Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
December 5th

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1301*Pope Boniface VIII's degree Ausculta fili (only nominee).Ref: 5
1448*Bishop Jona of Moscow chosen as metropolitan of Kiev/Intoxication.Ref: 5
1484*Pope Innocent VIII issues his famous "Witch Bull," ordering an inquisition to systematically discover, torture and execute witches throughout Europe. It led to the ease with which witchcraft was charged and punished, even in the American colonies two centuries later.Ref: 5
1496*Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I.Ref: 5
1590*Niccolo Spondrati is elected Pope Gregory XIV.Ref: 69
1766*London auctioneers Christie's hold their first sale.Ref: 5
1770*(Boston Massacre) Six of the soldiers are acquitted on all charges. Two soldiers, Montgomery and Killroy are convicted of manslaugter.Ref: 87
1776*At its first session, the new Virginia House of Delegates exempts dissenters from taxes to support the Anglican church. It took ten years for the legislature to accept Jefferson's Bill for Religious Freedom. 
1776*Phi Beta Kappa is organized as the first American college Greek letter-fraternity, at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.Ref: 2
1792*George Washington was re-elected president; John Adams was re-elected vice president.Ref: 5
1804*Thomas Jefferson re-elected US President, George Clinton Vice-President.Ref: 5
1806*A Kentucky grand jury signs a written declaration exonerating Burr of any activities inimical to the peace of the country. Burr leaves for Nashville.Ref: 87
1831*Former President John Quincy Adams takes his seat as member of House of Representatives.Ref: 5
1832*Andrew Jackson re-elected President of US, Martin Van Buren Vice-President.Ref: 5
1837*Uprising under William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada.Ref: 5
1848*President Polk triggered the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in CA.Ref: 5
1881*47th US Congress (1881-83) convenes.Ref: 5
1892 Anti-semite Hermann Ahlwardt elected to Germany's Reichstag.Ref: 5
1905*Henry Campbell-Bannerman (Liberal) becomes PM of England.Ref: 5
1906*British government-Balfour resigns.Ref: 5
1911*(Triangle) An angry crowd of women shout "Murderers! Murderers!" at the two defendants as they exit an elevator in the courtroom.Ref: 87
1912 Italy, Austria and Germany renew the Triple Alliance for six years.Ref: 2
1916*Asquith resigns as the British Prime Minister; replaced by Lloyd George.Ref: 5
1918*Oil refinery on Curaçao opens.Ref: 5
1921*The British empire reaches an accord with the Irish revolutionary group the Sinn Fein; Ireland is to become a free state.Ref: 2
1925*German government of Luther falls.Ref: 5
1925*(Sweet) (day unspecified) Judge Murphy releases all defendants on bail.Ref: 87
1927*(day unspecified) Charles Lindbergh meets Anne Morrow on Latin American good-will tour.Ref: 87
1928*MW Miklas elected President of Austria.Ref: 5
1929*First US nudist organization (American League for Physical Culture, New York NY).Ref: 5
1932*German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States.Ref: 5
1933*(Prohibition) Prohibition repealed at 3:32 p.m. Mountain Time when Utah ratifies 21st Amendment; bars re-open.Ref: 2
1935*National Council of Negro Women forms by Mary McLeod Bethune (NY NY).Ref: 5
1935*New Jersey Governor asks the New Jersey Court of Pardons to grant Hauptmann a personal interview to assess clemency in the Lindbergh kidnapping case.Ref: 87
1936*The New Constitution in the Soviet Union promises universal suffrage, but the Communist Party remains the only legal political party.Ref: 2
1936*Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, Georgian SSR, Kazakhstan SSR & Kirghiz SSR becomes constituent republics of the Soviet Union.Ref: 5
1937*The Lindberghs arrive in NY on a holiday visit after a two-year voluntary exile, is born.Ref: 2
1942*CFL Grey Cup: Toronto beats Winnipeg RCAF, 8-5 at Toronto.Ref: 5
1945*Five Grumman TBM Avengers are lost on a routine training flight in the Bermuda Triangle approximately 100 miles off the coast of Florida. 
