Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
December 30th

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274*St Felix I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 5
987*French King Hugo Capet crowns his son Robert the compassionate king.Ref: 5
1317*Pontifical degree "Sancta Romania" against spiritualists.Ref: 5
1546*King Henry VIII's will names Edward his heir. 
1621*English king James I cracks Protestation of Parliament.Ref: 5
1665*"Messiah" Sjabtai Tswi departs to Constantinople.Ref: 5
1685 Don Francisco de Agurto installed as land guardian of South Netherlands.Ref: 5
1809*Wearing masks at balls forbidden in Boston.Ref: 5
1817*First coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona).Ref: 5
1835*After gold discovery in Georgia, Cherokees are forced to move across Mississippi River.Ref: 5
1838*Hanover College was chartered by the Presbyterian General Assembly of Indiana. The school had been founded as a seminary "in the wilderness" for training ministers.Ref: 5
1852*Future President Rutherford B Hayes marries Lucy Ware Webb in Cincinnati OH. (XDG, p 4A, 12/30/2003)Ref: 83
1853*James Gadsden, the U.S. minister to Mexico, and General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the president of Mexico, sign the Gadsden Purchase in Mexico City. The treaty settles the dispute over the exact location of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas, and establishes the final boundaries of the southern United States.Ref: 2
1854*Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company, first in US, incorporated in New York NY.Ref: 5
1861*Banks in the United States suspend the practice of redeeming paper money for metal currency, a practice that would continue until 1879.Ref: 2
1862*The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is finished and circulated among President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet for comment.Ref: 2
1869*Philadelphia Knights of Labor forms.Ref: 5
1873*American Metrological Society forms (New York NY) weights, measures & money.Ref: 5
1875*Andrassy Note calls for Christian-Muslim religious freedoms.Ref: 5
1880*Transvaal Boers under Kruger declare a republic.Ref: 10
1888 Belgium: king Leopold II installs Order of African Star.Ref: 5
1892*Dr Miles V Lynk, physician, publishes first Black medical journal.Ref: 5
1893*Russia signs military accord with France.Ref: 5
1897 Province of Zululand annexed to Natal colony.Ref: 5
1903*American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans LA.Ref: 5
1906*Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy.Ref: 5
1911*Sun Yat-sen is elected 1st President of Republic of China.Ref: 5
1917*-32ºF (-36ºC) in Mountain City TN (state record).Ref: 5
1917*-37ºF (-38ºC) in Lewisburg WV (state record).Ref: 5
1918*John E Hoover decides to be called J Edgar Hoover.Ref: 5
1922*Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR & Transcaucasian SSR.Ref: 5
1922*Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.Ref: 70
1927*The first subway in the Orient was dedicated in Tokyo, Japan. Many people had worried that the ground under Tokyo was too soft for a subway, but their fears proved unfounded as the Tokyo Underground Railway Company opened the first section of the subway between Ueno and Asakusa.Ref: 70
1927*The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel was incorporated in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 1923 by evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, the denomination recognizes the significant role that women in ministry. Today, over 40% of its ministers are women.Ref: 5
1929*Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority incorporates.Ref: 5
1932*The Soviet Union bars food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat.Ref: 2
1933*-50ºF (-46ºC) in Bloomfield VT (state record).Ref: 5
1933*Government disallows NSB-membership for civil service.Ref: 5
1936*The United Auto Workers union staged its first "sit-down" strike, at the Fisher Body Plant Number One in Flint, Michigan.Ref: 5
1940*The Arroyo Seco Parkway, the forerunner of the Pasadena Freeway (between Los Angeles and Pasadena), was dedicated by Los Angeles, CA Mayor Fletcher Bowron. It was the first freeway in the western U.S. and was designated as a historic engineering landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999.Ref: 70
1941*Al Capone's son Sonny marries in Miami Beach.Ref: 5
1941*Winston Churchill addresses Canadian parliament.Ref: 5
1944*King George the Second of Greece proclaimed a regency to rule his country, virtually renouncing the throne.Ref: 5
1947*Romania's King Michael is forced to abdicate by Soviet-backed Communists. Communists now control all of Eastern Europe.Ref: 2
1949*India recognizes People's Republic of China.Ref: 5
1950*Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia become Independent states in France Union.Ref: 5
1952*The Tuskegee Institute reports 1952 as 1st yr in 71 with no lynchings in US.Ref: 5
1957 Israeli government of Ben-Gurion, resigns.Ref: 5
1958*French franc devalued.Ref: 5
1959*The George Washington, first ballistic missile sub is commissioned.Ref: 5
1963*Congress authorizes the Kennedy half dollar.Ref: 5
1965*Ferdinand E. Marcos is sworn in as the Philippine Republic's sixth president.Ref: 2
1967*Great Western Forum opens in Los Angeles.Ref: 5
1968*-48ºF (-44ºC), Mazama & Winthrop WA (state record).Ref: 5
1969*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1971*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1971*The Anglican_Roman Catholic International Commission announced that an agreement had been made between the two Christian traditions on the essential teachings about the Eucharist.Ref: 5
1974*Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is established. 
