Next CLBR Wed Dec 5th

Day in History

Top events in history today include the end of Prohibition and the start of the Birmingham Bus Boycott, as well as obscure events like the Great London Smog and the ever significant formation of the first nudist organization in the U.S.  Happy Birthday to Little Richard and Joan Didion.

1492

Columbus discovers Haiti.

1776

First US Fraternity – Phi Betta Kappa – formed at William & Mary.  (I doubt there were any toga parties initially).

1791

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies at the age of 35.

1831

jqaFormer President John Quincy Adams, who along with George W. Bush, is the only son of a President to become President becomes the first former President to serve in Congress.

1848

President Polk triggers Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming discovery of gold in California.

1926

Premier of Sergei Eisenstein’s “Battleship Potemkin”

1929

First US nudist organization founded – American League of Physical Culture (now known as Sky Farm

1933

Prohibition Ends

Utah’s ratification of the 21st amendment brings prohibition to an end nationwide.

It is the only amendment passed via state constitutional conventions rather than state legislatures.

1945

Five U.S. Navy Avenger bombers disappear during training mission in Bermuda Triangle.

1952

Beginning of Great Smog of London which killed at 12,000 over the weeks that followed.

1955

Rosa Parks’ arrest sparks launch of 13-month Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott that ended with a Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses is unconstitutional.  The boycott propelled its organizer, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to worldwide prominence.

1974

Monty Python’s Flying Circus final episode on BBC.

1991

Charles Keating, the central figure in the 1980’s Savings and Loan Crisis convicted of fraud.  His downfall led to an ethics scandal on Capitol Hill for 5 Senators (including John McCain) who intervened on his behalf with banking regulators.


Events

International Volunteer Day


Birthdays

80

Little Richard – Singer

78

Joan Didion – Author

65

Jim Plunkett – Super Bowl MVP

55

Art Monk – Hall of Fame Football Player

44

Margaret Cho – Comedian

Lisa Marie  – Actress

37

Paula Patton – Actress

30

Jessica Parre – Actress

Keri Hilson – Singer

27

Frankie Muniz – Actor

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