On this day.....


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1872 The mystery of the Mary Celeste
The Dei Gratia, a small British brig under Captain David Morehouse, spots the Mary Celeste, an American vessel, sailing erratically but at full sail near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was seaworthy, its stores and supplies were untouched, but not a soul was onboard.

1916 Somerset Maugham sails for Pago Pago
On this day in 1916, W. Somerset Maugham departs on a voyage to Pago Pago. Characters he meets on the voyage, including a prostitute and a missionary, inspire the story "Miss Thompson," which is published in his 1923 story collection, The Trembling of a Leaf. The story becomes the play Rain, which is filmed three times, once starring Gloria Swanson, once with Joan Crawford, and once with Rita Hayworth.


MUSIC HISTORY (www.on-this-day.com)

1660 - Composer Andre Campra was born.

1667 - Composer Michel Pignolet de Monteclair was born.

1879 - Composer Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty was born.

1956 - Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash recorded together (the Million Dollar Quartet). The session would not be released for 25 years.

1961 - Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" was released.

1976 - Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple died of a drug overdose at the age of 25.

1980 - Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones made the announcement of their decision not to re-form Led Zeppelin in the wake of the death of drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham.

1987 - Metallica released the "Cliff 'Em All" video collection. The bootleg and unprofessional recordings had been shot during 1982-1986 when Cliff Burton was still with the band.

1988 - Roy Orbison gave his final concert in Akron, OH. He died two days later.

1989 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that said that Princedid not steal the song, "U Got The Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were similar to ones she had written.

1990 - Madonna appeared on "Nightline" to defend her "Justify My Love" video. She denied the video's explicit contents were intended to stir up controversy and get her publicity. The video was banned by MTV.

1991 - Van Halen performed a free concert in Dallas. Sammy Hagar had promised the show because he had lost his voice during a show in Dallas 3 1/2 years earlier.

1995 - Michael Jackson appeared with legendary mime Marcel Marceau at New York news conference promoting a Jackson special airing on HBO.


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5 December

1906 Otto Premingr born
Director Otto Premingr is born in Vienna, Austria.
[ . . . for some reason, the naughty-word checker doesn't like his name if spelled correctly :shock: ]

1941 Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez is published
On this day, John Steinbeck's nonfiction book The Sea of Cortez is published. The book reflects Steinbeck's serious study of marine biology. He also uses his knowledge of the sea and its creatures in creating Doc, the marine biologist character in Cannery Row (1945).

1945 Aircraft squadron lost in the Bermuda Triangle
At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. They never returned.


MUSIC HISTORY (www.on-this-day.com)

1687 - Composer Francesco Xaverio Geminiani was born.

1791 - Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at the age of 35.

1870 - Composer Vitezslav Novak was born.

1956 - Alan Freed's "Rock Rock Rock" film (with Connie Francis singing for Tuesday Weld) was released.

1968 - The Rolling Stones unveil "Beggar's Banquet" in an uncontroversial white cover designed to resemble a formal invitation.

1968 - Graham Nash quit the Hollies. He announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days later.

1993 - Douglas Hopkins, ex-Gin Blossoms lead guitarist committed suicide at his home in Tempe, AZ, at the age of 32. Hopkins was fired the previous year due to a drinking habit.

1997 - Carl Edward Hunter, manager of Ray Charles, was arrested in Japan on suspicion of marijuana possession.

1997 - Toni Braxton filed suit against LaFace Records and its distributor Arista Records, claiming that her 1989 recording contracts were invalid.


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[size=+4]December 6[/size]
1841 - Robert Schumann's "Fourth Symphony in D" premiered.

1896 - Lyricist Ira Gershwin was born in New York City.

1939 - The musical comedy "Du Barry Was a Lady," by Cole Porter opened on Broadway.

1964 - The movie "Ferry Cross the Mersey" with Gerry & the Pacemakers debuted in London.

1968 - James Taylor's self-titled album was released in Britain.

1968 - Elvis Presley received one of 66,000 letters that U.S. President Nixon sent out to potential administrative office holders.

1969 - Four people died during a free concert given by the Rolling Stones. One of the deaths was a stabbing that occurred near the stage. The event was recorded and released a year later.

