This Day In History
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1909 – 1st junior high school established (Berkeley, California)

1913 – 1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in NY World.

1919 – J. Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia.

1929 – 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas, Texas)

1937 – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, the first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre, Los Angeles.

1941 – Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point.

1948 – 1949 NFL Draft: University of Pennsylvania linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik is selected first fy Philadelphia Eagles.

1959 – 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7″)

1962 – US & Cuba negotiate accord for Cuba to release “Bay of Pigs” captives in exchange for $23M worth of medicine and baby food.

1968 – Apollo 8: 1st manned Moon voyage launched with Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders.

1968 – Glen Campbell’s album “Wichita Lineman” goes to #1 in the US.

1975 – 1st NY Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)

1978 – Police in Des Plaines, Illinois, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder.

1989 – VP Dan Quayle sends out 30,000 Christmas cards with word beacon spelled beakon.

1997 – Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season.

2005 – Civil Partnership Act comes into force in the UK, with singer Elton John and David Furnish one of the first to form a same-sex civil union.

2016 – Carl Icahn is announced as Special Advisor to the President on Regulatory Reform, under President Donald Trump.

2017 – UN General Assembly votes 128 to 9 to denounce US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

2020 – Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, says there are now no intensive beds left in Southern California or the San Joaquin Valley.

2020 – US begins vaccinating for COVID-19 using the Moderna vaccine.

2020 – US President-elect Joe Biden receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine live on TV.