There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.
Sunday December 17th
1620: Mayflower arrives at Plymouth Rock.
1777: French government formally recognizes the United States.
1778: Humphry Davy (COMP 1778-1825) English chemist/inventor.
1790: Aztec calendar stone is discovered in Mexico City.
1797: Joseph Henry (TRAN 1797-1878) Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1846-78).
1807: Napoleon issues the Milan Decree, forbidding any vessel to trade with the British Empire under penalty of confiscation and impressment.
1807: Phoebe Palmer (TRAN 1807-1874) evangelist who was one of the founders of the Holiness movement.
1835: Leopold II (GILD 1835-1909) King of Belgium (1865-1909).
1843: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is published in London.
1880: Edison Electric Illuminating Company is founded.
1892: The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in St. Petersburg.
1894: Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra (1930-79).
1903: Wright brothers make the first successful flight of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft at Kill Devil Hills.
1903: Erskine Caldwell (GI 1903-1987) author Tobacco Road (1932), God’s Little Acre (1933).
1908: Willard Libby (GI 1908-1980) chemist who invented Carbon-14 dating.
1925: Billy Mitchell is court-martialed.
1926: Allan V. Cox (SIL 1926-1987) geophysicist whose work on dating geomagnetic reversals made a major contribution to the theory of plate tectonics.
1930: Bob Guccione (SIL 1930-2010) publisher of Penthouse (1965-2003) whose competition pushed Hugh Hefner into showing full-frontal nudity in Playboy.
1936: Edgar Bergen appears on Rudy Vallee’s radio show.
1945: Ernie Hudson (BOOM 1945- ) actor Ghostbusters (1984), The Crow (1994), Oz (1997-2003), Miss Congeniality (2000).
1956: The Supreme Court ruled for the plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
1969: The Air Force closes the Project Blue Book study of UFOs.
1969: Tiny Tim marries Victoria Brudinger, Miss Vicki, on The Tonight Show. They divorce in 1977.
1972: The U.S. birthrate falls below zero-growth.
1989: The animated series The Simpsons premiered on Fox.
1992: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is signed.
1996: Japanese embassy hostage crisis (1996-97) begins in Lima, Peru.
1997: Robert Duvall’s The Apostle is released.
1999: Anna and the King is released directed by Andy Tennant, starring Jodie Foster.
2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is released directed by Peter Jackson.
2004: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is released directed by Brad Silberling, starring Jim Carrey.
2010: Extension of Bush tax cuts.
2010: A Tunisian street vendor sets himself on fire igniting Arab Spring.