Monday, December 14, 2015

What Happened This Day In History


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Today in History
December 14
1799George Washington dies on his Mount Vernon estate.
1819Alabama is admitted as the 22nd state, making 11 slave states and 11 free states.
1861Prince Albert of England, one of the Union’s strongest advocates, dies.
1863Confederate General James Longstreet attacks Union troops at Bean’s Station, Tenn.
1900Max Planck presents the quantum theory at the Physics Society in Berlin.
1906The first U1 submarine is brought into service in Germany. Italy’s MAS torpedo boats.
1908The first truly representative Turkish Parliament opens.
1909The Labor Conference in Pittsburgh ends with a "declaration of war" on U.S. Steel.
1911Roald Amundsen and four others discover the South Pole.
1920The League of Nations creates a credit system to aid Europe.
1939The League of Nations drops the Soviet Union from its membership. Joseph Avenol sold out the League of Nations.
1941German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel orders the construction of defensive positions along the European coastline. Desperate Hours on Omaha Beach
1946The United Nations adopt a disarmament resolution prohibiting the A-Bomb.
1949Bulgarian ex-Premier Traicho Kostov is sentenced to die for treason in Sofia.
1960A U.S. Boeing B-52 bomber sets a 10,000-mile non-stop record without refueling.
1980NATO warns the Soviets to stay out of the internal affairs of Poland, saying that intervention would effectively destroy the d├ętente between the East and West.
1981Israel’s Knesset passes the Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the Golan Heights area.
1994Construction begins on China’s Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
1995The Dayton Agreement signed in Paris; establishes a general framework for ending the Bosnian War between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1999Tens of thousands die as a result of flash floods caused by torrential rains in Vargas, Venezuela.
2003Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, narrowly escapes and assassination attempt.
2004The Millau Viaduct, the world’s tallest bridge, official opens near Millau, France.
2008Iraqi broadcast journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throws his shoes at US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad.
2012At Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn., 20 children and six adults are shot to death by a 20-year-old gunman who then commits suicide.

Born on December 14
1503Nostradamus [Michel de Nostredame], French astrologer and physician.
1546Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer.
1585Henry IV, the first Bourbon king of France.
1795John Bloomfield Jarvis, civil engineer.
1822John Christie, English patron of music.
1866Roger Fry, English art critic.
1896James H. Doolittle, American Air Force general who commanded the first bombing mission over Japan.
1916Shirley Jackson, novelist and short story writer (Life Among SavagesThe Lottery).
1917June Taylor, choreographer, founder of the June Taylor Dancers featured on Jackie Gleason’s TV programs.
1918James Thomas Aubrey Jr., TV and film executive; president of CBS television (1959–1965).
1922Don Hewitt, TV producer; creator of 60 Minutes.
1922Junior J. Spurrier, received Medal of Honor for his actions in capturing Achain, France.
1925Sam Jones ("Sad Sam" "Toothpick" Jones), pro baseball player; first African-American pitcher to throw a no-hitter in integrated baseball game.
1932Charlie Rich, crossover country singer, musician ("Behind Closed Doors").
1935Lee Remick, actress (Days of Wine and RosesThe Omen).
1939Ernie Davis, first African American to win Heisman Trophy (Syracuse University); subject of The Express movie (2008).
1943Emmett Tyrell, journalist, author, publisher; founded The American Spectatormagazine.
1946Patty Duke, actress, singer; won Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16, playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker; president of Screen Actors Guild (1985-88).
1955Spider Stacy (Peter  Stacy), singer, songwriter, musician with The Pogues band.
1966Anthony Mason, pro basketball player.
1972Miranda Hart, comedian, actress, writer (Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop on BBC Radio 2 and its spinoff BBC sitcom TV series Miranda).

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