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#210 Dec 16, 2012

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Today is Sunday, December 16, 2012

Today in
Prince History

(The Musician Prince Rogers Nelson)

1982 - MTV added the video for "1999" to their playlist.
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#211 Dec 17, 2012
1903 - Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright went on the first successful manned and self-propelled airplane flights, at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1957 - The United States successfully test-fired the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile.

1989 - "The Simpsons" premieres on TV.

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#212 Dec 18, 2012
1865 - The 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, abolishing slavery, went into effect.

1892 - Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" was first performed, in St. Petersburg by the Russian Imperial Ballet.

1979 - The sound barrier was broken on land for the first time by Stanley Barrett, driving at 739.6 mph, in California.

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#213 Dec 19, 2012
1732 - Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."

1777 - General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter. Nearly 3000 died during the very severe winter.

1843 - Tiny Tim and Bob Crachit came to life when Charles Dickens published the tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge's Christmas epiphany A Christmas Carol. The story was partially based on Dickens' personal experience and it was conceived and written in a few weeks. It was the first of a new literary genre, Christmas books.

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#214 Dec 20, 2012
1803 - The city of New Orleans flew the American flag for the first time. This act signaled a transfer of ownership as the Louisiana Territory was handed over to the United States, which had purchased it from France.

1879 - Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, New Jersey.

1880 - Electric lights were installed throughout Broadway's theater section in New York City.

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#215 Dec 20, 2012
1942 - The Imperial Japanese Army invades several towns in East China and confiscates oil and rubber stockpiles.

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#216 Dec 21, 2012
1620 - The Pilgrims of the Mayflower went ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts.

1937 - Walt Disney premiered the animated cartoon feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Even though it was based on the Grimm brothers' tale, Disney himself named the individual dwarfs Doc, Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful, and Dopey. Other names and caricatures, such as Wheezy, Puffy, Baldy, Jumpy, Gabby, Nifty, Stumpy, Stuffy, and Biggo-Ego were considered but discarded.

1988 - A terrorist bomb exploded aboard a Pam Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, sending wreckage crashing to the ground and killing 270 people.

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#217 Jan 2, 2013
1839 - French photographer Louis Daguerre took the first photograph of the Moon.

1929 - The United States and Canada reached an agreement to preserve Niagara Falls.

1965 - The New York Jets signed University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000

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#218 Jan 3, 2013
1521 - Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X.

1777 - General George Washington's army routed the British, led by Lord Cornwallis, in the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey.

1924 - Two years after British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen near Luxor, Egypt, he uncovers the greatest treasure of the tomb -- a stone sarcophagus containing a solid gold coffin with the mummy of Tutankhamen.

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#219 Jan 4, 2013
1865 - The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) opened its first permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad near Wall Street in New York City.

1885 - The first appendectomy was performed, by Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa.

1974 - President Richard Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

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#220 Jan 7, 2013
1610 - Astronomer Galileo Galilei sighted four of Jupiter's moons, naming them Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

1927 - Commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.

1999 - The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, formally charged with lying under oath and obstructing justice, began in the Senate.

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#221 Jan 8, 2013
1851 - Jean Foucault demonstrated definitively that the Earth rotates on its axis.

1889 - American inventor Herman Hollerith patented his tabulator, the first device for data processing; his firm would later become one of IBM's founding companies.

1982 - AT&T's break-up took place as it was divested of its 22 Bell System companies under terms of an antitrust agreement.

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#222 Jan 9, 2013
1793 - Jean-Pierre-Francois Blanchard made the first manned free-balloon flight in America, at Philadelphia, watched by President George Washington.

1903: Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota is established. It was the seventh U.S. National Park and the first cave to be designated a national park anywhere in the world.

2007- The first i-Phone is introduced.

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#223 Jan 10, 2013
1776 - Thomas Paine published "Common Sense," a scathing attack on King George III's reign over the colonies and a call for complete independence.

1861 - Florida seceded from the Union.

1949 - Vinyl records were launched by RCA (45 rpm) and Columbia (33.3 rpm).

1971 - "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke introducing a drama series, "The First Churchills."

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#224 Jan 11, 2013
49 B.C.E.- Julius Caesar led his army across the Rubicon River, plunging Rome into civil war.

1922 - Leonard Thompson was the first person to be successfully treated with insulin, at Toronto General Hospital.

1935 - Aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California, that made her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.

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#225 Jan 14, 2013
1639 - The first constitution in the American colonies, the "Fundamental Orders" of Connecticut, was adopted.

1794 - Dr. Jesse Bennett of Virginia performed the first successful Caesarean section; the patient was his wife.

1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all aliens in the United States to register with the government.

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#226 Jan 15, 2013
1962 - The centigrade scale or Celsius scale was used for the first time in British Meteorological Office weather forecasts. It was invented 200 years earlier.

1967 - The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League in the first Super Bowl, 35-10.

1974 - "Happy Days" premiered on television.

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#227 Jan 16, 2013
1547 - Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia.

1920 - Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America took effect; it was later repealed by the 21st Amendment in 1933.

1964 - The musical "Hello, Dolly!" opened on Broadway.

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#228 Jan 18, 2013
1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony.

1911 - The first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor.

1943 - A wartime ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread in the U.S. went into effect. It was aimed at reducing the bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts.

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#229 Jan 21, 2013
1908 - New York City prohibited women from smoking in public.

1954 - The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, was launched at Groton, Connecticut.

1998 - President Bill Clinton angrily denied reports he'd had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and had tried to get her to lie about it.

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