Monday, October 22, 2018

December 18th Years Gone By

2011 The last convoy of U.S. Army soldiers leaves Iraq, formally marking the end of the Iraq War

2010 Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad publicly declares Palestinians have changed; they are now fully committed to non-violence And I have some oceanfront property to sell here in Nebraska.

2009 30,000 Phillipine people remain in temporary shelter as scientists predict the Mount Mayon volcano will erupt in the coming weeks

1996 Television industry executives agree to adopt a ratings system

1991 General Motors announces closing of 21 plants Way to go, GM.

1989 "I Love Lucy" Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years

1987 Ivan F. Boesky sentenced to 3 years for insider trading He's living in La Jolla, California (not the low rent part of San Diego)

1983 NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak

1982 Flight readiness firing of Challenger's main engines; 20 seconds

1980 Vietnam adopts constitution

1979 Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)

1978 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

1978 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test

1972 U.S. begins its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam Linebacker II - ordered by Richard Nixon - too little, too late

1970 Polish uprising fails

1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1969 Britain abolishes death penalty They have fewer homicides and rapes per capita than the USA

1969 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1968 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.

1966 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS

1966 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.

1965 Kenneth LeBel jumps 17 barrels on ice skates Why?

1964 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1963 Muskegon, Michigan gets 3' of snow

1962 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.

1961 Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles They changed their minds later

1960 General Meeting of United Nations condemns apartheid

1957 Shippingport Atomic Power Station, 1st nuke plant to generate electricity Decommissioned starting in 1982 - completed in 1988

1956 "To Tell the Truth" debuts on CBS-TV

1947 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Optatissima Pax Looked up this and still don't know what it means - 'pax' means either a small tablet kissed at the end of Mass or peace

1944 Destroyers "Hull," "Spence" and "Monaghan" sink in typhoon (Philippines)

1944 Nazi occupiers of Amsterdam destroy electricity plants

1941 German submarine U-434 sinks

1941 Japanse troops land on Hong Kong

1936 Su-Lin, 1st giant panda to come to U.S. from China, arrives in San Francisco

1920 1st U.S. postage stamps printed without the words United States or US

1898 Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph) Which would get you a speeding ticket in Alvo

1892 "Nutcracker Suite," Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, premieres

1865 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished

1849 William Bond obtains 1st photograph of Moon through a telescope

1839 1st celestial photograph (of Moon) made in U.S., John Draper, New York City

1813 British take Ft. Niagara in War of 1812

1799 George Washington's body interred at Mount Vernon

1787 New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution

1774 Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews from Prague, Bohemia and Moravia

1719 Thomas Fleet publishes "Mother Goose's Melodies For Children"

1620 Mayflower lands at what is now Plymouth Rock

1352 Etienne Aubert elected as Pope Innocentius VI