December 8 On This Day In History
Pictured above: Mardi Gras scenery, New Orleans, La./Barnett, A. L./c1910/LOC
VAV!/December 8, 2013
1776 - George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River to Pennsylvania.
1813 – Premier of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
1854 – Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogmatic definition of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Virgin Mary was conceived free of original sin.
1863 - President Abraham Lincoln laid out his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.
1863 - American John Heenan was defeated by Tom King of England who became the first world heavyweight champion.
1886 - The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
1903 - The Boston-based National Bell Telephone Company was dissolved by court decree.
1914 - "Watch Your Step," the first musical revue featuring a score composed entirely by Irving Berlin, premiered in New York.
1927 – The Brookings Institution, was founded through the merger of three organizations that had been created by philanthropist Robert S. Brookings.
1929 - The first commercial ship-to-shore mobile telephone service was launched.
1931 - Lloyd Espenschied and Herman A. Affel received the first patent for coaxial cable.
1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt declareed December 7 as "a date which will live in infamy".
1945 - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs performed together on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time as members of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.
1947 - J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly incorporate as the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation to design and build computers for commercial and military applications.
1948 - Radio Corporation of America (RCA) demonstrateed split-screen television on a kinescope tube at a Television Broadcasters Association meeting in New York.
1952 - "I Love Lucy's" pregnancy was recognized on the show.
1953 - Los Angeles was recognized as the third largest city in the United States.
1953 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his "Atoms for Peace" speech.
1954 - Republic Pictures released the film, The Atomic Kid.
1960 - Fabian paid a visit to Elvis Presley at Graceland
1961 - A Hartford Hospital fire in Connecticut resulted in 16 deaths.
1961 - The Beach Boys' first single, "Surfin'," was released.
1962 – Workers at four New York City newspapers began to strike for 114 days.
1963 – Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707,was struck by lightning and crashed near Elkton, Maryland, killing all 81 people on board.
1963 - Frank Sinatra, Jr. was kidnapped.
1966 - The United States and the USSR signed a treaty that prohibited nuclear weapons in outer space.
1968 - Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash.
1972 – United Airlines Flight 553, a Boeing 737, crashed upon abortion of its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airpor, killing 43 of the 61 people on board, as well as two on the ground...some passengers who died were Dorothy Hunt, the wife of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt, Rep. George W. Collins, D-Ill., and CBS News correspondent Michele Clark.
1972 - Frank Zappa Sr. placed an adv in Variety announcing he would offer private instruction in craps, roulette, keno and blackjack.
1975 - In Mountain View, California, Paul Jay Terrell opened the retail computer chain store, ByteShop, in Mountain View, CA.
1976 - John Denver made an appearance on the Carpenters' ABC-TV special.
1980 – John Lennon was murdered by a fan in front of The Dakota in New York City.
1982 - A man demanding an end to nuclear weapons held the Washington Monument hostage.
1982 - Marty Robbins diedin Nashville of a heart attack.
1984 - A jury found Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt innocent of libeling Reverend Jerry Falwell with a parody advertisement in Roanoke, Virginia, .
1987 - At the White House, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty that called for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.
1988 – An Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashed into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany, killing 5 people and injuring 50.
1989 - Arista released Alan Jackson's "Here In The Real World."
