December 9

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1793 – “The American Minerva” was published for the first time. It was the first daily newspaper in New York City and was founded by Noah Webster.

1803 – The 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by Congress. With the amendment Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President.

1851 – The first YMCA in North America was established in Montreal.

1879 – Thomas Edison organized the Edison Ore Milling Company.

1884 – Levant M. Richardson received a patent for the ball-bearing roller skate.

1907 – Christmas Seals went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington, DE, post office.

1926 – The United States Golf Association legalized the use of steel-shafted golf clubs.

1914 – The Edison Phonograph Works was destroyed by fire.

1935 – The Detroit Lions won their first NFL Championship by beating the New York Giants 26-7.

1940 – The Longines Watch Company signed the first FM radio advertising contract with experimental station W2XOR in New York, NY.

1960 – Sperry Rand Corporation unveiled a new computer known as “Univac 1107.”

1962 – The Petrified Forest National Park was established in Arizona.

1965 – The first Peanuts TV special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, aired for the first time on CBS.

1965 – A fireball was seen from Michigan to Pennsylvania. Witnesses reported something crashing in the woods near Pittsburgh, PA. In 2005 NASA admitted that they examined the object.

1968 – Douglas Engelbart debuted the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS).

1975 – President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan authorization to prevent New York, NY, from having to default.

1978 – The first game of the Women’s Pro Basketball League was played between the Chicago Hustle and the Milwaukee Does.

1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus was certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.

1983 – The movie “Scarface” debuted in theaters.

1984 – The Jacksons played their last show together in Los Angeles, CA.

1990 – The first American hostages to be released by Iran began arriving in back in the United States.

1992 – Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation.

1993 – The U.S. Air Force destroyed the first of 500 Minuteman II missile silos that were marked for elimination under an arms control treaty.

1993 – Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor completed repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.

1994 – President Bill Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after learning she has told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as part of human sexuality.

2002 – United Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after losing $4 billion in the previous two years. It was the sixth largest bankruptcy filing.

2008 – The Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich, was arrested by federal officials for crimes including attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barak Obama’s being elected President.

2008 – NBC announces that Jay Leno will stay with the network, to host a weekday prime time show in 2009.

2013 – AMR Corporation and US Airways Group completed a merger to become the American Airlines Group, Inc.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Kirk Douglas 1916 – Actor (“Champion”, “The Bad and the Beautiful”, “Lust for Life”, “Spartacus”)

Buck Henry 1930 – Actor, writer (“The Graduate”, “Heaven Can Wait”, TV’s “Saturday Night Live”)

Dame Judi Dench 1934 – Actress (“Mrs. Brown”, “Shakespeare in Love”, “Philomena”, “Notes on a Scandal”, “Mrs. Henderson Presents”, “Iris and Chocolat”, James Bond films)

Beau Bridges 1941 – Actor (“The Descendants”, “Max Payne”, “The Fabulous Baker Boys”, “Heart Like a Wheel”, “Norma Rae”, TV’s “The Millers”, “Stargate SG1”, “The Agency”, “Ensign O’Toole”)

Dick Butkus 1942 – Football player

Michael Nouri 1945 – Actor (“Flashdance”, TV’s “NCIS”)

Michael Dorn 1952 – Actor (“Star Trek” movies, “Shadow Hours”, “Lessons for an Assassin”, “Santa Clause” movies)

John Malkovich 1953 – Actor (“Places in the Heart”, “In the Line of Fire”, “Burn After Reading”, Changeling”, “Ripley’s Game”, “Being John Malkovich”, “Con Air”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “The Sheltering Sky”, “Empire of the Sun”, “The Killing Fields”)

Donny Osmond 1957 – Singer (The Osmonds)

Mario Cantone 1959 – Actor, Comedian (TV’s “Chappelle’s Show”, “Sex and the City”)

Joe Lando 1961 – Actor (TV’s “One Life to Live”, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”)

Felicity Huffman 1962 – Actress (TV’s “Desperate Housewives”, movie “Transamerica”)

Brian Bell 1968 – Musician (Weezer)

Allison Smith 1969 – Actress (TV’s “The West Wing”, “Kate & Allie”)

Kara DioGuardi 1970 – Record executive, TV personality (TV’s “American Idol”)

Tré Cool 1972 – Musician (Green Day)

Jesse Metcalfe 1978 – Actor (“John Tucker Must Die”, TV’s “Chase”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Dallas”)

Simon Helberg 1980 – Actor (Plays Howard on TV’s “The Big Bang Theory”)

 

TODAY IS:

Christmas Card Day

Gingerbread Decorating Day

International Anti-Corruption Day

International Day of Veterinary Medicine

International Shareware Day

Pastry Day

Techno 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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