December 14


1798 – David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patented the nut and bolt machine.

1819 – Alabama became the 22nd U.S. state.

1903 – Orville Wright made the first attempt at powered flight, but the engine stalled during take-off. The plane, the Wright Flyer, was damaged in the attempt. Repairs were made and three days later the modern aviation age was born when the plane stayed aloft for 12 seconds and flew 102 feet in Kitty Hawk, NC.

1911 – Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole. He reached the destination 35 days ahead of Captain Robert F. Scott.

1946 – The U.N. General Assembly voted to establish the United Nation’s headquarters in New York, NY.

1962 – The U.S. space probe Mariner II became the first spacecraft to fly by Venus. It transmitted information about the planet’s atmosphere and surface temperature.

1964 – As I-196 in Grand Rapids, MI opened, it became the first city in the nation to have two freeways intersect its downtown.

1977 – The movie “Saturday Night Fever” premiered in New York, NY.

1984 – Howard Cosell retired from the NFL’s “Monday Night Football”.

1986 – The experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world. The trip took nine days to complete.

1987 – Chrysler pled no contest to federal charges of selling several thousand vehicles as new when Chrysler employees had driven the vehicles with the odometer disconnected.

1988 – CBS won the exclusive rights to major league baseball’s 1990-94 seasons for $1.1 billion.

1988 – The first transatlantic underwater fiber-optic cable went into service.

1999 – Charles M. Schulz announced his retirement. The last original “Peanuts” comic strip was published on February 13, 2000.

2012 – Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Sandy Hook, CT.

2015 – The Star Wars movie sequel “Episode Seven: The Force Awakens” premiered in Los Angeles, CA.



Abbe Lane 1932 – Singer, actress (TV’s “Toast of the Town”)

Hal Williams 1938 – Actor (TV’s “Sanford and Son”, “227”, “Private Benjamin”, movies “Hardcore”, “Private Benjamin”, “The Rookie”)

Michael Ovitz 1946 – Walt Disney Co. president ( October 1995 to January 1997)

Joyce Vincent-Wilson 1946 – Singer (Tony Orlando, Dawn) Born in Detroit, MI.

Dee Wallace-Stone 1948 – Actress (“The Hills Have Eyes”, “The Howling”, “Cujo”, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, “The Stepford Wives”, “10”, “Critters”, TV’s “General Hospital”)

Cliff Williams 1949 – Singer, bass player (AC/DC)

Cynthia Gibb 1963 – Actress (TV’s “Fame”, “The Karen Carpenter Story”, movies “Salvador”, “Modern Girls”, “Short Circuit 2”)

Vanessa Hudgens 1988 – Actress, singer (“High School Musical”, “Bandslam”)



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