1975*Constitution of Democratic Republic of Madagascar comes into force.Ref: 5
1976*Governor Carey of New York pardons seven inmates, closing the book on the Attica uprising.Ref: 2
1976*USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakhstan/Semipalitinsk USSR.Ref: 5
1977*Carter holds first news conference by US President in Eastern Europe (Warsaw).Ref: 5
1979*Togo adopts constitution.Ref: 5
1982*An uncommon sight in the sky this night, as a ‘blue moon’ appeared. It was not really a blue moon, but one unobstructed by pollution and haze -- appearing grayish in color. It was the second full moon of the month; a rare event that attracted many sky watchers. Now you know where the expression, “once in a blue moon” came from.Ref: 70
1982*US Assay Office in New York City NY closes.Ref: 5
1985*IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released.Ref: 5
1985 President Zia of Pakistan ends martial law.Ref: 5
1986*US begins Military exercises in Honduras.Ref: 5
1987*Premier Mugabe elected President of Zimbabwe.Ref: 5
1988*Canadian Senate OK's free trade pact; with US.Ref: 5
1988*Former Soviet President Brezhnev's son-in-law sentenced to 12-year (bribery).Ref: 5
1988*Mercedes-Benz pays $20.2-M fine failed to meet '86 government fuel standard.Ref: 5
1988 Yugoslav government resigns.Ref: 5
1988*President Reagan and President-elect Bush were subpoenaed to testify as defense witnesses in the pending Iran-Contra trial of Oliver North. (The subpoenas were subsequently quashed.)Ref: 70
1989*10th United Negro College Fund raises $12,000,000.Ref: 5
1990*11th United Negro College Fund raises $10,000,000.Ref: 5
1993*After some 2,000 years of rocky Jewish-Christian relations, the Holy See and the State of Israel signed an agreement to recognize each other. The agreement was seen as a significant step forward in relations between the Vatican and Israel.Ref: 70
1997*An abandoned building collapses on New York's 42nd St, no one hurt.Ref: 5
1998*Weak but radiant with pride, Nkem Chukwu, the mother of the Houston octuplets, went home from the hospital. (XDG, p 4A, 12/30/2003)Ref: 83
2001 Argentina's interim president, Adolfo Rodriguez Saa, resigns after seven days in office, complaining that the Peronist party had abandoned him. (XDG, p 4A, 12/30/2002)Ref: 83
1803*The United States takes possession of the Louisiana area from France at New Orleans with a simple ceremony, the simultaneous lowering and raising of the national flags.Ref: 2
1924*Edwin Hubble announces existence of other galactic systems.Ref: 5
1938*Electronic television system is patented by VK Zworykin.Ref: 5
1973*First picture of a comet from space (Comet Kohoutek-Skylab).Ref: 5
2002*China catapulted a fourth unmanned spacecraft into orbit. (XDG, p 4A, 12/30/2003)Ref: 83
1672 Baron Karl Rabenhaupt occupies Coevorden Netherlands.Ref: 5
1780*British Brigadier General Benedict Arnold takes Virginians by surprise and sailed into the Chesapeake Bay and up the James River to Richmond. 
