Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
December 20th

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1046*Synod of Sutri: German king Henry III removes Popes Gregory VI, Benedictus IX & Silvester III & names Bishop Siutger, Pope Clement II.Ref: 69
1192*Richard the Lionhearted captured in Vienna.Ref: 5
1334*Benedict XII begins his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 69
1448*Pope Nicolaas V named Utrechts bishop Rudolf of Diepholt, cardinal.Ref: 5
1560*First General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.Ref: 10
1582*The Gregorian Calendar is introduced in France.Ref: 62
1606*The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery set sail from London. Their destination: America. Captain Christopher Newport commanded the three tiny ships (and, we do mean tiny -- check out Jamestown village in Virginia to see for yourself. The ships are on display and you can climb aboard) for the royally chartered Virginia Company. Their landing at Jamestown, VA was the start of the first permanent English settlement in America.Ref: 4
1626*Emperor Ferdinand II/Transylvanian monarch Gábor Betlen signs Peace of Pressburg.Ref: 5
1661*Corporation Act enforced in England.Ref: 5
1669*First jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection & sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery. This was the first rebellion against a British governor in North America.Ref: 5
1694 Frederik van Brandenburg flees Schweiben.Ref: 5
1699*Peter the Great orders Russian New Year changed-Sept 1 to Jan 1.Ref: 5
1770*(Boston Massacre) (date given as "Late Dec) Captain Preston sails for England. He receives 200 pounds in compensation for his troubles relating to the Boston Massacre.Ref: 87
1779*Simon Kenton abandons the alias of Simon Butler, per a certificate from the land commisioner.Ref: 58
1787*A revival broke out among the Shakers of New Lebanon, Indiana, soon igniting a religious fervor among other denominations, especially in Kentucky and other colonial frontier regions.Ref: 5
1802*The United States buys the Louisiana territory from France.Ref: 2
1803*The Louisiana Purchase was completed as the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans.Ref: 70
1806*The Secretary of the Navy sends a letter ordering Navy officials in New Orleans to "intercept and if necessary destroy" boats under the command of Burr.Ref: 87
1820*Missouri puts a $1.00 tax on all bachelors between the ages of 21 and 50.Ref: 3
1830*England, France, Prussia, Austria & Russia recognize Belgium.Ref: 5
1845*Baldwin Institute was chartered in Berea, Ohio, by the Methodists. Changing its name in 1854 to Baldwin University, the college merged in 1914 with German Wallace College and adopted its present name: Baldwin Wallace University.Ref: 5
1848*Prince Louis Napoleon Bonaparte becomes president of French Republic.Ref: 10
1850*Hawaiian post office established.Ref: 5
1856*Newberry College was chartered in Newberry, SC, under Lutheran auspices. The campus moved to Walhalla, SC, in 1868, but returned to Newberry in 1877.Ref: 5
1860*South Carolina secedes from the Union. Followed within two months by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.Ref: 2
1865*De Clear-Alkmaar railway opens.Ref: 5
1877*The first issue of the "The Enterprise", the first newspaper in Cedarville [Greene County] OH, is published. (XDG, p 9A, 10/29/2003)Ref: 83
1880*New York's Broadway lit by electricity, becomes known as "Great White Way".Ref: 5
1880*(and the next day) Pat Garrett and his posse trap Billy the Kid and others in a one-room rock house at Stinking Springs, near Fort Sumner. the posse mistakenly kills Charlie Bowdre (one of Billy's most loyal friends). Billy The Kid and the others surrender that afternoon. Garrett takes the shackled prisoners by buckboard into Las Vegas, where Garrett has to fight off a mob at the train station before he can move on to the state prison at Santa Fe. (The mob was after one of the prisoners, Dave Rudabaugh). Ref 
1883 International cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls.Ref: 5
1893*First state anti-lynching statute approved, in Georgia.Ref: 5
1900*Giacobini discovers a comet (will be first comet visited by spacecraft).Ref: 5
1917*Armistice negotiations at Brest-LitovskRef: 89
1917*Russian secret police in Czechoslovakia forms under Felix Dzerzjinski.Ref: 5
1919*Canadian National Railways established (North America's longest, 50,000 KM).Ref: 5
1919*US House of Representatives restricts immigration.Ref: 5
1922*14 republics form Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics (USSR).Ref: 5
1922*Polish parliament selects Stanislaw Wojcieckowski as president.Ref: 5
1924*Adolf Hitler is released from prison. He was supposed to serve five years for treason, but was released in less than a year.Ref: 2
1925*(Sweet) (date give as Winter, 1925) The Sweet house is set on fire, but the blaze is extinguished before it causes major damage.Ref: 87
1928*Mail delivery by dog sled began -- in Lewiston, Maine.Ref: 4
1928*First international dogsled mail leaves Minot ME for Montréal, Québec.Ref: 5
1929*Mount Davidson dedicated as a San Francisco city park.Ref: 5
1930 Thousands of Spaniards sign a revolutionary manifesto.Ref: 2
1933*The German government announces 400,000 citizens are to be sterilized because of hereditary defects.Ref: 2
1935*Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Ad Catholici Sacerdotii.Ref: 5
1939 Radio Australia begins overseas short-wave service.Ref: 5
1944*Archbishop De Young & bishop Huibers condemn black market.Ref: 5
1944*Bishop forbids membership in non Catholic unions.Ref: 5
1945*The Office of Price Administration announced the end of tire rationing, effective January 1st, 1946.Ref: 6
1948*U.S. Supreme Court announces that it has no jurisdiction to hear the appeals of Japanese war criminals sentenced by the International Military Tribunal.Ref: 2
1951*EBR-I (Experimental Breeder Reactor-I) ushered in a new era in nuclear history when it became the first reactor to generate useable amounts of electricity from nuclear energy. It accomplished this feat by lighting four light bulbs this day at the National Reactor Testing Station of Argonne National Laboratory, Butte County, Idaho. EBR-I was registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1966.Ref: 4
