December 22

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1832 – The first Grand Rapids, MI post office opened.

1894 – The United States Golf Association was formed in New York, NY.

1895 – German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray. It was an x-ray of his wife’s hand.

1910 – U.S. Postal savings stamps were issued for the first time. They were discontinued in 1914.

1937 – The Lincoln Tunnel opened to traffic in New York, NY.

1939 – Gloria Jacobs became the first girl to hold a world pistol record when she shot 299 out of a possible 300 points. She was 17 years old at the time.

1943 – Sporting goods manufacturers received permission to use synthetic rubber for the core of baseballs.

1954 – WMAX radio in Grand Rapids, MI began broadcasting.

1956 – Colo, the first gorilla to be born in captivity, was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.

1968 – President-elect Richard Nixon’s daughter Julie marries David Eisenhower, son of the former President.

1976 – Isaac Hayes declared bankruptcy, five years after topping the charts and winning both an Oscar and a Grammy for “Theme from Shaft”.

1976 – The last episode of the original “Let’s Make A Deal” TV game show aired.

1984 – New York City resident Bernhard Goetz shot four black youths on a Manhattan subway. Goetz claimed they were about to rob him. He was later convicted on a charge of illegal weapons possession and spent eight months in prison.

2001 – A terrorist dubbed the “shoe bomber” was foiled in the air. Londoner Richard Reid, 28, was subdued on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami as he attempted to detonate an explosive device hidden in his sneaker.

2010 – The repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. The 17 year old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. military was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Hector Elizondo 1936 – Actor (“Valentine’s Day”, “The Princess Diaries”, “Runaway Bride”, “Pretty Woman”, “The Flamingo Kid”, “American Gigolo”, TV’s “Chicago Hope”)

Barry Jenkins 1944 – Musician (The Animals)

Diane Sawyer 1945 – Journalist (TV’s “Good Morning America”, “Primetime Live”, “20/20”, “60 Minutes”)

Rick Nielsen 1948 – Guitarist (Cheap Trick)

Bern Nadette Stanis 1954 – Actress, author (TV’s “Good Times”)

Ralph Fiennes 1962 – Actor(“The English Patient”, “Schindler’s List”, “Spectre”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Skyfall”, “Clash… and Wrath of the Titans”, “The Hurt Locker”, “The Reader”, the “Harry Potter” movies, “The Constant Gardener”, “The End of the Affair”, “Maid in Manhattan”, “The Avengers”, “Strange Days”)

Lauralee Bell 1968 – Actress (TV’s “The Young and the Restless”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”)

Dina Meyer 1968 – Actress (“Birds of Prey”, “Starship Troopers”, “Saw” films, TV’s “Scoundrels”)

Ted Cruz 1970 – Politician from Texas

Vanessa Paradis 1972 – Actress (“The Girl on the Bridge”)

Heather Donahue 1974 – Actress (“The Blair Witch Project”)

Chris Carmack 1980 – Actor (TV’s “Nashville”, “The OC”)

Jordin Sparks 1989 – Singer (Winner of TV’s “American Idol: Season Six”)

Meghan Trainor 1993 – Singer

 

TODAY IS:

Date Nut Bread Day

Forefathers 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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