On this day in 1966
Average Income: $8,395/yr
Minimum Wage: $1.25/hr
Today's Celebrity Birthdays
Actress (Deadpool) Taylor Hickson, 19. Actress (True Grit) Hailee Steinfeld, 20. Actress (Chronicle) Ashley Hinshaw, 28. Actress (Sex and the City 2) Condola Rashad, 30. Actor (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil) Alex House, 30. Actor (Death in Paradise) Gary Carr, 30. Actress (Savages)/cartoon voicist (The Book of Life) Sandra Echeverría, 32. Actress (Pain & Gain) Nikki Benz, 35. Actress (Friends with Benefits) Courtney Henggeler, 35. Actor (Boy Meets World) Rider Strong, 37. Actress (Not Suitable for Children) Tasneem Roc, 38. Actor (Angela’s Ashes, Cowboys & Angels) Michael Legge, 38. Actor (Rent, Interview) Wayne Wilcox, 38. Actor (Paradise Lost movies, West of Memphis) Damien Wayne Echols, 42. Rapper (Respiration)/actor (The Italian Job, 16 Blocks) Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey, 43. Actor (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Resident Evil: Extinction) Rusty Joiner, 44. Actor (Saving Private Ryan, Pacific Rim) Max Martini, 47. Actress (The 3 Minute Update, The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold) Rebecca Grant, 48. Actress (The Parkers, Precious) Mo'Nique, 49. Actress (Flightplan, How Do You Know) Mary Gallagher, 49. Actor (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Alien: Resurrection) Gary Dourdan, 50. Actor (Farscape, Stargate SG-1) Ben Browder, 54. Actress (The Abyss, Batman Forever) Kimberly Scott, 55. Actress (Dear John, Homicide: Life on the Street) Isabella Hofmann, 58. Mötley Crüe bassist (Dr. Feelgood, Without You) Nikki Sixx, 58. Actress (The Girl Next Door, Air Force One) Donna Bullock, 61. Singer (Let’s Get Serious, Daddy’s Home) Jermaine Jackson, 62. Actress (Jaws 3-D, High Road to China) Bess Armstrong, 63. Actor (The Great Gatsby, Mad Max: Fury Road)/ cartoon voicist (Happy Feet) Richard Carter, 63. Exercise video host Kathy Smith, 65. Actress (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Tootsie) Teri Garr, 69. Singer (I’m Sorry, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree) Brenda Lee, 72. Actress (Mission: Impossible, Pieces) Linda Day George, 72. Actress (Dracula, Minority Report) Nancy Linehan Charles, 74. Actress (Knots Landing, Play Misty for Me) Donna Mills, 76. Bread, solo singer (Make It With You, Goodbye Girl) David Gates, 76. Actor (Star Trek V: The Final Fronbtier, Panic in the Year Zero!) Rex Holman, 81. Actress (The Electric Company, West Side Story) Rita Moreno, 85. Hockey Hall of Famer Pierre Pilote, 85. Actress (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Keeping Mum)/cartoon voicist (The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) Liz Smith, 95.
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What a Day This Has Been
December 11, 1719…In New England, the first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis occurred.
December 11, 1769…Venetian blinds were patented by Edward Beran of London.
December 11, 1789…The University of North Carolina was chartered. The school began enrolling students in 1795, one of three institutions to claim the title of oldest public university in the United States.
December 11, 1792…King Louis XVI went before France's Convention to face charges of treason. He was convicted and sent to the guillotine the following month.
December 11, 1844…Dr. Horace Wells became the first person to be administered an anesthetic prior to having a tooth extracted. The anesthetic was nitrous oxide, or "laughing gas."
December 11, 1872…When he took office as acting chief executive of Louisiana, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became America's first black governor.
December 11, 1882…As the venue opened for its first performance, Boston's Bijou Theater was also the first American playhouse to be lighted exclusively by electricity.
December 11, 1931…By an act of the British Parliament, legislative equality was established between the United Kingdom and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Newfoundland and South Africa.
December 11, 1936…One day after officially abdicating the British throne to marry American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson, the former King Edward VIII said in a radio broadcast, "I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility, and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love."
December 11, 1939…Marlene Dietrich recorded an English version of the German song "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt" as "Falling In Love Again." The song was originally performed in German by Dietrich in her feature film "Der Blaue Engel" (The Blue Angel).
December 11, 1939…The iconic picture of Betty Grable that later became a favorite pinup of American soldiers in World War II, appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine.
December 11, 1941…Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S., which in turn declared war on both of those countries.
December 11, 1944…"The Chesterfield Supper Club," a 15-minute weekday program airing at 7:00 p.m. (ET), debuted on NBC Radio. Initially, Perry Como hosted all the shows. Beginning with the second season, he reduced his schedule to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Jo Stafford hosted Tuesdays and Thursdays. In 1948, Peggy Lee took over the Thursday broadcast. In 1949, the program began its final two years on radio as a weekly 30-minute show.
December 11, 1946…The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), designed to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries devastated by World War II, was established by the U.N. General Assembly.
