December 15

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1654 – A meteorological office established in Tuscany began recording daily temperature readings.

1791 – The first ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, went into effect following ratification by the state of Virginia.

1854 – The first street cleaning machine was put into use in Philadelphia, PA.

1877 – Thomas Edison received a patent for the phonograph.

1933 – The Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution officially becomes effective, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that prohibited the sale, manufature, and transportation of alcohol.

1938 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt presided over the ground-breaking ceremonies for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

1939 – “Gone With the Wind,” based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, premiered at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta, GA. The movie starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into practice Bill of Rights Day.

1944 – Dr. R. Townley Paton and a small group of doctors laid the groundwork for the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration.

1965 – Two U.S. manned spacecraft, Gemini 6 and Gemini 7, maneuvered within 10 feet of each other while in orbit around the Earth.

1981 – Congress passed $200 billion spending bill. At the time it was the largest in U.S. history.

2000 – The third reactor at the Chernobyl atomic power plant in Kiev, Ukraine, was shut down.

2000 – New York Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton agreed to a $8 million book deal with Simon & Schuster. The book would be about her eight years in the White House. The advance was the highest ever to be paid to a member of the U.S. Congress.

2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27 million spent to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.

2001 – It was announced that Siena Heights University would begin offering a class called “Animated Philosophy and Religion.” The two-credit class would cover how religion and philosophy are part of popular culture and is based on the television series “The Simpsons”.

2009 – Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight from Seattle, WA.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Jimmy Nelson 1928 – Ventriloquist

Tim Conway 1933 – Actor, comedian (TV’a “McHale’s Navy,” “The Tim Conway Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show”, “Dorf on Golf”)

Cindy Birdsong 1939 – Singer (The Supremes)

Nick Buoniconti 1940 – Football Hall of Famer, football analyst (TV’s “HBO: Inside the NFL”)

Dave Clark 1942 – Singer (The Dave Clark Five)

Don Johnson 1949 – Actor (TV’s “Nash Bridges,” “Miami Vice”, movies “Tin Cup”, “The Hot Spot”, “The Harrad Experiment”, “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man”)

Alex Cox 1954 – Movie director (“Repo Man,” ‘Sid and Nancy’)

Paul Simonon 1955 – Bassist (Clash)

Helen Slater 1963 – Actress (“City Slickers,” “Ruthless People”, “Happy Together”, “The Secret of My Success”, “The Legend of Billie Jean”, “Supergirl”)

Molly Price 1966 – Actress (TV’s “Third Watch”, movies “Sweet and Lowdown”, “Chasing Sleep”, “Not Fade Away”)

Michael Shanks 1970 – Actor (TV’s “Stargate SG-1”, “Saving Hope”, “The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon”)

Stuart Townsend 1972 – Actor (“Venice Project,” “24 Hours”)

Adam Brody 1979 – Actor (TV’s “The O.C.”, movies “Jennifer’s Body”, “In the Land of Women,” “Thank You for Smoking”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”)

Michelle Dockery 1981 – Actress (TV’s “Downton Abbey”)

George O. Gore II 1982 – Actor (TV’s “My Wife and Kids”, “New York Undercover”)

 

TODAY IS:

Cat Herders Day

Cupcake Day

Free Shipping Day

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Underdog Day

 

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

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