1765 – Eli Whitney, American inventor, invented the cotton gin (d. 1825)
1816 – August Belmont, Prussian-American financier and politician (d. 1890)
1861 – William C. Durant, American businessman, founded General Motors and Chevrolet (d. 1947)
1886 – Diego Rivera, Mexican painter (d. 1957)
1892 – Marcus Lee Hansen, American historian (d. 1938)
1894 – E. C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (d. 1938)
1894 – James Thurber, American author and illustrator (d. 1961)
1908 – John A. Volpe, American politician, 2nd United States Secretary of Transportation (d. 1994)
1913 – Delmore Schwartz, American poet (d. 1966)
1915 – Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (d. 2005)
1916 – Richard Fleischer, American director (d. 2006)
1919 – Peter Tali Coleman, American politician, 43rd Governor of American Samoa (d. 1997)
1919 – Julia Robinson, American mathematician (d. 1985)
1922 – Jean Ritchie, American singer-songwriter
1923 – Rudolph Pariser, Chinese-American chemist
1925 – Sammy Davis, Jr., American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1990)
1925 – Jimmy Smith, American organist (d. 2005)
1927 – Ferdie Pacheco, American physician
1928 – Ulric Neisser, German-American psychologist (d. 2012)
1931 – Bob Arum, American boxing promoter, founded Top Rank
1933 – Flip Wilson, American comedian and actor (d. 1998)
1936 – David Carradine, American actor (d. 2009)
1936 – Michael Hobson, American publisher
1937 – James MacArthur, American actor (d. 2010)
1939 – Jerry Butler, American singer-songwriter (The Impressions)
1939 – Soko Richardson, American drummer (Kings of Rhythm and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) (d. 2004)
1940 – Brant Alyea, American baseball player
1941 – Ed Brinkman, American baseball player
1941 – Bob Brown, American football player
1941 – Duke Cunningham, American politician and convicted fraudster
1941 – Bobby Elliott, English drummer (The Hollies)
1943 – Slick, American wrestling manager
1943 – Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter and poet (The Doors and Rick & the Ravens) (d. 1971)
1943 – Mary Woronov, American actress
1943 – Larry Martin, American paleontologist (d. 2013)
1943 – James Tate, American poet
1946 – John Rubinstein, American actor, composer, and director
1947 – Gregg Allman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band and Hour Glass)
1947 – Thomas R. Cech, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
1948 – Luis Caffarelli, Argentine-American mathematician
1949 – Mary Gordon, American author and academic
1949 – Nancy Meyers, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1949 – Robert Sternberg, American psychologist
1950 – Rick Baker, American makeup artist
1950 – Tim Foli, American baseball player
1950 – Dan Hartman, American singer-songwriter and producer (Edgar Winter Group) (d. 1994)
1951 – Bill Bryson, American author
1953 – Kim Basinger, American actress, singer, and producer
1953 – Roy Firestone, American sportscaster and journalist
1953 – Norman Finkelstein, American academic, author, and activist
1953 – Sam Kinison, American comedian and actor (d. 1992)
1954 – Harold Hongju Koh, American lawyer, scholar and politician
1955 – Kasim Sulton, American bass guitarist, keyboardist, and vocalist (Utopia)
1956 – Warren Cuccurullo, American guitarist (Duran Duran, Missing Persons, TV Mania, and Chicanery)
1957 – Phil Collen, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Def Leppard, Girl, Man Raze, Tush, and Dumb Blondes)
1958 – Bob Greene, American physiologist
1959 – Mark Steyn, Canadian-American author and critic
1959Marty Raybon is born in Greenville, Alabama. As the lead singer for Shenandoah, he puts an identifiable stamp on "Two Dozen Roses," "The Church On Cumberland Road" and "If Bubba Can Dance"
1961 – Ann Coulter, American lawyer and author
1962 – Marty Friedman, American-Japanese guitarist, songwriter, and television host (Megadeth, Cacophony, and Hawaii)
1962 – Wendell Pierce, American actor
1963 – Greg Howe, American guitarist, composer, and producer
1964 – Teri Hatcher, American actress
1964 – Mike Ruiz, Canadian-American model, photographer, and director
1967 – Jeff George, American football player
1968 – Michael Cole, American sportscaster
1968 – Mike Mussina, American baseball player
1969 – Steve Van Wormer, American actor
1970 – Me Phi Me, American rapper
1972 – Frank Shamrock, American mixed martial artist
1973 – Corey Taylor, American singer-songwriter
1974 – Tony Simmons, American football player
1974 – Nick Zinner, American guitarist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Head Wound City)
1975 – Kevin Harvick, American race car driver
1976 – Brettina, Bahamian-American singer-songwriter and actress
1976 – Reed Johnson, American baseball player
1977 – Ryan Newman, American race car driver
1978 – Ian Somerhalder, American actor
1978 – Vernon Wells, American baseball player
1979 – Ingrid Michaelson, American singer-songwriter
1980 – Lisa Kelly, American trucker and reality television personality
1981 – Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player
1981 – Philip Rivers, American football player
1982 – Alfredo Aceves, American baseball player
1982 – Chrisette Michele, American singer-songwriter
1982 – Nicki Minaj, Trinidadian-American rapper
1982 – Noelle Pikus-Pace, American skeleton racer
1982 – Jimmy Rave, American wrestler
1982 – DeeDee Trotter, American runner
1985 – Dwight Howard, American basketball player
1986 – Kate Voegele, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress