On Your Birthday: December 7



1787 – Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. constitution becoming the first of the United States.

1796 – John Adams was elected to be the second President of the United States.

1836 – Martin VanBuren was elected the eighth President of the United States.

1926 – The gas operated refrigerator was patented by The Electrolux Servel Corporation.

1930 – The first television commercial in the United States is broadcast in Boston, MA. The commercial was for I.J. Fox Furriers.

1941 – Pearl Harbor, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. The attack resulted in the U.S. entering into World War II.

1945 – The microwave oven is patented.

1963 – CBS becomes the first network to use “instant replay” during a nationally televised sporting event. A fourth-quarter touchdown by Army quarterback Rollie Stichweh is played back moments after it took place during the Army-Navy football game at Philadelphia, PA.

1972 – Apollo 17 was launched at Cape Canaveral, FL. It was the last U.S. moon mission. The crew took the photograph known as “The Blue Marble” as they left the Earth.

1982 – Charlie Brooks Jr., a convicted murderer, became the first prisoner in the U.S. to be executed by injection, at a prison in Huntsville, TX.

1990 – Johnny Depp and Tim Burton teamed up for the first time when “Edward Scissorhands” was released in theaters.

1993 – Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders suggested that the U.S. government study the impact of drug legalization.

1995 – A probe sent from the Galileo spacecraft entered into Jupiter’s atmosphere. The probe sent back data to the mother-ship before it was destroyed.

1996 – The Space Shuttle Columbia returned from the longest-ever shuttle flight of 17 days, 15 hours and 54 minutes.

1999 – The Recording Industry Association of America sued the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster, alleging copyright infringement.

1999 – A U.S. federal grand jury indicted a former convict in the 1995 disappearance of atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

2001 – A double-album of music from “America: A Tribute to Heroes”, the three hour telethon staged just days after the September 11th terrorist attacks, is certified gold three days after its release.

2003 – A 12 x 26 inch painting of a river landscape and sailing vessel by Martin Johnson Heade was sold at auction for $1 million. The painting was found in the attic of a suburban Boston, MA home where it had been stored for more than 60 years.

2004 – Technology giant IBM sells its personal computer division to Beijing company Lenovo for $1.75 billion.



Ellen Burstyn 1932 – Actress (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, “Requiem for a Dream”, “Resurrection”, “Same Time Next Year”, “The Exorcist”, “The Last Picture Show”)

Carole Simpson 1941 – Journalist (TV’s “NBC News”, “ABC News”, the first African-American woman to anchor a major network news program)

Johnny Bench 1947 – Baseball player

Tom Waits 1949 – Singer

Larry Bird 1956 – Basketball player

Priscilla Barnes 1955 – Actress (TV’s “Three’s Company”, movies “A Vacation in Hell”, “Licence to Kill”, “Mallrats”, “The Devil’s Rejects”)

Tim Butler 1958 – Musician (Psychedelic Furs)

Edd Hall 1958 – TV personality, announcer (TV’s “The Tonight Show”)

Jeffrey Wright 1965 – Actor (“Angels in America”, “Basquiat”, “Hunger Games” movies, “Source Code”, “Quantum of Solace”, “Casino Royale”, “Syriana”, “The Manchurian Candidate”, “Ali”, “Shaft”, TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”)

C. Thomas Howell 1966 – Actor (“The Outsiders”, “The Hitcher”, “Grandview U.S.A.”, “Red Dawn”, “Secret Admirer”, “Soul Man”, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”, TV’s “Southland”, “Amazon”)

Shiri Appleby 1978- Actress (TV’s “Six Degrees”, “ER”, “Life Unexpected”, “Dating Rules From My Future Self”, “Chicago Fire”, “Code Black”, “UnREAL”)

Sara Bareilles 1979 – Singer (“Brave”, “Love Song”)

Jennifer Carpenter 1979 – Actress (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, TV’s “Dexter”)

Aaron Carter 1987 – Singer



Cotton Candy Day

International Civil Aviation Day

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


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