December 11, 1947…The musical "Angel in the Wings," starring Grace and Paul Hartman, Hank Ladd, and Elaine Stritch, opened at New York's Coronet Theatre for 308 performances.
December 11, 1951…After 13 years with the New York Yankees, Joe DiMaggio, "The Yankee Clipper," announced his retirement from baseball.
December 11, 1956…At Sun Studio in Memphis, rockabilly singer/guitarist Billy Lee Riley recorded "Flyin' Saucer Rock And Roll" and "I Want You Baby." Pre-fame Jerry Lee Lewis played piano on the session.
December 11, 1958…At the Atlantic studios in New York City, the Coasters recorded "Charlie Brown," with King Curtis on saxophone.
December 11, 1960…Aretha Franklin, at age eighteen, made her New York City stage debut at the Village Vanguard.
December 11, 1961…A U.S. aircraft carrier transporting Army helicopters arrived in Saigon, marking the first direct American military support for South Vietnam.
December 11, 1961…Bing Crosby's first Christmas TV special, filmed in London, aired on ABC. Bob Hope, Terry-Thomas, and Shirley Bassey were among the guest performers.
December 11, 1962…The first Supremes album, "Meet the Supremes," was released. The earliest recordings on the album, done between the fall of 1960 and fall of 1961, featured the Supremes as a quartet: teenagers Diane Ross, Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, and Barbara Martin. Martin left the group in early 1962 to start a family, the other three girls continued as a trio and began having significant chart success in 1964.
December 11, 1964…Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara addressed the United Nations General Assembly.
December 11, 1964…Singer/songwriter (You Send Me, Another Saturday Night, Chain Gang, Wonderful World, Twistin' The Night Away, Shake, Cupid, A Change Is Gonna Come) Sam Cooke was shot and killed at the Hacienda Hotel in Los Angeles. The married singer had picked up a 22-year-old woman named Elisa Boyer, who claimed Cooke attempted to rape her. When she ran away, according to her testimony, Cooke followed and assaulted the hotel manager while demanding to know the girl's whereabouts. The manager shot him three times. A jury later returned a verdict of justifiable homicide. Cooke was 33 years old.
December 11, 1964…Actor (Pa in the Ma & Pa Kettle movie series, State Fair, The Southerner, Riding High, Free for All, Black Bart, The Adventures of Mark Twain, Crazy House, Keeper of the Flame, George Washington Slept Here, Soak the Rich) Percy Kilbride died after being struck by a vehicle at the age of 76.
December 11, 1965…ABC-TV's "Shindig!" featured the Mamas & the Papas, the Grass Roots, and Barry McGuire.
December 11, 1966…Beatles manager Brian Epstein offered to manage Little Richard after presenting him in concert at London's Saville Theatre. The offer was rejected.
December 11, 1966…The Mamas & the Papas performed "Monday, Monday," "Words Of Love," and "California Dreamin'" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show." Harry James and His Orchestra, Lana Cantrell, Joan Rivers, Morey Amsterdam, David Frye and the mouse puppet Topo Gigio also appeared on the program.
December 11, 1967…In France, the prototype of the Concorde supersonic aircraft was first shown.
December 11, 1967…The television special "Movin' with Nancy Sinatra" aired on NBC, featuring guest appearances by Frank Sinatra, Lee Hazelwood, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
December 11, 1968…At Wembley studios in Middlesex, England, the Rolling Stones filmed the "Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus" television special, featuring performances by John Lennon, Eric Clapton, the Who, Jethro Tull, and Marianne Faithfull. Filmed in a circus tent and with actual circus people, the show never aired, supposedly because the Stones thought the Who's performance upstaged them. The special was finally released in 1996.
December 11, 1969…Singer Pat Boone made a guest appearance on the ABC-TV sitcom "That Girl."
December 11, 1970…John Lennon released "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band," his debut solo album. The companion album "Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band" was issued on the same day. The album covers are nearly identical. Lennon pointed out the difference in a 1980 Playboy interview: "In Yoko's, she's leaning back on me; in mine, I'm leaning on her."
December 11, 1971…Carly Simon released the single, "Anticipation." The song related Simon's state of mind as she waited to go on a date with Cat Stevens.
December 11, 1972…Groucho Marx told stories and sang at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
December 11, 1972…At Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, Genesis played their first U.S. concert.
December 11, 1972…James Brown was arrested and charged with "disorderly conduct" after a concert in Knoxville, Tennessee, when a conversation Brown had with fans was somehow mistaken for an attempt to incite a riot. Charges were dropped when Brown claimed police brutality and threatened to sue the city for $1 million.
December 11, 1973…The Carpenters' single "Top of the World" was certified Gold.
December 11, 1974…Actor (Racket Squad, The Public Defender, Zorro's Fighting Legion, The Bank Dick, Leave Her to Heaven, Now Voyager, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, A Bell for Adano, Calling Dr. Kildare, Young Dillinger, Big House U.S.A.)/narrator (Call Northside 777, Walk a Crooked Mile, Guadalcanal Diary, House on 92nd Street, Boomerang!, various documentaries) Reed Hadley died after a heart attack at 63.
