December 26

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1799 – Four thousand people attended George Washington’s funeral.

1865 – James H. Mason patented the coffee percolator.

1898 – Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium.

1903 – An extinguished kerosene warning light at Comstock Park resulted in two Pere Marquette trains colliding near Grand Rapids, MI. Twenty-two people were killed and 30 injured in the passenger train wreck.

1919 – Babe Ruth, of the Boston Red Sox, was sold to the New York Yankees by owner Harry Frazee, allegedly establishing the Curse of the Bambino superstition.

1933 – FM radio was patented.

1933 – The Nissan Motor Company was launched in Tokyo, Japan.

1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

1963 – The Beatles “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” were released in the United States, which marked the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.

1973 – The movie “The Exorcist”, starring Linda Blair, premiered in theaters.

1982 – The Man of the Year in “TIME” magazine was a computer. It was the first time a non-human received the honors.

1986 – TV’s “Search for Tomorrow” aired for the last time on CBS. The show had been on the air for 35 years.

1996 – Jon Benet Ramsey was found dead in her Colorado home.

2002 – Andrew J. Whittaker Jr. of West Virginia claimed his $314.9 million Powerball jackpot ($113.4 million after taxes).

2002 – The first cloned human baby was born.

2004 – Under the Indian Ocean, a 9.1-9.3 magnitude earthquake shook northern Sumatra and sent 500 mph waves across the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. The tsunami killed at least 283,000 people in a dozen countries, including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Sumatra, Thailand and India.

2006 – The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford, died at age 93 from complications due to pneumonia.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Donald Moffat 1930 – Actor (“The Right Stuff”, “Clear and Present Danger”, “The Thing”)

Abdul “Duke” Fakir 1935 – Singer (The Four Tops)

Phil Spector 1939 – Songwriter, record producer (Creator of “The Wall of Sound” considered himself as important as the artists he produced. In 2009, in his second trial, he was convicted of second degree murder for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. He is currently serving a 19 year to life sentence.)

John Walsh 1945 – TV host (TV’s “America’s Most Wanted”)

Lars Ulrich 1963 – Musician (Metallica)

Jared Leto 1971 – Actor (“Dallas Buyers Club”, “Chapter 27”, “Lord of War”, “Alexander”, “Panic Room”, “American Psycho”, “Requiem for a Dream”, “Fight Club”, TV’s “My So Called Life”)

Chris Daughtry 1979 – Singer (4th place finisher on TV’s “American Idol Season 5”)

Kit Harrington 1986 – Actor (TV’s Game of Thrones, movies “Silent Hill: Revelation”, “Pompeii”, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, “Testament of Youth”)

 

TODAY IS:

Candy Cane Day

Thank You Note Day

 

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

My goal is to keep you informed and/or entertained on a regular basis. Maybe you'll learn something new, or just get that much needed laugh. My topics will include a wide range of subjects....from what's going on in the world, to places I've been, things I've seen, or even just a fun video that I've found online. Check back often to see what I've posted.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *