Thursday, December 14, 2017
2013 Google agrees to settle a privacy lawsuit, paying a $7 million over its handling of wireless data from early 2008 until the spring of 2010 - That might be one of those class action deals where people get $5 and the lawyers get $2.1 million.
2013 In Rome, Italy, Roman Catholic Cardinals meet in a conclave to appoint a successor to Pope Benedict XVI
2012 The U.S. Census Bureau reports the world now has 7 billion people - We'll run out of oil before we run out of people.
2011 Analysts report a nuclear meltdown may be occurring at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant; a state of emergency is declared at five plants
2011 Following the earthquake and tsunami, Japan deploys 50,000 Self-Defense Forces personnel in search and rescue efforts
2010 Residents of Mogadishu are instructed to leave the war zone after more than 50 are killed in three days of violence - Another place not to put on your bucket list.
1998 "Sound of Music," opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City
1994 Church of England ordains 1st of 33 women priests - Come on Catholics, it's been 20 years, how about letting women into the priesthood?
1993 317 killed by bomb attacks in Bombay - Creating new meaning to the phrase "I'm going to Bombay and get bombed out of my mind."
1993 Entertainment Tonight's 3,000th show - Longest running show (10,000 episodes in 2013) started on September 14th 1981.
1990 Los Angeles Raiders announce they were returning to Oakland
1989 2 cyanide-contaminated Chilean grapes found in PhiladelphiaPobably done by someone in Philadelphia as grapes injected in Chile would have rotted by the time they got to Philadelphia - and only two grapes were ever found.
1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Broadway/Imperial New York City for 4000+ performances
1987 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game - US Naval Academy graduate - Go Navy!
1987 Federal judge dismisses lawsuits sought by Oliver North - Lt Col. North is a horrible example of a commissioned officer.
1987 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1986 Susan Butcher wins 1,158 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
1985 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points
1984 National Union of Mine Workers in England begin a 51 week strike
1984 British ice dancing team, Torvill and Dean, become 1st skaters to receive 9 perfect 6.0s in world championships
1982 PLO chief Yassar Arafat appears on "Nightline"
1981 Soyuz T-4 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
1981 Walter R T Witschey installs world's largest sundial, Richmond, Virginia - Why?
1980 Jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of murdering 33 in Chicago - Executed in 1994.
1977 Chile president Pinochet bans Christian-Democratic Party
1977 Egypt's Anwar Sadat pledges to regain Arab territory from Israel
1976 South African troops leave Angola
1975 Vietcong conquer Ban me Thuot South Vietnam - I was stationed there TDY in 1970 - absolutely beautiful country - and the best French bread I've ever eaten.
1972 NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons
1971 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias
1971 Turkish Government of Demirel forced to resign by Army
1970 U.S. lowers voting age from 21 to 18 - Guess what, the country really hasn't gone to hell since then, contrary to what Rush says.
1969 Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London
1968 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1967 Austria's Reinhold Bachler ski jumps 505 feet
1967 Indonesian congress deprives president Sukarno of authority
1966 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins) - He averaged 150.8 wins a year.
1966 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 Jimmy Hoffa sentenced to 13 years - Started imprisonment in 1967 - pardoned in late 1971 by Nixon (another crook) - last seem in late July 1975 - probably part of a building foundation somewhere.
1964 Malcolm X resigns from Nation of Islam - Born in Omaha - assassinated by 3 Nation of Islam members in February 1965.
1963 Bob Dylan cancels "Ed Sullivan Show" television appearance
1959 U.S. House joins Senate approving Hawaii statehood - Yes, Hawaii is a state, not another country.
1957 East Germany accepts 22 Russian divisions
1956 Dow Jones closes above 500 for 1st time (500.24)
1951 Chines Communist troops driven out of Seoul - This was the second time Seoul was recaptured - thanks to all Korean war veterans.
1950 Pope Pius XII encyclical "On combating atheistic propaganda"
1948 -5 degrees F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in March - until 1994, when it was -20 degrees F.
1947 President Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism
1945 30 Amsterdammers executed by Nazi occupiers - Dr. Louis Leviticus, my boss at the Tractor Test Lab, was a child in the Netherlands then - he survived, but his parents and brothers and sisters were all killed in the concentration camps.
1945 New York is 1st to prohibit discrimination by race and creed in employment
1945 U.S.S.R. returns Transylvania to Romania - Dracula (Vlad "the Impaler" Tepes) was a king of Romania.
1943 Soviet troops liberate Wjasma
1940 Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
1939 Pope Pius XII crowned in Vatican ceremonies
1938 Nazi Germany invades Austria (Anschluss)
1935 England establishes 30 MPH speed limit for towns and villages
1934 Josip Broz (Tito) freed from jail
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt conducts his 1st fireside chat
1930 Mohandas Gandhi begins 200m (300km) march protesting British salt tax
1919 Austrian National Meeting affirms Anschluss (incorporate into Germany)
1916 French airship sinks British submarine D3
1912 Captain Albert Berry performs 1st parachute jump from an airplane
1912 Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) forms in Savannah, by Juliette Gordon Low - First cookies sold by the Mistletoe Troop in Oklahoma in December 1917 - they used to be home made
1904 1st main line electric train in U.K. (Liverpool to Southport)
1901 Ground is broken for Boston's 1st AL ballpark (Huntington Ave Grounds)
1896 1st movie in Netherlands (Kalverstr 220)
1894 Pittsburgh issues free season tickets for ladies for Tuesday and Friday games
1888 2nd day of the Great blizzard of '88 in NE U.S. (400 die) - This was 2 months after the "Schoolchildren's Blizzard" in the Great Plains
1884 Mississippi establishes 1st U.S. state college for women
1868 Congress abolishes manufacturer's tax
1860 Congress accepts Pre-emption Bill: free land in West for colonists - No one asked how the Native Americans felt about this
1850 1st U.S. $20 gold piece issued
1849 1st gold seekers arrive in Nicaragua en route to California
1799 Austria declares war on France
1789 U.S. Post Office established
1773 Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable founded settlement now known as Chicago
1755 1st steam engine in America installed, to pump water from a mine
1737 Galileo's body moved to Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy
1664 1st naturalization act in American colonies
1664 New Jersey becomes a British colony
1622 Ignatius of Loyola declared a saint
1587 English parliament leader Peter Wentworth confined in London Tower
1496 Jews are expelled from Syria
1365 University of Vienna founded
1350 Orvieto, Italy says it will behead and burn Jewish-Christian couples - At least we don't behead inter-religion marraiges in this country - I hope.
1054 Pope Leo IX escapes captivity and returns to Rome