1945*Special Council of Annulment affirms death sentence of Max Blokzijl.Ref: 5
1946*President Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Executive Order #9808.Ref: 5
1948*The first church service in sign language for the hearing impaired was broadcast from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Jamaica, Long Island. WPIX-TV, Channel 11 in NY aired the telecast.Ref: 4
1950 Sikkim becomes a protectorate of India.Ref: 5
1955*A bus boycott begins under the leadership of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Montgomery, AL.Ref: 2
1955*The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO under its first president, George Meany.Ref: 70
1957*NYC becomes first city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing market (Fair Housing Practices Law).Ref: 5
1960 Ghana drops diplomatic relations with Belgium.Ref: 5
1969*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1972 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election.Ref: 5
1974*Oliver Tilden Triangle in the Bronx named.Ref: 5
1977 Egypt breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & South Yemen.Ref: 5
1978*The Soviet Union signs a 20-year friendship pact with Afghanistan.Ref: 2
1978*European Union establishes EMS, European Monetary System.Ref: 5
1978*Islanders take 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins; Penguins' Ross Lonsberry fails on 7th penalty shot against Islanders.Ref: 5
1979*Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns.Ref: 5
1980*Bank of Canada's Canadian Currency Museum opens.Ref: 5
1981*France performs nuclear test.Ref: 5
1982*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1982*Seattle University Baptist Church declares sanctuary for Central American refugees.Ref: 5
1985*Great Britain performs nuclear test.Ref: 5
1985*Dow Jones Industrial Average rises above the 1,500 level for first time.Ref: 5
1988*Jim Bakker, TV evangelist for the PTL organization, is indicted on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy including diverting $4 million dollars of their followers money to support their own "lavish and extravagant" lifestylesRef: 5
1989*France TGV train reaches world record speed of 482.4 kph.Ref: 5
1990*Salman Rushdie, author (ordered to death by Iran for blasphemy), appears in public for first time in 2 years.Ref: 5
1990*Former Noriega aide Luis del Cid pleads guilty.Ref: 5
1991*Charles Keating Jr (Lincoln Savings & Loan fraud), found guilty.Ref: 5
1992*Russian President Boris Yeltsin narrowly keeps the power to appoint Cabinet ministers, defeating a constitutional amendment that would have put his team of reformers under the control of the Russian Congress. (XDG, p 4A, 12/5/2002)Ref: 83
1993*Rafael Caldera elected President of Venezuela.Ref: 5
1993*Newhart actor William Sanderson (47) weds Sharon Wix (39).Ref: 5
1994*Jubilant Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.Ref: 70
1996*Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan questioned whether the stock market was overvalued, saying in a speech in Washington, "How do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly inflated asset values?"Ref: 70
1997*First Game at Washington Capitals' MCI Center vs Florida Panthers.Ref: 5
1997*The World Trade Organization rejected American claims that the Fuji film company conspired with Japan to keep Eastman Kodak products out of Japan. (XDG, p 4A, 12/5/2002)Ref: 83
1998*James P. Hoffa won the Teamsters presidency after challenger Tom Leedham conceded defeat in the union's presidential election. Leedham said it was difficult to compete against Hoffa’s name recognition, financing and more than four years of campaigning for the top post of the largest private sector union in the U.S.Ref: 4
1999*Fidel Castro demands the return of 5-year-old Elian Gonzales, who was rescued at sea, to his father in Cuba within 72 hours. (XDG, 12/5/2000)Ref: 83
2001*Escaped convict Clayton Lee Waagner, suspected of mailing anthrax hoax letters to abortion clinics, was captured near Cincinnati. (XDG, p 4A, 12/5/2002)Ref: 83
2001 Afghan leaders signed a pact in Koenigswinter, Germany, to create an interim government.Ref: 70
2002*Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-N.C., the oldest and longest-serving senator in history, celebrated his 100th birthday. At a celebration on Capitol Hill, Senate Republican leader Trent Lott praised Thurmond's pro-segregation 1948 presidential campaign, a gaffe that led to Lott's resignation from his leadership position.Ref: 70
2003*TGI Fridays puts low-carbohydrate selections on its menus in support of the Atkins diet. (USA Today, p 1B, 12/05/2003)Ref: 13
1492*Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti).Ref: 5
1846*C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive.Ref: 5
1854*Aaron Allen of Boston patents folding theater chair.Ref: 5
1861*Gatling gun patented.Ref: 5
1876*Daniel Stillson (Massachusetts) patents first practical pipe wrench.Ref: 5
1879*First automatic telephone switching system patented.Ref: 5
1887*Stanley's expedition reaches plateau at Lake Albert Congo.Ref: 5
1893*First electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges.Ref: 5
1909*George Taylor makes the first manned glider flight in Australia in a glider that he designed himself.Ref: 2
1911*Glenn Curtiss is issued a patent for the aileron after legal battle with the Wright brothersRef: 62
1935 First commercial hydroponics operation established (Montebello CA).Ref: 5
1941*Konrad Zuse completes his Z3 computer. The Z3 was the first machine in the world that could be said to be a fully working computer with automatic control of its operations. 
