History Blog

December 8

Happy Birthday RIP Samuel “Sammy” Davis(1925–1990) Clerow “Flip” Wilson(1933–1998) John “David” Carradine(1936–2009) James Morrison(1943–1971) Samuel Kinison(1953–1992) Gregory Allman(1947–2017) ; Kimila “Kim” Basinger–69 Teri Hatcher–58 Sinéad O’Connor–56 Dominic Monaghan–46 Ian Somerhalder–44 “Nicki Minaj”(Onika Maraj)–40 ; 1980 – John Lennon, an English musician and peace activist, is murdered by Mark David Chapman, a mentally unstable fan, in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City. He is still in prison in Wende Correctional Facility in Alden NY as of 2021

December 7

Happy Birthday RIP Tadeus Konopka(“Ted Knight” 19231–1986) ; “Ellen Burstyn”(Edna Gillooly)–90 Thomas Waits–73 Priscilla Barnes–68 Larry Bird–66 Christopher Thomas Howell–56 Shiri Appleby–44 Emily Browning–34 Nicholas Hoult–33 ; 1941 – Japanese warplanes attacked the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II. More than 2,300 Americans were killed ; 1963 – Instant replay (video/television) makes its debut during an American Army–Navy football game

December 6

Happy Birthday RIP Alfred Eisenstaedt(1898–1995) Agnes Moorehead(1900–1974) Robert Stein(“Bobby Van” 1928–1980) Ryan White(1971–1990) ; James Naughton–77 Margaret JoBeth Williams–74 Craig Newmark(Founder of Craigslist)–70 Gina Hecht–70 Thomas Hulce–69 Steven Wright–67 Andrew Cuomo–65 Janine Turner(Gauntt)–60 Lindsay Price–46 Ryan Kennedy–40 ; 1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica is published ; 1877 – The first edition of The Washington Post is published.

December 5

Happy Birthday RIP Walter Elias Disney(1901–1966) Little Richard Penniman(1932–2020) Joan Didion(1934–2021) ; “Morgan Brittany”(Suzanne Cupito)–71 Amanda Lepore–55 Margaret Moran Cho–54 Amy Acker–46 Nicolas “Nick” Stahl–43 Adan Canto–40 Francisco “Frankie” Muñiz IV–37 ; 1933 – Prohibition in the United States ends with 21st Amendment to the Constitution ; 1955 – E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks lead the Montgomery Bus Boycott ; 1969 – The four node ARPANET network is established (beginnings of internet between four colleges). Yes my birthday as well

December 4

Happy Birthday RIP Horst Buchholz(1933–2003) ; Winston“Wink” Martindale–89 Max Baer, Jr.–85 Jeffrey Bridges–73 Patricia Wettig–71 Marisa Tomei–58 Kevin Sussman–52 Tyra Banks–49 ; 1881 – The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published. ; 1945 – By a vote of 65 to 7, the US Senate approved United States of America as active participant in the United Nations

December 3

Happy Birthday RIP Howard “Andy” Williams(1927–2012) ; Mary “Jaye P.” Morgan–91 John “Ozzy” Osbourne–74 Del Shores–65 “Julianne Moore”(Julie Smith)–62 Daryl Hannah–62 Brendan Fraser–54 Bruno Campos–49 Anna Chlumsky–42 Brian Bonsall–41 Michael Angarano–35 ; 1910 – First modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show ; 1992 – A test engineer for Sema Group uses a personal computer to send the world’s first text message via the Vodafone network to the phone of a colleague

December 2

Happy Birthday RIP Herman “Ray” Walston(1914–2001) William “Bill” Erwin(1914–2010) Giovanni Versace(1946–1997) ; Cathy Lee Crosby–78 Stone Phillips–68 Esteban Echevarria(“Steven Bauer”)–66 Daniel Gauthier–59 Lucy Liu(劉玉玲)–54 Nelly Furtado–44 Britney Spears–41 Daniela Ruah–39 ; 1939 – New York City’s La Guardia Airport opens to the public ; 1970 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency begins operations

December 1

Happy Birthday RIP Mary Martin(1913–1990) David Doyle(1929–1997) Richard Pryor III(1940–2005) Matthew Shepard(1976–1998); “Woody Allen”(Allan Konigsberg)–87 Bette Midler–77 Richard Treat Williams–71 Charlene Tilton–64 Jeremy Northam–61 Néstor Carbonell–55 Sarah Silverman–52 Emily Mortimer–51 Dean O’Gorman–46 ; 1885 – First serving of the soft drink “Dr Pepper” formulated by Charles Alderton in Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas ; 1913 – The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly lines ; 1952 – The New York Daily News reports the news of Christine Jorgensen, the first notable case of sex (transgender) reassignment surgery ; 1988 – World AIDS Day was proclaimed worldwide by the UN member states.

November 30

Happy Birthday RIP “Mark Twain”(Samuel Langhorne Clemens 1835–1910) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill(1874–1965) Gordon Parks(1912–2006) Richard “Dick” Clark Jr(1929–2012) Martin E. Brooks(Baum 1925–2015) Robert Guillaume(Williams 1927–2017) ; Sir Ridley Scott–85 Mandel “Mandy” Patinkin–70 “Billy Idol”(William Broad)–67 “Stacey Q” Swain–64 Benjamin Stiller–57 “Clay Aiken”(Clayton Grissom)–44 Kaley Cuoco–37 ; 1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, Thriller is released worldwide. It became the best-selling record album in history ; 1999 – Exxon and Mobil sign a US$73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company.

November 29

Happy Birthday RIP Garry Shandling(1949–2016) Jacques Chirac(1932–2019) Jacqueline “Jackie” Stallone(Labofish 1921–2020) Vincent Scully(1927–2022) ; “Diane Ladd”(Rose Ladnier)–87 Chuck Mangione–82 Suzanne “Suzy” Chaffee–69 Joel Coen–68 Howard Mandel–67 Cathy Moriarty–62 Thomas Sizemore–61 Andrew McCarthy–60 Donald Cheadle Jr–58 Jonathan Knight–54 Anna Faris–46 Lucas Black–40 ; 1777 – San Jose, California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California ; 1877 – Thomas Alva Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time with the words “Mary Had A Little Lamb” reproduced ; 1981 – Natalie Wood is found dead off coast of Catalina island. Speculation is that Robert Wagner may have pushed her after argument and she drown because she was intoxicated.