December 17

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1791 – A traffic regulation in New York, NY, established the first “one way” street.

1888 – The Dental Society of Grand Rapids was organized.

1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful gasoline powered airplane flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, NC.

1908 – The first factory made internal-combustion fire truck when into service in Lansing, MI.

1953 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to approve RCA’s color television specifications.

1959 – The film “On the Beach” premiered in New York, NY and in 17 other cities. It was the first motion picture to debut simultaneously in major cities around the world.

1969 – The U.S. Air Force closed its Project “Blue Book” by concluding that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial spaceships behind thousands of UFO sightings.

1969 – Television history was made when Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger were married on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

1972 – In Allendale, MI, WGVC-TV 35 (now WGVU) signed on the air.

1975 – Lynette Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford.

1976 – WTCG-TV, Atlanta, GA, changed its call letters to WTBS, and was up-linked via satellite. The station became the first commercial TV station to cover the entire United States.

1986 – Wayne Newton won a $19.2 million suit against NBC News. NBC had aired reports claiming a link between Newton and mob figures. The reports were proven to be false.

1986 – Davina Thompson became the world’s first recipient of a heart, lungs, and liver transplant.

1989 – The first episode of the TV series “The Simpsons” aired in the United States. The episode was a Christmas special called “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”.

1999 – The movie “Stuart Little”, about a mouse who is adopted by the Little family, premiered in theaters.

2002 – McDonald’s Corp. warned that they would report its first quarterly loss in its 47-year history.

2002 – The insurance and finance company Conseco Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection. It was the third-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

2003 – SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, made its first powered and first supersonic flight.

2004 – President George W. Bush signed into law the largest overhaul of U.S. intelligence gathering in 50 years. The bill aimed to tighten borders and aviation security. It also created a federal counter-terrorism center and a new intelligence director.

2007 – Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien announced they’d cross the Writers Guild of America picket lines to return to their talk shows on January 2nd.

2014 – The United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations after severing them in 1960.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Art Neville 1937 – Musician (The Neville Brothers)

Bernard Hill 1944 – Actor (“Titanic”, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy”, “True Crime”)

Ernie Hudson 1945 – Actor (TV’s “Oz”, “Desperate Housewives”, movies “Miss Congeniality”, “Ghostbusters”, “The Crow)

Eugene Levy 1946 – Actor (TV’s SCTV, movies “American Pie” films, “The Man”, “Splash”, “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, “Club Paradise”, “Stay Tuned”, “Multiplicity”)

Paul Rodgers 1949 – Musician (Free, Bad Company)

Barry Livingston 1953 – Actor (Played Ernie Douglas on TV’s “My Three Sons”)

Bill Pullman 1953 – Actor (“Scary Movie 4”, “The Grudge”, “Ruthless People”, “Lost Highway”, “Independence Day”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Spaceballs”)

Mike Mills 1958 – Musician (R.E.M.)

Sarah Dallin 1961 – Singer (Bananarama)

Laurie Holden 1969 – Actress (TV’s “The X-Files”, “The Majestic”, “Silent Hill”, “The Mist”, “The Shield”, “Chicago Fire”, “The Walking Dead”)

Sean Patrick Thomas 1970 – Actor (“Save the Last Dance”, TV’s “The District”)

Sarah Paulson 1974 – Actress (TV’s “American Gothic”, “Jack & Jill”, movies “What Women Want”, “Down with Love”, “Path to War”, “The Notorious Bettie Page”)

Giovanni Ribisi 1974 – Actor (“Saving Private Ryan”, “Boiler Room”, “Avatar”, “Ted”, “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, “Lost in Translation”, “The Mod Squad”)

Marissa Ribisi 1974 – Actress (“Dazed and Confused”, “True Crime”, “The Brady Bunch Movie”, “Pleasantville”, TV’s “Felicity”, “Friends”, “Grace Under Fire”, “Watching Ellie”, “Tales of the City”)

Milla Jovovich 1975 – Actress (“The Resident Evil” series, “The Fourth Kind”, “A Perfect Getaway”, “The Messenger”, “He Got Game”, “The Fifth Element”, “Dazed and Confused”)

Jaimee Foxworth 1979 – Actress (TV’s “Family Matters”, “Celebrity Rehab”)

Vanessa Zima 1986 – Actress (TV’s “Zoe”, “Ulee’s Gold”)

Nat Wolff 1994 – Actor (TV’s “Naked Brothers Band”)

 

TODAY IS:

Maple Syrup Day

Wright Brothers 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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