1794*French troops conquer Grave Netherlands.Ref: 5
1813 Danzig surrenders to allied armies.Ref: 5
1915*Cromarty Harbour, Scottish-British cruiser Natal explodes: 405 die.Ref: 5
1916*The French government on behalf of Entente Allies replies to President Wilson's note and refuses to discuss peace till Germany agrees to give restitution, reparation and guarantees.Ref: 38
1935*Italian bombers destroy Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia.Ref: 5
1941*FBI agents are given the authority to search the homes of enemy aliens if there were reason to suspect there was contraband on the premises.Ref: 37
1941*Nazis require Dutch physicians to join Nazi organization.Ref: 5
1972*After two weeks of heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, President Nixon halts the air offensive and agrees to resume peace negotiations with Hanoi representative Le Duc Tho.Ref: 2
1896*Stanley Cup: Montréal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5.Ref: 5
1907*Abraham Mills' commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball.Ref: 5
1908*Stanley Cup: Montréal Wanderers outscore Edmonton, 13-10 in 2 game series.Ref: 5
1925*The Giants trade two pitchers, Jack Bentley and Wayland Dean, to the Phillies for hurler Jimmy Ring.Ref: 1
1926*The Chicago Tribune reports the 1917 Tigers had thrown a four-game series to the White Sox to help Chicago win the pennant; within the week, Commissioner Judge Landis will begin a hearing to investigate the charges.Ref: 1
1943*In a trade of the Babes in Pennslyvania, the Phillies send first baseman Babe Dahlgren (the player who replaced Lou Gehrig) to the Pirates for catcher Babe Phelps and cash.Ref: 1
1947*36th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1).Ref: 5
1949*Rocky Marciano KO's Carmine Vingo in the 6th round of a non-title heavyweight boxing match in Madison Square Garden, NY.Ref: 97
1954*The 24-minute shot clock is used for the first time in a professional basketball game. (XDG, p 4A, 12/30/2000).Ref: 83
1956*New York Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game.Ref: 5
1957*New York Giants win NFL championship.Ref: 5
1961*Jack Nicklaus lost to Gary Player in an exhibition match in Miami, FL. It was Nicklaus’ first attempt at pro golf. Lucky for Jack that he didn’t give up golf. The following year he entered the pro tour, winning $61,868.95, more than any other golf rookie in history.Ref: 70
1962*Green Bay Packers beat New York Giants 16-7 in NFL championship game.Ref: 5
1971*Long Island NHL franchise purchased (New York Islanders).Ref: 5
1973*Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders 27-10 in AFC championship game.Ref: 5
1973*Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys 27-10 in NFC championship game.Ref: 5
1978*Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during a game.Ref: 70
1981*Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record of 50 goals by 39th game of season.Ref: 5
1983*‘Dr. J’, Julius Erving, of the Philadelphia 76ers, sank a free throw in the third quarter to become the ninth professional basketball player to score 25,000 points. The 13-year veteran reached his milestone, but the Sixers still lost to the Seattle SuperSonics, 97-93.Ref: 70
1989 Dmitri Volkov swims world record 50 meter freestyle (27.15 seconds).Ref: 5
1995*Carquest Bowl 6: North Carolina beats Arkansas, 20-10.Ref: 5
2002*Citing this will probably be his last year 40-year old Roger Clemens (13-6, 4.35) agrees to a $10.1 million, one-year deal with the Yankees. The 19-year veteran, who has won the Cy Young Award six times, is seven victories shy of 300.Ref: 1
1689*Henry Purcell & Tates opera "Dido & Aeneas" premieres in Chesea.Ref: 5
1731*First US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston).Ref: 5
1731*Boston News-letter becomes first publication to report news of a concert event.Ref: 10
1844*The opera "Stradella" is produced (Hamburg) after being rewritten.Ref: 5
1877*Johnannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna.Ref: 5
1879*Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" premieres.Ref: 5
1884*Anton Bruckner's 7th Symphony in E, premieres in Leipzig.Ref: 5
1926*Paul Eliot Greens "In Abraham's Bosom" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1929*Cole Porter's musical "Wake Up & Dream" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1936*The famous feud between Jack Benny and Fred Allen was ignited. After a 10-year-old performer finished a violin solo on The Fred Allen Show, Mr. Allen said, “A certain alleged violinist should hide his head in shame for his poor fiddle playing.” It didn’t take long for Mr. Benny to respond. The humorous feud lasted for years on both comedian’s radio shows.Ref: 70
1942*Frank Sinatra opened at New York’s Paramount Theatre for what was scheduled to be a 4-week engagement (his shows turned out to be so popular that he was booked for an additional 4 weeks). An estimated 400 policemen were called out to help curb the excitement. It is said that some of the teenage girls were hired to scream, but many more screamed for free. Sinatra was dubbed ‘The Sultan of Swoon’, ‘The Voice that Thrills Millions’, and just ‘The Voice’. Whatever he was, it was at this Paramount Theatre engagement that modern pop hysteria was born.Ref: 4