1970 - "Gimme Shelter," the documentary film about the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour of the U.S. debuted.

1978 - Sid Vicious smashed glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd during an altercation at New York rock club Hurrah. Vicious was out on bail after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

1988 - Metallica recorded their first video, "One."

1993 - The Eagles taped a video for Travis Tritt's version of "Take It Easy" which led to their reunion.

1995 - Michael Jackson was hospitalized after collapsing in a New York theater while rehearsing for a TV special.

1995 - Joni Mitchell was awarded the Billboard's Century Award.

1999 - It was announced taht Gabriel Gomez had been charged with the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Rosas, wife of Los Lobos singer/guitarist Cesar Rosas. She had disappeared from her home on October 23.

Dave Payn

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It's been a while since I (dis)graced this thread, so here goes

Also on December 6th


Henry VI (England) 1421
Dave Brubeck 1920
Jonathan King 1944
Tom Hulce 1953 (played Mozart in 'Amadeus')


1929 - Austrian period-instrument conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt was born

1933 - Composer Henryk Gorecki was born in Poland


1492 - Columbus discovered Hispaniola (now Haiti) and the Dominican Republic.

1774 - Austria became the first nation to introduce a state education system.

1865 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.

1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb. ('with roast potatoes, nice bit of broccoli, mint sauce.....')

1889 - Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans. He was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.

1917 - Finland proclaimed independence from Russia.

1926 - In Italy, Benito Mussolini introduced a tax on bachelors. (So long as he didn't introduce 'attacks' on bachelors....)

1957 - America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed when the satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL.

1990 - U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle was enshrined in the Little League Museum's Hall of Excellence. (The man who couldn't spell 'potato' gets enshrined in a Hall of Excellence....)

2002 - Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service stemming from her conviction for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue. She was also ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution. (Richard Madeley got off lightly....)

2002 - Officials released the detailed plans for a $4.7 million memorial commemorating Princess Diana. The large oval fountain was planned to be constructed in London's Hyde Park. (And look what's happened since!)


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8 December

1542 Mary Queen of Scots born
In Linlithgow Palace in Scotland, a daughter is born to James V, the dying king of Scotland. Named Mary, she was the only surviving child of her father and ascended to the Scottish throne when the king died just six days after her birth.

1980 John Lennon shot
John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, the rock group that transformed popular music in the 1960s, is shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range with a .38-caliber revolver. Lennon, bleeding profusely, was rushed to the hospital but died en route. Chapman had received an autograph from Lennon earlier in the day and voluntarily remained at the scene of the shooting until he was arrested by police. For a week, hundreds of bereaved fans kept a vigil outside the Dakota--Lennon's apartment building--and demonstrations of mourning were held around the world.



MUSIC HISTORY (www.on-this-day.com)

1731 - Composer Frantisek Xaver Dusek was born.

1813 - Beethoven's "Opus 92: Symphony No. 7 in A major" was performed for the first time.

1865 - Composer Jean (Johan) Julius Christian Sibelius was born.

1882 - Composer Manuel Maria Ponce was born.

1890 - Composer Bohuslav Martinu was born.

1914 - "Watch Your Step" opened in New York. It was the first musical revue to feature a score completely by Irving Berlin.

1960 - Fabian visited Elvis Presley at Graceland and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his demonstrating karate.

1961 - "Surfin'," the Beach Boys first recording, was released.

1963 - Frank Sinatra, Jr. was kidnapped.

1967 - Traffic's "Mr. Fantasy" LP was released.

1968 - Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days after he quit the Hollies.

1969 - Testifying at his trial for possesion of hashish and heroin in the Toronto Supreme Court, Jimi Hendrix claimed that he had now "outgrown" drugs. The jury found him not guilty after eight hours of deliberations.

1972 - Frank Zappa Sr. placed an advertisement in Variety Magazine claiming he will give private instruction in craps, roulette, keno and blackjack.

1976 - John Denver appeared on the Carpenters' ABC-TV special.

1982 - Marty Robbins died of heart failure at the age of 57.

1991 - The musical "Nick and Nora" opened.

1991 - Jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton died of natural causes at the age of 80.

1995 - The surviving members of the Grateful Dead announced they were disbanding. Jerry Garcia's, the founder of the group, had died the previous August.

