November 2009 Web Edition Issue #3
1703: Approximately 37,000 people are killed when an earethquake hits Tokyo.
1835: Charles Darwin, board HMS Beagle, sailed from New Zealand to Sydney.
1972: Nixon called a halt to the bombing of North Vietnam and announced peace talks.
1973: Skylab transmitted the first photos of a comet from space. In this case, it was Comet Kohoutek.
1980: Wonderful World of Disney broadcast its final show on NBC.
1799: The Jacobite plot against Napoleon was uncovered.
1893: Henry Ford completed work on his first usable gas motor .
1905: Happy Birthday Howard Hughes.
1997: For the first time, a Channukah candle was lit and officially recognized, in Vatican City.
1779: Benedict Arnold is court martialed on a charge of Improper Conduct.
1888: Vincent Van Gogh cut off his left ear.
1930: Bette Davis arrived in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios.
2000: Actor Billy Barty died. He was 76 years old.
1832: Charles Darwin, aboard the HMS Beagle, arrives at the Barnevelts Islands
1882: Thomas Edison presents the first string of Christmas Lights.
1912: Happy Birthday Lady Bird!
1937: New York's Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic.
1958: The Chipmunk Song hits #1.
It's the shortest day of the year. Break out the Druids.
1620:The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts.
1804:Happy Birthday Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister.
1958:On this day, Charles de Gaulle was elected President of France.
2012: The Mayan Calendar ends. This fact has lead doom sayers to claim that the world will end. After all, why would the Mayans stop their calendar on 12/21/12 unless they knew the world was gonne be gone? Well, personally, I figure they ran out of ink. Scoff if you will, but come that date while the rest of you are scurrying around in a panic and thinking you're about to die, I'll be hanging with the old man, up here on the top of the hill and raising a glass to the Mayans in thanks for the day's entertainment.
1787: New Jersey became the third State in the Union.
1865: Secretary of State William H. Seward announced that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was confirmed. It had been ratified on the 6th of December, but took that long to get the word out to all States in the Union. Said Amendment reads as follows: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, save as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist in the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” It took another hundred years to get everyone on board with that Amendment.
1975: Rod Stewart announced that he was leaving Faces and going solo. The 60s were officially over.
2008: W. Mark Felt, famous for revealing himself as the Deep Throat of the Nixon Era Watergate scandal, died in Santa Rosa, CA. He was 95.
1777: France recognized the United States of America, the first country to do so.
1843: Charles Dickens published a new story for the season, "A Christmas Carol" was it's title.
1903: The Brothers Wright fly their plane in Kill Devil Hills, NC, for the first time. That first flight lasted 12 seconds.
2004: President George Walker Bush signed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Act of 2004. This act reorganized our intelligence agencies and created a new position in governement: The National Security Director. Dark times for the citizenry.
1791: The United States of America ratified the Bill of Rights.
1943: Fats Waller died. He was 39 years old.
2009: On the same day that Vermont's House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, the Washington City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday in favor of allowing same-sex marriages performed in other states to be recognized in the nation's capital. Read the full story in our news section.
2009: Congress voted to finally lift the 11-year ban on Washington, D.C.’s medical marijuana law. The House voted 221-202 and the Senate voted 57-35 to approve the measure. Read the full story in our news section. More coverage can be found at ASA.
1799: George Washington died at his home in Mt. Vernon. He was 67 years old.
In 1869 the Governor of the Wyoming Territory, John Campbell, made what many men today believe to be a huge mistake. He approved the first law in the history of the USA, granting women the right to vote. Personally, I think it was a terrific idea, but that's just me. Be that as it may, December 10 is now celebrated as Wyoming Day.
Campbell was appointed governor by brand new president U.S. Grant. Campbell had started out as a private in the Union Army and wound up a brigadier general. Not too shabby. So, not unusual, after the war he was granted a nice government position.
Changes to the Constitution guaranteed the right to vote to all men, even those of African decent. John Campbell was assigned to redraw certain political areas in the state of Virginia so the representation there changed drastically. In short, John Campbell reinvented politics in Northern Virginia.
Having done so well at it, Grant shipped him off to the wilds of the Wyoming Territory whereupon he changed the course of history for women country-wide.
Happy Birthday Clarence Birdseye. The man who froze the peas.
It Was 29 Years Ago
On Central Park West in New York City, just outside The Dakota apartment building, Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Winston Lennon. Chapman's life had been a failure and he felt, for some reason, that it was Lennon's fault. Coupled with the ideas that a) Lennon was a hypocrite; preaching love and peace but doing nothing about the world's problems and b) if he (Chapman) killed someone famous, his life would finally have some meaning.
Ever wonder where the bloody FDA came from in the first place? Well, it came from FDR. On this day in 1933, he created the Federal Alcohol Control Administration. It's all been downhill from there.
In 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard led a team of surgeons in the first human heart transplant. It happened in Cape Town, South Africa at the Groote Shur Hospital.
67 years ago (1942), the atomic age began on a squash court in Chicago. No. I'm not kidding. University of Chicago's Stagg Field was the location of the first nuclear fission chain reaction. A new era was begun; one that would change life as we knew it. Enrico Fermi (pictured, right) and his team, for better or for worse, conducted the tests that would make today's WMDs a reality.
In 1955, a tired seamstress in Montgomery, AL changed the world.