1942 Mr. and Mrs. North debuted on NBC radio. Joseph Curtin played Jerry North and Alice Frost played Pam. A typical Mr. and Mrs. North episode would find Pam leading Jerry on what seemed to be a wild-goose chase as they tracked down criminals. Pam always ended up being right and leading police to the criminals. The theme song for the show was The Way You Look Tonight. Sponsors included Woodbury soap, Jergens lotion and Halo shampoo.Ref: 4
1948*Alfred Drake and Patricia Morrison starred in Kiss Me Kate which opened at the New Century Theatre in New York City. Cole Porter composed the music for the classic play that was adapted from Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. The show ran for 1,077 performances on the Great White Way.Ref: 4
1951*"The Roy Rogers Show" debuts on NBC-TV. (XDG, p 4A, 12/30/2000)Ref: 83
1954*Pearl Bailey opened on Broadway in the play, House of Flowers, about two madams with rival bordellos. Diahann Carroll was also cast in the play, written by Truman Capote. Harold Arlen provided the musical score.Ref: 70
1954*James Arness made his dramatic TV debut on the Lux Video Theatre in The Chase. (The Gunsmoke series didn’t begin for Arness until the fall of 1955.)Ref: 70
1954*Harold Arlen/Truman Capotes musical premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1961*Moscow: premier of Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th Symphony (out 1936).Ref: 5
1963*"Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV.Ref: 5
1964*Edward Albee's "Tiny Alice" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1967*Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks.Ref: 5
1969*Peter, Paul and Mary received a gold record for the single, Leaving On a Jet Plane. The song had hit #1 on December 20.Ref: 70
1970*Paul McCartney sues the other three Beatles to dissolve the partnership and gain control of his interest. The suit touched off a bitter feud between McCartney and the others, especially his cowriter on many of the Beatles compositions, John Lennon. The partnership officially came to end in 1974.Ref: 4
1974*Beatles are legally disbanded (4 years after suit was brought).Ref: 5
1975*"Boccaccio" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 7 performances.Ref: 5
1976*The Smothers Brothers, Tom and Dick, played their last show at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and retired as a team from show business. Each continued as a solo artist. They reunited years later for another stab at TV (on NBC) plus concert appearances that proved very successful.Ref: 70
1978*"King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances.Ref: 5
1979*Rock group, Emerson Lake & Palmer break up.Ref: 5
1980*The Selective Service System sent a warning to Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA: Register for the draft or else! The Selective Service said that Mickey was in violation of registration compliance. Of course, Mickey, age 52 at the time, sent in his registration card proving that he’s a World War II veteran.Ref: 70
1980*The longest-running series in prime-time television history was canceled this day by NBC. The Wonderful World of Disney was axed after more than 25 years on the tube.Ref: 70
1982*Anthony Shaffer's "Whodunnit" premieres in New York NY.Ref: 5
1984*Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed.Ref: 5
1990*"Miser" closes at Circle in Square Theater NYC after 93 performances.Ref: 5
1993*"Candles, Snow, & Mistletoe" closes at Palace NYC after 7 performances.Ref: 5
1993*Singer Deni Hines (22) weds INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly (35).Ref: 5
1999*Former Beatle George Harrison is hospitalized after being stabbed in the chest by an intruder, Michael Abram, 33, who broke into his Oxfordshire mansion. Authorities said his condition was not life-threatening.Ref: 9
40*Titus, 10th Roman emperor (79-81), conqueror of Jerusalem, is born.Ref: 68
1566*Alessandro Piccinini composer, is born.Ref: 5
1569*Georg Quitschreiber composer, is born.Ref: 5
1644*Philips van Almonde Dutch Zeeuws Lieutenant-Admiral, is born.Ref: 5
1678*William Croft composer, is born.Ref: 5
1741*Bartolomeo Giacometti composer, is born.Ref: 5
1756*Pavel Vranicky composer, is born.Ref: 5
1774*Pieter G Witsen Geysbeek Dutch historian/literary [or Dec 31], is born.Ref: 5
1775*Heinrich Carl Ebell composer, is born.Ref: 5
1784*Dorothea von Benckendorff Baltic monarch of Lieven, is born.Ref: 5
1818*James Cantey Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), died in 1874, is born.Ref: 5
1819*John White Geary Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1873, is born.Ref: 5
1819*Theodor Fontane German writer (Effi Briest), is born.Ref: 5
1828*Mark Perrin Lowrey Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), died in 1885, is born.Ref: 5
1847*John Peter Altgeld German/US (Governor-IL)/pardoned Haymarket-anarchists, is born.Ref: 5
1848*Mary Frances Allitsen composer, is born.Ref: 5
1850*John Milne, English seismologist and geologist; inventor of the seismograph, is born.Ref: 70
1851*Asa Griggs Candler, developer of Coca-Cola, is born.Ref: 5
