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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Friday - December 15th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.


      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

37C.E. Nero, the Roman emperor who fiddled while Rome burned.
      Today, this person is/would be 1980 years old.
1657Michel-Richard Delalande, composer.
      Today, this person is/would be 360 years old.
1832Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, built a tower in Paris.
      Today, this person is/would be 185 years old.
1861Charles Edgar Duryea, with his brother, invented first auto to be built and operated in US.
      Today, this person is/would be 156 years old.
1892J. Paul Getty, American oil billionaire.
      Today, this person is/would be 125 years old.
1933Tim Conway, comedian, actor, "Scuse Me!"
      Today, this person is/would be 84 years old.
1942Dave Clark, singer, The Dave Clark Five.
      Today, this person is/would be 75 years old.
1949Don Johnson, actor, Nash Bridges.
      Today, this person is/would be 68 years old.
1946Carmine Appice, singer, Vanilla Fudge.
      Today, this person is/would be 71 years old.
1963Helen Slater, actress.
      Today, this person is/would be 54 years old.


      Events On This Day In History...

1791US Bill of Rights is ratified when Virginia gives its approval.
1854In Philadelphia, the first street cleaning machine is put into use, although you wouldn't guess it to look at Philadelphia today.
1877Patent granted to Thomas Edison for the phonograph. Disco is invented less than a hundred years later.
1939World Premiere of the film "Gone With The Wind" in Atlanta, Georgia.
1944A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major and big-band leader Glenn Miller disappears in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.
1952Christine Jorgensen, becomes first person in history to have a sex change operation.
1961Former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death in Jerusalem. He had been tried on charges for organizing the deportation of Jews to concentration camps.
1964After an uproarious national debate, Canada's House of Commons approves a newly designed flag (the red Maple Leaf) thereby dropping the Canadian "Red Ensign" flag.
1966Walter Elias "Walt" Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 65. The company bearing his name continues to this day in the entertainment business.
1970The Soviet probe Venera 7 becomes the first human spacecraft to land softly on the surface of Venus. The probe only survived the extreme heat and pressure for about 23 minutes.
1970The BBC first transmits (broadcasts) the Spam sketch by the British comedy troupe, Monty Python's Flying Circus. While the sketch lasted less than three minutes, the silly repetition of the word, spam, went on to inspire the name spam for unwanted email more than 20 years later. Click here for more information about the history of spam.
1973J. Paul Getty III (grandson of the oil billionaire) is found in southern Italy after being kidnapped and held for five months, during which time his right ear had been cut off and sent to a newspaper in Rome.
1978US President Jimmy Carter announces he would grant diplomatic recognition to mainland (Communist) China on New Year's Day and sever official relations with the island republic of Taiwan.











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