1982 - The Man of the Year in "TIME" magazine was a non-human for the first time. A computer received the honors as 1982’s “greatest influence for good or evil.” Click on the picture!Today In History~
---- - Boxing Day had its origins in England and is always celebrated on this day (except when December 26th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the official holiday is moved to Monday) with government offices and many businesses closed. Folks throughout Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada celebrate Boxing Day with family, friends, food, fun and friendship.
1865 - James H. Mason of Franklin, MA patented the coffee percolator that makes coffee good to the last drop! Mason would have loved all the coffee houses that have popped up throughout the world over the past few years. He’d probably be sitting at home inventing an espressolator or a cap-perc-uccino for next Christmas.
1902 - Oscar ‘Battling’ Nelson hit the canvas five times in a bout in Hot Springs, SD. That’s not the worst of it. Battling’s opponent, Christy Williams, saw little birdies and ate the canvas 42 times! Wow! That’s a record for knockdowns.
1931 - George Gershwin’s musical, "Of Thee I Sing", opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. The show became the first American musical to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
1939 - W.C. Handy of Memphis, TN one of the legendary blues composers of all time, recorded the classic "St. Louis Blues". W.C. and his band recorded in New York for Varsity Records. Handy was one of the first to use the flat third and seventh notes in his compositions, known in the music world as ‘blue’ notes. On another note, the music awards for blues artists’ are called the W.C. Handy National Blues Awards. Now you know where they got that title.
1947 - A monster snowstorm hit New York City, dumping up to 26 inches of snow on the Big Apple. It became the worst snowstorm in the city’s history, surpassing the snowfall totals from the Blizzard of 1888, which had 22 inches of the white stuff.
1950 - “Look sharp! Feel sharp! How are you fixed for blades?” The Gillette Safety Razor Company signed agreements for the rights for the next six years to baseball’s World Series and All-Star games. The price tag: $6 million dollars.
1953 - "Big Sister" was heard for the last time on CBS radio. The show had been on the air for 17 years. "Big Sister" was the ongoing story of Sue Evans Miller and her relationship with her big sister, Ruth Evans. Actresses who played big sister Ruth over the years: Alice Frost, Nancy Marshall, Marjorie Anderson, Mercedes McCambridge. Little Sister Sue was played by Haila Stoddard, Dorothy McGuire, Peggy Conklin and Fran Carlon.
1954 - One of radio’s most popular programs, "The Shadow", lurked around the airwaves for the last time. Vigilante crime-fighter Lamont Cranston battled greed and corruption since 1930. “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows....”
1963 - Capitol Records rushed to release its first single by the Fab Four, otherwise known as The Beatles. "I Want to Hold Your Hand", backed with "I Saw Her Standing There", reached #1 on February 1, 1964. The flood of music by John, Paul, George and Ringo had started the British Invasion; changing contemporary music forever.
1964 - More Beatles news: The Fab Four got their sixth #1 hit song since February 1, as "I Feel Fine" became the top tune this day. The first five #1 hits by The Beatles were: "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You", "Can’t Buy Me Love", "Love Me Do" and "A Hard Day’s Night".
1967 - A sad day for jazz fans, as the Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbanded after sax man Paul Desmond left the group. Desmond was a fixture with the quartet for 16 years and can be heard on all the immortal Brubeck standards, including "Take Five".
1972 - Harry S Truman, 33rd president of the United States, died in Kansas City, Missouri, at the age of 88. Truman’s wife, Bess, died on October 18, 1982. They are buried side by side in the Harry S Truman Library courtyard in Independence, MO.
1981 - AC/DC’s album, "For Those About to Rock We Salute You" was #1 in the U.S. for the first of three weeks. The tracks on the album were: "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)", "Put the Finger on You", "Let’s Get It Up", "Inject the Venom", "Snowballed", "Evil Walks", "C.O.D.", "Breaking the Rules", "Night of the Long Knives" and "Spellbound".
1984 - House Speaker Tip O’Neill was selected to receive the J. Fred Muggs Award, given by "TV Guide" for TV goofs and blunders. The Speaker of the House earned the uncoveted prize when he ordered cameras from CSPAN to pan the almost empty House of Representatives while Republicans were making rip-roaring speeches. For those who don’t remember, J. Fred Muggs was the rascally, but cute, chimpanzee that wreaked havoc on the "Today" show back in the 1950s. The network thought it would be nice to have a cuddly chimp liven things up for a pretty boring Dave Garroway. Unfortunately, Garroway hated J. Fred Muggs; the chimp knew it and proceeded to terrorize the entire show for quite some time, until Garroway threatened to quit the show. J. Fred was soon history.
1986 - Doug Jarvis, age 31, set a National Hockey League record as he skated in his 916th consecutive game. It was a record that started in 1974. Doug holds the individual record for most consecutive games played (964).
1986 - TV’s longest-running drama was seen for the last time. "Search for Tomorrow" ended its 35-year run on television. The program, seen on CBS, included show veterans, Wayne Rogers, Jill Clayburgh, Morgan Fairchild and Don Knotts.
1990 - Garry Kasparov beat Anatoly Karpov to retain the world chess championship. This was Karpov’s second attempt at regaining the championship from Kasparov. He had lost the title to Kasparov in 1985 and had tried to get it back in 1987.
1990 - U.S. Census Bureau officials reported that the U.S. population stood at 249,632,692 people.
1996 - Six-year-old beauty pageant princess JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s Boulder, Colorado home. Her mother, Patricia Ramsey, phoned police early on the day after Christmas to report that she had found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for JonBenet’s safe return. Eight hours later, JonBenet’s father, John, found his daughter’s body. Days of investigation turned into weeks, weeks into months, months into years -- and the murder remains unsolved. Music For The Day~ Click on the picture! Rupert Holmes-Escape (The Pina Colada Song)Quote For The Day~ Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.Voltaire Chuckle For The Day~ Picture For The Day~ Fjord In Milford, New ZealandTrivia For The Day~ The world's largest predator found on land, an adult male polar bear weighs around 400–680 kg (880–1,500 lb),