1853*Andre-Charles-Prosper Messager composer, is born.Ref: 5
1855*Heinrich Hart German writer (Song of Humanity), is born.Ref: 5
1859*Josef Bohuslav Foerster composer, is born.Ref: 5
1864*Alessandro Longo composer, is born.Ref: 5
1865*Rudyard Kipling novelist, short story author, poet: Nobel Prize for Literature [1907]; The Jungle Book, Captains Courageous, Wee Willie Winkie and other Stories, Gunga Din; is born.Ref: 70
1867*Simon Guggenheim philanthropist is born; established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation providing grants to scientists, scholars, artistsm, is born. (Died aboard the Titanic.)Ref: 70
1869*Stephen Leacock humorist: Literary Lapses, Nonsense Novels, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town; is born.Ref: 4
1869*Adolphe Max Belgian Representative (Liberal), is born.Ref: 5
1872*William A Larned tennis champion (US Open-1901), is born.Ref: 5
1873*Al Smith former governor of NY, 1928 Democratic Party presidential nominee; is born.Ref: 70
1879*Sri Ramana Maharshi Hindu philosopher/yogi (Maharshi Research Institute), is born.Ref: 5
1880*Alfred Einstein German/US musicologist/nephew of Albert Einstein, is born.Ref: 5
1883*Lester Patrick NHL pioneer, is born.Ref: 5
1883*Mary Forbes Hornsey England, actress (Terror by Night), is born.Ref: 5
1884*Hideki Tojo Prime Minister of Japan; WWII war criminal, is born.Ref: 2
1884*Karl Heinrich David composer, is born.Ref: 5
1887*Henry George Ley composer, is born.Ref: 5
1889*Georg von der Vring German painter/writer (Soldier Suhren), is born.Ref: 5
1891*Antoine Pinay French premier (1952)/minister of Foreign affairs, is born.Ref: 5
1892*Jaromir Fiala composer, is born.Ref: 5
1892*John Litel Albany WI, actor (Virginia City, My Hero), is born.Ref: 5
1895*Vincent Lopez bandleader: played at NYC’s Astor Hotel, some of the greats started with him: Artie Shaw, Buddy Morrow, Buddy Clark; is born.Ref: 4
1895*August De Boodt Belgian politician, is born.Ref: 5
1896*Tom Keene Rochester NY, actor (Our Daily Bread), is born.Ref: 5
1898*Vincent Lopez, Brooklyn NY, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), is born.Ref: 5
1904*Dmitri B Kabalevsky St Petersburg Russia, composer (In the Fire), is born.Ref: 68
1905*Emmanuel Levinas philosopher, is born.Ref: 5
1906*Sir Carol Reed motion picture director (3rd Man), is born.Ref: 5
1906*Johan A earl von Kielmansegg German general/commandant NATO-Europe, is born.Ref: 5
1907*Christina E "Christine" Auwen Dutch model/singer (Haghezangers), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Robert Grant Grant-Ferris politician, is born.Ref: 5
1910*Dennis Morgan actor (Cattle Town, Canyon Pass, Waterfront), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Herman van der Horst Dutch cinematographer (Faja Lobbi), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Paul Frederic Bowles US composer/writer (Shelting Sky), is born.Ref: 5
1911*Jeanette Nolan Los Angeles CA, actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), is born.Ref: 5
1913*Svend Simon Schultz composer, is born.Ref: 5
1914*Bert Parks (Jacobson), best known for hosting the Miss America Pagent, is born.Ref: 4
1914*Jo Van Fleet Academy Award-winning actress: East of Eden [1955]; The Rose Tattoo, Cool Hand Luke, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Cinderella; is born.Ref: 4
1917*Nancy Coleman Everett WA, actress (Edge of Darkness), is born.Ref: 5
1918*W Eugene Smith US photographer (Saipan, Walk to Paradise Garden), is born.Ref: 5
1919*David Valentine Willcocks composer, is born.Ref: 5
1919*Jo Van Fleet, Oakland CA, actress (Gunfight at OK Corral, East of Eden), is born.Ref: 68
1920*Aad de Haas Dutch religious painter/graphic artist/cartoonist, is born.Ref: 5
1920*Jack Lord (John Joseph Patrick Ryan) actor: Hawaii Five-O, Stoney Burke, God’s Little Acre, Dr. No, The Doomsday Flight; is born.Ref: 4
1920*Michael Allinson London England (George Washington), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Michael Hollings catholic priest/crusader, is born.Ref: 5
1921*Rashid Karami Lebanon, 10 time PM: 1955-87 of Lebanon, is born.Ref: 5
1923*Sara A Lidman Swedish author (Jag Och Min Son, Samtal in Hanoi), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Stanley Tracey composer, is born.Ref: 5
1927*Bernard Barrow New York NY, actor (Ryan's Hope, Louie Slavinsky-Loving), is born.Ref: 5
1927*M Lawrence Antouin college president (Emeritis), is born.Ref: 5
1928*Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates], Mississippi, blues composer and singer famous for his Mockingbird song, is born.Ref: 2
1929*(Long Island) Barbara Nichols (Nickeraeur), Jamaica NY, actress (Dear Heart, Disorderly Orderly), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Bob Bouma Dutch TV host (For a Postcard in the Front Row), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Jack Lord (Detective Steve McGarrett on "Hawaii 5-0") is born in New York City.Ref: 68
1930*Jerome Theisen benedictine, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Charles A Bassett II Dayton OH, Captain USAF/astronaut, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Richard Christ writer, is born.Ref: 5
