December 2021

John Brown -  Kansas Mural


DECEMBER 1, 1869George Sterling is born in Sag Harbor, New York.

DECEMBER 1, 1969 - The first draft lottery in the United States is held for Vietnam War service. It is the first since World War II.

DECEMBER 1, 1889Fletcher Hanks is born in Paterson, New Jersey.

DECEMBER 1, 1935Woody Allen is born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in Bronx, New York.

DECEMBER 2, 1859 - Abolitionist John Brown is hung for his raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

DECEMBER 2, 1923Maria Callas is born in New York City, New York.

DECEMBER 3, 1899Paul Bern is born in Hamburg, Germany.

DECEMBER 3, 1930Jean-Luc Godard is born in Paris, France.

DECEMBER 3, 1976 - Bob Marley survives an assassination attempt in his Jamaican home. Once bitten, twice shot, he plays Smile Jamaica two days later.

DECEMBER 4, 1944Chris Hillman is born in Los Angeles, California.

DECEMBER 4, 1954 - The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida.

DECEMBER 5, 1848 - U.S. President James K. Polk confirms to Congress that there's gold in them there hills.

DECEMBER 5, 1886Louise Bryant is born in San Francisco, California.

DECEMBER 5, 1905Otto Preminger is born in Vyzhnytsia, Ukraine.

DECEMBER 5, 1926Myra Landau is born in Bucharest, Romania.

DECEMBER 5, 1932Little Richard is born Richard Penniman in Macon, Georgia.

DECEMBER 5, 1934Joan Didion is born in Sacramento, California.

DECEMBER 6, 1953 - Vladimir Nabokov completes Lolita.

DECEMBER 6, 1929Frank Springer is born in Queens, New York.

DECEMBER 6, 1939Steve Alaimo is born in Omaha, Nebraska.

DECEMBER 7, 1873Willa Cather is born in Gore, Virginia.

DECEMBER 7, 1886Tom Waits is born in Pomona, California.

DECEMBER 7, 1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during an American Army–Navy football game.

DECEMBER 8, 1882Thomas Mooney is born in Chicago, Illinois.

DECEMBER 8, 1886Diego Rivera is born Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez in Guanajuato, Mexico.

DECEMBER 8, 1813 - Beethoven's The Symphony No. 7 debuts in Vienna. He wrote the piece while virtually deaf.

DECEMBER 8, 1928Noam Chomsky is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

DECEMBER 8, 1942Mario Savio is born in Queens, New York.

DECEMBER 8, 1943Jim Morrison is born in Melbourne, Florida.

DECEMBER 8, 1960Bill McKibben is born in Palo Alto, California.

DECEMBER 8, 1966Sinead O'Connor is born in Glenageary, Ireland.

DECEMBER 8, 1980 – Beatle John Lennon is mortally wounded by superfan Mark David Chapman in front of his Dakota Apartment home in New York City, New York.

DECEMBER 9, 1930 - Buck Henry is born Henry Zuckerman in New York City, New York .

DECEMBER 9, 2004 - Canada's Supreme Court rules that gay marriage is okay.

DECEMBER 10, 1830 - Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts.

DECEMBER 10, 1978 - Cross dressing director Ed Wood spends his last weekend in LA swilling vodka before suffering from a fatal heart attack.

DECEMBER 11, 1931 - Rita Moreno is born in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

DECEMBER 11, 1964Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, New York.

DECEMBER 11, 1967 - Mo'Nique is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

DECEMBER 12, 1887 - Bobby Jones is born in Milton, New Hamphire.

DECEMBER 12, 1897 – Rudolph Dirks' The Katzenjammer Kids debuts in the New York Journal. It is the first comic strip to use speech balloons for dialogue.

DECEMBER 12, 1915 - Frank Sinatra is born in Hoboken, New Jersey.

DECEMBER 12, 1940 - Dionne Warwick is born in East Orange, New Jersey.

DECEMBER 12, 1972 - Hank Williams III is born Shelton Hank Williams in Nashville, Tennessee.

DECEMBER 13, 1933 - Lou Adler is born in Chicago, Illinois.

DECEMBER 13, 1948 - Lester Bangs is born in Escondido, California.

DECEMBER 13, 1971 - Gloria Casarez is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

DECEMBER 13, 2000 George W. Bush, Jr. snatches the United States presidency 36 days after Election Day from the jaws of Al Gore.

DECEMBER 14, 1932 - Abbe Lane is born Abigail Francine Lassman in Brooklyn, New York.

DECEMBER 14, 1946 - Jane Birkin is born in London, England.

DECEMBER 14, 1970 - Beth Orton is born in Dereham, England.

DECEMBER 14, 1985 - Wilma Mankiller becomes the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

DECEMBER 15, 1883 - Harry Kemp is born in Youngstown, Ohio.

DECEMBER 15, 1910 - John Hammond, Sr. is born in New York City, New York.