1941*Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved.Ref: 5
1951*The first push button-controlled garage opened in Washington, DC. A single attendant, without entering a car, could automatically park or return an auto in less than a minute.Ref: 4
1975*NASA launches space vehicle S-196, it failed.Ref: 5
1978*The American space probe "Pioneer Venus One," orbiting Venus, began beaming back its first information and picture of the planet.Ref: 5
1988*Shuttle Atlantis launches world's first nuclear-war-fighting satellite.Ref: 5
1993*Astronauts begin repair of Hubble telescope in space.Ref: 5
1997*The space shuttle Columbia returned from a 16-day mission marred by a bungled release of a satellite. (XDG, p 4A, 12/5/2002)Ref: 83
2001*The space shuttle Endeavor blasted off under heavy protection on a flight to deliver a new crew to the international space station. (XDG, p 4A, 12/5/2002)Ref: 83
1757 Battle at Leuthen: Prussian army beats Austrians.Ref: 5
1798 Government troops occupy Hasselt.Ref: 5
1861*In the U.S. Congress, petitions and bills calling for the abolition of slavery are introduced.Ref: 2
1862*Union General Ulysses S. Grant's cavalry receives a setback in an engagement on the Mississippi Central Railroad at Coffeeville, MS.Ref: 2
1864*Confederate General John Bell Hood sends Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry and a division of infantry toward Murfreesboro, Tenn.Ref: 2
1917*British retire from Bourlon Wood, Graincourt and other positions west of Cambrai.Ref: 38
1934*Italian and Ethiopian troops clash at the Ualual on disputed the Somali-Ethiopian border.Ref: 2
1941*US aircraft carrier Lexington and five heavy cruisers leave Pearl Harbor.Ref: 5
1941*Russian anti offensive in Moscow drives out nazi army. 
1941*San Francisco Harbor defenses on full war alert. Troops were each issued 40 rounds of small-arms ammunition.Ref: 37
1941*Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania.Ref: 10
1942*Seyss-Inquart orders students in Nazi-Germany to go work.Ref: 5
1942*West Indies chocolate/coffee drop above Netherlands.Ref: 5
1943*Yugoslavian resistance forms provisionary government under Dr Ribar.Ref: 5
1944* The Special Service Force is disbanded. 
1944*Assault battalions of the Royal Canadian regiment and the Hastings and Prince Edward regiment attempt to establish a bridgehead on the Lamone river in Italy. 
1944*German troops rob all the silver coin in Utrecht.Ref: 5
1950*Pyongyang in Korea falls to the invading Chinese army.Ref: 2
1953 Italy and Yugoslavia agree to pull troops out of the disputed Trieste border.Ref: 2
1966*Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory heads for Hanoi, North Vietnam, despite federal warnings against it.Ref: 2
1967*Benjamin Spock & Allen Ginsberg arrested protesting Vietnam war.Ref: 5
2001*(Afghan Conflict) Three Green Berets are killed and 19 are wounded when a US bomb misses its target near Kandahar. (USA Today, p 7A, 1/21/2002)Ref: 13
1868*The first American bicycle school opened in NY City. It announced courses for velocipede riding.Ref: 4
1908*Numerals were used for the first time on football uniforms worn by college football players. The University of Pittsburgh Panthers proudly displayed their new numbers in a game with Washington and Jefferson.Ref: 4
1914*6th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats University of Toronto, 14-2.Ref: 5
1920*Pro football playoff game Akron & Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided.Ref: 5
1924*Hamilton Tiger Red Green scores 5 goals to beat Toronto Maple Leafs 10-5.Ref: 5
1925*13th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats Winnipeg Tammany Tigers, 24-1.Ref: 5
1931*CFL Grey Cup: Montréal AAA beats Regina, 22-0 at Montréal.Ref: 5
1936*24th CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia Imperials defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20.Ref: 5
1941*Football Writers Association of America organized.Ref: 5
1943*NFL Philadelphia Eagle-Pittsburgh Steeler merger dissolves.Ref: 5
1947*Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title in Madison Square Garden, NY.Ref: 5
1948*NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions.Ref: 5
1949*Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 5
1950*Mel Ott leaves the Giants' organization signing a two-year pact with to manage the Pacific Coast League's Oakland club. 'Marvelous Mel' will be replacing Charlie Dressen.Ref: 1
1950*Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 5
1952*Figures reveal an eleven percent drop in attendance at major league games during the previous season.Ref: 1
1955*The Red Sox sell pitcher Ellis Kinder to the Cardinals.Ref: 1
1955*Carl Stotz announces his plans to organize a rival Little League of his own.Ref: 1
1958*The Phillies, hoping to fill the National League void in the Big Apple caused by departure of the Giants and Dodgers to the west coast, drop any plans for 1959 broadcasts into NY City after the Yankees threaten to broadcast into Philadelphia.Ref: 1
1970*Los Angeles Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing.Ref: 5