1956*Montgomery AL, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses.Ref: 5
1960*Auschwitz-commandant Richard Bär arrested in German Federal Republic.Ref: 5
1962*In its first free election in 38 years, the Dominican Republic chooses leftist Juan Bosch Gavino as president.Ref: 2
1963 (Berlin Wall) The Berlin Wall was opened for the first time. It remained open for the holiday season, but closed again on January 6, 1964. 4,000 people crossed over to visit relatives during this period.Ref: 4
1963*Massemba-Debate elected President of Congo-Brazzaville.Ref: 5
1963*Trial against 21 camp guards of Auschwitz begins.Ref: 5
1964*Levi Eshkol forms Israeli government.Ref: 5
1965*In the largest U.S. drug bust to date, 209 pounds of heroin is seized in Georgia.Ref: 2
1966*Brussels: Nuclear Planning Group established.Ref: 5
1966*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1970*Edward Gierek succeeds Wladyslaw Gomulka as Poland's party leader.Ref: 5
1971*Pakistan President Yahya Khan resigns.Ref: 5
1973*Singer Bobby Darin died following open-heart surgery at the age of 37. He left a legacy of memories in rock ’n’ roll and pop tunes, as well as on television and in movies (even an Oscar nomination for his role in Captain Newman, M.D.). The story of Darin being groomed to replace Frank Sinatra at Capitol Records is absolutely true. Unfortunately, Capitol didn’t think the grooming was going so well, and withheld many of Darin’s songs for many years; releasing them in a compilation CD in 1995. Good stuff to listen to: Splish Splash, Queen of the Hop, Dream Lover, Mack the Knife, Beyond the Sea, If I Were a Carpenter, etc. At the end, Darin, who had recorded for Atco, Capitol and Atlantic Records had just begun recording for Motown.Ref: 4
1973*Dutch Antillean government of Evertsz forms.Ref: 5
1974 Ethiopia becomes socialist one-party state.Ref: 5
1975*Pope Paul VI named J Willebrands archbishop of Utrecht.Ref: 5
1976*Israel's PM Yitzhak Rabin resigns.Ref: 5
1977 RAF -terrorist Knut Folkerts sentenced to 20 years.Ref: 5
1978*H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House chief of staff released from jail.Ref: 5
1982*The last Chessie System revenue freight train returned from Jamestown OH to Dayton OH, ending all rail service on the B&O line through Xenia OH. (XDG, p 8A, 9/30/2003)Ref: 83
1983 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon.Ref: 5
1983*El Salvador adopts constitution.Ref: 5
1984*US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.Ref: 5
1985*Robert Penn Warren was designated Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry of the U.S. Library of Congress for 1986-1987. The library has used consultants since 1937, when Joseph Auslander was appointed the first Consultant in Poetry, but Robert Penn Warren was the first to be called Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.Ref: 4
1986*The Bangles’ "Walk like an Egyptian" moved to the top of the "Billboard" "Hot 100". It was #1 for three weeks. “Foreign types with the hookah pipes say; Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh; Walk like an Egyptian...”Ref: 4
1986*White teenagers beat blacks in Howard Beach NY.Ref: 5
1988*Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's department store, London.Ref: 5
1988*NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years.Ref: 5
1988*Premier Ranasinghe Premadasa elected President of Sri Lanka.Ref: 5
1989 Premier Lubbers sees CDA-party leader Elco Brinkman as successor.Ref: 5
1990*Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze resigns.Ref: 5
1991*Robert Bardo, an obsessed fan who stalked actress Rebecca Schaeffer before killing her, is sentenced in Los Angeles to life imprisonment without parole. (XDG, p 4A, 12/20/2001)Ref: 83
1991*NY Gov. Mario Cuomo announced he would not be a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying his first responsibility was to deal with his state's budget problems. Robert Bardo, the obsessed fan who had stalked actress Rebecca Schaeffer before killing her, was sentenced in Los Angeles to life in prison without parole.Ref: 64
1991*Paul Keating installed as premier of Australia.Ref: 5
1992 US Marines and Dutch paratroopers in Somalia take control of Kismayu's port and airport; the first truck convoy in more than a month reached the starving inland town of Baidoa. (XDG, p. 4A, 12/20/2002)Ref: 83
1992*Northwest & KLM introduce a new joint logo "Worldwide Reliability".Ref: 5
1992*Slobodan Milosevic re-elected President of Serbia.Ref: 5
1993*(Trump) Donald Trump weds Marla Maples.Ref: 5
1996*President Clinton selected Federico Pena as energy secretary, Rodney Slater as transportation secretary, Andrew Cuomo as housing secretary and Alexis Herman as labor secretary. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1996*(OJ Simpson) Simpson awarded custody of his children by an Orange County judge.Ref: 87
1997*Pope John Paul II sends Christmas greetings to the Cuban people in advance of his visit to the island. (XDG, p 4A, 12/20/2002)Ref: 83
1997*President Nelson Mandela steps down as leader of South Africa's governing African National Congress. (XDG, p 4A, 12/20/2002)Ref: 83
1998*Nkem Chukwu gave birth in Houston to five girls and two boys, 12 days after giving birth to another child, a girl. (However, the tiniest of the babies died a week later.)Ref: 6
1999*The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples were entitled to the same benefits and protections as wedded couples of the opposite sex.Ref: 70
1999 Portugal returns Macau to ChinaRef: 5
2000*President-elect Bush named businessman Paul O'Neill to be his treasury secretary; Ann Veneman to be the first female secretary of agriculture; Mel Martinez to be secretary of housing and urban development; and Don Evans, secretary of commerce.Ref: 64
2001*Argentine President Fernando De la Rua resigns, hours after his economy minister, following two days of anti-government unrest that left about 24 dead and more than 200 injured. (XDG, p 4A, 12/20/2002)Ref: 83
2001*Microsoft admits its Windows XP operating system is vulnerable to hacking. (XDG, p 4A, 12/20/2002)Ref: 83
