December 20

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1790 – The first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating in Pawtucket, RI.

1803 – The United States Senate ratified a treaty that included the Louisiana Territories from France for $15 million. The transfer was completed with formal ceremonies in New Orleans.

1820 – The state of Missouri enacted legislation to tax bachelors between the ages of 21-50 for being unmarried. The tax was $1 a year.

1860 – South Carolina became the first state to secede from the American Union.

1879 – Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light in Menlo Park, NJ.

1880 – New York’s Broadway became known as the “Great White Way” when it was lighted by electricity.

1892 – Alexander T. Brown and George Stillman patented the pneumatic tire.

1928 – Mail delivery by dog sled began in Lewiston, ME.

1946 – The Frank Capra film “It’s A Wonderful Life” had a preview showing for charity at New York City’s Globe Theatre, a day before its “official” world premiere. James Stewart and Donna Reed starred in the film.

1951 – The EBR-1 in Arco, ID became the first nuclear power plant to generate electricity. The electricity powered four light bulbs.

1954 – Buick Motor Company signed Jackie Gleason to one of the largest contracts ever entered into with an entertainer. Gleason agreed to produce 78 half-hour shows over a two-year period for $6,142,500.

1957 – Elvis Presley received his Army draft notice.

1957 – The initial production version of the Boeing 707 made it’s first flight.

1962 – The Osmond Brothers appeared on NBC-TV’s “Andy Williams Show” for the first time.

1962 – A world indoor pole-vault record was set by Don Meyers when he cleared 16 feet, 1-1/4 inches.

1963 – The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners. It was only for the holiday season. It closed again on January 6, 1964.

1967 – A Pennsylvania Railroad Budd Metroliner exceeded 155 miles per hour on their New York Division.

1971 – Al Kaline signed a new Detroit Tiger contract that made him the first Detroit player to top $100,000 a year.

1990 – The world’s first website and server go live at CERN. The first website was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

1991 – Oliver Stone’s film, “JFK”, opened in the U.S.

1996 – NeXT merged with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X.

1996 – The first “Scream” movie opened in theaters.

1998 – In Houston, TX, a 27-year-old woman gave birth to the only known living set of octuplets. Seven of the eight octuplets are currently alive, one died one week after birth.

1999 – The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples were entitled to the same benefits and protections as wedded couples of the opposite sex.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Kim Weston 1939 – Singer (“Love Me All the Way”, “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)”)

Angel Tompkins 1942 – Actress (“Walking Tall, Part II,” “The Bees”)

Bobby Colomby 1944 – Drummer (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Peter Criss 1945 – Drummer (KISS)

Uri Geller 1946 – Self-proclaimed psychic

Jenny Agutter 1952 – Actress (“The Snow Goose,” “Logan’s Run”, “An American Werewolf in London”, “Child’s Play 2”)

Michael Badalucco 1954 – Actor (TV’s “The Practice”)

Blanche Baker 1956 – Actress (“The Seduction of Joe Tynan”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Cold Feet”, “Taking Chance”)

Chris Robinson 1966 – Singer (The Black Crowes)

David Cook 1982 – Singer (Winner of TV’s “American Idol: Season 7”)

Jonah Hill 1983 – Actor (“The Wolf of Wall Street”, “21 Jump Street”, “Moneyball”, “Get Him to the Greek”, “Superbad”)

Bob Morley 1984 – Actor (TV’s “The 100,” “Neighbours”)

 

TODAY IS:

Games Day

Go Caroling Day

Sangria 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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