DECEMBER 15, 1938 - Eliot Coleman is born in Rumson, New Jersey.

DECEMBER 15, 1945 - General Douglas MacArthur abolishes Shinto, the state religion of Japan.

DECEMBER 16, 1773 - The Boston Tea Party.

DECEMBER 16, 1899 - Noel Coward is born in Teddington, London, England.

DECEMBER 16, 1908 - Remedios Varo is born María de los Remedios Alicia Rodriga Varo y Uranga in Anglés, Spain.

DECEMBER 16, 1928 - Philip K. Dick is born in Chicago, Illinois.

DECEMBER 16, 1961 - Bill Hicks is born in Valdosta, Georgia.

DECEMBER 17, 1903 - Orville and Wilbur Wright take flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

DECEMBER 17, 1903 - Erskine Caldwell is born in Moreland, Georgia.

DECEMBER 17, 1941 - Paul Cadmus is born in New York City, New York.

DECEMBER 17, 1989 - The animated TV series The Simpsons premieres on Fox.

DECEMBER 18, 1917 - Ossie Davis is born in Codgell, Georgia.

DECEMBER 18, 1943 - Keith Richards is born in Kent, England.

DECEMBER 18, 1954 - Ulrich Roth is born in Dusseldorf, Germany.

DECEMBER 18, 1957 – The first nuclear power station in the United States goes live in Shippingport, Pennsylvania.

DECEMBER 18, 1961 - Angie Stone is born in Columbia, South, Carolina.

DECEMBER 18, 1975 - Sia is born Sia Furler in Adelaise, Australia.

DECEMBER 19, 1776Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in The Pennsylvania Journal entitled The American Crisis.

DECEMBER 19, 1937 - Joseph Byrd is born in Louisville, Kentucky.

DECEMBER 19, 1940 - Phil Ochs is born in El Paso, Texas.

DECEMBER 20, 1951 - Marta Russell is born in the Mississippi Delta.

DECEMBER 21, 1937Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.

DECEMBER 21, 1401 - Masaccio is born Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Simone in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy.

DECEMBER 21, 1866 - Maud Gonne is born in Surrey, England.

DECEMBER 21, 1937 - Jane Fonda is born in New York City, New York.

DECEMBER 21, 1940 - Frank Zappa is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

DECEMBER 21, 1943 - Gwen McCrae is born in Pensacola, Florida.

DECEMBER 21, 1953 - Betty Wright is born in Miami, Florida.

DECEMBER 22, 1940 - Jean-Michel Basquiat is born in Brooklyn, New York.

DECEMBER 22, 1988 - Chico Mendes a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist, is assassinated.

DECEMBER 23, 1870 - John Marin is born in Rutherford, New Jersey.

DECEMBER 23, 1929 - Chet Baker is born in Yale, Oklahoma.

DECEMBER 23, 1946 - Kiki Preston leaps from a window of her fifth-floor apartment in the Stanhope Hotel of New York City, New York.

DECEMBER 24, 1922 - Jonas Mekas is born in Biržai, Lithuania.

DECEMBER 24, 1922 - Ava Gardner is born in Smithfield, North Carolina.

DECEMBER 24, 1945 - Lemmy Kilmister is born Ian Fraser Kilmister in Staffordshire, England.

DECEMBER 24, 1914 - The World War I Christmas Truce begins.

DECEMBER 25, 1884 - Evelyn Nesbit is born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania.

DECEMBER 25, 1908 - Quentin Crisp is born Denis Charles Pratt in Sutton, England..

DECEMBER 25, 1957 - Shane MacGowan is born in Kent, England.

DECEMBER 26, 1891 - Henry Miller is born in New York City, New York.

DECEMBER 26, 1982Time Magazine Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer.

DECEMBER 27, 1901 - Marlene Dietrich is born in Schöneberg, Germany.

DECEMBER 27, 1927Show Boat considered to be the first true American musical play, opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway in New York City, New York.

DECEMBER 28, 1612Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune.

DECEMBER 28, 1909 - Leonard Ware is born in Richmond, Virginia.

DECEMBER 28, 1940 - Lonnie Liston Smith is born in Richmond, Virginia.

DECEMBER 28, 1950 - Alex Chilton is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

DECEMBER 29, 1946 - Marianne Faithfull is born in London, England.

DECEMBER 29, 1959 – Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom, which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology.

DECEMBER 30, 1903 – A fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois leaves over 600 dead.

DECEMBER 30, 1942 - Robert Quine is born in Akron, Ohio.

DECEMBER 30, 1946 - Patti Smith is born in Chicago, Illinois.

DECEMBER 31, 1869 - Henri Matisse is born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.

DECEMBER 31, 1930 - Odetta is born in Birmingham, Alabama.

DECEMBER 31, 1959 - Paul Westerberg is born in Edina, Minnesota.

DECEMBER 31, 1967 – The Youth International Party is founded. Yippee!