2002*Trent Lott resigned as Senate Republican leader two weeks after igniting a political firestorm with racially charged remarks.Ref: 70
2002*The nation's 10 biggest brokerages agreed to pay $1.44 billion and fundamentally change the way they did business to settle allegations they'd misled investors by hyping certain companies' stocks.Ref: 70
1879*Thomas Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, N.J.Ref: 70
1892*Alexander Brown and George Stillman of Syracuse, New York, patent an inflatable automobile tire.Ref: 3
1938*Vladimir Kosma Zworykin of Wilkinsburg, PA patented the iconoscope television system. The system did catch on, but the name didn’t.Ref: 4
1967*All operations of the Mariner 4 spacecraft ceased.Ref: 40
1977*1st Space walk made by G Grechko from Salyut.Ref: 5
1585*English fleet & earl Robert Dudley van Leicester reach Vlissingen.Ref: 5
1688*Prince Willem III's troops pull into London.Ref: 5
1745*Bonnie Prince Charlie's army meets de Esk.Ref: 5
1774*New Hampshire Governor Wentworth, wrote that no jail in the province could hold the offenders and " . . . no jury would find them guilty"[of the raid on Fort William and Mary on December 14th]. Ref 
1780*England declares war on Netherlands.Ref: 5
1861*English transports loaded with 8,000 troops set sail for Canada so that troops are available if the "Trent Affair" is not settled without war. The Trent Affair.Ref: 2
1861*Battle of Dranesville VA.Ref: 5
1862*Battle of Holly Spring MS.Ref: 5
1862*Battle of Kelly's Ford VA.Ref: 5
1862*Brigadier-General Nathan B Forrest occupies Trenton KY.Ref: 5
1862*Vicksburg campaign.Ref: 5
1864*Confederate forces evacuate Savannah, Georgia, as Union General William T. Sherman continues his "March to the Sea."Ref: 5
1864*Battle of Fort Fisher NC.Ref: 5
1880 Battle at Bronker's Spruit, Transvaal: Farmers beat Britten.Ref: 5
1906 Venezuela (under Vice-President Gomez) attacks Dutch fleet.Ref: 5
1915*Dardanelles expedition ends; British troops begin withdrawal from positions on Suvla Bay and Gallipoli Peninsula.Ref: 38
1915*Russian troops overrun Qom, Persia.Ref: 5
1933 Bolivia & Paraguay sign weapon cease fire.Ref: 5
1941*The Flying Tigers, American pilots in China, enter combat against the Japanese over Kunming.Ref: 2
1941*Free France under Admiral Muselier occupies St-Pierre et Miquélon.Ref: 5
1941*Japanese troops lands on Mindanao.Ref: 5
1942*In the Aleutians, U.S. Army Air forces began bombing, strafing, and incendiary attacks on Japanese Kiska Harbor installations.Ref: 37
1942*Japanese begin four days of air raids on Calcutta, India.Ref: 5
1943*Soviet forces halt a German army trying to relieved the besieged city of Stalingrad.Ref: 2
1944*The Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs) is deactivated.Ref: 2
1944*Battle of Bastogne, Nazis surround 101st Airborne (NUTS!).Ref: 5
1946*Viet Minh and French forces fight fiercely in Annamite section of Hanoi.Ref: 2
1948*Second Chamber accept 2nd Police Action in Indonesia.Ref: 5
1956 Military coup under colonel Simbolon in Sumatra.Ref: 5
1960*The National Liberation Front is formed by guerrillas fighting the Diem regime in South Vietnam.Ref: 2
1967*474,300 US soldiers in Vietnam.Ref: 5
1989*The United States launched Operation "Just Cause," sending troops into Panama to topple the government of General Manuel Noriegaa and replace him with Guillermo Endara.Ref: 70
1990*Pentagon warns Saddam Hussein that US air power is ready to attack on 1/15.Ref: 5
2001*(Afghan Conflict) The UN Security Council authorizes a multinational force for Afghanistan. (XDG, p 4A, 12/20/2002)Ref: 83
1921*American League votes to return to best-of-7 World Series, while National League votes best-of-9 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis casts deciding vote for best-of-7.Ref: 5
1926*The World Champion Cardinals trade Rogers Hornsby to the Giants for Frankie Frish and Jimmy Ring. The trade gets complicated when the 'Rajah' refuses to sell his 1,167 shares of the team stock back to the Redbirds at the asking price.Ref: 1
1929*Heinie Wagner replaces Bill Carrigan as Red Sox manager.Ref: 5
1940*A's manager Connie Mack, for a reported $42,000, buys a controlling interest in the club from the Shibe family.Ref: 1
1946*Sugar Ray Robinson outpoints Tommy Bell for the vacant welterweight boxing title.Ref: 97
1962*A world indoor pole-vault record was set by Don Meyers in Chicago, IL as he cleared 16 feet, 1-1/4 inches.Ref: 4
1966*NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season.Ref: 5
1973*Siding with the A's, AL president Joe Cronin rules the Yankees cannot sign manager Dick Williams. The Yankees had announced a deal with the Oakland's skipper two days earlier.Ref: 1
1973*Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point.Ref: 5
1978*Don Blasingame becomes the first American not of Japanese descent to be named as a manager of Japanese team when he lands the pilot job for the Hanshin Tigers.Ref: 1
1980*Brewers obtain future Cy Young winners Rollie Fingers [1981] and Pete Vuckovich [1982] in a deal with the Cardinals sending pitcher Lary Sorensen, outfielder Sixto Lezcano and minor league players Dave Green and Dave LaPointe to St. Louis.Ref: 1
1980*Unless contracts are tendered to certain veterans by a today's deadline, the Basic Agreement requires they be allowed to become free agents. The Red Sox will miss the deadline permitting All-Stars Fred Lynn and Carlton Fisk to be eligible for free agency.Ref: 1
1980*TV experimented, as NBC covered the meaningless NFL game between the NY Jets (4-11) and the Miami Dolphins (8-7). No announcers were in the booth. The only sounds heard were field noise and spectators as the pictures tried to convey the emotion of the game. Headlines the next day read, “Jets Silence Dolphins 24-17.”Ref: 4
1981*Doug Small (Winnipeg Jets) ties NHL record scoring at 5 second mark.Ref: 5
1981*Browns set team records for most fumbles (9) & most turnovers (10).Ref: 5
1983*Joe Gibbs of the Washington Redskins was named NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press. He became the first head coach to receive this honor in consecutive years since 1961-62 (when Allie Sherman, of the New York Giants, was so honored). Joe Gibbs took the Redskins to a 14-2 finish in the 1983 season.Ref: 4