1970*Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy & Bill Masterson trophy stolen from NHL hall of fame.Ref: 5
1972*38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL).Ref: 5
1973*Cubs' Ron Santo became first baseball player to veto his trade.Ref: 5
1973*Dodgers trade Willie Davis to Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall.Ref: 5
1974*NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms.Ref: 5
1974*First Washington Capitals penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres.Ref: 5
1974*First World Football League Bowl, Birmingham Americans beat Florida.Ref: 5
1976*Buffalo Bill's OJ Simpson rushes 203 yards.Ref: 5
1978*Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies, becomes highest paid baseball player.Ref: 5
1981*47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern CA (RB).Ref: 5
1981*56th Australian Women Tennis: Navratilova beats Chris Evert (67 64 75).Ref: 5
1982 Ingrid Berghmans (Netherlands) retains judo's world championship.Ref: 5
1982*Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions.Ref: 5
1982*Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions.Ref: 5
1983*Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine use.Ref: 5
1984*It's a busy day for the Yankees as the Bronx Bombers obtain base-stealing outfielder Rickey Henderson and pitcher Bert Bradley from the A¹s in exchange for pitchers Jay Howell and Jose Rijo, outfielder Stan Javier, and minor leaguers Tim Birtsas and Eric Plunk and also trade catcher Rick Cerone to the Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher.Ref: 1
1984*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at age 37, was the oldest player in the National Basketball Association. He decided to push those weary bones just one more year by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers -- for $2 million. Other NBA greats who played for 16 seasons include John Havlicek of Boston, Dolph Shayes of Philadelphia, Paul Ilas of Seattle and Elvin Hayes of Houston.Ref: 4
1987 Schönbrunn skates world record 3 km ladies (4 16.76).Ref: 5
1987*53rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR).Ref: 5
1990*The Blue Jays trade first baseman Fred McGriff and shortstop Tony Fernandez to the Padres for second baseman Roberto Alomar and outfielder Joe Carter.Ref: 1
1993*82nd Davis Cup: Germany beats Australia in Dusseldorf (4-1).Ref: 5
1993*Melissa Mcnamara/Mike Sopringer win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic.Ref: 5
1996*The baseball players union executive board unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement, marking the end of the longest labor dispute in baseball history. The new agreement introduced a Luxury Tax, revenue sharing, interleague play, and several provisions designed to compel the future cooperation of owners and players.Ref: 4
1996*Portland's Jermaine O'Neal, 18, becomes youngest NBA player.Ref: 5
1997*First Game at Washington Capitals' MCI Center vs Florida Panthers.Ref: 5
2001*New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces he wants to complete new stadium deals for the Mets and Yankees before he leaves office at the end of the month. Before the September 11 attacks, which dramatically changed the city's financial stature, the mayor thought an arrangement in which the city, the state and the owners agreed to pay one-third of the cost of the new stadiums might complete the negotiations with the teams.Ref: 1
1602 Giulio Caccini's "Euridice" premieres in Florence.Ref: 5
1830 Hector Berlioz' "Symphonique fantastique" premieres in Paris.Ref: 5
1837 Hector Berlioz' "Requiem" premieres.Ref: 5
1859*Dion Boucicault's "Octaroon" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1890 Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens" premieres in Karlsruhe.Ref: 5
1894 Georges Feydeaus' "L'hôtel du libre échange" premieres in Paris.Ref: 5
1896 Henrik Ibsen's "Kejsor og Galileer" premieres in Leipzig.Ref: 5
1926 Sergei Eisenstein's "Battleship Potemkin" debuts.Ref: 5
1936*Bing Crosby took over as host of The Kraft Music Hall. Jimmy Dorsey (who would later be host, himself) led the Kraft Orchestra.Ref: 4
1941*Patrick Hamilton's "Angel Street" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1951*"Dragnet" premieres.Ref: 5
1952*The Abbott and Costello Show start a 52-episode, syndicated run on TV. Comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello became such big hits that those same 52 episodes were run over and over on local and network TV for years.Ref: 4
1952 Mutual radio broadcast The Green Hornet for the final time. The show left the air after 15 years on Mutual, NBC and ABC. The Green Hornet reappeared in 1966, this time on TV.Ref: 4
1953 Mutual radio broadcast The Green Hornet for the final time. The show left the air after 15 years on Mutual, NBC and ABC. The Green Hornet reappeared in 1966, this time on TV.Ref: 4
1956*Thornton Wilder's "Matchmaker" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1957*William Inge's "Dark at the Top of the Stairs" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1966*"I Do! I Do!" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 561 performances.Ref: 5
