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Gone with the Wind and the Leaning Tower still leans

On December 15  in:


1791, the United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly;


1939, Gone with the Wind receives its premiere at Loew's Grand Theatere in Atlanta, Georgia;


1967, the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River collapses, killing 46 people;


1970, Soviet  spacecraft Venera 7 successfully lands on Venus.  It is the first successful soft landing on another planet;


1973, the American Psychiatric Association votes 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II;

and in


2001, The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean.




the Santa Fe Trail and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline


On November 16 in:


1793, French Revolution:  Ninety anti-republican Catholic priests are executed by drowning at Nantes;


1822, American Old West:  Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail;


1914, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens;


1938, LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofman at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland;


1940, New York City's "Mad Bomber" George Metesky places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison;


1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act into law, authorizing the construction of the Alaska Pipeline. 

JFK becomes our 35th president and the X-ray is discovered

On November 8 in :

1519, Cortes enters Tenochitilan and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with great celebration;

1847, Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, is born;

1895, While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Roentgen discovers the X-ray;

1960, John F. Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the twentieth century to become the 35th president of the United States;

1973, The right ear of John Paul Getty III is delivered to a newspaper together with a ransom note, convincing his father to pay $2.9 million; and in

1978, American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell dies, at the age of 84. 

Chloroform and King Tut's tomb


On November 4 in:


1783, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sympnony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria;


1847, Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform;


1922, In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings;


1960, At the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr. Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals;


1970, Genie, a 13-year-old feral child is found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life;


1973, The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis.  Highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters; and in


1979,  a mob of Iranians, mostly students, overruns the US embassy in Tehran and takes 90 hostages (53 of whom are American).


"Hollywoodland", Live Aid and the Nixon tapes



On July 13 in:


1977, Somalia declares war on Ethiopia, starting the Ethiopian-Somali War;


1863, New York City draft riots;  in New York, N.Y., opponents of conscription begin three days of rioting which will be later regarded  as the worst in the United States history;


1985, The Live Aid benefit concert takes place in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow;


1923, The Hollywood sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood.  It originally reads "Hollywoodland" but the four last letters are dropped after renovation in 1949; and in


1973, Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the "Nixon tapes" to the Special Senate Committee investigating the Watergate break-in.  



Bloody Sunday, flight around the world and Boris Yeltsin

On July 10 in:


1212, the most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground;


1962, Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, is launched into orbit;


1973, John Paul Getty III, grandson of the oilmagnate J. Paul Getty, is kidnapped in Rome, Italy;


1966, The Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., holds a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago.  As many as 60,000 people come to hear Dr. King as well as Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Peter Paul and Mary;


1913, Death Valley, California, hits 134 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature recorded in the United States; and in


1938, Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world.



Donald Duck debuts and Mount Everest eats two climbers

On June 9 in:


1891, American composer Cole Porter is born;


1934, Donald Duck makes his debut in The Wise Little Hen ;


1924: In a second attempt to climb Mount Everest, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine disapperar possibly having first made it to the top;


1973,  In horseracing, Secretariat wins the Triple Crown;


1870, Charles Dickens, English author and critic dies. 

Anne Frank, Gone with the Wind and strongest tornadoes

1957, Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees to move the team from Brooklyn, NY to Los Angeles, CA.


1973. the 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago tops out at 1,451 feet, making it the world's tallest building, 


1937, Gone with the Wind, a novel by Margaret Mitchell, wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction;


1960, The Anne Frank House museum opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands;


1999, the southwestern portion of Oklahoma City is devastated by an F5 tornado, killing 45 people, injuring 665 and causing $1 billion in damage.  This tornado also produces the highest wind speed ever recorded, measuring 301 mph; and in 


1901, the Great Fire of 1901 begins in Jacksonville, Florida.




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