1983*Guy Lafleur, Montréal, becomes 10th NHLer to score 500 goals.Ref: 5
1983*New York Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Pittsburgh Penguins.Ref: 5
1985*Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points).Ref: 5
1985*Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC.Ref: 5
1987*76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0).Ref: 5
1987*Nancy Lopez/Miller Barber win LPGA Mazda Golf Championship.Ref: 5
1990*Robert F X Sillerman purchases WAFL New York-New Jersey Knights for $11 million.Ref: 5
1991*NHL grants permanent membership to Tampa Lightning & Ottawa Senators.Ref: 5
1998*Green Bay’s Brett Favre connected three times with Antonio Freeman in the first half against the Tennessee Oilers en route to a 30-22 victory this day. In doing so, Favre became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 30 or more touchdowns in five consecutive seasons (33 in 1994, 28 in 1995, 39 in 1996, 35 in 1997, and 30 in 1998).Ref: 4
1998*Wendy's Three-Tour Golf Challenge.Ref: 5
2000*After trading their all-star shortstop to the Mets last season, the Orioles get him back agreeing to a two-year deal with free agent Mike Bordick. The move will send Melvin Mora, the player obtained from the Mets to replace Bordick, to the outfield where is a stronger defensive player.Ref: 1
2001*Last season's American League strikeout leader with 220, free agent Hideo Nomo (13-10, 4.50), inks a $13.75 million, two-year deal with the Dodgers. The former Red Sox right-hander was the NL rookie of the year when he broke into the majors with Los Angeles in 1995.Ref: 1
2001*The Jean Yawkey Trust announces all the partners have unanimously voted to sell 100 percent of the Red Sox, a family owned business since 1933, to a group of investors led by Florida Marlins owner John Henry who also has a 1 percent share of the Yankees and is the managing partner-in-waiting of the Boston Red Sox. The price tag, rumored to be $600+ million, doubles the amount ever spent to buy a team.Ref: 1
2002*After rejecting salary arbitration from the Red Sox, Cliff Floyd (.288, 28, 79), agrees to a $26 million, four-year contract deal the Mets. The 30-year old outfielder played with the Marlins, Expos and Red Sox last season.Ref: 1
2002*Hoping to fill the void after trading Eric Karros to the Cubs, the Dodgers reached an agreement with 39-year old veteran first baseman Fred McGriff (.273, 30, 103) on a one-year deal. The 'Crime Dog', who has also played for the Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays as well as the Cubs, is fourth among active players behind Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro with 478 career homers.Ref: 1
2002*The Japan's most heralded player, 28-year-old outfield slugger Hideki Matsui (.334, 50, 107), reaches a preliminary agreement with the Yankees on a $21 million, three-year contract. 'Godzilla' the three-time Most Valuable Player of Japan's Central League, rejected the Yomiuri Giant's $33 million, four-year offer opting to play for Bronx Bombers.Ref: 1
1600*Ottario Rinuccini/Giulio Caccini's opera "Euridice" published.Ref: 5
1823*Franz Schuberts "Ballet-Musik aus Rosamunde" premieres in Vienna.Ref: 5
1891 Strongman Louis Cyr withstands the pull of 4 horses.Ref: 5
1892*Fiction: Phileas Fogg completes around world trip, according to Verne.Ref: 5
1912*J Hartley Manners' "Peg O' My Heart" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1912 Paul Claudels "L'Annonce Faite à Marie" premieres in Paris.Ref: 5
1918*Eugene O'Neill's "Moon of the Caribees" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1920*An English-born comedian named Leslie Downes became an American citizen. He had lived in the United States since 1908 and became one of the nation’s true ambassadors for show business and charity. We say, “Thanks for the memories,” to Bob Hope.Ref: 4
1926*Sidney Howard's "Silver Cord" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1928 For the first time, a living actress in the United States had a theatre named after her. The Ethel Barrymore Theatre opened in NY City.Ref: 4
1932*Al Jolson recorded April Showers on Brunswick Records.Ref: 4
1943*"International" is no longer USSR National Anthem.Ref: 5
1944 Terence Rattigans "O Mistress Mine" premieres in London.Ref: 5
1946*The Frank Capra film "It's A Wonderful Life," starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, had a preview showing for charity at New York City's Globe Theatre, a day before its world premiere.Ref: 70
1946*Darius Milhaud's 2nd Symphony, premieres.Ref: 5
1949*Harry Belafonte had his second session with Capitol Records. Included in the session were Whispering and Farewell to Arms. With eight tunes then recorded and little enthusiasm from record buyers, Capitol decided to part company with Belafonte by not renewing the singer’s contract. He went to RCA Victor in April, 1952 and the rest is musical history. Day-O!Ref: 4
1949*Maurice Ravel/John Cranko's ballet "Beauty & the Beast" premieres.Ref: 5
1950*"Harvey", starring James Stewart, premieres in New York.Ref: 5
1952*Jimmy Boyd reached the #1 spot on the record charts with the Christmas song of the year, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus".Ref: 4
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. How sweet it was!Ref: 4
1957*Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service.Ref: 5
1962*The Osmond brothers debut on the Andy Williams Show.Ref: 5
1962 Dmitri Shostakovich opera "Katerina Ismailova" premieres in Moscow.Ref: 5
1967 "The Graduate", starring Dustin Hoffman & Anne Bancroft, premieres.Ref: 5
1967*Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick form rock group Jethro Tull.Ref: 5
1969*Peter, Paul & Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" reaches #1.Ref: 5
1972*Jack Albertson and Sam Levine starred as two retired vaudevillians in Neil Simon’s classic comedy, The Sunshine Boys, which opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in NYC. The play had a run of 538 performances. The movie version later became a box office smash, as well.Ref: 4
1974*George Harrison releases his "Dark Horse" album in UK.Ref: 5