December 11, 1976…During a KISS concert in Florida, guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted when he touched a short-circuited light. He was carried from the stage but returned ten minutes later to finish the show.
December 11, 1979…Actress (The Mickey Rooney Show, Born Yesterday, Death of a Salesman, Mildred Pierce, It's a Great Feeling, A Double Life, The Buster Keaton Story, Witness to Murder, Ride the Man Down, The Time of Your Life, The Great Train Robbery, Grand Ole Opry) Claire Carleton died of cancer at age 66.
December 11, 1980…U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that created a $1.6 billion environmental "superfund" to be used to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
December 11, 1980…U2 performed at the Mudd Club in New York City.
December 11, 1980…The detective series "Magnum, P.I.," starring Tom Selleck and John Hillerman, began its eight-season run on CBS-TV.
December 11, 1981…Muhammad Ali lost his 61st – and last – prizefight to future Heavyweight Boxing Champion Trevor Berbick.
December 11, 1985… General Electric Company (GE) agreed to buy RCA Corporation, including NBC Radio and Television, for $6.3 billion.
December 11, 1987…Charlie Chaplin's trademark cane and bowler hat were sold at Christie's auction house for £82,500, or about $129,000 (US) at today's currency conversion rate.
December 11, 1988…Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash, and Bonnie Raitt put on a benefit show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles to pay tribute to Roy Orbison who had died five days earlier.
December 11, 1989…The musical comedy "City of Angels," starring Gregg Edelman, James Naughton, René Auberjonois, Randy Graff, and Dee Hoty, opened at New York's Virginia Theatre for 879 performances.
December 11, 1989…Four Led Zeppelin albums, "Physical Graffiti," "Led Zeppelin," "Presence," and "In Through The Out Door," were certified Multi-Platinum.
December 11, 1991…Actor (An Affair to Remember, Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask)/TV game show host (The Name's the Same) Robert Q. Lewis died of emphysema at age 70.
December 11, 1994…Thousands of Russian troops, armored columns and jets entered Chechnya in an effort to restore control in the breakaway republic.
December 11, 1997…In London, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams became the first political ally of the IRA in 76 years to meet a British leader as he conferred with Prime Minister Tony Blair.
December 11, 1997…At a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, more than 150 countries agreed to control the Earth's greenhouse gases.
December 11, 2000…Actor (General Hospital, The Apartment, The AbsentMinded Professor, Kid Galahad, The Boston Strangler, John Goldfarb Please Come Home!, That Certain Feeling) David Lewis died at age 84.
December 11, 2001…U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced the first federal indictment directly related to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Zacarias Moussaoui, who was in custody at the time of the attacks, was charged with six counts of conspiracy.
December 11, 2001…Singer/actor David Soul won his $70,000 lawsuit against Matthew Wright, a London theater critic who disparaged Soul's stage performance without seeing it. Wright's newspaper column had made reference to "the Monday performance" when, in fact, the theater was "dark" (closed) on Mondays.
December 11, 2001…Businessman Ted Turner purchased 12,000 acres in Nebraska for use as Bison ranches.
December 11, 2003…Canadian Prime Minister Jean Crétien announced his resignation.
December 11, 2006…R&B singer (Western Movies, Big Boy Pete, Shimmy Like Kate, Dance By The Light Of The Moon, The Bounce) Walter Ward, lead vocalist of the Olympics, died at age 66.
December 11, 2008…The FBI arrested Bernard Madoff and charged him with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. In March 2009, Madoff pled guilty and in June 2009 he was sentenced to 150 years in prison.
December 11, 2008…Roman Catholic Cardinal Jorge Medina criticized Madonna's first concert in Santiago, Chile, saying "This woman comes here and in an incredibly shameless manner, she provokes a crazy enthusiasm, an enthusiasm of lust, lustful thoughts, impure thoughts."
December 11, 2008…Dartford, England, hometown of Mick Jagger, approved the naming of some of its streets with titles of Rolling Stones songs.
December 11, 2008…Bettie Page, quintessential pin-up girl from the 1950s, died of pneumonia at 85. Her life was the subject of the 2005 motion picture "The Notorious Bettie Page," starring Gretchen Mol.
December 11, 2008…Ron Carey, former president of the U.S. Teamsters Union, died of lung cancer at 72.
December 11, 2010…Television personality Nicole Richie married Good Charlotte lead singer Joel Madden. They have two children together.
December 11, 2010…CBC-TV aired the first National Hockey League game broadcast in 3-D.
December 11, 2011…Former child actress (The Five Pennies, Tormented, Attack of the Puppet People, The Boy and the Pirates, Picture Mommy Dead, The Man in the Net) Susan Gordon died of cancer at 62.
December 11, 2012…Sitarist/composer Ravi Shankar, the father of singer Norah Jones and a former associate of the Beatles, died from complications of heart surgery at age 92.
December 11, 2012…Golf champion Colleen Walker died of cancer at 56.
December 11, 2014…Actor (The Great Escape, The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World, Fathom, The Fighting Prince of Donegal, The Fast Kill, Subterfuge) Tom Adams died of cancer at age 76.
Enjoy your day! Make it matter.