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The Night before Christmas and the top of the world!

On December 23 in:

 

1783, George Washington resigns as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army;

 

1823, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously;

 

1954, The first successful kidney transpant is performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Hoseph Murray;

 

1970, The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York, New York is topped out at  1,368 feet , making it the tallest building in the world..

Gone with the Wind and the Leaning Tower still leans

On December 15  in:

 

1791, the United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly;

 

1939, Gone with the Wind receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatere in Atlanta, Georgia;

 

1967, the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River collapses, killing 46 people;

 

1970, Soviet  spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus.  It is the first successful soft landing on another planet;

 

1973, the American Psychiatric Association votes 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II;

and in

 

2001, The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.

 

 

 

Fantasia and the real Amityville Horror

 

On November 13 in:

 

1553, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer and four others, including Lady Jane Grey, are accused of high treason and sentenced to death under Catholic Queen  "Bloody" Mary I;

 

1927, the Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City;

 

1940, Walt Disney's animated musical film Fantasia is first released, on the first night of a roadshow at New York's Broadway Theatre;

 

1956, The Supreme Court of the United States declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott;

 

1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murders his entire family in Amityville, Long Island in the house that would become known as The Amityville Horror; and in

 

1982, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.

 

Chloroform and King Tut's tomb

 

On November 4 in:

 

1783, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sympnony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria;

 

1847, Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform;

 

1922, In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings;

 

1960, At the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr. Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals;

 

1970, Genie, a 13-year-old feral child is found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life;

 

1973, The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis.  Highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters; and in

 

1979,  a mob of Iranians, mostly students, overruns the US embassy in Tehran and takes 90 hostages (53 of whom are American).

 

1st radio broadcast of the World Series and Versaille March

On October 5 in:

 

1789, Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI of France about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris;

 

1864, 60,000 die when Calcutta is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone;

 

1921, the World Series is broadcast on the radio for the first time;

 

1944, Suffrage is extended to women in France;

 

1947, the first televised Whtie House address is given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman';

 

1962, Dr. No, the first film in the James Bond series, is released;

 

1970, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded; and in

 

2001, Barry Bonds surpasses Mark McGwire's single-season home run total with his milestone 71st and 72nd home runs. 

Hello, Goodbye / Peanuts!

 

On this day in:

 

1470, a rebellion organized by Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick forces King Edward IV of England to flee to the Netherlands, restoring Henry VI to the throne;

 

1789, George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional Amendments (The U.S. Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification;

 

1889, In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West;

 

1950, Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published;

 

1967, Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of the United States Supreme Court;

 

1967, The Beatles begin recording their last single of 1967, Hello, Goodbye;

 

1970, a plane carrying the Wichita State University football team, administrators, and supporters crashes in Colorado killing 31 people; and in 

 

2006, Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before Roberts commits suicide. 

Mir Mine, Martin Luther and The Beatles

On June 13th in:

 

1970, The Long and Winding Road becomes the Beatles' last U.S. Number 1 song;

 

1886, a fire devastates much of Vancouver, British Columbia;

 

1525, Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns;

 

1955, Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the USSR, is discovered;

 

1774, Rhode Island becomes the first of Britain's North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves; and in

 

1997, a jury sentences Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. 

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