1975*Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to leave Your Lover jumped on U.S. singles charts. It hit number one (for three weeks) Feb 7, 1976. For you trivia fans out there, this is Paul Simon’s only #1 single (so far). “Just slip out the back, Jack; Make a new plan, Stan; You don't need to be coy, Roy; Just get yourself free...”Ref: 4
1975*Joe Walsh recruited to join Eagles.Ref: 5
1976*"Music Is" opens at St James Theater NYC for 8 performances.Ref: 5
1980*Shirley Temple Black became a grandmother. Her oldest daughter gave birth to a baby girl ... with curls, no doubt.Ref: 4
1981*Harry Krieger/Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls" premieres at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances.Ref: 5
1984*33 unknown Bach keyboard works found in the Yale library.Ref: 5
1987*"Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres.Ref: 5
1995*"Nixon" opened in U.S. theatres. The film starred Anthony Hopkins as Richard M., Joan Allen as the president’s wife, Pat, Powers Boothe as Alexander Haig, Ed Harris as E. Howard Hunt, Bob Hoskins as J. Edgar Hoover, E.G. Marshall as John Mitchell, David Paymer as Ronald Ziegler, David Hyde Pierce as John Dean, Paul Sorvino as Henry Kissinger, Mary Steenburgen as Hannah Nixon, J.T. Walsh as John Ehrlichman, and James Woods played H.R. Haldeman.Ref: 4
1995*"Paul Roebson" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 14 performances.Ref: 5
1539*Paul Melissus [Paul Schede] German poet/composer, is born.Ref: 5
1579*John Fletcher Elizabethan dramatist (Phylaster) (baptized), is born.Ref: 5
1594*Giovanni Battista Gagliano composer, is born.Ref: 5
1606*Christoph Schultze composer, is born.Ref: 5
1629*Pieter de Hoogh Dutch painter, is born.Ref: 5
1659 François Fagel Dutch lawyer/statesman, is born.Ref: 5
1720*Charles Edward Stuart [Bonnie Prince Charlie/Young Pretender], is born.Ref: 5
1729*Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny composer, is born.Ref: 5
1758*Othon Joseph Vandenbroek composer, is born.Ref: 5
1774*Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes composer, is born.Ref: 5
1786*Pietro Raimondi composer, is born.Ref: 5
1805*Thomas Graham father of colloid chemistry, is born.Ref: 5
1807*Richard Lucian Page Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), died in 1901, is born.Ref: 5
1808*Thomas Tinsley Craven Commander (Union Navy), died in 1887, is born.Ref: 5
1809*Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt composer, is born.Ref: 5
1812*Achille Peri composer, is born.Ref: 5
1813*Samuel Jordan Kirkwood (Governor-IA)/US Secretary of Interior (1881-82), is born.Ref: 5
1819*John Geary, 1st Postmaster, 1st Mayor (May 1, 1850) of San Francisco, is born.Ref: 5
1825*Romeyn Beck Ayres Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1888, is born.Ref: 5
1833*Dr Samuel A Mudd convicted of giving medical aid to John Wilkes Booth, is born.Ref: 68
1841*Ferdinand-Èdouard Buisson France, educator (Nobel Peace Prize 1927), is born.Ref: 5
1858*Jean/Johannes T "Jan" Toorop Dutch painter/graphic artist (3 Brides), is born.Ref: 5
1859*Antonius J Derkinderen Dutch painter/etcher, is born.Ref: 5
1860*Dan Leno, English entertainer, is born.Ref: 70
1865 Maude Gonne Irish nationalist (Irish Joan of Arc), is born.Ref: 5
1867*Fini Valdemar Henriques composer, is born.Ref: 5
1868*Harvey Firestone, industrialist and tire maker whose tires bear his name, is born.Ref: 2
1869*Charley Grapewin, Xenia OH, actor (Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady), is born.Ref: 5
1870*Pieter C Boutens Dutch poet (Voices, Carmina), is born.Ref: 5
1871*Henry Kimball Hadley composer, is born.Ref: 5
1872*Lorenzo Perosi Italian composer, is born.Ref: 5
1875*T F Powys Wales, writer (Captain Patch, Goat Green), is born.Ref: 5
1876*Jan Van Oudshoorn [Jan K Feylbrief] Dutch writer (Maze of Senses), is born.Ref: 5
1876*Walter S Adams US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson (1923-46), is born.Ref: 5
1881*Branch Ricky, President of the Brooklyn Dodgers who made Jackie Robinson the first black to play in the modern major leagues in 1947.Ref: 2
1884*Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl Dutch nazi collaborator/traitor, is born.Ref: 5
1886*Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman California, tennis player (US Open 1909-11), is born.Ref: 5
1886*Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia composer, is born.Ref: 5
1889*Bozidar Sirola composer, is born.Ref: 5
1894*Sir Robert Menzies, Australian prime minister (1939-41, 1949-66), is born.Ref: 70
1895*Susanne Langer (philosopher; author: Philosophy in a New Key: A Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite, and Art) is born.Ref: 4
1898*Irene [Marie] Dunne Louisville KY, actress (Show Boat, I Remember Mama, My Favorite Wife), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Gabby (Charles Leo) Hartnett (Baseball Hall of Fame catcher: Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938/all-star: 1933-1938/NL MVP: 1935]; .297 lifetime average w/236 home runs; caught 100 or more games 12 times; manager: Chicago Cubs [as rookie manager in 1938, he hit homer in near darkness to beat Pirates and lead Cubs to pennant]) is born.Ref: 4
1901*Robert Van de Graaff Alabama, physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions), is born.Ref: 5
1901*Louis I Kahn US architect [or Feb 20], is born.Ref: 5
1902*Max Lerner, American educator and columnist, is born.Ref: 70
1902*Sidney Hook philosopher, writer: From Hegel to Marx : Studies in the Intellectual Development of Karl Marx, The Metaphysics of Pragmatism, The Hero in History : A Study in Limitation and Possibility; is born.Ref: 4
1902 George English prince/earl of St Andrews, is born.Ref: 5
1904*[Schmidt] Hans Burkhardt artist, is born.Ref: 5
1904*Albert Van Dekker Brooklyn NY, actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Dick White head of British secret service (MI-5/MI-6), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Irving Krick meteorologist, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Lowell Gilmore Minnesota, actor (Living Christ Series), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Dennis Morgan (Stanley Morner) singer; actor: 21 Beacon Street, Pearl of the South Pacific, It’s a Great Feeling, Christmas in Connecticut, The Great Ziegfeld, Two Guys from Milwaukee, Desert Song, Kitty Foyle, My Wild Irish Rose; died Sep 7, 1994Ref: 4