1967*Beatles clothing store "Apple" on 94 Baker Street, London, opens.Ref: 5
1968*Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP.Ref: 5
1972*Joseph A Walkers "River Niger" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1973*Paul McCartney releases "Band on the Run" album.Ref: 5
1974*"Monty Python's Flying Circus" last shown on BBC.Ref: 5
1975*"Me & Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances.Ref: 5
1978*Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1983*The first video arcade game licensed by the National Football League was unveiled in Chicago. Bally Manufacturing named it, appropriately enough, NFL Football.Ref: 4
1985*Single bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite initialed by Thomas Jefferson sold at Christie's for $157,500.Ref: 10
1985*Sam Shepard's "Lie of the Mind" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1991*NY Daily News files for protection under chapter 11.Ref: 5
1991*"Catskills on Broadway" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 452 performances.Ref: 5
1992*The rappers known as Ice Cube hit it big as their The Predator became the #1 album in the U.S. The tracks: The First Day of School (Intro), When Will They Shoot?, I’m Scared (Insert), Wicked, Now I Gotta Wet’ Cha, The Predator, It Was a Good Day, We Had to Tear This ________ Up, ________ ’Em (Instert), Dirty Mack, Don’t Trust ’Em, Gangsta’s Farytale 2, Check Yo Self (Featuring DAS EFX), Who Got the Camera?, Intergration (Insert), Say Hi to the Bad Guy.Ref: 4
1993*"Timon of Athens" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 37 performances.Ref: 5
1996*"Dreams & Nightmares" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC.Ref: 5
1998*R. Kelly & Celine Dion were number one in the U.S with their single, I’m Your Angel.Ref: 4
1443*Pope Julius II (1503-13), patron of Michelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, is born.Ref: 69
1545*Janus Dousa [Johan van de Does] Dutch politician/poet, is born.Ref: 5
1547*Ubbo Emmius [van Embden] Dutch-Frisian humanist/historian, is born.Ref: 5
1661*Robert Haley earl of Oxford/English premier (Whig, 1710-14), is born.Ref: 5
1666*Francesco Antonio Nicola Scarlotti composer, is born.Ref: 5
1687*Francesco Xaverio Geminiani composer, is born.Ref: 5
1697*Carlo Arrigoni composer, is born.Ref: 5
1697*Giuseppe de Majo composer, is born.Ref: 5
1724*Joseph Friebert composer, is born.Ref: 5
1782*Martin Van Buren, Kinderhook NY, (D) 8th President (1837-41), is born. He is the first president actually born in the United States. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1786*Henry Drummond English banker/apostole, is born.Ref: 5
1822*Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American naturalist and educator, is born.Ref: 70
1824*Titian James Coffey Attorney General (Union), died in 1867, is born.Ref: 5
1826*John Benjamin Sanborn Brevet Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1904, is born.Ref: 5
1830*Christina Rossetti London, poet (Winter Rain, Passing Away), is born.Ref: 5
1839*George Armstrong Custer is born in New Rumley, OH. Ref 
1841*Marcus Daly, American mining tycoon, is born.Ref: 70
1844*John Frederick Bridge composer, is born.Ref: 5
1852*Thomas Linnemann Laub composer, is born.Ref: 5
1859*British Admiral Earl Jellicoe, Commander of the Atlantic fleet 1910-16, Governor-General of New Zealand is born.Ref: 68
1861*Armando V Diaz Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24), is born.Ref: 5
1863*-Paul P Painlevé French PM (1917, 1925), mathematician, is born.Ref: 5
1867*Antti Aarne Finnish sociologist (Verzeichnis is der Märchentypen), is born.Ref: 5
1870*Bill Pickett rodeo cowboy: first to bulldog wrestle a running steer to the ground; is born.Ref: 4
1870*Viteslav Augustin Rudolf Novák Slovak composer (Quasi una ballata), is born.Ref: 5
1872*Harry N Pillsbury US chess player, is born.Ref: 5
1878*Arrigo Pedrollo composer, is born.Ref: 5
1879*Clyde Vernon Cessna, American aircraft manufacturer, is born.Ref: 70
1880*Alexander Schmuller Russian/Netherlands violinist/conductor, is born.Ref: 5
1884*Evert Cornelis Dutch conductor/pianist, is born.Ref: 5
1885*Dirk H W Filarski Dutch painter/lithographer (Bergense School), is born.Ref: 5
1886 Pieter J Old lawyer/minister of Finance/mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), is born.Ref: 5
1888*Askell Snorrason composer, is born.Ref: 5
1890*Fritz Lang Germany, director (M, Metropolis), is born.Ref: 5
1892*Cyril Ring Massachusetts, actor (Body & Soul), is born.Ref: 5
1894*Phillip K. Wrigley corporate executive: Wrigley Gum/Wrigley Field; is born.Ref: 4
1895*Henriëtte H Bosmans Dutch cellist/pianist/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1896*[Lady Huxley] Juliette Baillot author, is born.Ref: 5
1896 Willem F M Lampe Dutch ambassador of the Dutch Antilles, is born.Ref: 5
1899*Sonny Boy Williamson [Aleck Miller] blues playerRef: 5
1901*Walt Disney is born in Chicago.  