1931*Skeeter Davis (Mary Frances Penick) singer: I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know, The End of the World, I Can’t Stay Mad at You, is born in Dry Ridge KY.Ref: 4
1932*John Hillerman Denison TX, actor (Magnum PI, Blazing Saddles, Audrey Rose), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Fred Lorenzen International Motorsports Hall of Famer: Daytona 500 winner [1965], is born.Ref: 70
1934*Nicolas Coster London, actor (Our Private World, Lobo, Ryan's Four), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Russ Tamblyn Los Angeles CA, actor (Twin Peaks, Tom Thumb, Win Place or Steal), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Barry Briggs New Zealand auto maker (World Champion 1957, 58, 64, 66), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Joseph Bologna Emmy Award-winning writer: Acts of Love -- And Other Comedies [ABC, 1972-73]; Lovers and Other Strangers; actor: Danger of Love, Revenge of the Nerds 4: Nerds in Love, Citizen Cohn, Blame It on Rio, My Favorite Year, Torn Between Two Lovers, The Big Bus, Honor Thy Father, Cops and Robbers, Top of the Heap, Rags to Riches, is born.Ref: 4
1935*Dodger left-hander Sanford Braun is born in Brooklyn; in his 12-year carrer he will compile a winning percentage of .655 (165-87), whiff 300 batters or more in 3 seasons and fan18 to set ML mark for Ks a single game and will be better known as Sandy Koufax.Ref: 1
1935*Jack Riley Cleveland OH, actor (Carlin-Bob Newhart, Ocassional Wife), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Bruno Canino composer, is born.Ref: 5
1935*Omar [Albert B] Bongo President of Gabon (1967- ), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Russ Tamblyn, American actor, is born in Los Angeles CA.Ref: 68
1937*John Hartford New York NY, singer/songwriter (Smothers Brothers Hour, Gentle on My Mind), is born.Ref: 5
1937*[Noel] Paul Stookey Baltimore MD, singer/musician/comedian (Peter, Paul, & Mary), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Joseph Bologna Brooklyn NY, actor (Citizen Cohn, My Favorite Year), is born. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1939*Kim Weston actress, singer: It Takes Two [w/Marvin Gaye]Ref: 4
1939*Del Shannon [Charles Westover] Coopersville MI, rocker (Runaway), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Doeke Eisma sociologist/Dutch MP (D66), is born.Ref: 5
1939 Doeke Eisma sociologist/Dutch MP (D66), is born.Ref: 5
1940*James Burrows TV producer/director (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Mel Renfro, College & Pro Football Hall of Famer: Dallas Cowboys defensive back: 10 consecutive Pro Bowl games [1964-1973]; All-Pro [1965, 1967-1969, 1973], is born.Ref: 4
1942*Jim ‘Bo’ Nance football: Boston Patriots full back: AFL Player of the Year [1966], NY Jets, World Football League: Memphis Southmen; NCAA Heavyweight Wrestling Champion [1963, 1965], is born.Ref: 4
1942*Michael Nesmith Houston, rocker/actor (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Fred Ward San Diego CA, actor (Chain Reaction, Thunderheart, Equinox), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Robert Quine rocker, is born.Ref: 5
1943*Rolf Gehlhaar composer, is born.Ref: 5
1945*[David] Davy Jones Manchester England, singer/actor (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), is born.Ref: 5
1945 John Kevin Moorhouse test pilot, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Preston Andrew Trombly composer, is born.Ref: 5
1945*John Kevin Moorhouse test pilot, is born.Ref: 5
1946*Patti Smith songwriter, singer: Career of Evil, Piss Factory, Because the Night; playwright: Cowboy Mouth, is born.Ref: 4
1947*(Long Island) Michael Burns Mineola Long Island NY, actor (Barnaby West-Wagon Train), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Stephanus S "Tian" van Merwe leader (South Africa Democratic Party), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Jeff Lynne singer, guitar: group: The Electric Light Orchestra: Livin’ Thing, Telephone Line, Evil Woman, Hold on Tight, Calling America; songwriter: Mr. Blue Sky, Last Train to London, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Bruce Davidson equestrian 3-day (Olympics-silver-96), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Yunus I Mahomed South African attorney/leader (UDF), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Nancy LaMott singer, is born.Ref: 5
1952*Larry Bartlett photographic printer, is born.Ref: 5
1952*Somtow Sucharitkul [SP Somtow] Thailand, sf author (Utopia Hunters), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Daniel T Barry Norwalk CT, PhD/astronaut (STS 72), is born.Ref: 5
1956*"Chérie" Samba (Mbimba N'zinga) Zaïre painter (Pitie la prostituée), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Suzy Bogguss Aledo IL, singer (I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Sheryl Lee Ralph actress: White Man’s Burden, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, The Distinguished Gentleman, The Mighty Quinn, Codename: Foxfire, It’s a Living, George, Designing Women, is born.Ref: 4
