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Today in History.....Game

Discussion in 'Fun & Games' started by CharlestonNole, Dec 10, 2008.



  1. Mr. Hankey

    Mr. Hankey Sugar Cookie Tester MMC Premiere Member

    December 3rd, 1948 -- The self-proclaimed "Prince of Darkness", Ozzy Osbourne, is born in Birmingham, England.
     
  2. George Broderick Jr.

    George Broderick Jr. North Pole Resident MMC Lifer MMC Partner Christmas Crew

    December 4, 1945 -- The Senate votes 65-7 to allow the United States to participate in the newly formed United Nations. The international organization, to be headquartered in New York City, aims to foster cooperation among nations, settle disputes peacefully to prevent wars, and establish wartime rules of conduct.
     
  3. Mr. Hankey

    Mr. Hankey Sugar Cookie Tester MMC Premiere Member

    December 5th, 1933 -- Prohibition is finally officially repealed in the U. S.

    Gotta drink to that!
     
  4. George Broderick Jr.

    George Broderick Jr. North Pole Resident MMC Lifer MMC Partner Christmas Crew

    December 6, 343 -- Saint Nicholas of Myra dies. From then on, December 6th is designated Saint Nicholas Day.
     
  5. Mr. Hankey

    Mr. Hankey Sugar Cookie Tester MMC Premiere Member

    78 years ago today...
     
  6. George Broderick Jr.

    George Broderick Jr. North Pole Resident MMC Lifer MMC Partner Christmas Crew

    December 7, 1964 -- My youngest brother, Joe, was born.
     
  7. Petronius

    Petronius Ornament Craftsman Merry Forums Member

    December 31, 1885 - Birth of Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein. She was the spouse of Duke Charles Edward of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
     
  8. George Broderick Jr.

    George Broderick Jr. North Pole Resident MMC Lifer MMC Partner Christmas Crew

    December 31, 1879 -- Thomas Edison lights a street with his incandescent bulbs. On New Year's Eve, American inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his incandescent light bulbs in Menlo Park, New Jersey, by lighting a street in front of about 3,000 spectators. Edison isn't the first to design such a light bulb, though his is the first to burn steadily for hours.
     
  9. Mr. Hankey

    Mr. Hankey Sugar Cookie Tester MMC Premiere Member

    January 6th, 1975 -- 'Wheel Of Fortune' makes its debut on NBC. WoF was first hosted by Chuck Woolery, and Susan Stafford was the show's original "letter turner".
     
  10. George Broderick Jr.

    George Broderick Jr. North Pole Resident MMC Lifer MMC Partner Christmas Crew

    January 7, 1950 -- “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts.

    You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen because of the 1823 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (aka “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”), but your knowledge of Rudolph—the most famous reindeer of all—comes courtesy of a department store copywriter named Robert L. May, May’s songwriter brother-in-law who set his words to music and the singing cowboy who made a household name of May’s creation.

    The story of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” begins in 1939 at Montgomery Ward, the Chicago-based retail and catalog giant. Seeking a cheaper holiday giveaway than the children’s coloring books they had purchased and distributed in years past, Montgomery Ward asked its own marketing department to create a new and original
    Christmas storybook from scratch. The task fell to May, a family man with a four-year-old daughter. The story that May wrote was given away to more than 2 million Montgomery Ward customers in 1939. It was not until May’s brother-in-law adapted the story into song almost 10 years later, however, that “Rudolph” truly entered the national consciousness.

    May’s brother-in-law was a professional songwriter named Johnny Marks, best known for works like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (1958) and “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (1962) in addition to “Rudolph.” In 1949, Marks’ song found its way to radio legend Gene Autry, the original Singing Cowboy, whose recording of “Rudolph” sold more than 2 million units in its first year alone on its way to becoming the second-most successful Christmas record in history (after “White Christmas”).

    It is at this point in the story of “Rudolph” when those with a nose for legal issues begin to wonder who owned the rights to the beloved Christmas story and money-making juggernaut. In fact, as a paid employee of Montgomery Ward, author Robert L. May had no legal claim whatsoever to an ownership stake in “Rudolph.” Furthermore, May was a widowed single father by 1947, facing enormous debts as a result of his wife’s terminal illness. Yet in a twist that will boggle the minds and warm the hearts of those hardened to the ways of modern American capitalism, the president of Montgomery Ward, one Sewell Avery, signed over to Robert L. May 100 percent of the “Rudolph” copyright in January 1947. May lived comfortably on the royalties from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” until his death in 1976.
     
  11. Mr. Hankey

    Mr. Hankey Sugar Cookie Tester MMC Premiere Member

    January 9th, 1944 -- Jimmy Page, guitarist extraordinaire for Led Zeppelin is born in Middlesex, England.

    Happy 76th birthday, Jimmy!
     
  12. Dudley

    Dudley Santa's Sleigh Designer Merry Forums Member MMC Premiere Member

    That's just crazy! I saw Led Zeppelin perform the summer of 1971, 4 months before Led Zeppelin IV with Stairway was released. They were a GREAT live band and am so glad I got to see them in their prime.
     
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  13. sugar142286

    sugar142286 North Pole's RN MMC Lifer

    On this day, in 1940, German planes attack 12 ships off the British coast; sinking 3 ships and killing 35 people.
     
  14. George Broderick Jr.

    George Broderick Jr. North Pole Resident MMC Lifer MMC Partner Christmas Crew

    January 10, 1946 -- United Nations meets for the first time. Representatives from 51 nations meet at Westminster Central Hall in London to convene the first General Assembly of the United Nations after the global devastation of World War II.
     
  15. Petronius

    Petronius Ornament Craftsman Merry Forums Member

    January 21, 1338 - Birth of King Charles V of France at the Chateau de Vincennes
     
  16. George Broderick Jr.

    George Broderick Jr. North Pole Resident MMC Lifer MMC Partner Christmas Crew

    January 22, 1968 -- 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In' debuts. The sketch comedy show premieres on NBC, bringing colorful, quick-hitting humor, catchphrases, and political satire to primetime. In addition to its hosts, it will feature Goldie Hawn, Richard Pryor, Lily Tomlin, and Richard Dawson, among others.
     
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  17. Mr. Hankey

    Mr. Hankey Sugar Cookie Tester MMC Premiere Member

    February 6th, 1962 -- Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose (birthname: William Bruce Rose Jr.) is born in Lafayette, Indiana.
     
  18. George Broderick Jr.

    George Broderick Jr. North Pole Resident MMC Lifer MMC Partner Christmas Crew

    February 7, 1935 -- Beloved board game Monopoly debuts. Parker Brothers begins selling a board game centered on buying and selling property, with locale names based on the names of streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It will become one of history's best-selling board games.
     
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  19. Petronius

    Petronius Ornament Craftsman Merry Forums Member

    February 26, 1815 - Emperor Napoleon I escaped from the island of Elba.
     
  20. George Broderick Jr.

    George Broderick Jr. North Pole Resident MMC Lifer MMC Partner Christmas Crew

    February 27, 1827 -- A group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations.

    The celebration of Carnival–or the weeks between Twelfth Night on January 6 and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian period of Lent–spread from Rome across Europe and later to the Americas. Nowhere in the United States is Carnival celebrated as grandly as in New Orleans, famous for its over-the-top parades and parties for Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday), the last day of the Carnival season.
     

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