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12/9/2010 - DB Metzger

The first cremation takes place, as is the founding of the bird banding Society. Agatha Christie disappears and reappears. The computer mouse is demonstrated and Helen Reddy’s "I Am Woman" is #1 on the charts for 1972. In birthdays, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Kirk Douglas and famous circus clown Emmett Kelly.

1659 – TheMexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco. It’s now a big part of NAFTA.

1792 first cremation in the US: Henry Laurens member of the Continental Congress

1793  Noah Webster established New York’s first daily newspaper.and then the Dictionary. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008259896_webster13.html

1902 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr became Associate Justice on Supreme Court

1909 The Bird banding society founded

1926 Disappearance of Agatha Christie which still remains a mystery.

1941 San Francisco undergoes its first blackout, at 6:15 PM the day after Pearl Harbor is bombed and war is officially created against the Axis Powers. Ever hear of "invasion Fever’?

1953 General Electric announced it would fire all communist employees. From Time magazne 1953.

1956 1st test firing of Vanguard satellite program, TV—0

1961 Tanganyika gains independence from Britain in 1961.

1968  Douglas Engelbert demonstrates the first computer mouse at Stanford.

1972 "I am woman" by Helen Reddy becomes number one on the pop charts. She’s still going today. Here the website.

1974 Johnson Grigsby is freed after 66 years in prison.

1975 "Raisin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 847 performances. A musical adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun.

1978 first game of the Women’s Professional Basketball League. Before the WNBA came into existance in 1997

1983 Attorney General Edwin Meese states that people go to soup kitchens " because "The food is free and its easier then paying for it."

1993 Dow-Jones hits record 3734.53

Notable Birthdays

1608 Poet John Milton

1886 Clarence Birdseye King of Frozen vegetables.

1898 Emmett Kelly famous Clown

1905 Dalton Trumbo one of the blacklisted Hollywood 10 screenwriters. Johnny Got his Gun.

1906 Grace Murray Hopper born (mathematician, computer programmer, naval officer; coined term "bug" for computer programming errors)

1909 Douglas Fairbanks Jr. actor from the famous Fairbanks family. (

1918 Kirk Douglas. Made 80 movies plus those added by son Michael.

1922 Comedian Redd Foxxmost famous for TV show Sanford & Son.


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