1901*Werner Heisenberg German physicist/discovered uncertainty (Nobel 1932), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Grace Moore US, soprano (One Night to Live), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Hanns Jelinek composer, is born.Ref: 5
1902*[Steve James] Strom Thurmond (Sen-D/R-SC) since 1954 [first person in U.S. history to be elected to a major office by write-in ballot]; governor of South Carolina [1947-1951]Ref: 68
1903*Cecil Frank Powell England, physicist, discovered pion (Nobel 1950), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Otto (Ludwig) Preminger director: In Harm’s Way, Advise and Consent, Exodus, Anatomy of a Murder, Saint Joan, Bonjour Tristesse, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Moon is Blue, Forever Amber, Laura; is born.Ref: 68
1907*Lin Piau Chinese politician, is born.Ref: 5
1910*Abraham L Polonsky US writer/director (Tell them Willie Boy is Here), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Alfred Manessier French painter (leaded windows), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Maisie Fitter editor/conservationist, is born.Ref: 5
1912*Kate Simon, American travel writer, is born.Ref: 70
1915*Margaret Hayes Baltimore MD, actress (Robert Montgomery Presents), is born.Ref: 5
1915*Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields drummer, is born.Ref: 5
1916*David Lloyd George replaces Herbert Asquith as the British prime minister.Ref: 2
1916*Margaret (Maggie) Hayes actress: Omar Khayyam, Blackboard Jungle, Sullivan’s Travels, In Old Colorado, Robert Montgomery Presents; is born.Ref: 4
1917 Simone Gallimard publisher, is born.Ref: 5
1919 Victor Collin Matthews businessman, is born.Ref: 5
1921*Peter Hansen Oakland CA, actor (Mr Parkson-Mr Novak, General Hospital), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Alvy Moore actor (Mr Kimball-Green Acres), is born.Ref: 5
1921 George Henderson priest/politician, is born.Ref: 5
1922*Don Robertson Nashville Songwriters Association Hall of Famer: I Really Don’t Want to Know, I Don’t Hurt Anymore, Please Help Me I’m Fallin’, I Love You More and More Each Day; whistler: The Happy Whistler, is born.Ref: 4
1923*Tendrjakow writer, is born.Ref: 5
1925*Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza Debayle President of Nicaragua (1967-79), is born.Ref: 5
1926*George Savalas Bronx NY, actor/brother of Telly (Kojak), is born.Ref: 5
1927*Rama IX [Bhumibol Adulyadej] Massachusetts, king of Thailand (1946- ), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Larry Kert actor, singer, dancer: West Side Story original cast [1957]; is born.Ref: 4
1931*James Cleveland, considered the "King of Gospel., is born.Ref: 2
1932*Jim Hurtubise auto racer: National Sprint Car Hall of Famer; is born.Ref: 4
1932*‘Little’ Richard (Pennimann) singer: Good Golly Miss Molly, Tutti Frutti, Slippin’ and Slidin’, Long Tall Sally, Rip It Up, Ready Teddy, The Girl Can’t Help It, Lucille, Keep a Knockin’; preacher, is born in Macon GA.Ref: 5
1933*Bernard van Beurden Dutch composer/music educator, is born.Ref: 5
1934*Joan Didion, essayist and novelist (Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Play it as it Lays), is born.Ref: 2
1935*Calvin Trillin author: American Stories, Remembering Denny, Uncivil Liberties, If You Can’t Say Something Nice; writer: New Yorker magazine, is born.Ref: 4
1936*Chad Mitchell singer: group: Chad Mitchell trio, is born.Ref: 4
1938*J.D. (John Delphus) McDuffie NASCAR auto racer: is born.Ref: 4
1938*[John] J J Cale Oklahoma City OK, rock guitarist (After Midnight), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Frederik van Rossum composer, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Horst Bastian writer, is born.Ref: 5
1941*David Wilson English contractor/multi-millionaire, is born.Ref: 5
1942*Randy Kirby Chicago IL, actor (Randy-Girl From UNCLE), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Jeroen Krabbé actor: Immortal Beloved, King of the Hill, The Fugitive, Stalin, Robin Hood, The Prince of Tides, Crossing Delancey, Dynasty, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Pam Higgins golf: touring pro: 3 victories in 14 years on the LPGA Tour, is born.Ref: 4
1945*J W "Corkey" Fornof New Orleans, stunt coordinator (Octopussy), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Jocelyn Italian entertainer, is born.Ref: 5
1946*Andy Kim [Andrew Joachim] rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1946*José Carreras, Barcelona Spain, opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors), is born.Ref: 68
1947*Jim Plunkett San Jose CA, NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), is born.Ref: 68
1947*Jim Messina musician: duo: Loggins and Messina: Your Mama Don’t Dance, Danny’s Song, Thinking of You, My Music; groups: Buffalo Springfield, Poco; solo: LPs: Oasis, Messina, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Jugderdemidiin Gurragcha first Mongolian space traveler (Soyuz 39), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Bruce E Melnick NY NY, Commander USCG/astronaut (STS 41, STS 49), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Lanny [Jerry Lanston] Wadkins golf: PGA champion [1977], PGA Player of the Year [1985], is born in Richmond VA.Ref: 4
1949*Pamela Blair actress (Loving), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Lewis Arlt Kingston NY, actor (Littlest Victims, Ken-Another World), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Steve Furness football: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle: Super Bowl: IX, X, XIII, XIV, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Morgan Brittany (Suzanne Cupito) actress: Dallas, Glitter, Moviola, Sundown, LBJ: The Early Years, The Prodigal, The Initiation of Sarah, is born in Hollywood CA.Ref: 4
