Thursday, December 8, 2011

THE HISTORY OF DECEMBER 8

THE HISTORY OF DECEMBER 8
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Chocolate Brownie Day
1765  Eli Whitney was born – invented the cotton gin
1792  The first cremation in the US took place – Henry Laurens
1854  Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception
1861  The American Bible Society announced it would distribute 7,000 Bibles per day to Union troops
1863  President Lincoln offered amnesty to Confederate deserters
1886  The American Federation of Labor (AFL) was formed in Columbus, Ohio
1911  Actor Lee J. Cobb was born
1925  Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. was born
1931  Coaxial cable was patented
1933  Comedian Flip Wilson was born
1941  The US entered WWII as Congress declared war on Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor
1941  Japan attacked the Philippines and occupied Hong Kong and Singapore
1943  Musician Jim Morrison was born – The Doors
1947  Singer Greg Allman was born
1953  Actress Kim Basinger was born
1962  A 114 day newspaper strike began in NYC
1964  Actress Terri Hatcher was born
1966  Singer Sinead O’Connor was born
1978  Jeweler to the stars Harry Winston died
1980  John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside of his apartment in NYC
1982  A man demanding an end to nuclear weapons held the Washington Monument hostage for 10 hours – he was killed by police
1993  President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which went into effect starting in 1994
1995  The Grateful Dead announced the end of the group after 30 years
1997  LeAnn Rimes won the Artist of the Year award at the Billboard Music Awards
2003  President Bush signed into law the Medicaid Prescription Drug Act – largest expansion of the program since 1965
SPORTS HISTORY ON DECEMBER 8
2008  Greg Maddux announces his retirement – 355 wins, 3.16 ERA, 4 time Cy Young winner
2000  Shaquille O’ Neal of Lakers misses all 11 of his free throws – broke 40 year old record held by Wilt Chamberlain with 10
2000  Hakeem Olajuwon scores his 26,000th point – only 5th player to have 26,000 points and 13,000 rebounds ( Kareem, Wilt, Moses Malone, and Elvin Hayes)
1992  Dominique Wilkins goes 23 for 23 from free throw line (NBA record)
1989  Jack Sikma of Milwaukee is the 18th NBA player to have 10,000 rebounds
1987  Cubs trade reliever Lee Smith to the Red Sox – will be 10-6 with 54 saves in the next 2 years with them
1977  Earl Campbell wins the 43rd Heisman Award
1966  NYY trade Roger Maris to St. Louis
1940  The 1st NFL Championship game to be broadcast on the radio – Bears beat Redskins 73-0
# 1 SONGS ON DECEMBER 8
1960  Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
1961  Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes
1962  Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons
1964  Mr. Lonely – Bobby Vinton
1965  Turn! Turn! Turn! – The Byrds
1966  Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
1967  Daydream Believer – The Monkees
1968  I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
1969  Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye - Steam
1970  The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
1971  Family Affair – Sly & the Family Stone
1972  I Am Women – Helen Reddy
1973  Top of the World – The Carpenters
1974  Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas
1975  Fly, Robin, Fly – Silver Connection
1976  Tonight’s the Night – Rod Stewart
1977  You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
1980  Lady – Kenny Rogers
1981  Physical – Olivia Newton-John
1982  Mickey – Toni Basil
1983  Say, Say, Say – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
1984  Out of Touch – Daryl Hall & John Oates
1987  Faith – George Michael
1989  We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
1991  Black or White – Michael Jackson
1992  I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
1994  On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men
1995  One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
1996  Un-break My Heart – Toni Braxton
1997  Candle in the Wind (1997) – Elton John
1999  Smooth – Santana with Rob Thomas

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