1908*Giulio Cesare Brero composer, is born.Ref: 5
1908*Norman Hackforth broadcaster, is born.Ref: 5
1909*Vagn Holmboe composer, is born.Ref: 5
1911*Hortense Calisher (novelist: In the Slammer with Carol Smith, The Hollow Boy), is born in New York NY.Ref: 4
1915*Aziz Nesin writer, is born.Ref: 5
1918*Jean Marchand, Canadian politician, is born.Ref: 70
1918*Audrey Totter (actress: The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Carpetbaggers), is born in Joliet IL.Ref: 4
1920*Väinö Linna writer, is born.Ref: 5
1922*George Roy Hill (director: Funny Farm, The World According to Garp, A Little Romance, Slap Shot, The Sting, Slaughterhouse Five, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hawaii, The World of Henry Orient, Toys in the Attic, Period of Adjustment, Min & Bill, Kraft Television Theatre), is bornRef: 4
1922*Charita Bauer Newark NJ, actress (Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Nadine Gordimer Springs South Africa, novelist, is born.Ref: 5
1924*Charlie Callas Brooklyn NY, comedian/actor (High Anxiety, Hysterical), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Errol John Port-of-Spain Trinidad, actor (PT-109, Assault on a Queen), is born.Ref: 5
1924*F Mayröcker writer, is born.Ref: 5
1924*Inge[borg] Beekman actress (Horizon), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Mahathir bin Mohamed Malaysia’s prime minister [May 15, 1983-Sep 29, 1994], is born.Ref: 4
1925*Bob de Moor Flemish comic strip artist (Kuifje, Lion of Flanders), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Frederick Edward Nicklin architect, is born.Ref: 5
1925*Vlastimir Nikolovski composer, is born.Ref: 5
1926*David Levine (caricaturist: New York Review of Books; “Probably the greatest American caricaturist.” -- The New York Times), is born.Ref: 4
1927*Jim Simpson (Emmy Award-winning sportscaster: ABC, NBC, ESPN), is born.Ref: 4
1928*Singer Bo Diddley is born. (XDG, p 4A, 12/20/2000)Ref: 83
1928*Jack Christiansen (Football Hall of Famer: Detroit Lions: NFL Individual Record: 8 Career punt returns for touchdowns [1951-1958]), is born.Ref: 4
1928*Charles Donald Adams singer, is born.Ref: 5
1929*Milan Panic premier of little Yugoslavia, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Mala [Mary Ellen] Powers San Francisco CA, actress (Cyrano de Bergerac, Death in Small Doses), is born.Ref: 5
1932*John Hillerman (Emmy Award-winning actor: Magnum P.I. [1986-1987]; Hands of a Murderer, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show), is born in Denison TX.Ref: 4
1933*Gordon Getty, is born.Ref: 5
1933*Rik Van Looy Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Michael Dunn (Gary Neil Miller) (actor: Ship of Fools, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Madigan, House of the Damned) is born.Ref: 4
1938*John Harris Harbison Orange NJ, composer, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Agatha N "Kim" Weston US gospel/singer (It Takes Two), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Dianne Arndt artist/photographer, is born.Ref: 5
1939*Klaus Schweizer composer, is born.Ref: 5
1940*Larry Willis rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Frank Creton Suriname/Netherlands painter, is born.Ref: 5
1942*Robert L Hayes Jacksonville FL, 100 meter/4x100 meter runner (Olympics-2 gold-1964), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Angel Tompkins (actress: Walking Tall, Part II, The Bees), is born in Albany CA.Ref: 4
1944*Bobby Colomby (musician: drums, singer: group: Blood, Sweat & Tears: And When I Die, You Made Me So Very Happy, Spinning Wheel, Hi De Ho), is born in New York NY.Ref: 4
1944*G Wolfgruber writer, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Peter Criss (Crisscoula) (musician: drummer: group: Kiss [Beth, the cat]), is born.Ref: 4
1946*John Spencer actor (Tommy Mullanney-LA Law), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Patti Smith singer/songwriter, is born.Ref: 5
1946 Uri Geller Israel, psychic (bends forks), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Gigliola Cinquetti Italian singer, is born.Ref: 5
1947*Peter Criss[coula] Brooklyn NY, rocker (Kiss-Beth), is born in New York City.Ref: 68
1948*Dick Gibbs (basketball: Univ. of Texas at El Paso), is born.Ref: 4
1948*Little Stevie Wright (singer: group: The Easybeats: She’s So Fine, Wedding Ring, Sad and Lonely and Blue, Woman, Come and See Her, Friday on My Mind, Hello How are You, Good Times; solo LP: Hard Road), is born.Ref: 4
1948*Alan Parsons England, musician/producer/engineer (Alan Parsons Project, Pink Floyd, Beatles), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Cecil (Celester) Cooper (baseball: Boston Red Sox [World Series: 1975], Milwaukee Brewers [all-star: 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985/World Series: 1982]), is born.Ref: 4
1949*Oscar (Charles) Gamble (baseball: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees [World Series: 1976, 1981], Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers), is born.Ref: 4
1949*Alan Parsons (musician: keyboards; music engineer: worked on The Beatles’ Abbey Road LP and early Wings LPs; producer: The Alan Parsons Project: Eye in the Sky, Games People Play), is born.Ref: 4
1949*Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton] Minnesota, playmate (November 1969), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Bill Clement (hockey: NHL: Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Atlanta Flames, Calgary Flames; TV analyst: ESPN), is born.Ref: 4
1952*Jenny Agutter (Emmy Award-winning actress: The Snow Goose [1971-72]; Logan’s Run, An American Werewolf in London, Child’s Play), is born in Taunton England.Ref: 4
1952*Sergio Vastano Italian actor (Nightclub, Prete Bello), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Ed Kuepper German/Australian, singer/songwriter (Saints), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Pierre Bokma Dutch actor (Avonden, Leedvermaak), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Sammy Mitchell US programmer (Qedit/TSE/Semware), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Blanche Baker New York NY, actress/Carroll Baker's Daughter (French Postcard), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Billy (Steven) Bragg (songwriter, musician: guitar, singer: The Milkman of Human Kindness, A New England, Man in the Iron Mask, St. Withins Day, Island of No Return, Between the Wars, World Turned Upside Down, Which Side are You On?, Levi Stubbs’ Tears), is born in Barking Essex England.Ref: 4