1951*Gordon Browne football: NY Jets, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Thomas Warren Purtzer Des Moines IA, PGA golfer (1977 Glen Campbell), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Bobby Barth rocker vocalist/guitarist (Axe), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Jonathan Lewis trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Larry Zbyszko [Living Legend Whistler], wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Kathryn Young LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1957*Art Monk football: Washington Redskins wide receiver: Super Bowl XVIII, XXII, XXVI, is born.Ref: 4
1957*Charlene Morett Darby PA, field hockey left wing (Olympics-bronze-1984), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Nikki Gianulias Vallejo CA, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1979), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Shirley Furlong San Antonio TX, LPGA golfer (1988 Lady Keystone Open), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Les Nemes musician: bass: group: Haircut 100, is born.Ref: 4
1960*Jack Russell singer: group: Great White, is born.Ref: 4
1960*Andrzej Chylinski New York NY, 50k walker (Olympics-26th-96), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Darryl James Kamloops British Columbia, Canadian Tour golfer (Glenco-1992, 93), is born.Ref: 5
1960*John Felton Kyogle Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Connie Needham Newton Anaheim CA, actress (Elizabeth-8 is Enough), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Carrie Hamilton actress: Fame, Cool World, Shag: The Movie, Tokyo Pop, Hostage, daughter of comedienne, Carol Burnett; is born.Ref: 4
1963*Bob Friend Pittsburgh PA, Nike golfer (1991 Fort Wayne Open), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Pablo Morales Olympic Gold Medalist: swimmer [1984, 1992]; holds men’s world record for 100 meter butterfly [1986], is born in Chicago IL.Ref: 4
1966*Comedian and political activist Dick Gregory heads for Hanoi, North Vietnam, despite federal warnings against it, is born.Ref: 2
1966*Bruce Deacon Ottawa Ontario, marathoner (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Joseph Barbara New Symrna FL, actor (Joe Carlino-Another World), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Linda Hunt LPGA golfer, is born.Ref: 5
1966*Niege Dias Brazil, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1966*Patricia Kaas French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Ann Schirman San Diego CA, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), is born.Ref: 5
1967*René Shuman [Shumans] rockabilly-bandleader/singer, is born.Ref: 5
1968*Margaret Cho actress: All-American Girl, TV guest host: Girls’ Night Out, is born.Ref: 4
1968*Lisa Marie [Sliwa] New Brunswick NJ, actress (Mars Attacks), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Rhett Hall NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Heather Crickard Miss Oklahoma USA (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Kevin Haller Trochu, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Susan Sloane Lexington KY, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1970*Thomas Smith NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Bryan Schwartz NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Joe Fleming CFL defensive end (British Columbia Lions), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Marrio Grier fullback (New England Patriots), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Cliff Floyd Chicago IL, outfielder/1st base (Montréal Expos), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Kevin Sally Richmond Hill Ontario, archer (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Randolph Ross Shelby NC, 110 meter hurdler, is born.Ref: 5
1972*Roderick Mullen NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Stanislav Jasecko hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Shalom Harlow Toronto Ontario, model (House of Style, Harper's Bazaar), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Corissa Yasen WNBA forward/guard (Sacramento Monarchs), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Michelle Marie Jefferson Miss Wyoming Teen USA (1996), is born.Ref: 5
1985*Frankie Muniz actor: Malcolm in the Middle, My Dog Skip, The Andy Dick Show, Dr. Dolittle 2, is born.Ref: 4
1989*Ross Bagley actor (Nicky-Fresh Prince Of Bel Air), is born.Ref: 5
1994*Emily Marie Estefan daughter of Gloria & EmilioRef: 5
1212*Derek II of Are Bishop of Utrecht (1197-1212), dies.Ref: 5
1244*Johanna of Constantinople countess of Flanders (1205-44), dies.Ref: 5
1349*500 Jews are massacred at Nüremberg in Black death riots.Ref: 5
1355*Jan III duke of Brabant/Limburg, dies.Ref: 5
1456*Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die.Ref: 5
1560*François II King of France (1559-60), dies at 16.Ref: 5
1594*Gerardus Mercator Flemish philosopher/cartographer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1663*Severo Bonini composer, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1675*John Lightfoot English theologist (Horae Hebraicae), dies at 73.Ref: 5
1745*Christoph Forster composer, dies at 52.Ref: 5
1749*Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye, French-Canadian soldier, fur trader and explorer, dies at age 64.Ref: 4
1758*Johann Friedrich Fasch composer, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1770*James Stirling Scottish mathematician (Formula of Stirling), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1784*Phillis Wheatley first important black poet in America, dies in Boston.Ref: 5
1791*35 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1/27/1756 12/5/1791 Austrian composerRef: 70
1799*Robert Kimmerling composer, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1818 Bruno Daalberg/Anonymus Belga Secretary of High Council Adel, dies at 60.Ref: 5