1998 - The FBI opened its files on Frank Sinatra to the public. The file contained over 1,300 pages.

1998 - It was announced that Bruce Springsteen would tour again with the E Street Band for the first time in nearly a decade.

1999 - James Brown made his new MP3-only holiday album "James Brown Christmas For The Millennium & Forever" available exclusively through EMusic.com.

2000 - Sting received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2002 - Baz Luhrmann's "La Boheme" opened on Broadway.

2003 - In England, Ozzy Osbourne was injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. His injuries included a fractured left collarbone, eight fractured ribs and stable fracture to one of the vertebrae in his neck.

Dave Payn

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brasscrest said:
8 December

1542 Mary Queen of Scots born
In Linlithgow Palace in Scotland, a daughter is born to James V, the dying king of Scotland. Named Mary, she was the only surviving child of her father and ascended to the Scottish throne when the king died just six days after her birth.

I keep mentioning this but does anyone remember the Monty Python version of The Death of Mary, Queen of Scots? Utterly stupid. I loved it!!


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11 December

1918 Alexander Solzhenitsyn is born
On this day in 1918, Alexander Solzhenitsyn is born in the Caucasus Mountains in Russia.

1936 Edward VIII abdicates
After ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He chose to abdicate after the British government, public, and the Church of England condemned his decision to marry the American divorcýe Wallis Warfield Simpson. On the evening of December 11, he gave a radio address in which he explained, "I have found it impossible to carry on the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge the duties of king, as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love." On December 12, his younger brother, the duke of York, was proclaimed King George VI.

1946 UNICEF founded
In the aftermath of World War II, the General Assembly of the United Nations votes to establish the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), an organization to help provide relief and support to children living in countries devastated by the war.



MUSIC HISTORY (www.on-this-day.com)

1803 - Composer Louis-Hector Berlioz was born.

1876 - Composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz was born.

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old third cousin Myra Gale Brown. It was his third marriage.

1958 - The Coasters recorded "Charlie Brown."

1960 - Aretha Franklin made her New York debut at the Village Vanguard.

1964 - Sam Cooke was shot to death at a the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, CA.

1967 - The NBC-TV special "Movin' with Nancy Sinatra" aired.

1970 - Ringo Starr's movie "The Magic Christian" premiered in London.

1971 - James Brown 32nd album, "Revolution of the Mind," was released.

1971 - Carly Simon's "Anticipation" was released.

1972 - James Brown was arrested after a show in Knoxville, TN, and charged with "disorderly conduct" after being accused of trying to incite a riot. The charges were dropped when Brown threatens to sue for $1 million.

1972 - Genesis played their first show in the U.S. at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

1976 - Bob Seger released his album "Night Moves".

1976 - KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida. He had touched a short-circuited light. He was carried from the stage but returned 10 minutes later to continue and finish the show.

1985 - The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was released.

1988 - Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie put on a benefit show at The Wiltern Theatre to pay tribute to Roy Orbison.

1989 - The musical "City of Angels" opened.

1997 - Jagged Internetworks, Mick Jagger's Internet company, debuted with an exclusive live webcast of the Akai Singer Champions Trophy, an international cricket tournament in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

1997 - Jewel, Sinead O'Connor and Emmylou Harris performed the Beatles' "In My Life" together at the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo.

1998 - Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) was injured after a performance in Austin, TX. He sustained a fracture to the base of his skull after an altercation with one of the club's security guards.

2001 - Gene Simmons (KISS) did an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" to promote his book "Kiss and Make-Up." The book was released for sale on December 4, 2001.


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[size=+4]December 13[/size]

1838 - Composer Alexis Vicomte de Castillon was born.

1928 - George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" was premiered by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

1961 - The Beatles signed with manager Brian Epstein.

1966 - Jimi Hendrix recorded "Foxey Lady."

1974 - George Harrison had lunch with U.S. President Gerald Ford at the White House.

1975 - David Bowie's "Golden Years" was released.

1975 - Foghat's "Slow Ride" was released.

1985 - Phil Collins made his U.S. TV acting debut on "Miami Vice" playing a drug dealer.

1988 - Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips became final.

1990 - The musical revival of "Peter Pan" opened.