1957*Anita Baker [Ward] Detroit MI, vocalist (Rapture), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Mike Watt US bassist (Rockband Firehose), is born.Ref: 5
1959*David Lutz NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Mark Keyloun (actor: Separate Vacations, Gimme an F, Mike’s Murder, Sudden Impact), is born.Ref: 4
1960*Carolyn Seaward Devonshire England, Miss United Kingdom (1979), is born.Ref: 5
1960*John Fitzgerald Australia, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1960*Piet Keur Dutch soccer player/trainer, (SC Heerenveen), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Bonnie Marino Cleveland OH, playmate (June 1990), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Gale Gilbert NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Nate Newton NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Thomas Newberry NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Pam Casale Camden NJ, tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Karen Moncrieff Sacramento CA, actress (Xtro 3, Days of Our Lives), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Chris Robinson Atlanta GA, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Ed de Goey Dutch soccer goalie (Feyenoord), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Tim Hauck NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Duncan Kennedy Burlington CA, luger (Olympics-1994), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Wendy Hamilton Detroit MI, playmate (December 1991), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Bobby Phills NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Dino Felicetti hockey forward (Team Italy 1998), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Jason Simmons CFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Roughriders, Claymores), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Scott Slutzker tight end (Indpls Colts), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Tony Semple NFL guard (Detroit Lions), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Travis Green Castlegar, NHL center (New York Islanders), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Jerry Ellison NFL running back (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Jan Caloun hockey forward (Team Czechoslovakia Olympics-gold-1998), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Jonathan Wyatt Lower Hutt New Zealand, 5000 meter (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Barry Stokes WLAF offensive linesman (Rhein Fire), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Cory Stillman Peterborough, NHL center (Calgary Flames), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Jenny Boucek WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Muadianvita Kazadi linebacker (St Louis Rams), is born.Ref: 5
1974*Augie Ojeda Los Angeles CA, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)Ref: 5
69*Vespians's supporters enter Rome and discover Vitellius in hiding. He is dragged through the streets before being brutally murdered.Ref: 2
910*Alfonso III de Great king of Asturias, dies.Ref: 5
1073*Domingo Spanish monastery founder/abbot/saint, dies.Ref: 5
1355*Stefanus IX Uros IV Dusan king (1331-46)/Serbia (1346-55), dies while marching to attack Constantinople.Ref: 5
1552*(Protestant Reformation) Death of Katherine von Bora, 53, a former nun and the widow of German reformer Martin Luther. They married in 1525, when Luther was 42 and Katie was 26, and bore six children. Luther died in 1546; Katie, six years later.Ref: 5
1590*Ambroise Paré French surgeon, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1632*Nicolas Antoine French cath pastor who converted to Judaism, executed.Ref: 5
1676 John Galle Flemish engraver/printer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1679 Johan Maurits count of Nassau-Siegen, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1738*Jean-Joseph Mouret composer, dies at 56.Ref: 5
1749*Pakubuwono II susuhunan of Mataram Java, dies.Ref: 5
1783*Antonio Francisco Jawer Jose Soler Sp composer (Fandango), dies at 54.Ref: 5
1793*Joseph Legros composer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1798*Cornelis Ploos van Amstel Dutch engraver/art collector, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1799*David Traugott Nicolai composer, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1812*Lewis & Clark: At Fort Manuel in what is now South Dakota, Sacagawea dies. Clark, in St. Louis, assumes custody of Jean Baptiste and her infant daughter, Lisette. (Later, legends arise that it was Charbonneau's other wife that died, that Sacagawea lived until the late 1800s and died on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming; even fewer historians give much weight to this.).Ref: 65
1815*Giovanni Meli Sicilian poet (Buccolica), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1819*Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis composer, dies at 50.Ref: 5
1821*Gian Francesco Fortunati composer, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1875*Michail P Pogodin Russian historian/writer (Povesti), dies at 75.Ref: 5
1876*Hannah Omish at 12 is youngest person ever hung in US .Ref: 5
1889*Benjamin H. Day, American printer and journalist; founded The New York Sun, dies at age 79.Ref: 70
1903*Gavriil Musicescu composer, dies at 56.Ref: 5
1907*Explosion at Yolande AL, coal mine kills 91.Ref: 5
1909*Benjamin Ipavec composer, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1916*Manuel Giro composer, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1916*William Wallace Gilchrist composer, dies at 70.Ref: 5
1929*Emile Loubet French premier (1892)/President (1899-1906), dies at 90.Ref: 5
1936*Baron De Borchgrave Belgian ambassador, murdered in Madrid.Ref: 5