1834*Thomas Pringle, Scottish-South African traveller, poet, funder of parent publication of Blackwood's Magazine, dies.Ref: 17
1835*August von Platen writer, dies at 39.Ref: 5
1842*MJ Auguste Vestrius, French ballet dancer, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1848*Death of Joseph Mohr, 56, Austrian Roman Catholic vicar and author in 1818 of the enduring Christmas hymn, "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night").Ref: 5
1853*Johann Peter Heuschkel composer, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1859*Louis Poinsot French mathematician/instrument maker, dies at 82.Ref: 5
1870*Alexandre Dumas, French author (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers), dies at 68.Ref: 4
1876*Fire at Brooklyn Theater kills 295, trampled or burned to death.Ref: 5
1886*Peter Hofstede de Groot Dutch reformed theologist, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1891*Pedro II of Alcantara, Emperor of Brazil (1831-89), dies.Ref: 5
1902*Henry Stephen Cutler composer, dies at 78.Ref: 5
1916*Hans Richter composer, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1922*Samuel Muller Fzn Dutch historian/archivist, dies.Ref: 5
1923*Edward Martyn, Irish dramatist, dies at age 64.Ref: 70
1925*Wilhelmina E Drucker [Lensing] Dutch feminist, dies at 78.Ref: 5
1926*Claude Monet French impressionist artist: Water Lilies, La Grenouillere, Impression: Sunrise, Old St. Lazare Station, Paris; dies at age 86.Ref: 68
1928*Johannes F "Johan" Bakker Sr actor/husband of Truus Soete, dies at 61.Ref: 5
1931*Vachel Lindsay, American poet (Rhymes to be Traded for Bread), dies at age 52.Ref: 2
1935*Frans [MJ François] Erens literary (Years Gone By), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1938*Christina "Dina" Koudijs-van Appeldoorn pianist/composer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1940*Jan Kubelik composer, dies at 60.Ref: 5
1942*Buck Jones Hollywood's last cowboy hero actor (Headin' East), buried.Ref: 5
1951*(Black Sox) Joe Jackson dies at age 62 in Greenville, SC. Former occupation – liquor store owner.Ref: 87
1952*London smog of 1952 worst smog in London ever, 4,000+ die.Ref: 5
1955*Paul Harvey actor (Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73.Ref: 5
1958*Ferdinand Bruckner writer, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1963*Herbert H Lehman (Governor-D-NY), dies.Ref: 5
1963*Karl Amadeus Hartmann composer, dies at 58.Ref: 5
1964*Remy Angenot Flemish actor (Tailor Wibbel), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1965*Joseph Erlanger, doctor (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), dies.Ref: 17
1966*Sylveer Maes Belgian bicylist, dies at 57.Ref: 5
1968*Fred Clark actor (Zotz, Auntie Mame), dies of liver ailment at 54.Ref: 5
1971*Hugh Wakefield actress (Blithe Spirit), dies.Ref: 5
1973*Sir Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist; knighted for his role in the development of radar, dies at age 81.Ref: 5
1974*Airport terminal roof collapses killing 17 (Teheran Iran).Ref: 5
1974*Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman tennis player (US Open 1909-11), dies at 87.Ref: 5
1974*Henry Wadsworth actor (Applause, Ceiling Zero), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1974*Pietro Germi actor/director (Serafino, Climax), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1975*Jimmy Nervo actor (Frozen Limits), dies.Ref: 5
1983*Robert Aldrich, American motion-picture director, dies at age 65.Ref: 70
1983*12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut.Ref: 5
1984*French colonies killed 10 Kanaken in New Caledonia.Ref: 5
1985*Walter Pleate, America’s oldest military veteran, died on this day at age 108. He was one of a dozen living veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898).Ref: 4
1986*Carmol Taylor country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer.Ref: 5
1987*"Fat" Larry James US drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38.Ref: 5
1989*John M Pritchard British conductor, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1990*Steven Shaw dies at 25.Ref: 5
1991*Richard Speck mass murderer, dies a day before his 50th birthday.Ref: 5
1991*Aad Mansfield soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies.Ref: 5
1991*Jill Browne dies at 54.Ref: 5
1992*Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41.Ref: 5
1992*Hilary Tindall actress (Dominique-Max Headroom), dies of cancer at 54.Ref: 5
1993*Douglas Hopkins guitarist (Gin Blossoms), dies of gun shot at 32.Ref: 5
1993*Alexandre Trauner, Hungarian-born French art film director, dies at age 87.Ref: 70
1993*Arthur Staal Dutch architect (Shell Tower Amsterdam), dies at 86.Ref: 5
1994*Harry Horner Czechoslovakian/US set designer/director (Our Town), dies at 84.Ref: 5
1994*Richard Brian Waring Barton-Chapple writer, dies at 69.Ref: 5
1994*Ronald Ridout school textbook author, dies at 78.Ref: 5
1995*Robert Charles Evans mountaineer/doctor, dies at 77.Ref: 5
1995*Robert Parrish film director editor/actor (Casino Royale), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1995*Victor Collin Matthews businessman, dies on 76th birthday.Ref: 5
1996*Peter Hall folklorist/musician, dies at 60.Ref: 5
1996*Wilf Carter country singer, dies at 91.Ref: 5
1997*Colin Franklin doctor, dies at 67.Ref: 5
1997*Daphne Fielding socialite/writer, dies at 93Ref: 5
1998*Hazel Bishop, American chemist; founded pioneering cosemtics business, dies at age 92.Ref: 70
2001*New Zealand yachtsman, Peter Blake, two-time winner of the America's Cup, was slain by Brazilian pirates on the Amazon River. (XDG, p 4A, 12/5/2002)Ref: 83
2002*Roone Arledge TV executive: president: ABC News; dies.Ref: 4

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