1957*Patricia Kalember Schenectady NY, actress (Georgie Whitsig-Sisters, Susannah Hart-thirtysomething), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Matt Lauer New York NY, TV host (Today Show), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Steven L Smith Phoenix AZ, astronaut (STS 68, 82), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Brandon Clark New York NY, actor (Sean-The Fitzpatricks), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Tracey Ullman Slough England, comediennesinger/actress (Tracey Ullman Show), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Addy Bucek Australian 470 class yachter (Olympics-9th-92, 96), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Ben Johnson track: 100 meter world-record holder [9.79 1988]; AP Athlete of the Year [1987]; suspended from track competition for life for steroid use, is born.Ref: 70
1961*Sue Malaxos Australian marathoner (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Paul Crowder rocker (The Adventures-Sea of Love), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Alessandra Mussolini Naples Italy, actress (Ferragosto OK), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Johnny Schip Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Genua), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Milan Srejber Czechoslovakia, tennis star, is born.Ref: 5
1963*Robert Jenkins NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Kimberly [Cindy] Taylor model/Penthouse Pet (1990), is born.Ref: 5
1964*Kris Tschetter Detroit MI, LPGA golfer (1992 Northgate Computer), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Heidi Fleiss (The Hollywood Madam) is born.Ref: 24
1965*David Baker Sheffield England, UK cyclist, is born.Ref: 5
1965*Tony Jones WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals, Frankfurt Galaxy), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Colleen Miller Winnipeg Manitoba, rower (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Kevin Dahl Regina, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), is born.Ref: 5
1968*Sean Higgins NBA guard/forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Anthuan Maybank Georgetown SC, 200 meter/400 meter runner, is born.Ref: 5
1969*Jeff Thomason NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Michelle McGann West Palm Beach FL, golfer (1995 Sara Lee Classic), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Grant Carter CFL defensive end (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Gus Nketia Auckland New Zealand, 100 meter sprint (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Kevin Salvadori NBA center (Sacramento Kings), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Robert Hall WLAF wide receiver (Amsterdam Admirals), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Scotty Lewis WLAF defensive end (Frankfurt Galaxy), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Steve Hardin NFL/WLAF offensive tackle (Indpls Colts, Rhein Fire), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Sylvester Wright NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), is born.Ref: 5
1971*Thomas Strzalkowski Krakow Poland, US fencer-sabre (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Maureen Flannigan actress (Evie-Out of this World), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Kerry Collins NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Loren Meyer NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Don Reid NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Robert Walker Australian rower (Olympics-96), is born.Ref: 5
1975*(Eldrick) ‘Tiger’ Woods golf: champ: Masters [1997, 2001], US Open [2000], British Open [2000], PGA [1999, 2000]; first player to win four consecutive majors (2000-2001: US Open, British Open, PGA, Masters], is born.Ref: 4
1976*Rhoshii Wells Austin TX, middleweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Solveig Lilja Gudmundsdottir Miss Iceland Universe (1997), is born.Ref: 5
1978*Dikla Hamdy Miss Israel Universe (1997), is born.Ref: 5
1980*Eliza Dushku Boston MA, actress (This Boy's Life, True Lies, Journey), is born.Ref: 5
1983*Rachel & Ross Trudeau twins of Jane Pauley & Gerry Trudeau, are born.Ref: 5
1460*Richard Plantagenet, the Duke of York is defeated and killed by Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield.Ref: 2
1525 Jacob Fugger German banker/merchant, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1572*Galeazzo Alessi Italian architect (Palazza Marino, Milan), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1591*Innocent IX [Giovanni Facchinetti] Pope, (1591 62 days), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1635*Jan Baptista Van Helmont physician/alchemist, dies.Ref: 5
1691*Robert Boyle, Anglo-Irish chemist, dies at age 64.Ref: 70
1703*Tokyo is hit by an earthquake; about 37,000 die.Ref: 72
1777*Maximilian III Jozef elector of Bayern (1745-77), dies at 50.Ref: 5
1788*Francesco Zuccarelli Italian rococo painter/etcher, dies at 86.Ref: 5
1796*Jean-Baptiste Lamoyne composer, dies at 45.Ref: 5
1821*Angelo Maria Benincori composer, dies at 42.Ref: 5
1825*Peter Gronland composer, dies at 64.Ref: 5
1828*Waldemar Thrane composer, dies at 38.Ref: 5
1832*Colonel Abijah Hammond owned large portion of Greenwich Village, dies.Ref: 5