1937*Erich Ludendorff German general (WWI), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1939*Hans Langsdorff German captain (Graaf Spee), commits suicide.Ref: 5
1942*Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfield] German composer, dies at 63.Ref: 5
1944*Abbas Hilmi II viceroy of Egypt (1892-1914), dies at 70.Ref: 5
1947*St-Georges de Bouchélier French author (Children's Carnival), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1948*C Aubrey Smith actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1950*Walter Damrosch, Prussian-bn.American conductor, dies at age 88.Ref: 70
1954*James Hilton, British novelist who authored Lost Horizon and Goodbye Mr. Chips and created the imaginary world of "Shangri-La., dies at age 54.Ref: 70
1954*Emilis Melngailis composer, dies at 80.Ref: 5
1961*Moss Hart Tony Award-winning director: My Fair Lady [1957]; playwright: You Can’t Take It with You, Gentleman’s Agreement, The Man Who Came to Dinner [w/George S. Kaufman], I Married An Angel; married to actress Kitty Carlisle; dies at age 57.Ref: 4
1962*Erik William Gustav Leidzen composer, dies at 68.Ref: 5
1962*Luis Abraham Delgadillo composer, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1963*Paul Constantinescu composer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1965*Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt German anthropologist, dies at 73.Ref: 5
1968*John (Ernst) Steinbeck, American novelist (The Grapes of Wrath-Nobel 1962, Of Mice and Men), dies at age 66.Ref: 70
1968*Max Brod writer, dies at 84.Ref: 5
1971*Roy O Disney, brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78.Ref: 68
1972*Gabby (Charles Leo) Hartnett (Baseball Hall of Fame catcher: Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938/all-star: 1933-1938/NL MVP: 1935]; .297 lifetime average w/236 home runs; caught 100 or more games 12 times; manager: Chicago Cubs [as rookie manager in 1938, he hit homer in near darkness to beat Pirates and lead Cubs to pennant]) dies.Ref: 4
1972*Günter Eich German literary (Botschaften des Regens), dies at 65.Ref: 5
1973*Singer Bobby Darin (Cassotto) dies following open-heart surgery at the age of 37.Ref: 4
1973*Luis Carrero Blanco PM of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA.Ref: 5
1974*André Jolivet French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1975*William Lundigan actor: I’d Climb the Highest Mountain, The Fighting 69th, Pinky, Love Nest, The White Orchid; dies at age 61.Ref: 4
1975*Vincent Lopez orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1976*Richard Daley 'The Boss': politician: former Democratic mayor of Chicago (1955-76); dies at age 74.Ref: 4
1976*Walter Fitzgerald actor (Adventures of Sadie, Fallen Idol), dies at 80.Ref: 5
1980*The government of the Soviet Union confirms that former Premier Alexei N. Kosygin had died two days earlier at the age of 76.Ref: 5
1982*Artur Rubinstein American pianist: played solo for the Berlin Symphony at the age of 12; , dies in Geneva Switzerland at 95.Ref: 4
1987*More than 3,000 people are killed when the "Dona Paz," a Philippine passenger ship, collided with the tanker "Vector" off Mindoro island.Ref: 70
1988*Max Robinson first black network (ABC) TV anchor, dies of AIDS at 49.Ref: 5
1989*Audrey Christie actress (Splendor in the Grass), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1990*Wendell Scott auto racer: first black stock-car driver; NASCAR champion [12-1-63]: won race but because of racial tensions did not receive honor until Jan. 1964 when NASCAR officials admitted the flagman’s intentional error; dies.Ref: 4
1990*(David) Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, dies.Ref: 4
1991*Andries D Copier Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies.Ref: 5
1991*Fop[pe] I Brouwer biologist (Everything That Lives & Grows), dies.Ref: 5
1991*Helene Heigh actress (Undercover Woman, Teen Age Thunder), dies at 86.Ref: 5
1991*Sam Rabin speaker of house, dies at 88.Ref: 5
1991*Stephen Birnbaum US tourism writer, dies at 54.Ref: 5
1991*Thomas Newman actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60.Ref: 5
1991*Walter Chiari actor (Girl Under Sheet), dies of heart attack at 67.Ref: 5
1992*Steve Ross, built and ran Time-Warner, Inc. dies at age 65. (TWA, 1994)Ref: 95
1993*Moses Gunn actor (Shaft), dies at 64.Ref: 5
1993*W Edwards Deming US economist (helped Japan after WWII), dies at 93.Ref: 5
1994*(David) Dean Rusk U.S. Secretary of State under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson; dies in Athens, Georgia, at age 85.Ref: 4
1994*J C "Jody" Bateman fiddler, dies at 75.Ref: 5
1995*An American Airlines Boeing 757 en route to Cali, Colombia, slammed into a mountain, killing all but four of the 163 people aboard.Ref: 70
1995*Madge Sinclair Emmy Award-winning actress: Gabriel’s Fire [1990-91], Trapper John M.D., Roots, Ohara, Me and the Boys, Grandpa Goes to Washington, A Century of Women, The End of Innocence, Coming to America, Convoy, Conrack; dies at age 55.Ref: 4
1995 John Henry Jacques co-operative retailer, dies at 90.Ref: 5
1996*Carl (Edward) Sagan Pulitzer Prize-winning author: The Dragons of Eden [1978]; Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Broca’s Brain, Cosmos; astronomer: “Billions and billions of stars…”; dies in Seattle at age 62. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 4
1996*Amata Kabua President of Marshall Islands (1979-96), dies.Ref: 5
1996*Roger Peacock writer, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1997*Denise Levertov poet: The Double Image, Relearning the Alphabet, Candles in Babylon, Breathing the Water, Light Up the Cave; dies at age 74.Ref: 4
1997*Dawn Steel film maker (When Harry Met Sally), dies at 51.Ref: 5
1997*Vincent Ciccone inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81Ref: 5
1999*Hank Snow (Clarence Eugene) Country Music Hall of Famer: singer, songwriter dies.Ref: 4
1999*James Wainwright actor: The President’s Plane is Missing, Joe Kidd; dies.Ref: 4
2001*Teatotaler, "lovable lush" Foster Brooks dies in Encino, CA at age 89.Ref: 83
2003*Irvin Favre, father of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, dies at age 58 in Mississippi. (USA Today, p 5C, 12/26/2003)Ref: 13

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