Dan Quayle was enshrined in the Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence.

1994 – Orange County, CA, filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion. The county is one of the richest in the United States and became the largest municipality to file for bankruptcy.

1998 – Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour connected the first two building blocks of the International Space Station in the Shuttle cargo bay.

2002 – Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service stemming from her conviction for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue. She also had to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution.

2004 – Dick Clark suffers a stroke that forces him to miss his annual assignment hosting “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”.

2005 – The iTunes Music Store reached more than 3 million videos sold.

2006 – NASA reveals photographs taken by the Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.



David Ossman 1936 – Writer, comedian (“The Firesign Theatre”)

Helen Cornelius 1941 – Country singer, actress

Len Barry 1942 – Singer (“Bristol Stomp”)

James Naughton 1945 – Actor (“I Love My Wife”, “Whose Life is it Anyway?”, “The Paper Chase”, “The First Wives Club”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Factory Girl”)

JoBeth Williams 1948 – (“Stir Crazy”, “Poltergeist”, “The Big Chill”, “The Day After”, “Teachers”, “Poltergeist II: The Other Side”)

Tom Hulce 1953 – Actor (“Amadeus”, “Animal House”, “Parenthood”)

Kin Shriner 1953 – Actor (TV’s “General Hospital”, “Port Charles”)

Wil Shriner 1953 – Actor, comedian, director, game show host (TV’s “The Wil Shriner Show”)

Miles Chapin 1954 – Actor (“The Associate”, “The People vs. Larry Flynt”, “Man on the Moon”, “The Photographer”)

Steven Wright 1955 – Comedian, actor (“Coffee and Cigarettes”, “Desperately Seeking Susan”)

Peter Buck 1956 – Musician (R.E.M.)

Janine Turner 1962 – Actress (TV’s “Northern Exposure”, “Strong Medicine”, movie “Cliffhanger”)

Judd Apatow 1967 – Producer, director, writer (“Knocked Up”, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “This Is 40”, “Get Him to the Greek”, “Bridesmaids”, TV’s “Freaks and Geeks”, “The Larry Sanders Show”, “Girls”)

Ulf Ekberg 1970 – Musician (Ace of Base)



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