1836*Lehman-theater in St Petersburg catches fire; 100s die.Ref: 5
1870*Prim Spanish general, murdered.Ref: 5
1879*Adelardo Lopez del Ayala y Herrera, Spanish dramatist, politician, is born.Ref: 17
1893*Samuel White Baker English explorer, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1894*Amelia Jenks Bloomer women’s rights advocate; newspaper publisher: The Lily; social reformer; led cause for more sensible dress for women: bloomer panties named after her; dies at age 76.Ref: 68
1895*LP Hartley British writer, dies.Ref: 5
1896*José Mercado Rizal anti-Spanish rule of Philippines proponent, dies.Ref: 5
1899*James Paget English surgeon (disease of Paget), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1903*602 die as flames swept through Iroquois Theater in Chicago IL.Ref: 5
1905*(Haywood Trial) Returning to his home in Caldwell from a walk shortly after six p.m., Frank Steunenberg, the former governor of Idaho, is blown ten feet in the air by a bomb blast as he opens his gate. Still alive and conscious, but with blood pouring from his mangled legs, Steunenberg is carried into his home where he dies an hour later.Ref: 87
1912*Alfred von Kiderlen-Waechter German foreign minister, dies at 60.Ref: 5
1913*Lillie Devereux Blake, American novelist and activist for women's suffrage, dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1916*Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin is murdered when he was thrown through a hole in the ice of the Neva River by relatives of the Czar.Ref: 2
1931*Tyrone Power Sr actor (Big Trial, Test of Donald Norton), dies at 62.Ref: 5
1940*Fritz Volbach composer, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1941*El Lissitzky, American artist, dies at age 51.Ref: 70
1943*Hobart Bosworth actor (Woman of Affairs, Big Parade), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1944*Romain Rolland, French novelist/dramatist (Jean-Christophe)/pacifist (Nobel 1915), dies at 78.Ref: 5
1946*Charles Wakefield Cadman composer, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1947*Han [Henricus A] van Meegeren Dutch painter/art forger, dies at 58.Ref: 5
1947*Alfred North Whitehead, English mathematician and philosopher, dies at age 86.Ref: 70
1948*Denton Welch, English painter and novelist, dies at age 33.Ref: 70
1951*Jozef E Stokvis Dutch MP (SDAP), dies at 76.Ref: 5
1952*Ivan Olbracht writer, dies.Ref: 5
1956*Ruth Draper, American entertainer, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1959*Maria Baers Flemish social female worker/senator, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1961*Jacobus "Ko" van den Bosch Dutch actor (Amsterdamned)/director, dies at 53.Ref: 5
1966*Christian A Herter US Minister of Foreign affairs (1959-61), dies at 71.Ref: 5
1966*Trygve Halvdan Lie first UN Secretary-General (1946-53), dies at 72.Ref: 5
1967*Bert Berns US songwriter/producer (Twist & Shout), dies at about 38.Ref: 5
1971*Dorothy Comingore actress (Citizen Kane), dies after illness at 58.Ref: 5
1971*Jan Mul composer, dies at 60.Ref: 5
1973*Henri-Paul Busser composer, dies at 101.Ref: 5
1979*Richard Rodgers Academy Award-winning composer: half of Rodgers and (Lorenz) Hart and Rodgers and (Oscar) Hammerstein: dies at age 77.Ref: 4
1986*Jiri Jaroch composer, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1986*Lew Ayres actor: All Quiet on the Western Front, Johnny Belinda, Advice and Consent, Of Mice and Men, Battle for the Planet of the Apes; dies.Ref: 5
1988*Isamu Noguchi, American sculptor, dies at age 84.Ref: 70
1989*Madoline Thomas actress (Girl in the Canal), dies.Ref: 5
1992*César [Caesar] Domela painter/son of Ferdinand D Nieuwenhuis, dies.Ref: 5
1992*Ling-Ling first panda China gave US, dies at 23.Ref: 5
1993*Mack David US songwriter (Bachelor in Paradise), dies at 81.Ref: 5
1993*Irving (Paul) ‘Swifty’ Lazar Hollywood talent agent to the stars: Humphrey Bogart, Cole Porter, Lillian Hellman, Ernest Hemingway, dies of kidney failure at 86.Ref: 4
1994*A gunman walked into a pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and opened fire, killing two employees and wounding five other people (John C. Salvi III was later convicted of murder; he committed suicide in prison).Ref: 6
1994*Lloyd James Austin french Scholar, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1995*Heiner Muller dramatist, dies at 66.Ref: 5
1995 Roger W Suddards solicitor, dies at 65.Ref: 5
1996*Jack Nance actor (Meatballs 4, Whore, Voodoo), murdered at 53.Ref: 5
1996*Lew Ayres screen actor (Salem's Lot, State Fair), dies at 88.Ref: 5
1996*Robert Grant-Ferris politician, dies at 89Ref: 5
1997*Armed men massacred 412 men, women and children in four mountain villages in Algeria.Ref: 70
1999*Sarah Knauss, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest person, dies at the age of 119, according to a spokeswoman at the Allentown nursing home where she lived.Ref: 9
2000*Lionel Hebert golf champion: PGA [1957]; dies.Ref: 4
2002*A suspected extremist kills three US missionaries at a Baptist hospital in Yemen. (Abed Abdul Razak Kamel was sentenced to death in May 2003 for killing the missionaries.) (XDG, p 4A, 12/30/2003)Ref: 83

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