1991 - "John Denver's Montana Christmas Skies" special aired on CBS.

1993 - Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel on stage in Los Angeles to play a solo on the tune "Shameless."

1994 - Prince performed the song "Dolphin" on the David Letterman show.

1996 - The movie "Jerry Maguire," starring Glenn Frey, opened.

2001 - The two surviving members of Nirvana, Krist Novoselic and David Grohl, filed a countersuit against Courtney Love. The charge was that she has manipulated the memory and work of her dead husband, Kirk Cobain, for the benefit of her own career.


Dick Van Dyke 1925
Christopher Plummer 1929
Buck White 1930
Robert Prosky 1930
Richard Zanuck 1934
John Davidson 1941
Ted Nugent 1948
Ron Getman (The Tractors) 1948
Jeff Baxter (The Doobie Brothers) 1948
Randy Owen (Alabama) 1949
Tom Veralain (Television) 1949
Wendy Malick 1950
Robert Lindsay 1951
Steve Forbert 1954
John Anderson 1954
Steve Buscemi 1957
John Whitacker 1959
Dana Strum (Slaughter) 1959
Jamie Foxx 1967
Chelsea Hertford 1981


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[size=+4]December 21[/size]

1810 - Composer Ludwig Schuncke was born.

1850 - Composer Zdenek Fibich was born.

1955 - LaVern Baker recorded "Jim Dandy".

1960 - Elvis Presley was inducted into the Los Angeles Indian Tribal Council coinciding with the opening with his movie "Flaming Star."

1967 - The Rolling Stones album, "Their Satanic Majesties Request" was released.

1968 - Crosby, Stills and Nash performed together in public for the first time.

1968 - Janis Joplin gave her first solo performance in Memphis, TN.

1969 - Diana Ross gave her last performance as a member of the Supremes on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1970 - Elvis Presley went to the White House to volunteer his services to U.S. President Nixon on fighting the nation's drug problems. He gave Nixon a chrome-plated Colt .45 and Tricky Dick gave Elvis a Narcotics Bureau badge.

1971 - Martha & the Vandellas disbanded.

1976 - "Barry Manilow on Broadway" opened for a two-week run in New York.

1992 - David Crosby was a guest on ABC-TV's "Roseanne."

1996 - Tony Bennett was rushed to a hospital for an emergency operation for an erupted hernia. Bennett was just arriving at the White House for a holiday dinner with U.S. President and Mrs. Clinton when he fell ill.


Jean Baptiste Racine 1639
Benjamin Disraeli 1804
Henrietta Szold 1860
Joseph Stalin (Dzhugashvili) 1879
Walter Hagen 1892
Pat Weaver 1908
Andor Foldes 1913
Heinrich Böll 1917
Kurt Waldheim 1918
Alicia Alonso 1921
Paul Winchell 1922
Phyliss Love 1925
Ed Nelson 1928
Freddie Hart 1933
Phil Donahue 1935
John Avildsen 1935
Jane Fonda 1937
Frank Zappa 1940
Ray Hildebrand 1940
Carla Thomas 1942
Albert Lee 1943
Gwen McCrae 1943
Jared Martin 1943
Michael Tilson Thomas 1944
Gordon Kannegiesser 1945
Josh Mostel 1946
Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) 1946
Nate Wright 1947
Elliott Maddox 1947
Samuel L. Jackson 1948
Claude Chartre 1949
Betty Wright 1953
Chris Evert 1954
Jane Kaczmarek 1955
Jim Rose 1956
Lee Roy Parnell 1956
Ray Romano 1957
Florence Griffith Joyner 1959
Christy Forester (The Forester Sisters) 1962
Andy Dick 1965
Gabrielle Glaser (Luscious Jackson) 1965
Kiefer Sutherland 1966


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I've just opened my desk diary for the last time this year :woo and found this little gem at the bottom of the page so I thought I'd share it:

Sarah Breedlove, hair straightener inventor, first ever self-made millionairess, born 1867. :shock:

Hang on: Late 1800's - invention of hair straighteners???? :shock:

Will the Sec

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Perhaps this is worthy of its own thread, but....

It's 25 years ago today that John Lennon was murdered.

One wonders what he would have achieved in the intervening years.

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